Best Jewelry Store

Legendary Beast
1520 U St. NW, (202) 797-1234
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Tucked away in the upper level of a U Street NW rowhouse, Legendary Beast is an accessory addict’s fantasy. The one-room shop is crammed with trays and racks of vintage rings, bracelets, tribal jewelry, crystals, earrings, and necklaces. After customers get past the sensory overload, shifting through the offerings is like spending an afternoon looking through your very stylish grandmother’s jewelry box. The stuff can get a bit pricey, but there’s always a decent sale going on. Owner Anne Fox is friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable, and it’s clear she loves what she does. Fox knows the history behind just about every piece that she sells, and if you’re searching for something specific, she’s more than happy to help. My favorite finds are a pair of screw-on earrings shaped like golden leaves, and a ring made from a soft pink seashell. They’re the kind of statement pieces that land me compliments every time I wear them.
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