Saxon's new XO boutique in Abingdon carries fashion jewelry along with handbags and accessories.

Saxon's new XO boutique in Abingdon carries fashion jewelry along with handbags and accessories. (photo by Scott Serio / Patuxent Publishing / December 18, 2013)

“Fun, affordable and edgy” is how Megan Openhyn, store manager of XO by Saxon’s, describes the boutique jewelry store, which opened in November at the Boulevard at Box Hill in Abingdon.

The shop’s glass windows are lined with one-of-a-kind hair accessories and handbags  from U.S.-based and international brands like Botkier and Dareen Hakim. And it’s the only destination in Maryland selling chic, artistic headbands and combs from New York’s Colette Malouf.

“They are done by hand and really exquisite,” Openhyn says. “Nobody else in Maryland will have these unless they bought them in New York.”

Unique pieces and reasonable prices are the hallmarks of XO by Saxon’s, which is owned by Saxon’s Diamond Centers, a family-owned engagement and bridal staple in Harford County since 1958.

XO by Saxon’s carries well-recognized brands such as Dobbs Boston, Kit Heath, Southern Gates and Steven Douglas, which have done well in the few months the boutique has been open.

The shop’s inventory also includes eclectic pieces and costume jewelry from brands like Lauren G. Adams, which sells colorful stacking bracelets; Mariana, whose gleaming “Guardian” necklaces nearly sold out during the holidays; and Stardust, which incorporates tiny cuts in the metal revealing “sparkles” on the jewelry.

A set of bangles or rings can start at around $35, and necklaces and earrings can increase in price to $750. While most of XO by Saxon’s pieces are sterling silver, gold or rose gold plated, a few items are 18K gold, lab-manufactured diamond and higher grades.

“We want to be more things to everybody than just engagement and bridal,” Openhyn says of the XO brand. “We want to offer the Saxon’s name and experience at a different price point.”