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Our Picks for “Gifts Under $500”

Looking for luxury without the luxury price tag? Want all the blink without spending all of those hard-earned “bucks”? G. Thrapp Jewelers has approximately 10 designer collections that boast a variety of items at a reasonable price point. Our staff members have each selected two gift ideas from those collections that fall below the $500 mark.

Whitney’s Picks:
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“The tourmaline chain is perfect for everyday wear because it features a variety of colors in one piece. I, personally, love the gold accents too!” -Whitney
Nina Nguyen Spectrum Gold Necklace with Tourmaline $295

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Michele Rose Gold Tahitian Jelly Bean Watch $395

Mary’s Picks:
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Samantha Louise Yellow Gold Halo Studs $440

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“This bracelet is by far one of our best sellers- We can’t keep enough in stock. I love how well it stacks with other bracelets.” -Mary
David Yurman Oval Chain Link Bracelet $295

Ida’s Picks:
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David Yurman Hampton Ring $450

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“Tiffany and I both love these necklaces. So dainty and feminine. Perfect for everyday wear!”-Ida
Dana Rebecca White Gold and Yellow Gold Bar Necklaces (White Gold $220, Yellow Gold $250)

Tiffany’s Pick:
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“What could be better than a necklace that can be transformed into a bracelet!” -Tiffany
Nina Nguyen Grace Chain in Emerald $245

Dana’s Picks:
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“The Edgy bracelets are unlike anything in the market- amazing present for ecclectic jewelry lovers and anyone that wants a unique piece to add to their bracelet stack”-Dana
Edgy Python Mykonos Blue Leather Bracelet ($62) with Silver Crystal Pave Oval ($196)

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Bebe&Tay Labradorite Necklace with Vermeil Spacers $395

Julie’s Picks:
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“Lauren & Gracia is one of our newest designer collections. I love the look of the silver mixed with the black leather. It’s a great gift at an amazing price point.” -Julie
Lauren & Gracia Black Leather Sterling Silver Bracelet $445

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Thin Pink Reindeer Leather Braided Wrap Bracelet $100

Lauren’s Picks:
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Halcyon Days Black and Gold Agama Bangle $165

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“I love how you can wear this piece several different ways- you can wrap it around twice or even three times. My favorite thing about this chain though would have to be that you can add an enhancer or pendant to it and completely transform the look.” -Lauren
David Yurman Beaded 60 Inch Chain Necklace $450

To inquire about jewelry in this blog, please contact Lauren at (317)255-5555 or lbauer@gthrapp.com.

New Samantha Louise Jewelry..

We are in love with the new Samantha Louise jewelry! We are particularly fond of her rose gold pieces as rose gold is a current trend according to InStyle magazine. Samantha Louise’s designs are always extremely popular with our clients, and we are confident her new collection will be, too. To inquire about one of the pieces shown in this blog, please call Lauren at (317)255-5555.

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Samantha Louise Tells All

 

In most cases, simply seeing a piece of jewelry doesn’t trigger that irresistible need to have it. In most cases, the desire stems from learning about the piece and the designer who created it. We had the chance to speak with designer and founder of Samantha Louise Jewelry, Samantha Louise Larkins, and receive an insight into what inspires her to create the breathtaking pieces that make up her collection..

GTJ: When did you realize you had a passion for jewelry?

SL: I knew at a young age. My grandmother’s jewelry box was irresistible and I was hooked.  My creative genes guided me into an art degree from the University of San Diego and then on to GIA.  I have loved every moment of my journey in the jewelry industry.

 

 

GTJ: From where do you draw your inspiration? 

SL: I find that each design informs the next.  I am constantly striving to push the limits of what I create by analyzing what I have created in the past. I try to make it better, easier to wear, bolder, or more versatile. I am inspired by color, art, fashion and more than anything, women.  I strive to create work that women love to wear, that can become a part of their identity, history, and memories.

 

 

GTJ: What is your favorite piece you have created?

SL: Oh my gosh that is such a hard one….I have a new favorite every week. This is one that I love and that I will always be proud of… 18K yellow gold, diamonds and moonstone. Truly spectacular in person, the photo hardly does it justice.

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GTJ: Who do you envision wearing your jewelry? What is she like?

SL: She is simple, clean, and classic. She is a mom, a business women, and a runner.  She is comfortable in jeans and a teeshirt, or a little black cocktail dress…..I guess she is me.  I make jewelry that I would love to wear and hope that if I love it others will too!

 

 

GTJ: Tell me about some of the new pieces you are working on? What are you plans for SLJ in the future? 

SL: The coolest new thing we are doing in 2014 is the “Its a Wrap” collection.  They are high end European leather wraps with awesome 18K elements. I LOVE them and I cannot wait to debut the collection spring. Here is a little sneak peek.

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GTJ: What is your favorite part about working with G. Thrapp Jewelers? Why did you. choose them as a retailer?

SL: G. Thrapp is home. I have never walked into a store where I feel more welcome or at ease and its not just because I am from Indianapolis.  G. Thrapp was the first retailer in the nation to take a chance on me and my work.  I have grown, learned and evolved because of my partnership with G. Thrapp Jewelers.  It is a relationship that I know will continue to flourish in the coming years.

 

Check out more of her pieces on our Samantha Louise Pinterest Board!

Add these to your Wish List…

 

G. Thrapp Jewelers is making shopping extremely easy for your significant other this year. We have an online “Valentine’s Day Wish List” that you can fill out telling us what your heart desires as far as jewelry. When you submit it, we give it to your significant other with a 15% discount! But before you fill it out, we wanted to introduce you to our top Valentine’s Day gift picks in hopes that you’ll include them on your wish list! Enjoy!

Estate

The idea of estate jewelry is romantic in itself – it’s a tiny piece of history that you get to share with someone who lived long before your time. G. Thrapp Jewelers is home to one of the best Estate collections in the Midwest – and the best part is that most of the pieces have been collected from Indianapolis families (as opposed to a trade show). These pieces are one-of-a-kind items encompassing many different time periods. Our Estate case boasts jewelry from the best design houses in the industry such as Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier. Over the years G. Thrapp has sold a variety of Art Deco rings and bracelets, English crystals, Edwardian pins and broaches and Victorian cuff bracelets. Our case is full of unique pendants, broaches, line bracelets and rings.

We have found that pieces from this collection are perfect for the fashion forward woman who has everything. We say that because all the pieces are one-of-a-kind. Women who draw inspiration from different eras are likely to fall in love with our extensive collection of estate jewelry.

Cartier Watch | Estate Jewelry Indianapolis

Estate Rings | Estate Jewelry Indianapolis

Cynthia Ann Hearts

G. Thrapp Jewelers is Cynthia Ann’s number one account in the nation. Last November, we hosted a Cynthia Ann trunk show, and her revitalized vintage heart padlock collection was a best seller. Cynthia Ann introduced the hearts into her collection to bring forward and incorporate a touch of history (as seen in the religious medals). Originally the Antique English padlocks were worn on a bracelet and given to a loved one as a symbol of affection. Before going off to war, gentlemen would leave the bracelet locked around his loved one’s wrist and he would hold the key until his return. The heart shaped padlock was fashionable in the Victorian and Edwardian periods and Cynthia Ann has embellished the locks to bring them into today’s fashionable standards.

The locks are a perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for women of all ages. They are more than religious metals; they are also a fashion statement and a token of love. These pieces are great to layer and you can always add on a new charm to your favorite piece! Our buyer, Dana Friedman, wears her heart padlock on a short chain, and wears her Cynthia Ann religious medal on a longer chain. If you desire a complete look or already have a medal and a heart padlock, Cynthia Ann also has lovely medals, earrings, and bracelets that we adore!

Cynthia Ann Designs | Designer Jewelry Indianapolis

 Samantha Louise Earrings

If you’re an avid fan of G. Thrapp Jewelers, you will notice that Samantha Louise practically ALWAYS makes it onto our top gift picks. We love Samantha Louise Jewelry because she’s an Indianapolis native designer, and her collection includes pieces that are great for women of all ages. Sales associate, Mary Leppert said, “Sometimes it can be difficult to find colored stud earrings, but Samantha Louise earrings have an elegant, fresh design that incorporate colors in a way that is unlike anything else in the industry.”

G. Thrapp Jewelers carries a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors but one thing is true of all of them – they are all simple, elegant and very wearable. Perfect for the woman who believes that “simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”

Samantha Louise Jewelry | Jewelry Stores Indianapolis

Bebe&Tay

Unique to G. Thrapp, Bebe & Tay is a distinctive jewelry line created by owner, Gary Thrapp’s wife, Barbi. Since most stones are unique, no two pieces are alike. Her signature line includes healing bracelets using natural stones and charms, featuring trees of life and other religious symbols. Her pieces are trendy and well-priced for those that yearn for the latest jewelry styles, but can’t afford to spend well into the hundreds.

Bebe&Tay’s blush pink pearl bracelets with a pave heart diamond truly embody the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Many wearers of her bracelets like to create a stacked look featuring her creations.

Bebe & Tay Bracelet | Indianapolis Jewelry Store

Heather B. Moore

“This collection is not about impulse jewelry; it’s about documenting all that’s important in your life and remembering what shaped you. I am so honored to have the opportunity to make heirloom pieces. And just how all treasured things are passed down through families, this is how your story will be told.” – Heather B. Moore

Whether you are purchasing jewelry for someone young or old, a mother, sister, or daughter, these pieces are great for all ages. Marketing Director, Lauren Bauer, says, “You can truly make a Heather B. Moore necklace your own. I am pretty simple when it comes to jewelry so I chose a short chain with an initial charm, a stone, and a diamond to fit my current taste. In the future, I’ll most likely want to add charms to represent those memories just like Heather B. Moore envisioned.” Like Lauren said, one of the best parts about buying a piece of Heather B. Moore’s charm collection is that you can keep adding on to it, year after year.

Heather B Moore Charms | Indianapolis Jewelry Store

Now that you have heard all about our favorite jewelry pieces for Valentine’s Day, you can go fill out your very own Wish List!