Have you seen our new Constellation Necklace? I’ve been featuring it prominently at our shop because I honestly cannot get enough of it. I love the subtly organic shape of the line and how it sparkles just enough to draw the eye without looking like an eighties lighting bolt. I especially love that it’s completely customizable — you choose the metal, the stones, and the necklace length. Read on for a step-by-step guide to creating your own personalized Constellation Necklace…
We offer our Constellation Necklace in platinum, sterling silver, and 14-karat white, yellow, or rose gold. Considerations here are totally personal. Platinum is a great option for its durability and because it will never tarnish, nor will it change tones owing to the fact that it’s a naturally white fine metal. If you’re looking for warmer tones, yellow gold or its slightly trendier cousin rose gold would be your best bet. If you’re shopping on a budget you can’t go wrong with sterling silver. You may need to polish it after a while, but you’ll get the best bang for your buck with this naturally white metal that will never rust or turn your skin green. Because I always gravitate to yellow gold, I selected our version in 14-karat yellow gold.
One thing I love about the Constellation Necklace is that you can choose your meaning for the gems. It’s a “cool mom” choice for a modern mama necklace; select a different birthstone for each member of your family. Or opt for an ombré effect by choosing varied pink sapphires, red rubies, and brick-toned garnets. I also love the clean effect of all diamonds. I set ours with a varied selection of sapphires, emeralds, amethysts, and diamonds that we had on hand for a colorful result that stands out just enough.
The Constellation Necklace comes standard with a lightweight cable link chain but we can put the mounting on just about any type of chain you choose. We offer chains in platinum, sterling silver, and 14-karat gold (white, yellow, and rose, of course) and we can walk you through the multitudes of chain options that would work best with this style. Ours features a cable link chain but I personally love the idea of a diamond-cut beaded chain to accent the sparkle in the Constellation.
I keep calling this a necklace but SPOILER: it can be a bracelet, too! Are you looking for a collar-length necklace or do you prefer something a little longer? You decide how long you want your chain and we’ll do the rest.
What’s better than one Constellation? Two! This design is also available in earrings and you can customize those exactly the same way as the Necklace (minus the chain, of course). If you love the set, maybe this is a good opportunity to start dropping some very early holiday gift hints? The season will be on us before we know it! (I say this as I’m writing this in a bathing suit next to a lake, but you know what I mean.)
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.