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Make Your Gift Count Twice – Shop for a Cause Holiday Open House, December 8th

Finish off your holiday shopping this Saturday, December 8th, at our Holiday Open House!  A portion of the day’s proceeds will go back to support local charity The Chemo Bag.  Can’t make it to the store on Saturday?  Don’t worry- you can still shop our online store for the same discounts and free gifts on all available online items!

In addition to sweet treats and holiday cheer, we will be offering a lot of amazing specials! We will be holding four raffles, including a sterling Lori Bonn ring, gift bag filled with goodies, Lat & Lo Bethlehem Coordinates Bar Necklace, and set of 4 Bethlehem Map prints:

We will also have discounts throughout the store, including 20% off fine jewelry, 20% off Julie Vos, 30% off Alex and Ani, and 75% off Lori Bonn.  For online shoppers, you can use code FINEOPEN for the Fine Jewelry discount and JULIEOPEN for the Julie Vos discount.  Alex and Ani is only available for sale in-store.

We will also be giving away free gifts with a lot of our brands!  Get a free XO charm with your Waxing Poetic purchase (coupon code WPOPEN), free mini bottle of matches with your Talisman Collection candle purchase (coupon code MATCHES), free WinterLemon gemstone bracelet with your WinterLemon purchase (code GEMS), free Sorrelli earrings with your Sorrelli purchase of $75 or more (code SPARKLE), free Limited Edition bangle with your Pandora purchase of $125 or more (in-store only), free Brighton jewelry box with your Brighton purchase of $50 or more (in-store only), free mercury glass votive with your purchase of $10 or more upstairs in Haven (in-store only), free $18 Thortiuda chime with purchase of pendant and chain (in-store only), and free tote bag with your Alex and Ani purchase of $50 or more (in-store only)!*

*while supplies last

About The Chemo Bag

The CHEMO Bag Inc. is committed to providing gift bags filled with items to provide comfort to the men and women in the Lehigh Valley undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

Versant is a drop-off location for the Chemo Bag.  You can stop by any time during our business hours with your donations.  Donation examples include comforting things such as healing lip balm, journals, knitted hats, puzzle books, thick soft socks, and many other items.

Go to thechemobag.org for a full list of accepted items.

Gift Guides, Helpful Hints, Holiday

The Versant 12 Days of Christmas- Our Top 12 Gifts to Bring Joy this Holiday

The Christmas countdown is on!  In between baking cookies and ugly sweater parties, there is always the difficult task of finding the perfect gift for all of the people on your list.  This year we have done some of the hard work for you by searching through piles of possible presents to pick out our top 12 favorite gift ideas this holiday season.

This year, as a thank-you to our loyal customers, we are offering 10% off all of our gift idea items that are available in our online store with coupon code 12DAYS!

#1 – A Statement Bracelet

There is no denying it- bracelets are one of our favorite things.  Unlike necklaces and earrings, which we put on for others to see, we get to look down at our wrists all day and get a smile from seeing that touch of sparkle.

For those rushed days when we have to grab our jewelry and go, we need a signature piece that makes a bold and beautiful wrist statement without the effort of crafting the perfect stack.  A good statement bracelet is a must-have piece, and the first of our 12 gifts picks this Christmas- here are some of our favorites!

For the girl who likes to mix her metals, Julie Vos and Freida Rothman have some great contemporary pieces-

Freida Rothman Two-Tone Star Raindrop Wide Hinged Bracelet ($585) styled with Julie Vos Medici Gold Bangle ($85), Labradorite and Mother of Pearl Milano 6-Stone Bangle ($85); Julie Vos Caspian Two-Tone Cuff ($245)

Sparkle in bright silver and mother of pearl-

Make old treasures new with these gorgeous 14k estate bangles-

Customize your look with the Pandora open bangle-

Pandora Wintry Holiday Open Bangle Gift Set (Includes bangle and Pavé Sphere charm- $129) finished with two Galaxy spacers ($40/each) and two Pavé Lights Clear charms ($70/each). Worn with Pandora Sparkling Strand bracelet ($50)

#2 – Be the Star of Bethlehem

We love showing off our hometown pride with the beautiful Star of Bethlehem and Moravian Star emblems.  Whether the star is cut from simple silver or adorned with sparkling stones, these pieces remind us of our roots here in the Christmas City.

For the girl who likes to stack complementary styles-

Gabriel & Co White Sapphire Star of Bethlehem Delicate Cuff ($225) and Katie Loxton Be Brilliant Sterling Chain Bracelet ($65); WinterLemon Oxidized Sterling Silver and Diamond Stella Hoop ($199) and Stud ($99) Earrings

For the necklace lover-

To remember where you are anchored- one side is the latitude and longitude of Bethlehem and the other is engraved “Bethlehem” with the star emblem-

#3 – Accessorize in the Colors of the Season

We may not love the cold and the snow of winter, but we do love the colors of the season!  Fun accessories in dark grey, winter white, and wine reds add a stylish touch to any outfit.  Our new Katie Loxton Florrie bags are a must-have on our list this year- we love the side tassel!

Katie Loxton Florrie Bag in Black, Mulberry, Charcoal, and Stone ($62)

You can also never go wrong with a beautiful scarf- a pop of color adds some fun to your basic black coat!

#4 – Lockets Filled with Love

The locket is a classic way to give someone a gift that keeps their loved ones close to their heart.  We love the new Brighton Love Lockets collection for a meaningful gift this Christmas.  Available in a variety of styles, we are equipped with a special printer to print out a picture from your phone in-store in the exact size needed for each locket!

Brighton Love Lockets- starting at $52

Pandora also has a beautiful locket concept- the Floating Memory Locket.  Made with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, the open window of these lockets show off a grouping of petite charms.  With initials, birthstones, and other love and family related charms, it is easy to make a locket the represents your love and family.

Pandora Floating Lockets- starting at $65 for locket, $10 for petite charms

#5 – Celestial Stylings

Jewelry inspired by the cosmos is everywhere this year! We love the dreamy feel of this jewelry, studded with sparkle and starry symbols.

Our locally designed WinterLemon jewelry has a wide variety of beautiful celestial pieces- from dainty layering pieces to bold statement designs-

Waxing Poetic has made some gorgeous Limited Edition celestial-themed charms this year- we love the Dark Halo charm on the Hematite Ensemble necklace!

Small Be the Light ($52) and Found Again Starburst ($55) on 28″ Bright Silver Ensemble ($106), Dark Halo ($69) and Stardancer ($53) on 28″ Hematite Ensemble ($106)

For the girl who is looking for something other than a necklace, there are plenty of options as well!  We love Pandora’s celestial themed jewelry this year.  Our North Star ring is another one of our favorites!

Pandora Glacial Beauty Drop Earrings ($90) and Lunar Light Stud earrings ($50); North Star Sterling Ring with Diamond ($165)

#6 – Something for the Boys

Tucked in amongst all the sparkle, we have some wonderful gifts for the men in your life too!  Our new line of jewelry, Pyrrha talismans, is a favorite among celebrity men.  Designed from antique wax seals with a rustic, hand finished feel, these sterling and bronze talismans each have a meaning taken from heraldry.

Richard Madden and Jeremy Renner wearing their Pyrrha talismans ; New Beginnings Sterling Talisman ($154)

The Fatherhood talisman is a particularly meaningful gift for the new dad!

Crossed Daggers ($194) and Cross ($174) Bronze Talismans; Fatherhood Sterling Talisman ($173)

Our locally made Men’s Collection Wellness bracelets are also a great gift for your guy.  Made from natural gemstones, each 8″ stretch bracelet comes with a card describing the properties of the stone- such as giving strength to relieving stress.

Men’s Collection Wellness Bracelets (from $24)

For the man who won’t venture into the jewelry world, we have some great gifts upstairs in Haven, too!  Our large map prints are great for decorating his office or den- choose a place that is meaningful or memorable for both of you for an extra layer of love!

 

#7 – Stay Warm with Rose Gold

We love the way rose gold warms up any palette.  You can mix it with your silver jewelry to add a touch of blush or go all rose for a statement look.  In recent years rose gold has become the “it” metal to have- get in on the trend this holiday!

Ti Sento Milano Rose Necklace with Pink Cabochon ($139) and Double Drop Rose Necklace ($139); Rose Gold, Diamond, & Morganite Ring ($1534), White Gold & Diamond Leaf Ring ($570)

Pandora Rose reimagines some of our favorite charms and jewelry in the rose gold tone.  We love the new Pandora Rose open bangle!

Pandora Rose Open Bangle ($200), Vintage Allure Earrings ($100), Essence Bracelet & Charms

For the girl with a more dainty style, we love this labradorite and rose gold star bracelet from WinterLemon.

#8 – Make it Mean Something

A gift meant to express a particular sentiment is always a good idea because it shows that time and thought were put into choosing something significant.

Our Talisman collection necklaces use expressive words and images to symbolize different attributes.  Each Talisman comes with a card that explains the meaning behind the piece. We love the Oak Tree talisman, meaning strength & family roots, and the Seraphim, a messenger of light.

Our Compass Rose collection is also a wonderful way to bring meaning to your gift this year.  A symbol of guidance, the Compass Rose encourages us to remember that “we are not just travelers, but navigators of our future.”  It is the perfect gift for someone taking on new responsibilities or directions in their life.  It is also perfect for the people in our life who love to explore the world!

Our WinterLemon Wellness Necklaces bring beautiful meaning to the trend of natural gemstones. Each delicate necklace comes displayed on a card that describes the metaphysical properties of the gemstone that adorns the necklace.

#9 – Get Cozy

Winter is here- the season for cushy blankets and warm fires.  Joy is found in things that are soft and comforting.  Bring some of that cozy spirit under the tree this year!

Soft knit scarves and other cold-weather accessories (starting at $24)

We love our coat/cardigan hybrids! Densely woven, they are well insulated and really keep out the chill.

Collared Basic Coat-igan ($84)

Our locally-made Essential Oil Soy Candles will help turn your home into a cozy haven.  Each candle comes with a small booklet explaining the benefits of the essential oils used.

#10 – Delicate Diamonds

Nothing brings the sparkle on Christmas morning like a touch of diamonds.  This year’s trend is a dainty look perfect for layering.

For an heirloom quality piece to really cherish, 14k will let your investment last for years to come. Unlike silver, which is a soft material that will wear down over time and risk losing stones, 14k gold is durable and can hold up to everyday wear. Some of our favorite delicate diamond pieces are the infinity and anchor.  Simple, beautiful, and meaningful- what’s not to love?

If you are on a tight budget but still want to bring the sparkle, sterling silver set necklaces are a good option.  While not as durable as 14k gold, when treated with care they are a beautiful alternative. We love the look of oxidized sterling silver to make the diamond’s brilliance stand out.

#11 – Make a Statement with Color

Nothing adds some excitement to a boring outfit like a pop of color. Bring some new energy into her jewelry by choosing a piece that makes a statement with color.

For a minimalist style, keep a simple palette, like her favorite color or the color of her birthstone.

For a more organic look, use natural gemstones to bring some color into her life.

For the experts in both color and sparkle, look to Sorrelli Jewelry.  Their gorgeous pieces exhibit a range of complementary colors- we love the plums, tiger’s eye, and sage greens of their Mahogany collection!

#12 – The Gift of Choice

While some people say that gift cards lack the emotion of a thought-out gift, sometimes what a girl really wants is an excuse to go get herself something she loves without worrying if she should really be treating herself.  Want to really wow her? Hide it in one of our adorable Katie Loxton clutch pouches!

An extra bonus for those who are last-minute shoppers- in addition to getting a physical gift card at Versant, you can get a Digital Gift Certificate in our online shop! Digital Gift Certificates can be used both online and in-store at Versant.

 

We hope this year’s 12 Gifts of Christmas guide has helped take some of the stress out of this year’s shopping!  Don’t forget that you can use coupon code 12DAYS until 12/20 to get 10% off any of the items pictured in this guide that are available in our online shop!  Looking for a way to leave some hints this holiday?  Check out the Wish List function of our eStore- add items to your wish list and then share with friends and family through email or Facebook!

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Shop Local, Support Local with Our Exclusive Black Friday Weekend Specials

Shop small with us this Black Friday weekend and enjoy exclusive discounts as our thank you to our customers for supporting their local small businesses!

All weekend long, we will have:

  • 20% off entire store, excluding Brighton
  • 25% off all Pandora jewelry
  • 30% off all Alex and Ani jewelry
  • Free jewelry box with Brighton purchase of $50 or more

In addition to our weekend-long specials, on Small Business Saturday will have:

  • Free Pandora card holder with Pandora purchase of $125 or more
  • Free Alex and Ani tote bag with Alex and Ani purchase of $50 or more

On Cyber Monday, we will be offering 20% off our website with coupon code MONDAY2018, excluding Sale items, Gift Certificates, and Pyrrha jewelry.  We always offer free shipping on jewelry purchases $50 or more and you can opt to pick up your online purchase (wrapped and ready!) in store if you prefer.

 

Take a break from the chaos of big-store holiday shopping!  We will have fresh cookies, friendly staff, and a relaxed environment to help you enjoy the start of the Christmas season.

Holiday, Limited Edition, New Arrivals, Pandora

Sparkle All the Way- The Pandora 2018 Holiday Collection Has Arrived

The holiday season is drawing near and it is our favorite time of the year- the release of the Pandora winter collections!  This year has some gorgeous new jewelry additions, heartwarming charms, and tons of fun for the Disney lover.  Check out our review of all the new pieces below!

Have Yourself a Charming Little Christmas

This year’s holiday collection includes charms for a wide range of tastes and budgets.  The charms and jewelry fall into two main themes: Christmas in Space, offering whimsical celestial-themed pieces and bringing the sparkle with dazzling baguette cuts, and the Traditional Christmas charms we all love.

For the sparkle lover, the charms of the Christmas in Space collection mimic shards of ice with baguette cut cubic zirconia in scattered formations.  We love the new chiseled elegance charms ($75) and Ice Sculpture spacers ($45), both available in clear or midnight blue.

Two of our other favorite charms, the Dazzling Wishes ($65) dangle and Pavé Sphere button-style charm ($75) are available both by themselves and in some of gift set offerings this year.  The Dazzling Wishes charm, depicting a firework bursting in the sky, is engraved with “The Best is Yet to Come” on the reverse and makes a great pairing with the Dazzling Fireworks charm ($65).  In keeping with the icy theme, the Ice Carving dangle ($55) is engraved with “You Melt My Heart” with an overhanging icy wreath.

Two well-received styles have been updated with new colors- the Sparkling Love heart charm ($75), which made its debut in the fall, is now available in midnight blue and the Dazzling Snowflake ($90) now comes in Cerise red as well.

The more whimsical part of the Christmas in Space theme celebrates the arrival of some new Pandora Friends.  Bella Bot, now also available in the Pandora Shine finish ($100), is joined by her faithful companion Bobby Bot ($60).  We love his moveable flap ears!

Cosmo Tommy ($75) has also joined the Pandora Friends, adding a touch of adventure to this collectible bunch.  The Planet of Love charm ($55) is a limited edition piece only available during this holiday season.

For those days when the reindeers need a break, Santa can be seen cruising about in his rocket ship in the Santa in Space charm ($50).  The String of Beads dangle charm ($50) is part of the Purely Pandora collection, but also fits well with these fun planetary additions.

In addition to the Ice Sculpture spacers, two new clips, the Beaded Brilliance ($45) in silver and Ice Formation ($55) in Pandora rose, have been added to the collection.  The Personal Galaxy safety chain ($65) helps ensure that your bracelet is secure while you look up at the stars.

The Traditional Christmas charms this year focus on warmth and family and are accented with a beautiful berry red and white enamel.  We love the new Christmas Train charm ($75)- it comes in two connected parts!

Another one of our favorites this year is the Warm Cocoa charm ($45)- how adorable is the candy cane sticking out of the whipped cream!  Take a close look at the Christmas Bear charm ($45) to see Pandora’s intense detail- he is holding the same cup of warm cocoa in his hand.  We also love the Merry Christmas charm ($40) as a way to celebrate the season for those who have a more neutral-colored bracelet.

Another staff favorite this year is the Cozy Christmas House dangle charm ($55).  From the front it is a festive red house.  Turn it around to take a peek inside the home at all of the Christmas decorations.

Rounding out the Traditional Christmas charms are the Happy Reindeer in Pandora Rose ($65), Nutcracker Dangle ($65)- great for ballerinas!- and the Perfect Christmas dangle ($55) that states “It’s not what’s under the tree that matters, it’s who’s gathered around it.”

In addition to the sterling silver and Pandora Rose charms, two new 14k yellow gold charms have been added in this year’s holiday collection.

The Heart of Luxury clip ($450) has beautiful pavé accents and a cut-out heart at the center.  The Glowing with Love charm ($350) features cut-out hearts with the word “Love” in script at the center.

Deck Your Neck (and Ears and Fingers!)

Like this year’s charms, the holiday collection jewelry can be grouped in two main themes: Purely Pandora, focusing on a minimalist look in smooth silver, and Luminous Ice, featuring the same baguette-cut CZs that added an icy look to many of the charms.

We love the simple aesthetic of the Purely Pandora pieces.  The Contemporary Pearl necklace ($90) and Hoop Earrings ($90) would make a great set for the girl who likes a streamlined look that focuses on the beauty of shining sterling.

The Luminous Ice pieces are perfect for the girl who likes a little sparkle in her life.  The Glacial Beauty Drop earrings ($90) are gorgeous in person and show off the on-trend forward facing hoop style.  The Shards of Sparkle necklace ($125) is a beautiful companion piece that would make anyone’s holiday merry and bright.

The necklaces category also sees the addition of a new Cross Pendant ($60) with a sparkling tapered bale and an engraved necklace with the script engraving “Blessed” ($75).

The Purely Pandora collection also includes an innovative new Y-necklace, String of Beads ($75) with an adjustable length and movable beads.  The Contemporary Pearls necklace in Pandora Rose ($225) is another beautiful selection for someone whose style leans more towards the simple and classic.  For someone who likes a more sentimental gift, the Moon and Stars necklace ($115) is a wonderful choice- emblazoned with sparkling stars, it opens to reveal the message “Love you to the moon and back.”

 

The Luminous Ice pendants, available in silver ($65) and Pandora Rose ($75), offer a petite flash of sparkle.

The Luminous Ice collection also includes a beautiful interpretation in the rings available in both the sterling silver ($75) and Pandora Rose ($100) finishes.

The Glacial Beauty ring ($100) is a new stackable design that complements the Luminous Ice collection with a row of baguette cut CZ stones.

 

Other additions to the ring collection include the Contemporary Pearl ring in Pandora Rose ($90), String of Beads Ring ($50), Contemporary Pearl cuff ring ($65), and Shards of Sparkle ring ($75).

Some of our favorite pieces in this year’s holiday jewelry are in the earrings category.  We love the Lunar Light stud earrings ($50) and Luminous Ice stud earrings ($60) for a touch of everyday sparkle.  The Glacial Beauty drop earrings are a gorgeous statement piece ($90).

From the Purely Pandora collection, the Contemporary Pearl Hoops in silver ($90) and Pandora Rose ($115) add a modern twist to an old standard.  The Classic Beads stud earrings ($45) and String of Beads hoop earrings ($50) continue the smooth beaded design.  One of the most innovative earring designs is the String of Beads dangle earrings ($65), which can be pulled to change the length of the dangling beads.

Pandora has also added two new sliding bracelet designs this year.  The String of Beads bracelet from the Purely Pandora collection ($65) features graduated beads in bright sterling silver.  The Glacial Beauty sliding bracelet ($100) is a stunning sparkling piece with scattered baguette cut CZs.

The open bangle also has a new design for Disney lovers- the end caps are cute Mickey and Minnie portraits ($125).

Mickey Clause is Coming to Town

This year’s Disney additions focus on classic Mickey and holiday celebrations.  There are also some new charms to showcase the Mary Poppins Returns movie coming out this year!

Mickey and Minnie’s sparkling portraits are now available as clips ($90), which look great as stationary pieces on a bangle or leather bracelet.  The Steamboat Willie ($65) portrait charm is part of the celebration of Mickey’s origins and the Sorcerer Mickey ($65) dangle charm honors one of his most famous roles.  We love that this year’s Disney additions include some overtly Christmas beads, including the Santa Mickey charm ($65), Santa Mickey’s Candy Cane dangle ($65), and Santa Mickey & Gift Bag dangle ($65).

Disney has also expanded into the Essence collection with the two-tone silver and Pandora Rose Mickey and Minnie portrait charms ($50).

This year’s Limited Edition charm ($100) celebrates Mickey’s 90th birthday. Packaged in a special box, it shows mickey leaning against a golden “90”- he looks good for his age!

For those anxiously awaiting the new Mary Poppins movie, these three charms are a delight! We love Mary Poppins’ bag ($50), which is covered in flowers and bears her name on the bottom.  The Mary Poppins Silhouette charm is distinctive in bright enamel colors ($65) and the Umbrella dangle ($70) focuses on one of her iconic symbols.

We also love the new Mickey and Minnie nesting rings! The sparkling Minnie silhouette and bow ($65) fits above the Minnie silhouette ($50).

Sometimes the Best Things Come Already Packaged

One of the highlights of the Pandora holiday collection is always their beautiful gift sets.  This year’s additions include two bracelet gift sets, a jewelry gift set, and this year’s Limited Edition 2018 charm.

The Luminous Ice jewelry gift set ($140) includes the Luminous Ice pendant and earrings and a 45cm sterling silver chain, for a savings of $25.

The Dazzling Wishes gift set includes the Pandora Smooth bracelet, Dazzling Wishes dangle charm, and two Shining Elegance clips.  At $179 it offers a savings of $66.

The set is presented in a beautiful white leatherette travel box with room for your bracelet, earrings, and necklaces.

Our favorite set is the Wintry Holiday Open Bangle set, which includes the open bangle and the new Pavé Sphere charm.  At $129 it offers a savings of $26.

We love the look of the set finished off with two galaxy spacers and pavé lights charms!

Following last year’s collaboration, this year’s Limited Edition charm is also presented in conjunction with the New York Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes.  The charm is decorated with glistening white enamel and a small star and moon dangle at the top.  It is presented in a larger replica of the ornament that you can hang on your tree!

We love the sparkle of this year’s holiday charms and jewelry.  Stop by Versant to see all of the new pieces in person!

 

 

 

Gift Guides, Helpful Hints, Holiday

It’s Your Time to Shine- Our 10 Favorite Gifts for Grads

It’s graduation party season! Hats off to the new graduates for all of their hard work and achievements. 🎓  Finding the perfect gift to celebrate these accomplishments can be a struggle- so we have assembled a list of our top ten favorite graduation gifts to take the stress out of graduation shopping.

Navigate Your Own Future

One of our favorite gifts for milestone occasions is our Compass Rose necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.  Starting at $85, these beautiful pieces feature the symbol of the compass, representing direction, guidance, and trailblazing.

Compass Rose with Sapphires $220, 14k Compass Rose Stud Earrings $75

Each Compass Rose piece comes with a card connecting the compass symbol to the occasion.  One of the standard cards expresses that we are not just travelers, but navigators of our future. This is a great way to remind the graduate that they have been instilled with the tools that will help them journey towards success and the achievement of their dreams.  There is also a graduation themed card that uses a quote by Emerson that tells the graduate “do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

The Compass Rose collection includes sterling silver, two-tone, and 14k gold versions. Several of the sterling silver necklaces are available with gemstone accents to add a little color or sparkle to this beautiful symbol.

You can find our Compass Rose collection here.

Symbols of Success

Another great way to symbolize the achievements of the new graduate is our Talisman collection necklaces.  These dainty necklaces feature either a meaningful symbol or phrase and come packaged with a card that explains the meaning of that symbol.

Star of Bethlehem Sterling Talisman with Oxidized Chain ($69), Dragonfly Large Sterling Talisman ($85), Snake Antique Book Talisman ($69), Going Places and Explore Dream Discover Talisman ($65)

We particularly love the Star of Bethlehem, Dragonfly, and Snake symbols for the graduate, symbolizing an inspiring path forward and the pursuit of new dreams.  The Going Places and Explore Dream Discover word talismans are also great choices!

You can explore all of the Talisman Collection here.

Because She’s a Gem

One of our newest favorite things are our WinterLemon Wellness necklaces.  These dainty necklaces, which are handmade locally in Bethlehem, each feature a set of three natural gemstones.

Lapis Wellness Necklace, Pyrite Wellness Necklace, Tiger’s Eye Wellness Necklace, Aventurine Wellness Necklace (all $49)

Each necklace is packaged on a card that talks about the properties of the gemstone.

We love the “She Believed She Could, So She Did” Lapis Necklace, “Make It Happen” Pyrite Necklace, and “Carpe Diem” Apatite necklace for the new graduate!

Thanks for the Memories

A new Pandora bracelet is always a great gift for a big occasion.  With their ever-expanding repertoire of both meaningful and beautiful charms, it is easy to start a stunning bracelet that captures the graduation moment.  Starting a new Pandora bracelet gives your graduate a piece of jewelry that she can use to memorialize the next big steps in her life- whether it be finding her dream career, continuing her education, or creating her own home and family.

Essence Open Bangle ($65) with Dedication ($55), Strength ($45), and Strength ($60) charms. Pandora Moments Bangle ($65) with Dreamcatcher ($50), Light Blue Petite Facets ($50 each), Pave Lights ($70 each), and Ribbed Clips ($30 each)

We love the new Dreamcatcher charm, inscribed on the top with “Follow Your Dreams” as the centerpiece of a new bracelet.  For the girl who prefers more of a fashion look to the traditional charm bracelet, the Essence collection is the perfect solution.  The Essence Collection features a daintier bracelet with smaller charms that are more uniform in size and shape. Each charm is associated with a different attribute, such as wisdom or dedication, which is engraved on the side of the charm.

Find out more about the Pandora brand here.

Reach for the Stars

Next on our top 10 picks for the recent graduate is our celestial-themed jewelry from WinterLemon.  These diamond accented pieces are a wonderful way to tell your graduate to keep reaching for the stars.

Polaris Star Necklace ($175), Rose Gold Vermeil Star of Bethlehem Necklace ($99), Soleil Sunburst Necklace ($175)

Handmade locally in Bethlehem, these pieces stand out from tired old styles of mass-produced jewelry.  We love the use of oxidized sterling silver and rose gold to add a different style to a common symbol.

Andromeda Star & Moon Necklace ($320), Diamond Starburst Compass Necklace ($115), Black Spinel Moravian Star Silhouette Necklace ($115), Lyra Star Necklace ($205)

Many of our WinterLemon celestial necklaces feature starbursts that remind us of the Moravian Star- a perfect way for the graduate to honor her time in Bethlehem.

You can see more of our WinterLemon collection here.

Turn the Tassel

One of the biggest symbols of graduation is the graduate turning the tassel at the end of the ceremony.  We think a great way to honor that moment is with tassel themed jewelry!

Cometa Tassel Necklace ($275), Pink Sapphire Long Tassel Necklace ($149)

Many of our brands include tassel jewelry within their offerings- from fashion jewelry such as Sorrelli and Brighton to sterling silver offerings from Pandora, WinterLemon, and Officina Bernardi.

Watch Over Her

Graduation is an exciting and life changing event.  Much of the time, it means that the graduate is going to be going off into the world and leaving home.  We love the idea of an Angel Whisperer necklace as a gift that reminds them that they will always be watched over with love.

Each Thortiuda necklace opens to reveal a colored chime.  This chime is meant to “call your angel” to watch over you.  This representation is very symbolic for the graduate, who may be spreading her wings and living on their own for the first time. Each color is representative of a different value and has a slightly different sound.  Grey symbolizes wisdom and decisions, great for the new graduate!

The Thortiuda pendant comes in sterling silver, dark ruthenium plated, rose gold plated, and yellow gold plated styles.  In addition to being meaningful it is very stylish- it is one of the jewelry items in our store that our customers come back to tell us they get the most compliments on!

You can explore our Thortiuda collection here.

Make Her Shine

The classic gift for the graduate is an heirloom piece of jewelry that they can cherish their whole life as a symbol of their great accomplishment.  For a piece that will last a lifetime and never go out of style, there is no match for fine jewelry.  Gold jewelry, either yellow, white, or rose, is much more durable than silver fashion jewelry and can stand everyday wear and years of love.  Fine jewelry also holds its value and will be something that your graduate can someday gift to her children.

Yellow Gold and Diamond Clover Necklace ($350), White Gold and Diamond Starburst Necklace ($539), Delicate Rose Gold Necklace with Single Diamond ($380), Diamond Stud Earrings ($450), Rose Gold Pave Diamond Stud Earrings ($425)

We love simple gold and diamond necklaces or studs as a graduation gift.  While stylish, they are not overly trendy and will never go out of style.

You can explore more of our fine jewelry here.

Remind Her of Home

For the graduate leaving home to go to college or a new job, a reminder of where she is anchored is a unique graduation gift.  Our Lat & Lo latitude and longitude bar necklaces and cuff bracelets have the location of Bethlehem on the front and are engraved “Bethlehem” with the Star of Bethlehem symbol on the back.

Available in both sterling silver ($64) and gold filled ($69), they are a visible reminder of the graduates roots.

For the graduate who went to school at Moravian or Lehigh, it is a great way to celebrate the special place where she got her education!

Celebrate Her Alma Mater

Our last graduation gift pick is for the local college graduate.  Upstairs in Haven, we have a lot of local art celebrating the historic landmarks and locations in the Lehigh Valley.  In addition to our maps and photo prints, we have several antique postcard reproductions featuring our local colleges!

Pardee Hall Framed

Lafayette College 8×10″ Print ($12 unframed)

 

Comenius Hall

Moravian College Comenius Hall 8×10″ Print ($12 unframed)

 

Lehigh University Bird’s Eye View 8×10″ Print ($12 unframed)

You can explore more of our local art here.

 

We hope you found our Top 10 Picks for the Graduate helpful to survive the graduation gift season with some unique and meaningful gifts!  You can browse our new online store here to find some more of our unique gift items. Just as in store, we offer complimentary gift wrapping of all jewelry items in our online shop and free shipping for jewelry orders over $50!  If you need a gift quickly, we also offer local pickup as an alternative to shipping through the mail so you can shop online and pick up- wrapped and ready- at Versant.

 

As always, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our wonderful customers who choose to #shopsmall with us.  We know you have a choice with where you shop and we are grateful that you choose to shop with our local small business.

Events, Holiday, New Arrivals, Pandora

Top 10 Picks to Make Mom Sparkle

Mother’s Day is on the horizon! Are you overwhelmed trying to find the perfect gift for mom? Worry no more- we have compiled a list of our favorite things to make mom sparkle this Mother’s Day!  From the classics to unique finds, we have included something for everyone.  Can’t live without something on the list? Many of our items are available on our new online shop!

Make it Meaningful

Does mom love jewelry that is both unique and meaningful? Our new Talisman Collection pieces might be just the thing for her!  A talisman is a jewelry object that is believed to bring good luck, protect against harm, and is charged with the meaning of a chosen symbol or word.

Fierce Talisman Necklace ($65), Devoted Talisman Necklace with Garnet ($69), Crown Talisman Necklace with Moonstone ($69)

Our talisman necklaces are delicate pieces made from sterling silver that have a word, phrase, or symbol.  Some of our talismans are made from antique book pages, making them one-of-a-kind- just like mom!

Each of our symbol talisman necklaces comes with a meaning card explaining the significance behind the symbol.  Want to personalize it even more? Add some small charms from our Waxing Poetic collection, such as birthstones or initials of family members!

Foundation Tree of Life 7 oz. Candle ($16)

Our Talisman Collection also includes soy candles scented using essential oils.  Each candle comes with a booklet explaining the symbol meaning and the benefits of the essential oils used.

Interested in learning more about our Talisman Collection?  Check out all of our Talisman offerings in our online store here.

Charm Her

Are fine details and customizability things that mom values?  Pandora Jewelry is right up her alley!  Pandora charms and jewelry are lovingly crafted from sterling silver and Pandora Rose with hand-set stones, making a high quality piece with beautiful details.  With a wide selection of varied styles and themes to choose from, it is easy to make a custom bracelet that can represent what mom means to her family or appeal to her individual sense of style.

Each year Pandora releases a new collection geared towards Mother’s Day.  We love this year’s new additions!  The Bonds of Love jewelry pieces, featuring a stylized bow that represents that strong bond between a mother and her family, are classic and elegant.  The charm selections are also very sweet- we particularly love the mother and baby bird dangle charm.

This year’s charms have some intricate details that really make them feel special.  One example is the Perfect Home charm, which opens in to reveal the saying “Home is where MOM is.”

 

Is mom just starting out on a bracelet or is her bracelet almost full?  Check out the new Pandora open bangle!  This is our favorite Pandora piece- it is easy to put on, includes two silver stoppers to keep your charms in place, and is very comfortable and stylish!

You can wear the bangle with your favorite charms, a simple statement charm, or turn it around and wear it by itself as a cuff with no charms at all!

 

Support Our Local Family

Is mom one-of-a-kind? One of the best ways to find a unique gift to suit her tastes is to shop locally sourced treasures handmade by some of our smaller local artisans.

If mom has a special connection to Bethlehem, we have a variety of Star of Bethlehem jewelry made especially for us that would be a great way to celebrate her own roots or where she has decided to grow her family.  We love the Star of Bethlehem symbol for moms who work in the St. Luke’s network as well!

Another local favorite is one of our exclusive designers, WinterLemon Jewelry, which is handmade in Bethlehem.  These pieces are handmade from natural gemstones and many of them are one-of-a-kind!  We particularly love WinterLemon’s rose gold pieces with labradorite and moonstone for spring.

 

WinterLemon Wellness Collection Gemstone Bracelets (starting at $16)

If mom never leaves home without her stack of bracelets, WinterLemon’s new Wellness Collection is a great choice.  These stretch bracelets are made from natural gemstones and come with a card explaining the properties of the stone used.  Starting at $16, it is easy to put together a stack of complementary colors and textures to make mom smile!

 

Want to explore more of our local designers? You can find WinterLemon here and our Star Collection here.

Go for the Gold

Gold is back in a big way!  For the mom who is on-trend, gold jewelry is a must have. Golden tones are especially great for the sunshine loving mom who lives for those perfect summer days.  Our golden pick for Mother’s Day is Julie Vos jewelry.  Constructed of 24k gold over brass and studded with semi-precious stones, pearls, and glass, these nature and architecture inspired pieces combine classic styles with current colors and textures.

Bee Necklace ($168), Loire Pearl Station Necklace ($225), Loire Aqua Pendant Necklace ($185), Loire Aqua Station Necklace ($225), Valencia Reversible Coin Necklace ($265)

Some of the most show-stopping Julie Vos pieces are her statement necklaces.  Many of her longer layering necklaces have a special loop to allow them to easily be worn doubled, giving them an extra versatility.  The iridescent aqua pieces are our favorites- they remind us of a bright summer sky!

Milano 6-stone Bangle ($85-$125)

For the mom that prefers bracelets, Julie Vos’ stacking bangles are also a real treat!  We love creating stacks with her Milano 6-stone bangle in different colors.  The pearl and aqua blue stones make a beautiful combination!

Clara Chandelier Earrings ($165)

Another one of our favorite pieces from this season’s collection is the Clara Chandelier earrings in iridescent blue chalcedony.  The color in these earrings is so vibrant and unique!

 

Do you think mom would love Julie Vos as much as we do?  You can see more of the collection here.

Memory Keeper

Many say that mom is the heart of the family- she nurtures us through the important milestones of our lives and can make simple moments into lifelong memories.  We love the idea of a charm locket honor her role as memory maker and keeper.

Smooth Heart Locket ($125) with Initial ($10), Birthstone ($20) and Family ($10) petite charms.

Pandora’s Memory Locket and petite charms make it easy to create the perfect vignette for mom.  The lockets themselves are available in several different shapes and sizes and use high-quality sapphire crystal to ensure a locket that will stand the test of time without becoming scratched or cloudy.  With several family-related charms, birthstones, and the new initials collection, you can create a collection with a piece that represents everyone in your family.

Heart Key Locket ($140), Sparkling Medium Locket ($140), Petite Charms starting at $10

One of our favorite features of the sparkling lockets is that they are reversible!  Wear them sparkly side up when you are feeling like you need a little shine or wear them with the smooth silver side up when you want a more casual look.

Because She’s Your Rock

Mom is a lot like a diamond- she brings light and sparkle into our life but is also one of the strongest things in our world.  Bring a little radiance into her life with a piece of fine jewelry to show her how much you appreciate everything she represents.  Unlike costume and silver jewelry, which will not stand everyday wear over the years, a piece of gold jewelry is something that she can cherish throughout her lifetime.

When looking at fine jewelry, we love a simple silhouette to ensure that it is something that mom can wear with as much style 10 years from now as she will today.  We love this diamond solitaire necklace because it is both elegant and classic in style.

 

For something more unique, this Paraiba Tourmaline & Diamond necklace is one of our absolute favorites- this rare stone has such a unique color!  We also love this floating Marquise Diamond necklace for a very delicate look that still packs on the sparkle.

POP Diamond Bracelet ($250)

For the more active mom, the POP Diamond bracelet would make a wonderful gift.  A 0.10ct diamond is set in sterling silver on a nylon cord, making this a great choice for the mom on the go.

Interested in looking at more of our fine jewelry selections?  You can browse some more of our selection here.

Home is Where Mom Is

We love our Compass Rose collection for almost any occasion, but it is particularly fitting for Mother’s Day.  The symbol of the compass embodies the ideas of guidance and coming home.  The Compass Rose tells mom that, no matter how far we may travel, our heart will always know the way back home to her.

In addition to the standard Compass Rose card, we have some wonderful mom-related cards that you can choose from.

The oxidized and colored enamel Compass Rose pendants also include the engraving on the back that “Life brings us to unexpected places. Love brings us home.”

Do you think that the Compass Rose might be the perfect gift for mom?  You can see more styles here.

Your Guardian Angel

Is mom the guardian angel of your family?  Show your appreciation with a beautiful Thortiuda necklace!  Thortiuda, Thai for angel, is also called the Angel Whisperer.  Each pendant opens to reveal a colored chime whose soft tone brings peace in a  stressful world and is meant to call your angel to watch over you.  These necklaces are designed after traditional bolo necklaces worn in different cultures during pregnancy.  The chime, worn over the belly, soothes the baby and brings an angel’s protection.

Large Silver Thortiuda Pendant with CZ Accents ($209), Colored Chimes ($18 each), Crystal Encrusted Chimes ($59)

One of our favorite parts of Thortiuda is the interchangeable chimes.  Each color has its own meaning and its own sound.  Choose a color that best reflects what mom means to you!

Thortiuda pendants come in rhodium plated sterling silver, rose gold plated sterling silver, and yellow gold plated sterling silver in 3 sizes. The largest sizes is also available with CZ accents for some extra bling!

Interested in seeing more Thortiuda styles and chimes?  You can find our collection here.

Feather Her Nest

Does mom prefer to adorn her house rather than herself?  Upstairs in Haven we have a lot of unique finds to make her house feel like a home!

Many of our handmade canvas signs feature a quote celebrating love or family.  Some, like You are My Sunshine, are a great way to celebrate a special phrase shared between you and mom during your childhood.

Flower Ballerina 8×10″ Art Prints ($12 each unframed)

Are you celebrating a new mom or mom-to-be?  Help her decorate her nursery with some of our whimsical art prints, such as these Flower Ballerinas.

West Bethlehem Bird’s Eye Map ($15 unframed)

If mom has strong roots in our local area, another fun gift idea is one of our local maps.  We have a wide selection of areas throughout the Lehigh Valley- search out a map that shows where your family has put down roots and where she herself grew up to make her a special set!

Want to see more items from our wall art and map selection? Browse some of our print and canvas selection here.

Let Her Choose

Does mom like the freedom of being able to choose her own gift?  A Versant gift card might be your best option! With a gift certificate, you give her the freedom to take the time out to treat herself.  This is also a great gift for those last minute shoppers!  You can always purchase a Versant gift card in store, but now you can also purchase a printable Versant digital gift certificate through our online store!  Digital gift certificates can be used both online and at our retail location.

 

We hope you found some helpful hints in our Top Ten picks for mom this Mother’s Day!  If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out our new online store, please take the chance to give it a glance! Just as we do in-store, we offer complementary gift wrapping on all jewelry items and free shipping on any jewelry purchase over $50 with the code FREESHIP50.  You can also choose to pick up your items at the store by choosing “Local Pickup” as your shipping option.   As always, we are very grateful to all of our customers who choose to support their local small business by shopping with us.  We know you have many choices when it comes to gift giving, and we are very proud thankful that you choose to shop with our Versant family!

 

 

 

Holiday, New Arrivals, Pandora

Celebrate the Bonds of Love- The Pandora 2018 Mother’s Day Collection is Here

The Pandora 2018 Mother’s Day collection is here and it has added beautiful new pieces in virtually every category of Pandora! Focusing on soft pinks with hints of sparkle, the Mother’s Day collection is meant to help us celebrate the bonds of love.  Check out our overview of all of the new pieces below!

Pandora Mother’s Day Collection Family Related Charms

As always, the Mother’s Day collection’s main focus is charms that celebrate the family and mom’s place within it.  This year’s collection really goes beyond the traditional “mom” charms- we love the unique ways the new designers have found to honor mom!

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Brilliant Bow Earrings ($60), Mother & Baby Bird ($50), Perfect Home ($55), Brilliant Bow Ring ($65)

Two of our new favorite charms are the Mother and Baby Bird dangle and the Perfect Home dangle.  The birds are such a sweet representation of a mother and child relationship and have a beautiful ombre effect in the sparkling stones that surround the birds.

pandora mother's day collection 2018

The Perfect Home is a locket-style charm that opens to say “Home is where MOM is.”

pandora mother's day collection 2018

Family Tree Necklace ($125); Everything I Am You Helped Me to Be Necklace ($75); Degrees of Love Charm ($35), Love Mom charm ($45), and Petite Facets Purple Charm ($50) on Open Bangle with Sparkling End Caps ($125)

Another one of our new favorite charms is the Degrees of Love charm.  With a soft enamel that blends from pink to lavender, one side says “❤ you more” and the other says “❤ you most”.  We love that this charm celebrates our love for mom but still has a beautiful abstract look!  The new enamel Love Mom charm is also a very pretty complement to the colors of the season and is a great look for those moms who prefer the silver and enamel charms to those with pavé stones.

pandora mother's day collection 2018

Mama Bear charm ($65) with Shining Path Clips ($45) on Pandora Sliding Bracelet ($65)

We also love the new engraved “Mama Bear” charm to celebrate how fierce our mother’s love can be!

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Rounding out the family themed charms are some beautiful new family tree charms, mom and harmonious hearts dangles, whimsical balloon animals, and a new murano glass charm with glitter pink in the interior.

pandora mother's day collection 2018

The Bonds of Love themed charms feature a bow motif and, in addition to two new clips and a heart bow charm, include a new “statement charm” that is much larger than the traditional Pandora charms.  We love the way the Brilliant Bow looks styled by itself on an open bangle!

pandora mother's day collection 2018

Open Bangle with Sparkling End Caps ($125); Sparkling Strand bracelet with Golden CZs ($50); Brilliant Bow Charm ($90) on Open Bangle with Smooth End Caps ($80)

Celebration Charms

In addition to the family themed charms, this year’s Mother’s Day Collection includes some fun new celebration charms!  These range from milestone birthdays and achievements to bridal themed charms.

pandora mother's day collection 2018

Celebration Bouquet charm ($55), Celebration Cake charm ($45), Best Bridesmaid charm ($45)

We think the new Celebration Cake charm, with it’s multicolored enamel icing and “Congrats” tag,  is particularly adorable.  The Celebration Bouquet and Best Bridesmaid charms are a great way to ask your friends to be a part of your bridal party or commemorate the day!

pandora mother's day collection 2018

 

Other additions include a love themed safety chain, a Love Couple trio that includes a mustache, “Mr & Mrs.” heart charm, and pink lips, a 2018 graduation scroll, milestone age or anniversary charms, and an Achievement trophy.

Pandora Rose

The 2018 Mother’s Day Collection is a big step forwards for Pandora Rose lovers!  There are a lot of new additions in the charms category, including both new designs and some of our favorite silver designs redesigned in Pandora Rose.

pandora mother's day collection 2018

Mother & Daughter Charm Set ($90) on Pandora Rose Bangle and Smooth Bracelet ($150 each)

One of our favorite Pandora Rose charms is the Mother & Daughter set of 2.  We love the combination of the Pandora Rose with the cream enamel.  This is a great gift for daughters with Pandora to give because it includes a gift for yourself as well!

pandora mother's day collection 2018

In the new Pandora Rose charms. the Hearts Filigree, Pattern of Love, Part of My Heart, and Harmonious Hearts Pacifier are all designs available only in the Rose.  We particularly like the Patterns of Love, which has “Love Makes a Family” engraved on the back and a pretty lattice design on the front.

Gift Sets

Pandora always includes some great value gift sets in their Mother’s Day Collection.  This year’s sets are a real treat with a great variety of stylings!

pandora mother's day collection 2018

The Perfect Mom bangle set is a wonderful gift for the silver loving mom.  Add a new bangle to stack on with her existing bracelets or start off her collection with this set! It includes the Heart Bangle and the Perfect Mom charm.  At $99, it represents a 14% savings over the normal retail price of $115 and comes in the special Mother’s Day limited edition box.

pandora mother's day collection 2018

The In My Heart gift set is a great introduction for the mom who wants to start collecting Pandora Rose. This set includes the Rose Heart clasp bracelet, two Rose Shining Path clips, and the new In My Heart two-tone charm.  At $229, it represents a 10% savings over the normal retail price of $255 and comes in the special Mother’s Day limited edition box.

pandora mother's day collection 2018

The Flourishing Hearts gift set is great for the mom who has been branching out into Pandora’s beautiful jewelry options beyond their charm offerings.  The set includes the Flourishing Hearts stud earrings and Flourishing Hearts dangle charm on Pandora sterling 45cm chain.  The charm can be worn on the chain or added to her Pandora bracelet! At $99,  it represents a 17.5% savings over the normal retail price of $255 and comes in the special Mother’s Day limited edition box.

pandora mother's day collection 2018

The Sparkling Mom gift set brings mom into the innovative world of Pandora’s memory lockets.  Made with sapphire crystal, like luxury watches, to deter scratching of the clear surface, these lockets let you make beautiful vignettes with Pandora petite charms.  The locket included in this set is reversible- you can wear it with the sparkling pavé side or the smooth silver side facing up.  It includes three of the new letter charms spelling out “mom.” At $129, it represents a 24% savings over the normal retail price of $255 and comes in the special Mother’s Day limited edition box.

pandora mother's day collection 2018

The last special addition this year is the Flourishing Hearts Limited Edition locket bangle.  This bangle has the new locket-style clasp with the Flourishing Hearts motif and is engraved “Love makes a family” on the bangle.  You can add charms to the bangle, but we think this bangle would also be beautiful standing by itself stacked with mom’s other bracelets!  This is a Limited Edition offering and is $75.

Earrings, Rings, and More

With the Mother’s Day Collection, a small group of new jewelry items beyond the charms has been released as well.

pandora mother's day collection 2018

One of our favorite new additions is the new Alphabet petites ($10) for the Memory Lockets.  These new initials are reversible- one side is a smooth silver and the other has a pretty texture studded with hearts and small dots.  Mix initials and birthstones to make a representation of your family!pandora mother's day collection 2018

We love the new Brilliant Bow earrings ($60)- more abstract (and mature) than the existing bow earrings, the long line of these is really pretty when you wear them as an ear climber.  Other earring additions include new small hoop-style abstract heart earrings in both silver and Pandora Rose, Flourishing Heart studs, heart studs with a soft pink enamel.pandora mother's day collection 2018

In new necklaces, there are two disc-style engraved necklaces ($75).  These are a longer length and would make great layering pieces.  The new Pandora Signature collection has added some heart pendant designs in both silver and Pandora Rose as well.pandora mother's day collection 2018

One of our favorite additions in the Mother’s Day Collection is the Pandora Rose version of the wishbone rings released during the holidays!  These look great stacked together or stacked with their silver counterparts.  The Shimmering Wish with its sparkling CZs is particularly pretty!  There are also two new Pandora Signature rings, one in silver and one in Rose, and a Brilliant Bow statement ring.

pandora mother's day collection 2018

Pandora has continued to innovate in their bracelet designs this year.  The new bolo-style sliding bracelets, which began last year with the Sparkling Strand, have made their way into the charm line as well.  These bracelets adjust to fit any wrist size, making sizing much easier, and have interchangeable ends so that you can make two-tone designs!  The Sparkling Strand bracelet has also been updated to include a new version with golden colored CZs.

Essence Collection

Pandora has also added some new styles to the Essence Collection with it’s Mother’s Day release.

pandora mother's day collection 2018

Our favorite addition in the Essence line is the beautiful new Pandora Rose necklace!  The perfect length, it looks gorgeous styles with Pandora Rose essence charms.  We also love the way the Dignity Pearl charm and faceted stone charms look to add some contrast to the Rose tones.  One of our other favorite new pieces is the Love Makes a Family Pandora Rose Essence charm.  It has a texture of beautiful scrolling vines to represent the branches of your family tree.

pandora mother's day collection 2018

Other additions to the collection include new smooth Follow Your Heart spacers in silver rand Pandora Rose, Rose versions of some of the silver dangle charms, and the Bonds of Love charm which has a rose cage encases a blush pink crystal.

Disney Collection

The last addition to this year’s Mother’s Day Collection are the new Pandora Disney charms.  This season’s new additions focus on the iconic Mickey and Minnie and their adventures as a couple.

pandora mother's day collection 2018

Mickey & Minnie Vintage Car Charm ($50)

We particularly love the whimsical Mickey & Minnie Vintage Car charm- it has so many details!

Other new additions include two new safety chains, a Floating Minnie Dangle, a new Vintage Mickey clip with white enamel, Mickey’s glove, and a Vintage Minnie charm with pink enamel.

 

We hope you love the new Pandora Mother’s Day collection as much as we do!  Stop by Versant in person to see all of the new pieces in person and let us help you style them into a selection that mom will love.  As always, we are grateful to all of our customers who choose to #shopsmall and support our local small business.

Alex and Ani, Free Gift, Holiday, New Arrivals, Pandora, Valentine's Day

Our Valentine’s Day Top Ten Favorite Gift Picks!

Valentine’s Day is almost here!  Need some gift ideas for that special someone or some fun things to hint at for yourself? We’ve made it easy this year with our top ten picks to bring the love this Valentine’s Day.  Flowers wilt within the week and chocolate gets eaten as soon as it is opened, but jewelry will let your love sparkle on all year long!

Compass Rose- Let Love Guide the Way

We love our beautiful Compass Rose necklaces and bracelets.  Not only are they elegant, but they have a lovely meaning as well.  Keep the sentiment that “Life brings us to unexpected places. Love brings us home” or choose one of our custom cards tailored to different relationships and occasions. We are particularly fond of the new two-tone necklace with rose gold for the romantic-at-heart.

valentine's day

Compass Rose Necklace- Sterling Silver and 14k Rose Gold- $145

 

Pandora Bracelets- Charm Her

Pandora is a classic choice for a memorable and meaningful gift.  Not only is it alluring, the thought that goes into choosing a charm makes it a personal experience.  We love some of the new bracelet styles that have been introduced in the past year.  Not only are they a great way to start a Pandora bracelet for someone who is new to the charm world, they are a wonderful way to give life to an old collection of charms.  The new open bangle has become one of our best-selling bracelets, and for good reason.  Not only is it easy to take on and off, but it comes with spacers to keep your charms in place and fits more naturally to your wrist than a round bracelet.  The new heart lock bracelet is also a stunning addition to the collection.

valentine's day

Love Locks Earrings ($45), Lock Your Promise Bracelet ($75), Open Bangle ($75), Shape of Love Charm (Center, $55), Key to My Heart Charm/Pendant ($75) on chain ($30)

The great thing about the curated collections that are released for Valentine’s Day is that they are designed around a common theme.  This makes it easy to add some beautiful jewelry pieces that coordinate with the charms to make a well-rounded gift!  We love the “Love Locks” pieces from this years collection.  The “You & Me” ring is also a sweet piece for a young girl.

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You & Me Ring ($45)

Sorrelli Jewelry- Sparkle Your Way Into Her Heart

Does your girl love to sparkle? Sorrelli Jewelry will help her shine! Crafted with Swarovski crystals, this locally designed jewelry line (from Kutztown, PA!) makes both statement pieces and everyday gems to help your special someone get her glitter on.  Even better- until Valentine’s Day, purchases in Sorrelli Jewelry of $100 or more will receive a beautiful pair of blush stud earrings for free!

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Twinkling Thistle Necklace ($120), One and Only Earrings ($30 retail, free with $100 purchase)

Stacking Bracelets- Create a One-of-a-Kind Collection

Does your special someone celebrate every day with her own arm party of stacking bracelets? Let us help you create a coordinated stack to express your love and fit into her personal style and personality!

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Sterling Infinity Bracelet ($119), Sterling & White Sapphire Arrow Cuff ($225), Sterling Heart Pull Chain Bracelet ($68), POP 0.10ctw Diamond Bracelet ($250)

Thortiuda- Call Her Angel

Our Thortiuda pendants are a staff favorite- they are one of the pieces of jewelry we get the most compliments on!  Classic in style but unique enough to stand out in a crowd, these necklaces open to allow the chime inside to be interchanged for different colors.  Named for the Thai word for angel, the necklace is designed from traditional necklaces meant to call your guardian angel.  Each colored chime has a different meaning- choose one that best captures your sentiment for the season!

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Large Rose Gold Plated Sterling Pendant w/CZ Accents ($249), Medium Rhodium Plated Sterling Pendant ($109), Small Angel Wing ($69)

Pandora Rose- For the Romantic

The vintage color of rose gold is popular with the bohemian and romantic personalities alike.  Pandora Rose, a proprietary metal blend that combines sterling silver and copper, gives the beautiful hue of rose gold without the price of a solid rose gold piece.  This year’s Valentine’s Day collection has some fun new additions in the Pandora Rose. We love the typography-inspired “I Love You” dangle charm.  Combining both silver and the Pandora Rose, it is a great way to start on a two-tone bracelet!

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Black Leather Double Wrap Bracelet ($50), I Love You Rose Charm ($65), Rose Tumbling Hearts Charm ($80)

WinterLemon- You are my Sun, My Moon, and All My Stars

We love the celestial pieces in our locally-made WinterLemon jewelry, which are handmade from precious metals and genuine gemstones.  We think they are a stylish way to express the heavenly nature of love.  Not only do they let you show your love for your special someone, they let you show your love for you community as well be supporting a local artist!

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Black Spinel Oxidized Sterling Moravian Star Necklace ($148), Oxidized Sterling Starburst Pendant w/Diamonds on Vermeil Rose Gold Chain ($225)

Diamonds Are Always a Good Idea

Elizabeth Taylor once said “Big girls need big diamonds”- and for good reason!  A girl may have dreams of silver and CZs, but give a woman a diamond! One of the strongest materials on earth, diamond jewelry is an investment piece made to last.  Unlike silver fashion jewelry which is not meant for everyday use and will not stand the test of time, giving a gift of gold and precious gemstones means giving a gift that can be worn for decades with the same sparkle.

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White Gold and 0.10.ctw Diamond Infinity Necklace ($385), Yellow Gold and 0.30ctw Diamond Heart Necklace ($699), White Gold and 0.03ctw Diamond Heart Necklace ($245), White Gold Pave 0.14ctw Diamond Stud Earrings ($425), White Gold 0.07ctw Diamond Claddagh Ring ($575)

Alex and Ani- A Gift for the Gals

Celebrating Galentine’s Day with your girlfriends? Drop them a sweet treat with one of Alex and Ani’s new Valentine’s Day bangles! We love the new “Mon Amie” bangle as a way of celebrating friendship- it translates to “My Friend” from French.  Add a sparkling Swarovski bangle or one of the new beaded pieces in the shiny rose finish for an extra touch of sparkle!

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Mon Amie bangle ($38), Swarovski beaded bangle ($58), Shiny Rose beaded bangle ($28)

Chase & Wonder- Humor Her

Does your special someone always tell you that one of her favorite things about you is your sense of humor?  Check out some of our fun tongue-in-cheek gifts from upstairs in Haven!  Does she always have an overflowing armful of things as she heads out the door to work or school? Get her one of our Chase & Wonder “Foxy Lady” totes!

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Foxy Lady Screenprinted Tote ($30)

Is one of your favorite times of the day the early morning when you sit side-by-side reaching optimal levels of caffeine together? Get a matching set of His and Hers coffee mugs.  Fill them with some chocolates or a gift card to her favorite coffee place to add an extra treat!

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Dashing Gent ($18) and Flower Lady ($18) Fine China Mugs

The Gift of Choice

Are you feeling overwhelmed this Valentine’s Day? Give her the gift of choosing her own perfect gift with a Versant gift card. If you want to have something fun for her to unwrap, pick one of our fun (and affordable!) Katie Loxton pouches or wallets to hide the gift card in- when she opens it up she will get an extra surprise.

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Katie Loxton Perfect Pouch ($24)

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Katie Loxton Wallet ($49)

Stop by Versant to see all of our picks and person!  While you are here, save yourself some time (and tape)- we will gift wrap your treasures in our signature wrapping for free.  As always, thank you to all of our wonderful customers for choosing to #shopsmall with us and support our local small business.

Holiday, Limited Edition, New Arrivals, Pandora, Valentine's Day

Lock Your Promise- Pandora 2018 Valentine’s Day Collection Review

Get ready to get romantic- the Pandora Valentine’s Day mini-collection is here!  This year’s new additions include some classic styles mixed in with some colorful new additions with a whimsical style.  The new collection includes pieces in every category, including a new bracelet concept.  Check out our review below!

Charms

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The centerpiece of Pandora’s Valentine’s Day collection is a selection of new charms in wide-ranging styles.  The main focuses of this year’s campaign include a beautiful lock and key motif, the encouragement to “kiss more” with kiss themed pieces, and saturated color in bright fuchsia and salmon-pink.

 

The first group of charms are bursting with color.  Many of the enamel charms have an ombre effect with graduating color from the edges to the sides.  We particularly love the new Shape of Love charm, which features a faceted rose crystal.  Included in this grouping is the new innovative spacer shaped like a heart, a new standard clip, and a new silicone grip clip.

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Explosion of Love ($80), Burst of Love ($50), Two Hearts Spacer ($30), Shape of Love ($55), Burst of Love Clip ($40), Explosion of Love Clip ($40)

The next grouping is a whimsical interpretation of the idea that we should “Kiss More.”  We love the details in the emoji style Kiss charm- it has glitter cerise enamel on the lips and hearts along the edge.  The lips charm is a limited selection at the moment.

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Kiss ($45), Lips ($75), Love & Kisses ($35), Kisses all Around ($55)

The last grouping appeals to the more classic style, with touches of gold accenting bright silver.  Light pink cubic zirconia give a touch of romantic color.  The lock and key symbols and the “You & Me” sentiment are used frequently throughout the Valentine’s collection- we really like the new key dangle charm with gold lock. There is also a new heart lock-shaped clip that makes a great statement as a bangle centerpiece.

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Two Hearts ($75), Two Hearts w/Clear CZ ($55), Talk About Love ($35), Lock Your Promise ($65), I Love You ($50), Tree of Love ($50), Key to My Heart ($75)

There are also a few new additions in rose.  The Pandora Rose pieces in this collection are accented with a synthetic ruby.  We like the mixture of the Pandora Rose and silver letters in the Rose interpretation of the I Love You charm- it is a great way to tie together a mixed metal charm collection.

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Two Hearts Rose Spacer ($40), I Love You Rose ($65)

There is one addition to the Essence collection- a beautiful fuchsia faceted crystal charm that mirrors the Shape of Love charm in the Moments collection.  The meaning behind this charm is Love- the perfect sentiment for the season.

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Love Essence Charm ($50)

Bracelets

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One of the most exciting parts of the new Pandora Valentine’s Day collection is the addition of a new bracelet concept.  The Lock Your Promise bracelet features a new removable lock closure.  We are looking forward to seeing what other similar clasps are going to become available for this concept!

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Explosion of Love Bracelet ($90), Lock Your Promise Bracelet ($75)

The Explosion of Love bracelet carries forward the bolo-style bracelet design.  We like this design because it allows the wearer to adjust the size to what is comfortable to them.  This sweet design has small pink CZ hearts studding the smooth silver cuff.

Necklaces

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One of our favorite new pieces in this collection is the key-shaped Memory Locket!  Fitting 2-3 petite charms, this locket has beautiful details and a classic shape similar to the Tiffany keys collection.

There is also a lock necklace with a similar concept to the Lock Your Promise bracelet.  We love the details on the Tree of Love necklace, where two colorful enamel hearts are nestled within the tree’s branches.

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Lock Your Promise Necklace ($100), I Love You Necklace ($75), Tree of Love Necklace ($90), Floating Locket Heart Key ($140)

To accompany the new key locket, there are four new Petite charms.  We love the lock and key together as a pair!

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Kiss Petite ($10), Heart Key Petite ($10), Love Lock Petite ($10), Love Kiss Rose Petite ($15)

Earrings

Pandora continues to be very innovative in their earring designs.  We love seeing all of the new concepts that are being released and how we can customize them using the pieces we have at home! The new Two Hearts Hoops use a stud earring at the front of the ear that fits into the hoop in the back.  Use some of your other Pandora studs to change the look of the earring!

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Pure Love Earrings ($65), Love Locks ($45), Two Hearts Earrings ($90)

We also adore the sweet Love Locks studs.  With the short dangle of the heart lock, they offer a little more than the traditional small stud.

Rings

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On to one of our favorite categories- rings!  There are only a few additions to the rings in this year’s collection, but they are beautiful.  The open-style Two Hearts rings are great for stacking without feeling too heavy.

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Two Hearts Rose ($60), Two Hearts ($45), You & Me ($45), Love Lock ($45)

The You & Me ring features a heart-shaped dome cut stone that has a beautiful depth.  The side of the ring is engraved “You & Me”, adding another meaningful layer.

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Gift Sets

As always, Pandora has released some great value sets for the holiday.  This year the sets come with some fun extras!

The Kiss Me bangle gift set includes a Pandora sterling bangle engraved with “Kiss Me” in dark red enamel, the Kiss emoji charm, and a pair of Sparkling Elegance earrings- all packaged in a light pink Limited Edition box.  Even better- the set comes with a light pink Limited Edition makeup bag loaded with hearts. This set offers a savings of $56 from the price of the items purchased separately.

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Kiss Me Bangle Set ($129)

The Tree of Love bracelet set includes a Pandora sterling heart-clasp bracelet, the new Tree of Love dangle charm, and two Burst of Love clips, all packaged in the Limited Edition pink Valentine’s box.  This set offers a savings of $46 from the price of the items purchased separately.

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Tree of Hearts Gift Set ($149)

The last set is the Limited Edition Kiss More Lips charm.  This charm comes packages in a Limited Edition pink box and includes a free red lip-shaped coin purse!

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All of the gift sets come beautifully presented, making gift-giving easy this Valentine’s Day.

 

Make sure to stop by Versant to see all of the new Valentine’s Day pieces in person!  We would love to help you navigate the many charms, old and new, to create a meaningful collection to give this holiday.  As always, we are very grateful to all of our wonderful customers who choose to support our local, small business.

 

 

Alex and Ani, Holiday, Limited Edition, Valentine's Day

Long Live l’Amour! The 2018 Alex and Ani Valentine’s Day Collection Arrives

The Alex and Ani 2018 Valentine’s Day collection is here! Gathering inspiration from rosy hues and Parisian symbols, these Limited Edition pieces are must-haves for the romantic at heart.  This year’s additions include new pieces in the Core, Precious, and Charity by Design collections, as well as some great sets and a Harry Potter inspired bangle!

Core Collection

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The Valentine’s Day Core collection pieces this year are inspired by icons of love.  Available in Rafaelian silver and Rafaelian rose gold, two Parisian inspired bangles, the Eiffel Tower and Amour, evoke the romance of the City of Lights.

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Continuing with the Parisian theme, this season’s Color Infusion limited styles have some fun colorful charms with French phrases.

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The Mon Amie butterfly is a great neutral piece in shiny rose with cream and black accents.  Meaning “My Friend” in French, it makes a great Galentine’s gift!

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We also love the adorable French bulldog with beret.

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In addition to the French pieces, Alex and Ani has added the new Key to Love and Unbreakable Love lock symbols.  Add some fun beaded styles and they make a great Valentine’s Day set!

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The key and lock bangles are available in Rafaelian silver and gold and will become part of the permanent Core collection.

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In addition to the new symbol additions, Alex and Ani has released some of it’s most popular Core symbols as limited pieces in the Rafaelian rose gold finish.  These pieces include the Compass, Four Leaf Clover, Path of Life, Love, Evil Eye, Hand of Fatima, and Calavera.alex and ani valentine

Charity by Design

Three new Charity by Design pieces have been developed as part of the Valentine’s Day collection.

Be Yourself, giving back to the PeaceLove foundation, reminds you to love who you are, as you are. PeaceLove’s purpose is to empower people to share their mental health stories and create peace of mind through expressive arts.

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The newly design Best Friends set of two continues to give back to the American Heart Association.  The best friends set celebrates the unbreakable bond between friends.

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The I Love You bangle gives back to support Unicef, the global children’s organization that helps children survive and thrive.  Embellished with bright red enamel and a swarovski crystal, this is a great addition to any Valentine’s charmed arm!

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Precious Collection

The Precious collection includes pieces made from sterling silver and gold/rose gold plated sterling silver.  In this year’s Limited Edition precious collection pieces, Alex and Ani has continued their theme of romantic icons.

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The most traditional Valentine’s symbol, the heart, adorns some beautiful cuff bracelets and rings, necklace, and pull-chain bracelet.  The heart pieces are available in both sterling and gold plated sterling.

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A pretty script “Amour,” French for love, is the centerpiece of a rose-gold plated necklace and pull-chain bracelet.  Similar in style to nameplate necklaces, this is a really pretty piece to show someone that they are loved!

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We love the look of stacking together the rose gold plated and sterling pieces for a mixed-metal look.  Add a cuff for a little variety and you have the perfect stack!

Gift Sets & Affinity

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Don’t want to go through the hassle of creating your own stack? Check out one of the curated sets!  These pieces are designed to be worn together, mixing complementary bangle and beaded styles.

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The rose gold-finish I Love You set of three includes a Swarovski beaded bangle in sky blue, the new heart beaded bangle, and a color infusion I Love You bangle with light blue enamel. The bangle and Swarovski styles are exclusive to the set and not sold separately.

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The Paper Heart set of four includes two Swarovski beaded bracelets, a heart bangle with opalescent Swarovski crystal, and the Paper Heart bangle with bright white enamel.  All of the pieces in this set are exclusive to the set, making it a great collectible group!

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The last addition to the Valentine’s collection is the new Harry Potter “Always” bangle.  This limited piece is inspired by a passage in the last book and is a wonderful way to surprise your Harry Potter loving sweetheart.

 

We love all of the new pieces in the 2018 Valentine’s Day collection and hope that you will too! Stop by to see them all in person.  As always, we are grateful to all of our customers who choose to #shopsmall at Versant and support our local business.