Jewelry boutiques are the ideal places to buy jewelry, as the pieces are not mainstream and mass-produced, owned by a large number of other people. A boutique is also a comfortable place where you can try the jewelry on and see how it looks, rather than guessing by a picture online. That's why it is worth taking the time to search out local jewelry boutiques in your area. Check out these suggestions of ways to find a small boutique, no matter where you live.
Use your web browser's search engine to look for local boutiques to see which ones advertise their jewelry and show their location in relation to where you live. Think of this as your first stage of shopping. The boutiques which advertise have enough money to advertise, which means they are at least popular. Ideally they will have pictures of their jewelry on the site, so you can see if any of the pieces meet your fancy and you can save yourself (and them) time from going there if they don't. Other sites, like Yelp!, will provide customer reviews and ratings of these jewelry stores as well, so you know even more information before visiting and possibly buying something.
Sometimes the best jewelry can be found at places that barely qualify as a boutique. Check out your local flea market and see who is selling jewelry at it, as it will be truly off the beaten path and you might find a literal jewel buried in the rough. Sometimes very small jewelry boutiques will set up booths at flea markets, as they know they will get more customers. You can then learn about their amazing but secret jewelry boutique.
You see someone wearing an incredible piece of jewelry and want something like it? Don't be shy; ask her where she got it. Most of the time someone will tell you and if it's local, you're in luck. Some of the time, however, people get defensive about their look and will tell you some outrageous story. A small part of finding great jewelry boutiques also entails lie detecting.