200 Linden Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
Isabel Harvey's cheery and bright shop in Wellesley's Linden Square has a nice selection of prep-goes-modern style. Tables of sleek cuffs and bangles, shelves of sparkly earrings, stylish canvas bags and cashmere wraps hang throughout the shop...it's hard not to find something here to love.
49 Leonard St
Belmont, MA 02478
This little shop in Belmont Center offers artisan jewelry in a range of styles. I bought my first piece of "good" earrings at Terra Firma -- hand-hammered gold vermeil in the shape of a sunburst -- and 15 years later I still get compliments on them.
40 Waltham Street
Boston, MA 02118
Owned by sisters Megan and Moria, M. Flynn is a hidden treasure in Boston's South End. This airy shop lets the jewelry (handmade by the Flynn sisters) play center stage. Branching off from their main showroom is Faire la Fête, M. Flynn's high-end boutique set aside for special occasion and bridal accessories, including gussied-up hair combs and evening bags. Have an old brooch you never wear? M. Flynn's design studio will work with you to breathe new life into unworn pieces.
22A College Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144
If vintage is how you roll, stop in to Artifaktori in Davis Square. Filled with bags, shoes, boots, hats and jewelry (as well as clothing and housewares) from all eras, this shop is a treasure chest of style and great prices. Check the $5 bin before you leave; you never know what you'll find.
Shop at home
If you want to support a local businesswoman without leaving your home, bring handmade accessories to you by holding a trunk show. Stella & Dot, a new West Coast-based jewelry company with a fleet of Boston-area independent stylists, offers jewelry created by Cartier- and Kate Spade-trained designers at affordable prices.
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