Monthly Archives: December 2013

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We will be closed 12/29 – 1/1.  We are open with normal business hours on January 2nd. See you in the New Year!

Designer Jewelry that Doesn’t Break the Bank

What comes to mind when you hear the word “designer”? High quality? Trendy? A certain brand name? Probably so. But perhaps the word people most associate the word designer with is the word “expensive”. That nine letter word has the power to deter shoppers from both shopping at G. Thrapp Jewelers and shopping for designer jewelry in general. But what some shoppers don’t realize is some of our designer collections at G. Thrapp Jewelers are extremely well priced despite the high quality materials and designer label attached.

Since we are getting down to the holiday “crunch time”, we wanted to share a few of our favorite designer collections with pieces that fall under $200. Since we stand by the quality of all of our jewelry, regardless of price, I will detail the materials used in the pieces as well as some additional facts about why it’s a remarkable choice for a Christmas gift.

Leather Wrap Bracelets

Our handmade bracelets made from reindeer leather and pewter with antler details have been a hit this Christmas. A portion of this craze derived from the bracelets’ debut in Indianapolis Monthly’s “Wanted” section this Fall/Winter season. We love them because of their wear ability and versatility. They look fabulous stacked with a large combination of other bracelet styles. Whether it’s a Michele watch and some David Yurman bracelets or some costume jewelry you’ve collected over the years, this bracelet will add style to any stacked, arm party look.

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Halcyon Days

Halcyon Days bangles are designed to fit together seamlessly. The bangles come in a wide range of colors and stylish designs. Shoppers can choose between classics in black and decorated in gold or trendy fashion statements for the season. Halcyon Days bangles are simply the perfect accessories for any occasion, day or night. Wear them as a single item or stacked and mixed for maximum impact. The bangles are available in the 4cm statement cuff and the 2cm bangle at G. Thrapp Jewelers. We always have lots of colors and styles to choose from!

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 Bebe & Tay

The last designer we are featuring is one of our absolute favorites- Bebe & Tay. Created by Gary Thrapp’s wife Barbi “Bebe” and their granddaughter, Taylor “Tay”, the pieces are especially meaningful. Barbi uses natural stones as you can see in the pictures below. We suggest this jewelry line for gifts because each piece is unique and very popular among all age groups. Her bracelets have been one of our best sellers this holiday season. Aside from her wide array of bracelets, Barbi also has necklaces and earrings that fall under $200!

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Hopefully the myth that “ALL designer jewelry is too expensive” has been debunked after viewing this blog post. When it comes to designer jewelry, G. Thrapp Jewelers has something to satisfy every price point. Stop by G. Thrapp Jewelers today to browse these designer collections and more!

The G. Thrapp “Wrap”

Now if you ask Gary how to “wrap”, he’ll start literally rapping a little song he likes to call the “G. Thrapp Rap”. Since we want to have a blog that helps you rather than scares you, we are going to stick with teaching you how to “wrap” a present instead. Remember the saying, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts?” It definitely applies to presents, but there’s a lot of emphasis on the outside as well, especially if you’re planning on getting a nicer gift than a homemade macaroni necklace this Christmas. If you’ve ever purchased or been given a gift from G. Thrapp, you know that our wrapping is a perfect combination of science and art. With the holidays quickly approaching, we figured that a blog post laying out the specifics of wrapping a present would be most helpful.

What you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Double Sided Tape
  • 4’x4’ box
  • 8’x13’ wrapping paper
  • Ribbon

We used one of our earring boxes to wrap this present because for jewelry it’s a pretty standard size gift box. We started out by cutting our wrapping paper so that it measured 8’ x 13’. Please note, however, that any size box or package can be used when following our wrapping tips.

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To begin, take one side of the paper and line it up with the center of the box vertically.

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Take the other side and make sure that it folds over so that it too lines up with the center of the box. Place tape on the inside flap that you folded over the first flap and push down to secure the tape in place. Your box should be fully covered by paper.

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On one of the ends, push both centers of the paper in so they touch the box.

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Make sure that the paper is tight on the box and fold so that a triangle forms on the bottom of the gift.

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Flip the box over, and do the same thing. Secure with tape.

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Now turn the box and repeat the steps with this side. You should end up with a beautifully wrapped box with crisp, clean edges.

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Now comes the hard part- the dreaded bow. Sales associate, Josh Shanafelt’s FAVORITE part of wrapping. Place the box so that you have about 8 inches of ribbon on the right side of the package and a significantly longer tail of ribbon on the left side.

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Bring both sides of ribbon to the middle and cross them so that they have a little twist in the center and are facing up and down now instead of left and right.

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Take the piece of ribbon pointing to the top of your box and bring it all the way around and underneath the box so that the longer side is now at the bottom of the package by the other end of ribbon.

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Tuck that same piece of ribbon underneath the twisted knot you started with. This will make it so the knot in the center is securing the bow around the package.

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(The bottom of the package should be completely flat with what looks like a plus sign on it.) From here, things get a little easier. Take the two strands of ribbon and tie them like you would tie your shoes- a simple bow.

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Once you have the bow, make sure that if there’s a prettier side (aka our ribbon says “G. Thrapp Jewelers”) that you flip the one loop of the bow around so you can see both pretty sides and no underneath of the bow. Make sure the loops are straightened and standing straight up, looking “perky” if you will.

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And there you have it- a gift that’s is as pretty on the outside as what’s on the inside. (especially if you shopped at G. Thrapp Jewelers!)

….Oh, and if you think this is easy, just wait till you hear about the “double ribbon bow”.