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Gold Bug

Shopping, Jewelry Old Town
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Gold Bug
Photograph: Courtesy Gold Bug

The décor of this cabinet of curiosities might lean towards the macabre, but the gem-centric jewelry on offer is anything but. Whether you’re looking for an unusual necklace or high-impact ring, the collection of pieces using less-common semi-precious stones is extensive. In fact, the pieces are a veritable rainbow of options from rust-hued Africian sunstone and emerald-colored green onyx to sky blue aqua chalcedony and pale yellow beryl stone and everything in between. The one-of-a-kind pieces are serious showstoppers for the gemstone fanatic. The interior design can’t be ignored here as it features taxidermied animals, cases of mounted butterflies and insects, disembodied doll heads… you get the idea. Incorporated into the design are plates from John Derian and handmade graphite art objects from Batle as well as rotating artist exhibitions.

By: Alexis Johnson


Venue name: Gold Bug
Address: 34 E Union St
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Sun, Mon noon–5pm; Tue–Sat 11am–5pm
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For anyone who ever entertained the idea of being an entomologist when they grew up, this store is for you. Bugs suspended in amber, frozen in webs and mounted on placards are scattered throughout the shop, along with dark artwork, bone jewelry and more. It's a fascinating, beautiful store, and although it's also a bit pricey, the items you'll score here will last for years - and will most likely draw plenty of comments.