If you have visited South Royal Street over the last week you may have noticed a new face on the block: Viva Vida, our newest pop-up at The Seedling Collective. Owner Mary Sapountzakis is a burgeoning jewelry designer with a focus on trendy, ready-to-wear jewelry that won’t break the bank.
Mary’s core collection features 18k gold plated baubles set with semi-precious gemstones like aquamarine, topaz, and citrine. Her pieces are designed for women who like to have fun with their jewelry, who like to layer up and create new looks, and who appreciate living life beautifully inside and out.
Mary hails from Brazil, Greece, and Australia. A world-traveler at heart, Mary draws inspiration from the sexy simplicity of a beautifully layered look that can be packed on any trip and worn again and again with ease. Her jewelry is fabricated in Brazil near her family’s home and she sources her gems from local, trusted vendors with whom she works directly.
I was so taken by Mary’s concept that I decided to feature a small collection of her 18k solid gold fine jewelry selection in our showroom at Alx&Co. Set with beautiful Brazilian emeralds, tourmaline, citrine, and amethyst, these delicate pieces will layer perfectly with your daily uniform.
Through the end of the month you can find her 18k solid gold pendants, necklaces, and rings right here at Alx&Co. If you’re interested in her more budget-friendly options, make sure you stop by her pop-up downstairs before the end of the month. She has her entire collection of gold-plated pieces available at The Seedling Collective, so this is the perfect opportunity to get to know a new brand and pick up a few pieces along the way!
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.