A relaxing stroll along El Paseo is just the right ambience for some refreshing “me” time, a romantic weekend, or a girlfriends’ getaway. If you’re in the mood for jewelry shopping, you might visit Gorjana (pronounced “Gor-yana”) and see delicate rings, earrings, chains, charms, necklaces, and bracelets designed for lightweight layering. Find solid gold, diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, pearls, topaz, and turquoise at affordable prices.
The Gorjana look is a “barely there” style, meant to enhance or add to your beauty, according to Kenah Camera, vice president of brand marketing. “These are timeless designs that can be mixed and matched, not just one-time trendy pieces. People can have a collection,” she says. The bestselling collection is the Parker line. “People love the diamond alphabet series. Some even buy the alphabet letter of the name of their pet to use in a necklace around their own neck — particularly if they don’t have kids, or if they’re retired and are empty nesters.”
Gorjana Reidel, who co-owns the brand with husband, Jason, designs necklaces so they can be layered with older pieces. The company is about 20 years old and has 44 other stores across the country; a design purchased a decade ago would still look fresh alongside a brand-new item.
The couple share a part-time residence in Palm Desert with their children. Originally from Serbia, Gorjana was seven when she and her family immigrated to the United States. “They had nothing,” says Camera. “They were a tight-knit family, with multiple generations living in one building.”
Customers can shop online and pick up purchases at a store, but Gorjana believes in creating spaces for people to interact with each other and the products, too. Her stylists help create an individual look for each customer inside the store’s peaceful, coastal-inspired interior theme, which nods to the company’s Laguna Beach origins. The laid-back vibes keep customers happy.