I was recently gifted a set of fantastic lucite bangle bracelets, after I'd admired Mark's mom wearing the same set. This isn't the first time this has happened--I've admired her jewelry and received my own version before, and I think it's great and so generous. This particular instance surprised me, though, as the set was from Chico's.
Chico's is not a store I think of for accessories. Frankly, it's not really a store I think of at all. It is filed in my mind with other "older ladies'" stores that I'm not ready for yet. So I was surprised to like the bracelets so much. On a lark, I went to the website to check out the other jewelry offerings.
Y'all, Chico's has great jewelry. It's mostly chunkier, more modern stuff--not a lot of demure or classic type pieces--and the quality seems right good for the moderate prices (it's not super cheap, but neither is it especially expensive, and right now it's buy-one-get-one-50%-off). Most of it is available in sets, and I think it gets a bit overwhelming when put all together like that, but there is a ton of potential in the individual pieces.
Here are some favorites:
Corbella Bangles, $39
Dani Bangles, $34
Jadira Long Necklace, $48
Edra Ring, $39
Emilina Necklace, $48
Elyza Ring, $49
Kerani Earrings, $35
While my look around the site confirmed that I'm still not the right demographic for Chico's clothes, the jewelry was certainly a revelation. I guess this just goes to show you have to keep an open mind and a sharp eye--great things can come in unexpected places!