Shining jewelry is a more understated means of displaying elegance than commissioning a self-portrait, building a pyramid, or turning everything you touch into foie gras. Show off in sophistication with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of jewelry at Maola's Silver Imports in Burbank.
Hailing from Mexico's silverworking heartland near Taxco, owner Maria Alberta of Maola's Silver Imports selects craftsman-quality jewelry and adornments with a professional eye and personal passion. The store sparkles with the twinkling glow of ornaments made from shiny sterling silver and semiprecious stones and gems. Necks are artfully bedecked with one of Maola’s glimmery necklaces ($75–$500), and rings ($14–$700) grace digits with beautiful circles that, like shimmies up an ouroboros, literally never end. Cuff links ($75+) and money clips ($45–$95) make themselves useful with fashionable flair, and picture lockets ($15–$58) are ideal for carrying miniature portraits of loved ones or expansive panoramas of the inside of a locket.
Maria Alberta especially prizes the work of expert silversmith William Spratling, who dedicated his life to imparting the techniques of jewelry design and craftsmanship to the locals of Taxco. Maola's often imports products handmade by his students, displaying artisan-constructed pieces with their own character, quality, and favorite jellybean flavor.