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Jewels of summer await

By Billie Criswell | Jun 12, 2014
Photo by: Billie Criswell Larimar, found at Shore Silver in Rehoboth Beach, is a unique jewel to add to your collection.

I'm always looking to discover the latest jewelry trends. There are so many great stores at the beach. What’s in style this year? I’m so glad you asked!

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Tassels. A cute bohemian-chic way to spruce up an outfit ­— new pieces with tassel accents. From more understated chain-style bracelets with leather tassels, to more free-flowing tassels on necklaces, Bella Luna in Rehoboth Beach (127 Rehoboth Ave.) has a lot of tassels to choose from that will have you feeling trendy in no time.

Quirky. Dinosaurs and sloths have replaced mustaches and owls and Downtown Cowgirl (146 Rehoboth Ave.) has adorable wooden earrings. Owner Jen White says people have come in specifically looking for dinosaurs. Take a bite out of this fun trend (at prices that will make you happy, too!).

According to White, regional accessories are really taking off.   “We’re excited about the map necklaces,” she notes. Made in Maine, the pendants have a decidedly Delaware seashore theme.

Unique, limited edition pieces. If the biggest trends are a little too commonplace for you, define your own style. Many people are opting for a unique turn in jewelry. Shore Silver (149 Rehoboth Ave., formerly Silver Works) owner Anthony Gambacorta says that two big sellers are Larimar, a blue ocean-like stone found only in the volcanic mountain region of the Dominican Republic. It’s unique with a unique array of butterfly wing necklaces.

Larimar comes in a variety of pendants in ocean themes as well as other pieces, both big and small. “They’ve been selling it in the Caribbean for years,” said Gambacorta. The butterfly necklaces are made from real butterfly wings (don’t worry, no butterflies were hurt), and they have a look comparable to handblown glass.

So what styles pique your fancy this summer? Are you the quirky piece type or  lean toward the natural? However you choose to stay on trend this season, shop local.

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