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About Us

Welcome to our website! Here you can find much of the same great jewelry and gifts that you would find in our stores.

How We Started

In 1985, Light Years began as a small shop on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We moved into a slightly bigger space on Franklin St next to the Varsity Theatre and opened up shop in Raleigh and Durham as well.

Light Years is proud to be locally owned and operated. While we continue to specialize in jewelry, we have added gifts, crafts and home accessories to our collection. Light Years promises to have a fun and interesting selection with friendly service and great prices.


A beautiful shop with super friendly staff. Jewelry was all so fairly priced. Lovely lady that helped me with the rings was so perfect. She was patient, pulled out multiple ring racks, let me take my time deciding. Ended up getting two rings - a beautiful labradorite and a moonstone ring. Also, the earrings, THE EARRINGS. so many unique choices, very fairly priced.

Caraline Wright, Chapel Hill

I love Light Years!!! We have been going for two years now and they are always adding new merchandise to their collection. The jewelry is fairly priced and so unique. The employees are welcoming and friendly everytime too, I have never had a bad experience. Going to this store is such a fun treat, its one of the reasons I still go to the mall.

Kayla Peterson, Durham

My favorite place to go for good jewelry at reasonable prices. This is not crappy plastic and cheap metal sold at ridiculously high prices like so many stores. The jewelry is mostly sterling silver, so it's going to last. There is also a lot to choose from and the staff is always helpful. They also have other accessories like scarfs and fun socks. There is a section in the back for silly fun little gifts. My go to place for everyday jewelry and gifts.

Elinor Angel, Raleigh