Diamonds are always a girl’s best friend but especially so during Boone & Sons’ semi-annual jewelry sale this month. All diamond stud earrings are marked down by 50 percent; a .40-carat pair, originally $1,000, is now $500. Most items are 40 to 50 percent off; watches are 30-35 percent off. Included in the sale are newly arrived items for fall. For hours and addresses of stores in D.C., Chevy Chase and McLean, see

High-end fashion retailer Saks Jandel holds its semi-annual sale through Aug. 15. Spring/summer clothing and accessories are marked down 50 to 85 percent. Designer dresses, ensembles and suits from Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, Badgley Mischka and others, originally priced from $490 to $5,350, are now $98 to $1,595. Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m-6 p.m. 5510 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-652-2250.

Crape myrtle in bloom. (Merrifield Garden Center)

Crape myrtles give a lot of bloom for the buck. They’re on sale through Aug. 17 at Merrifield Garden Center. Available in assorted colors (white, red, pink and purple) and many varieties, they’re now $21.99 for a three-gallon container, reduced from $29.99. Get them while they last. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m-8 p.m.; Sunday, noon 9 a.m.-6 p.m. See for addresses in Merrifield, Fairfax and Gainesville.