At Alx&Co., the last few days before Christmas are almost always our busiest. We have many clients who reliably come in on Christmas Eve looking for that very special gift to put under the tree that evening and I’ll be honest, I love the tradition. My dad has always been the same way. He would come home from work on Christmas Eve and ask my brother and sister and I if we wanted to join him for his Christmas shopping. I usually took him up on this offer because, frankly, he needed guidance, especially for my mom who typically would have rather received a new drill than an emerald ring (crazy, right?).
So, with my dad in mind, I have come up with my list of gift ideas for the true last-minute shopper. This is for the guy who strolls in at 3pm on Christmas Eve, for whom simplicity and elegance are key (since under-the-gun decisions should never be complicated). Because diamonds are timeless and go with everything, they’re my go-to recommendation for the panicked shopper who needs direction. Take a look, and be sure to use our wish list feature if something catches your eye so that we can be prepared for the last-minute elf in your life.
Bonus: We’ll have extended holiday hours — with hot chocolate and champagne served — on December 23rd (open from 10am-6pm) and December 24th (open from 10am-4pm)!
You can’t go wrong with these. They’re stylish but not over the top, and they’re just a little different so they would be a great option for the woman who likes her jewelry unique yet refined (raises hand). Available in your choice of 14k white, yellow, or rose gold, or special order them in platinum if you have time. $575
This is for the romantic shopper who wants a touch of history in his or her gift. Dating back to the late 1800s, this Edwardian-era pendant features three stunning European cut diamonds and a beautiful hand-wrought articulating setting. I sourced a beautifully coordinating chain to complement the pendant so you won’t need to worry about anything except where to take her for an elegant dinner so she can debut the necklace in style. $1,275
These are the quintessential cannot-go-wrong gift, in my view. If she doesn’t already have a pair, opt for a starter set. If she already has diamond studs you can always “upgrade” to larger ones. We have a variety of sizes available to meet any need, all in 14k white gold. Need them in platinum? Come in a few days early and we’ll reset them for you by request. from $1,662
These are perfect for the woman who loves the classic option of diamonds but is hoping for an updated take on these timeless gems. Our diamond hoops are available in 14k yellow, white, or rose gold so you can choose the color tone that suits her best — or opt for platinum, by special order only. $2,675
The ultimate in timeless elegance. Our showcased option features 57 well matched E color diamonds with a total carat weight of 3.53 and it’s set in 14k white gold for a seamless brilliance. It measures 7”, though we are happy to shorten it as needed so tell your elf if you need any adjustments (though we can always take care of this after the big day). If your partner is hoping to knock it out of the ballpark this year, this should do it! $6,220
Alexandria & Company is an Old Town-based workshop and design studio specializing in creating and restoring fine jewelry and silver hollowware. They are the in-the-know jewelers of Alexandria and have been serving clients out of their small workshop for decades. Tucked in their historic building on South Royal Street, the team at Alx&Co. brings a personalized, modern approach to their craft – this is not your average stodgy jeweler or antique shop. Visit them during their walk-in hours or online to view their collection of handmade fine jewelry or to drop off a repair project; or, if you’re feeling creative, make an appointment to talk about that custom design project you’ve been imagining.
121-B South Royal Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Design Studio Walk-In Hours (all jewelry services): Wednesday – Saturday 12-6pm
Silver Workshop Walk-In Hours (all silver repair and restoration services): Wednesday or Friday 12-6pm, or by appointment
Appointments encouraged for custom design.