Have you seen the Tiffany counter on December 24? It’s a sweaty morass of uninspired desperation. Think outside the little blue box and shop for small-batch sparklers at one of the city’s real gems.
Lorinczi Jewelry Castaway Collection, $75-$595
Your Vineyard-vacationing roomie took to her bed at the first sign of tan fade. Inject a little psychological vitamin D into her life with ocean-inspired pieces from the SF-based designer. Our personal fave? The dramatic black coral cocktail ring ($250), cast to resemble a small sea anemone.
Persona Bangles, $120-$150
Remind that angry bird of a teenage niece not all desirable gifts need be byte born. The thin, vermeil bracelets are bejeweled with semiprecious stones, from carnelians to peach moonstones, and look sublime when stacked — making future b-day/bat mitzvah/graduation shopping a cinch.
Kurtulan 24-Karat Gold Cuff Links, $475
Ever since the proposal and accompanying finger bling, there’s been a disconcerting disconnect between your own home-insurance worth and that of your fiance. Reset the scales with a pair of delicate yet rough-hewn objets d’art backed with oxidized sterling silver. If a recent Foxwoods jaunt left you swimming in greenbacks, spring for the diamond-encrusted set ($1,675).
Silver Collection, $55-$95
Candles, cheese blocks, stuffed horses* — hackneyed holiday office swag doesn’t get much worse. Send your underlings home with some individualized finery. The boutique offers an array of charming selections in the under-$100 range, including flower stud earrings, woven-pattern rings, and a sleek swivel bracelet.
Custom Design by Gary Shteyman, Prices Vary
Remember that time you broke into Mom’s jewelry box to try on her favorite antique gold-and-pearl earrings, then promptly lost one down the bathroom drain? Persona’s in-house jeweler can fashion a long-overdue apology by meticulously recreating the remaining dangler; he can even work from the barest of sketches if your mother has since taken to padlocking her baubles.
Persona Jewelry, 504 Commonwealth Avenue, Kenmore Square (617-266-3003).
*Actual work gift one year. Don’t remind us.
Photo: Courtesy of Persona Jewelry
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