Ladies, after the 12th rose and the umpteenth chocolate box get left adoringly on your doorstep this Valentine’s Day, raise your white flag. It’s time for a unique showmanship of adoration, and every woman deserves to feel above and beyond average on this special day.
And fellas—with less than a month away to get the ideal gift that conveys your affections adequately, be wary of falling into the classic bouquet and candy-box trap. Those might sound like decent proclamations of love, but there’s something to be said about a meaningful piece of jewelry that stands out among the rest, especially one that also happens to be purchased locally.
At Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Shops, situated at the entry to Old Town San Diego, bright displays of hand-crafted jewelry fill every table, shelf, stand, and display. With just a few steps into the Mexican-inspired courtyard, it’s clear to see that what once was passed off as a popular tourist destination is now a local shopper’s secret to one-of-a-kind accessories, décor, clothing and more.
While hunting for the perfect piece of jewelry, you’ll uncover heart-shaped keepsakes and statement jewelry pieces that are colorful, cultural, and spot on trend for the season.
As flowers come and go within the week that they’re given, the Shops have a longer-lasting solution that makes for a meaningful gift. Michael Michaud, one of Bazaar del Mundo’s signature artists, creates all of his pieces by making actual molds of items he finds in nature. His botanical jewelry captures leaves, berries, flowers and branches and re-creates them in shiny metals, pearls and stones. Find some of Michaud’s berry bracelets, eucalyptus earrings and hosta necklaces fitting for all styles and ages.
Other distinct pieces to be found when meandering through the Shops are charm necklaces that can be added to year after year, peacock feather pendants, an elegant “knot” necklace symbolizing strong love, a heart pendant featuring two love birds and more, ranging from just $20 up to well over $1,000.
About Bazaar del Mundo: Stepping away from the normal chain stores, Bazaar del Mundo attempts to encompass the spirit of Old Town. The Mexican-inspired treasures of colorful accessories showcase artisan specialty and distinct talent. Many of the Shops will be recognizable by Bazaar devotees: The Gallery, featuring artisan jewelry; Laurel Burch Galleria that houses the artist’s collection; Ariana, filled with artful fashion and accessories; Artes de Mexico, offering an array of collectible folk art; the Guatemala Shop with treasures from Latin America; the popular Kitchen Shop that sells vibrant merchandise for the kitchen and more. After shopping, stop into Casa Guadalajara right next door for dinner and drinks.
The Bazaar del Mundo Shops are at the entrance to Old Town on the corner of Taylor and Juan Streets. For more information, visit bazaardelmundo.com
Discover more ideas on how to spend your Valentine’s Day in our 2012 Valentine’s Day Guide