If diamonds are forever, then the earth will eventually be ruled by preening, iced-out cockroaches. Grace your fingers with insect-free immortality with today's Groupon: for $40, you get $150 worth of jewelry at Princess Jewelers, located in Vienna, Virginia, and Rockville, Maryland.
The expert lapidaries at Princess Jewelers produce reams of glittering adornments for men and women, earning them the title of City's Best from the Washingtonian readers. Though the items featured online clock in at a few thousand dollars each, Princess Jewelers' in-store selection sports a cavalcade of affordable sparklies. Silver jewelry, charms, chains, hoop earrings, and kids' jewelry are available at under $150, and pieces featuring small diamonds and gemstones are available at under $300. Around $500, half-carat studs, gold bracelets, and garnets are available. For the aisle-bound, wedding bands can be purchased strikingly bare for $250 or with diamonds for $400. The jeweler also employs 10 expert goldsmiths to handcraft wares to a client's specifications, which provides more elegant personalization than if the baubles were etched with felt-tip pen initials or licked.
The readers of Washingtonian magazine voted the family-owned Princess Jewelers "Best Jewelry Store" in 2008, winning the company well-deserved notice for the careful, custom craftsmanship of its talented, certified jewelers. Two elegant showrooms display engagement and wedding rings set with diamonds or semiprecious stones, as well as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and cufflinks that make a glittery gift for significant others or surprised trick-or-treaters. The company imports a large inventory of loose gemstones and diamonds, which may be fashioned into original designs or replicas of pieces in photographs, and jewelers can also restore damaged pieces to their previous beauty and wearability. On-site graduates of the Gemological Institute of America are capable of identifying legitimate gemstones by scent alone, using their bling-based expertise to appraise customers' new and antique jewelry and assist them through each step in the selection of a quality showpiece.