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Washingtonian Magazine

"Great Finds: Local Gems" by Betsy Lowther, photograph by Jennifer Smoose, December 2008

Washington jewelry designers are turning out beautiful creations.  Here are ten pieces that add holiday sparkle.

1) Heirloom-worthy pieces are Emma Villedrouin's specialty, such as this Etoile brooch with Mexican fire opals, pink tourmalines, and Japanese Akoya pearls set in 18-karat gold, $2,600 at Bijoux in Lutherville, MD or at emmaville.com.
2) A necklace of interlocking gold plated circles is just one of Manuela Costa's eye-catching designs.  It's $106 at Periwinkle in Alexandria.
3) The classic strand of pearls gets a modern makeover in Ruth Barzel's Bombshell necklace, featuring her signature mixed-metal chain, $132 at Caramel Boutique in DC or at ruthbarzel.com.
4) This four-stone, lemons quartz cuff is among Irene Lummertz's most popular pieces.  It's $5,500 at Keith Lippert Gallery in Georgetown, keithlippertgallery.com.
5) Jesse Walker's edgy-chic designs include a Medusa necklace of interwoven brass and stainless steel, $210 at Upstairs on 7th in DC or at realmbyjessewalker.com.
6) A silver pendant by Suzanne Somersall has the detailing of fine lace.  It's $55 at Ginger in Bethesda or at suzannsomersall.com.

7) Beth Rosenheim's Candy Beads incorporates colored semiprecious stones in party worthy pieces, such as these peridot mini-chandelier earrings, $215 at Tiny Jewel Box in DC or at Candybeadsjewelry.com.
8) Andrea Tedesco's sterling chain with blue Czech glass stones has an appealing vintage quality, it's $210 at National Jean Company in Bethesda or at andreatedesco.com.
9) A sterling silver ring from Daphne Olive, part of her nature-inspired botanical collection, was created from castings of Chesapeake Bay plants.  It's $98 at Tabletopdc.com.
10) Rachelle Celine's designs are delicate yet distinctive, including these 14-karat filled Alexie eassrings with freshwater pearls, $98 at Hysteria in Alexandria or at rachelleceline.com.