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New stores offer blingy, glitzy jewelry

If you’re not sick of shopping yet, there are a few new boutiques that opened recently that you might want to check out.

First, there’s Julia, a jewelry and accessories store that opened in River Park two weeks ago, next to Ann Taylor LOFT. This store was opened by the same people who run Julia Vogue, the jewelry and accessories shop across Blackstone Avenue.

As part of the change, the owners decided that Julia Vogue would carry mostly less-expensive costume jewelry and the new Julia in River Park would focus on designer jewelry.

The difference? Designer jewelry is a little higher-end than costume jewelry, and is often sterling
silver or gold plated, the owners say. The shop features fresh-water pearls and wearable works of art like the Jeff Lieb piece at left. There’s blingy Jimmy Crystal watches, chunky beaded cuff bracelets and blingy purses. Many items cost from $35 to $75.

  • Another store full of bling and glitz and a few feathers is the newly opened Couture New York in Fig Garden Village.

There are “designer-inspired” bracelets with crosses on them, lots of necklaces, bridal jewelry, tiny clutches, leopard-print purses and large red and black travel bags. Prices range from $1 to $750.

Some Fresnans might recognize owner Chris Juskalian’s name. The Bullard High grad used to sell balloons, watches and handbags at local parties and homes when he was a teen. He’s 39 now and also owns a jewelry and accessories store in Palm Springs.

Here’s a few photos from the shop.


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