LiLi Clever Jewels in SLO to close after 20 years

After 20 years in business, the LiLi Clever Jewels boutique on Garden Street in downtown San Luis Obispo will close. Its last day will be March 30.

Clever’s jewelry designs, which incorporate a vintage look with semi-precious stones, will continue to be available at Hamilton Estate Jewelers.

Clever said the downturn in the economy made it impossible to keep the business’s doors open any longer.

“Everyone keeps saying the economy is going to come back up,” Clever said. “But it certainly has not in the luxury goods area.”

Clever said she will do trunk shows and hopes to partner with local wineries to sell her jewelry at events there.

Clever once told the Tribune: "When I am designing, it is like carrying music notes in my head." She said she will continue to design and plans to open a by appointment only studio in her Shell Beach home.