If good gifts come in small packages, there are options to fit that description and light up the holidays and beyond with new twists on old favorites.
The words "Troll" and "Pandora" have gone beyond imaginary, mythological beings (or Internet radio); indeed, in the world of jewelry, these names make the perfect holiday gift.
Third Street Trading Company and Thompson's Jewelers, both in downtown Elkins, offer a selection of unique beads that fit nearly anyone's personal styles and budgets.
SUPPORT YOUR TEAM — Thompson’s Jewelers owner Kris Wilmoth has created a gold and blue, West Virginia University-themed Troll Bead necklace and earring set. With a vast color selection, any team spirit colors can be put together. (CU and The Inter-Mountain/Carra Higgins) © The Inter-Mountain, all rights reserved.
FASHION AND BUDGET CONSCIOUS — Viva Beads, handmade of clay, are popular and affordable jewelry selections at Third Street Trading Company. (CU and The Inter-Mountain/Carra Higgins) © The Inter-Mountain, all rights reserved.
SPIRIT — Third Street Trading Company in Elkins has a variety of holiday-themed Pandora beads and even a bright, red leather bracelet to add more festive color. Pandora beads come in many colors and creating a blue-themed bracelet is just one of many options. (CU and The Inter-Mountain/Carra Higgins) © The Inter-Mountain, all rights reserved.
YOUR EVER-CHANGING STYLE — Thompson’s Jewelers Troll Bead line can be placed on earrings, and with the earring base, owners can switch the Troll Beads to match clothing, personalities or seasons. (CU and The Inter-Mountain/Carra Higgins) © The Inter-Mountain, all rights reserved.
CAN ‘KNOT’ PASS UP — Women are wanting the Love Knot line, available at Thompson’s Jewelers in Elkins, and men are obliging this holiday season. Thompson’s Jewelers owner Kris Wilmoth says the collection has been a popular gift idea. (CU and The Inter-Mountain/Carra Higgins) © The Inter-Mountain, all rights reserved.
Hope Anderson, owner of Third Street Trading Company, explained Pandora is the third largest jewelry supplier in the world, just behind Cartier and Tiffany's. The colorful Murano Glass, .925 silver and 14K gold beads that can include gems and diamonds are a new take on charm bracelets with the "Moments" collection. Nearly every occasion has a bead, including a variety of Christmas beads.
"It's a really nice, personal gift," Anderson says.
With beads starting at $20 each and the silver bracelet starting at $55 each, the Pandora line gives options for a variety of budgets.
The bracelets are fully secure with Pandora's barrel safety clasp and each of the Pandora beads must be twisted onto the bracelet, which means they're not going to slide off.
Anderson also offers customers a catalog and the opportunity to create a Pandora "wish list" so friends and family can purchase different beads throughout the year for birthdays, Mother's Day and other special occasions. To keep bracelets filled, Pandora releases new "Moments" beads throughout the year.
"It's kind of an addiction," Anderson said.
In addition to the silver bracelets, Anderson offers a variety of colored leather bracelets, which includes red leather for Christmas.
Anderson says some of her customers have filled multiple bracelets or switch beads to match outfits. To keep track of all the beads, Third Street Trading Company also offers a Pandora jewelry box to conveniently store all beads.
The affordable Viva Beads, which are handmade of clay, have been a popular selection at Third Street Trading Company, Anderson said. Viva Beads are available in bracelets, necklaces and earrings, with prices starting at $6.
Thompson's Jewelers, on Fifth Street in Elkins, carries the Troll Bead brand and owner Kris Wilmoth says the variety of "vibrant" colored high-quality glass beads give the owners never-ending options.
Wilmoth explained Troll Beads cannot only be used to create bracelets, but also necklaces and rings, which she has in inventory. Ring mounts and pendants with a mirror background give Troll Bead owners the chance to select beads that match clothing and personalities and switch them at will.
Currently, Thompson's Jewelers is offering customers a free $40 troll bracelet with the purchase of a clasp.
Of course, Thompson's Jewelers also offers its traditional, fine jewelry collection. Wilmoth says the Love Knot collection and colored diamonds have been in demand at her store.
"Every woman loves diamonds," Wilmoth commented.
Popping the question during the holidays is a tradition and men looking for an engagement ring can choose from classic solitaires, modern or vintage styles of rings, Wilmoth said.
Women wanting to give the men in their lives something special can consider watches, including Fossil, Seko and Pulsar, or stainless steel bracelets, which are all available at Thompson's Jewelers.
If Wilmoth does not have an item in stock, orders can be placed; however, she said to guarantee arrival by Christmas, orders should be placed by Dec. 15.
Thompson's Jewelers is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. From Dec. 20 through Dec. 24 the store will have extended hours.
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