Store Opening: Alex and Ani

By: Anne Vickman

Jewelry junkies rejoice: Boutique jewelry designer Alex and Ani has just set up shop on Newbury Street between Pierre Deux and Kate Spade. Rhode Island–based designer Carolyn Rafaelian — who named the company after her two daughters — is the force behind the brand, which is known for its adjustable gold, silver, and beaded bangles. We’re fans because the company uses recycled materials and makes all its products to order in Cranston, Rhode Island.

The shop, the company’s second retail location after the original in Newport, carries all of the latest collections and includes a Bangle Bar, where you can create a custom selection of bracelets or charm necklaces. Rings, hair accessories, and earrings round out the lineup, and the boutique’s many mirrors make admiring yourself dangerously easy — we had to force ourselves to make a hasty exit when we decided that 10 bangles would look much better than two…

115 Newbury St., Boston, 617-421-0777,