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Bling, bling this Christmas

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Versatility key to this year’s must-have jewelry pieces at local stores

By Julie Graham

The shops that sparkle and shine are stocked for Christmas.
Among them are Garris Jewelers and Lancaster Jewelers, long established mom-and-pop retailers in Lancaster, and Vinesett’s Jewelers in Indian Land, who still believe giving a piece of jewelry for a gift means as much now as it did in the past.
The cases are stocked with jewelry that will make a powerful statement, evoke emotion and make Christmas 2015 unforgettable.
Tiffany Conrad works at Garris Jewelers alongside her father, Larry, a master-craftsman jeweler, and grandmother, Mary, the store owner. The business began buying in July for Christmas.
Wearing a fashionable shirt-dress and boots, Conrad is at home at the store at 965 N. Main St. in Lancaster Square Shopping Center. She grew up making bows and boxes. Now as the third generation, she’s learning the family trade.
Two hot trends this Christmas, she said, are reversible earrings and layering necklaces.
Call it double-sided, front-backor reversible, this earring – with the sides varying in size and stone – has been rising in popularity since it hit Hollywood’s Red Carpet last summer. In the fashion world, they are thought to be interesting and daring, yet ladylike and fashion-forward. Notably, Emma Watson of the “Harry Potter” movies rocked a little pearl-big pearl combination.
The reversible earrings are also practical.
“It’s like having two pairs of earrings in one,” said Conrad, 21, who regularly wears her synthetic diamond on one side, pearl on the other. “It goes with just about everything.”
Garris Jewelers has many combinations in stock, and the cost of a pair of reversible earrings starts at $17.95 and stays under $40. The studs come in pearls, love knots, beads, cubic zirconia, etc.
The other trend is gold necklace layering, with the gold bib necklace and trapezoid chain.
“Simplicity will never go out of fashion,” Conrad said. “Wear them as one piece or layer. Dress it up or dress it down.”
The diamond-cut gold heart bib necklace is 14-carat gold, adjustable and costs $299. The trapezoid, also 14-carat gold, is $325.
Across the railroad tracks, at 1556 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster Jewelers is already busy with customers starting their Christmas shopping.
The store sells a lot of diamond rings and earrings at Christmas, as well as monogrammed jewelry, said Ginny Smith-Sistare, the owner.
She expects customers will be interested in double-diamond rings from the store’s new You and I Collection. The concept is that there are two stones and one love.
“It’s a diamond fashion ring and the newest thing on the market right now,” Smith-Sistare said. “Whoever receives one is going to say, ‘Wow!’ It’s beautiful diamond jewelry.”
Also popular are geometric and stackable, necklace stones and pearls. Cut-out monogram necklaces remain in style, she said.
Vinesett’s Jewelers, located at 9941 Charlotte Highway in Indian Land, sells fine jewelry and engagement rings. The family-owned shop also buys and sells gold and silver. For more information, visit vinesettsjewelers.com.
For information on Garris Jewelers, visit garrisjewelers.com. For information on  Lancaster Jewelers, visit lancasterjewelerssc.com.