With everyone in Washington up in arms over the economic situation we
find ourselves in, how about doing your duty as a good citizen by
single-handedly trying to revive the economy? How to do it? How about
traveling to our nation's capital, and dropping some serious coinage on
the city's fabulous jewelry emporiums. First stop: Beadazzled for some
folk inspired designs. You could also indulge in your creative side and
make your own-pick up some tiny seed beads, strands of glass beads, or
unique loose beads in a rainbow of colors, plus the appropriate tools,
wires, and clasps. Creative, but not really a DIY kind of girl? Head
on over to Friendship Jewelers, where
proprietor Joel Ellenbogen specializes in collaborating with his
customers to fashion the pieces they'll covet forever. The small, but
inpired selection includes watches, fashion jewelry and diamonds at
fair pricess. The styles are classic and timeless, just what you want
when investing in a long-lasting piece. Downtown, I. Gorman offers
elegantly architectural pieces that are both edgy and eye-catching.
Here, floating circular cases evoke the stunning, meticulously crafted
rings; marble-like walls, seemingly lit from within, have the same
complex textures as colorful sculpted bracelets; and plank-like tables
recall modern necklaces studded with gemstones. It is hard to decide
what is more stunning, the diamonds or the décor. When in D.C. indulge
in the patriotic spirit. Famed jeweler Ann Hand is known
for her take on expressing national pride and political opinion. Why
slap a bumper sticker on your car when you could pin sparkly
rhinestones or pearls on your trench? Pick up a gold and pearl eagle
broach or wear your favorite politician's name in rhinestones! If you
are looking for an item that is a bit more serious, and makes a more
sophisticated statement, stop by Mia Gemma
(http://www.storeadore.com/sdev/store_profile.php?storeID=2808. As the
name implies, the homey shop is devoted primarily to classic, grown-up
pieces where the stones (both semi-precious and precious) are the
standouts. The store carries a few of each item, but some of the more
expensive pieces are one-of-a-kind, so grab what you like when you see
it because there might not be another one to go around.

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