Innovative Retailer Mary Leipertz Is the Hostess With the Mostess

Mary Leipertz of Virginia’s Carreras Jewelers is a party-thrower extraordinaire Richmond, Va., is a small city full of residents who appreciate fine art and design—plenty have even studied the subjects extensively. Top-rated Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts is ­located in town, as is the esteemed Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Fifty-year-old jewelry boutique Carreras Jewelers fits right in among the creative environs. The retailer ­specializes in gorgeous estate and vintage jewelry, and is owned by art teacher turned jeweler Rejena Carreras (the business was founded by Carreras’ husband, the late William Carreras, in 1967). The shop is also known for its genu

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