Jewelry, Gift shopping in North America
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Blind beading ambition will seize you when you're upstairs among the racks of bagged bulk beads, where visions of holiday gifts for the entire family appear like mirages: multitiered necklaces, sequined seascapes, mosaic frames, even lampshades. To practice restraint, order smaller quantities downstairs from the bead-bedecked staff behind the counter, who will ring you up on bejeweled calculators.
This tiny boutique might be intimidating, but call up your courage and go on inside. The custom-designed jewelry is nothing short of exquisite, while other gift items range from extraneous (agarwood-scented votive candle, $38) to exotic (embossed lizard handbag, $395). And one other ex- word springs to mind. Browsing is encouraged.