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Best of the North Shore 2018

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NSHOREMAG.COM 168 AUGUST 2018 shop wearable art ranging from bridal to fashion. TREND: The blending of colors and textures—think rough and polished gems with different metals. Unique jewelry that can be worn for all occasions from car pools to cocktails. 95 Main St., Reading, 781-942-4565, elysejewelers.com READERS' CHOICE (Tie) DESJARDINS JEWELERS, BEVERLY PHILOSOPHY: At Desjardins Jewelers the goal is to create a happy, nonstressful environment for customers to purchase, create, and buy the perfect engagement ring, piece of jewelry, or gift. STANDOUT QUALITIES: No repair or custom order is ever too small or too large and Desjardins truly values each and every customer. 47 Enon St., Beverly, 978-922-2149, desjardinsdiamonds.com DESCENZA DIAMONDS, PEABODY PHILOSOPHY: DeScenza Diamonds has been New England's diamond expert since 1915. Bridal is at the core of who they are. They have GIA graduate gemologists in all of their locations, and their incredible staff makes sure engagement rings are not only beautiful but responsibly sourced as well. They call it the DeScenza Difference. WHAT'S NEW: Bridal design- ers Sasha Primak, Sylvie, ArtCarved, and Jeff Cooper all have beautiful new collections of engagement rings and wed- ding bands. From the vintage looks in the Sylvie Collection to the handmade Sasha Primak Royal Prong Collection, there is something for every taste. They also have in-house bench jewel- ers whose custom designs are truly one-of-a-kind. TRENDS: Although halo mount- ings are still extremely popular, we are also seeing a return to classic solitaires and three- stone rings set with rounds, ovals, or cushion shaped dia- monds—think of the ring worn by the newly minted Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. 161 Andover St., Peabody, 978-977- 0090, descenza.com G I F T S EDITORS' CHOICE SAVOIR FAIRE HOME, ANDOVER PHILOSOPHY: Savoir Faire Home believes in offering a carefully curated selection of unique gifts and housewares that let customers express their personal style. WHAT'S UNIQUE: The inventory is truly global, featuring items owner Lisa Duffy has sourced on her travels to Asia, Russia, Italy, and beyond. Think Lithuanian linens, Asian silks, and French tableware. IN THE WORKS: Savoir Faire will soon be expanding into an adjacent space, making room for more products and displays that highlight Duffy's design aesthetic. 23 Barnard St., Andover, 978-409-6188, savoirfairehome.com READERS' CHOICE ROSE & DOVE SPECIALTY GIFT SHOP, NORTH ANDOVER PHILOSOPHY: At Rose & Dove, the goal is to be a one-stop shop, offering gifts for every occasion at every price point. STANDOUT QUALITIES: The sheer variety of appealing items makes the shop a perfect place to browse totes, candles, baby toys, pillows, a wide section of jewelry, and so much more. And if you're looking for a unique wedding present, bring the happy couple's invitation to Rose & Dove, where they will scan it and engrave it on a Mariposa platter for a truly personal gift. WHAT'S NEW: Rose & Dove just opened a second location in downtown Gloucester. 565 Chickering Rd., North Andover, 978-689-4141, roseanddove.com H A N D B A G S EDITORS' CHOICE SOLEAMOUR, ANDOVER PHILOSOPHY: With accessories at all price points and a relaxed, customer- focused vibe, SoleAmour is all about finding the right accessory to make your look sing. STANDOUT QUALITIES: Owner Stephanie Sipley curates the selection of handbags to include clutches, totes, and everything in between from popular brands like MZ Wallace and Hammitt. The store also stocks reasonably priced bags in fun, trendy looks—think studs or sparkles—so you can try out a new style without a big investment. IN THE WORKS: Keep an eye out for the store's first fall lookbook, showing off the store's full array of accessories and apparel. 4 Main St., Andover, 978-409-1541; 17 Thompson St., Winchester, 781- 721-5300, soleamour.com READERS' CHOICE VAALBARA HANDBAG SUPPLY, NEWBURYPORT PHILOSOPHY: Vaalbara's goal is to create bags that are both distinctive and eco-friendly. The inner lining of every Vaalbara bag is made from recycled plastic bottles, and a portion of every sale goes to the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit that fights for clean oceans. STANDOUT QUALITIES: Clutches, totes, messengers, and even diaper bags combine leather and colorful, bohemian fabrics for a unique look. With brick walls and wooden rafters, the shop exudes the same stylish comfort as the bags it sells. FUN FACT: The word Vaalbara refers to a supercontinent that may have existed three billion years ago, containing parts of present-day Australia and Africa. As a company name, it symbolizes connection between people, cultures, and the Earth. 1 Water St., Newburyport, 978- 212-9678, vaalbaradesigns.com J E A N S EDITORS' CHOICE LA MIA MODA, ANDOVER PHILOSOPHY: La Mia Moda strives to create a boutique that imports a combination of Eu- ropean sophistication and New York edginess to the suburbs. STANDOUT QUALITIES: The selection of high-end jeans offers a dazzling array of cuts, washes, and colors;

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