Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Passionate Collector - A Treasure Trove on Balboa Island

Balboa Island, Orange County Boutique Pique
By: Erin Hall @ Boutiquing

Set the Scene: Quaint and cute, The Passionate Collector's new home is filled with baroque inspired brushed gold display cases, ornate vintage frames, scrolled iron racks, turqouise walls accented by embellished white crown molding, worn courtyard clay tiled floor and their own warm oak register bar for a precise and perfected French country feeling. The sensational selection of glowing jewelry throughout at this treasure trove is NO accident, owner Susan Shieldkret is passionate about traveling the world to discover unknown and unique designers who's names often remain as mysterious as their beautiful and rare pieces.

Labels We Love: Find stunning and jaw dropping designs such as white Topaz and concrete pendants, drusy and crystal rings infused with 18 karat gold so it never wears off (my fave), dyed silk wrapped around gold chain necklaces, gem stone silver and gold drop earrings in every gorgeous hue imaginable, Toss handbags, travel kits and jewelry cases and Moda Viajando clutches and purses.

Prepare to Pay:
Jewelry - Everything from $5 beaded stone rings to $1,000 yellow gold pendants, this jewelry boutique caters to the collector AND the trendster.

Accessories - Jewelry cases and travel bags $12 - $38, Tote bags $58 - $128, Clutches $38 - $108, Umbrellas $200 - $298 with ornate gold and crystal handles and luxurious fabrics hand made in Italy since 1956 (trust me, you'll want it to rain everyday with these beauties overhead)

Anything Under $80?
A lot of pieces that look well OVER $80 including long beaded "cowgirl" necklaces for $38 (I wear mine ALL the time from tees & jeans to cocktail, see it here...I'm in the magenta dress :)

Sale Sighting: Frequently visit ThePassionateCollector.com to see the newly added gems added to the sale list...there are some serious savings to be scored!

Summed Up in a Sentence: Originally established as online store, this brand new Balboa Island boutique brings the experience of strolling the streets and shopping European chic, home to Orange County with its exquisite selection of hand picked jewelry, accessories and handbags.

The Passionate Collector
215 1/2 Marine Avenue
Balboa Island, CA 92662

General Hours:
Monday 9am-3pm
Tuesday - Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm


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