North Carolina natives, sisters and jewelry designers Heath and Landon Slane have made a name for themselves over two decades with their Slane and Slane jewelry collection. From 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Heath returns to her home state for a trunk show at Bailey's Fine Jewelry in Cameron Village featuring some of the duo's latest designs. The new collection features pieces that play on signature designs, but with a new twist.
"We have taken the iconic Slane 'Bee' [design] and evolved it into 'Bee Free,' freeing the bee from its coin background and allowing it to be its own entity," Heath says.
As with the majority of their line, these new pieces are primarily made with recycled metals, using conflict-free stones.
"[Being green] is just a part of who we are and what we believe in," she says.
The new collection features silver bangles and cuffs, gold earrings and other pieces that can be worn separately, or mixed and matched to give the wearer lots of options.
"As much as I truly love the individual pieces, what I really love is creating a palette of shapes and textures that can be combined in endless ways," she says. "I want each piece to be beautiful and meaningful to the woman who wears it."
Don't be tardy for the parties
Local stores are getting into the festive spirit with holiday events this week.
Raleigh's Cameron Village will host a holiday open house 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Shoppers can enjoy holiday entertainment from the Raleigh Boychoir, clowns, jugglers and Santa himself. During the event, customers will receive a $25 gift certificate for every $100 they spend. www.shopcameron village.com .
At Dress, in Glenwood South, the party kicks off 6 p.m. Thursday. Customers can enjoy food, drinks and music from a DJ. Dress is at 14 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 699-6505, www.dressraleigh.com
In the trunk
Known for embellished Western wear in rich leather and suede, Jan Faulkner brings her latest looks to AdLib Antiques for a trunk show, 4-7 p.m. Friday. During the event, shoppers can make custom orders, as well as browse vintage Native American jewelry. AdLib Antiques is at 2012B Fairview Road, Raleigh. 833-0611
Know your pearls
Few pieces of jewelry are as classic than a string of pearls. But choosing pearls can be confusing. The Woman's Club of Raleigh will help clear up some of that confusion this week during "Nature's Wonder: The Fabulous Pearl," 2 p.m. Friday. Beverly Biggs, owner of BIBI Pearls, will show pearls, ways to wear them and the differences in the types of pearls, from saltwater to cultured.
The event is held in conjunction with the club's Fall Antiques Show and Sale at the Kerr Scott Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Tickets to the show are $7, and include admission to the talk. For more information and tickets, visit www.womansclubof raleigh.org .
At the stores
The Triangle's retail scene has a lot going on.
The Peter Millar by Coffman's shop inside Ciao Bella boutique has a sweater trade-in promotion through Nov. 30. Customers who trade in an old sweater will receive 20 percent off the purchase of a new Peter Millar sweater. All sweaters donated during the event will go to A Call to Change, a local nonprofit group helping needy individuals and families. Ciao Bella is at 2055 Renaissance Park Place, Cary. 678-8320, www.shopatciaobella.com
Vermillion in Raleigh is now open on Sundays. Sunday hours are 1-5 p.m. Vermillion is at 4321-102 Lassiter at North Hills Ave., Raleigh. 787-9780, www. vermillionstyle.com
Uniquities has added a watch line to its offerings. Freelook of Paris, a line of chic yet functional watches, is now available at the boutique. The pieces, many in stylish metallics such as rose gold, run $150-$300. For information, visit www.uniquities.com.
Outerwear retailer The North Face has opened a store in Crabtree Valley Mall. The store is on the upper level, near P.F. Chang's. 571-2722, www.thenorthface.com