Store We Adore: Mystique Fine Jewelry Designs

211 The Strand, Alexandria, Va.The cobblestone-studded Old Town—Alexandria, Va.’s historic town center/shopping mecca—may cover less than 1.5 square miles, yet it’s home to six fine jewelers. Another 10 or so stores sell jewelry of some sort (estate, charms, costume, and more). Yet despite—or perhaps because of—its off-the-beaten-path waterfront location, the 20-year-old Mystique Fine Jewelry Designs has established itself as the go-to spot for gold and distinctive gemstones in a peaceful, river-view setting.Welcome HomeInside the sun-soaked store, you might be tempted to curl up on the settee under a faux-fur throw. And that’s exactly what owner Elizabeth Mandros was going for. “I was trying to ­capture a ­living-room atmosphere,” she says. The cream-and-white color scheme “is totally me,” she laughs. “The teal is soothing, and I like the animal flair. It’s e

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