Category: Jewelry

Fringe-worthy: 8 hot tassel jewelry pieces for spring

I recently found myself in the mall shopping for an outfit to wear to a Downton Abbey-themed party. A drop-waist dress proved hard to find, but I had no trouble locating vintage-inspired accessories. Tassel jewelry, a hot trend in the 1920s, is making a comeback — did you see Margot Robbie at the Oscars? — and I couldn’t be more excited. There’s just something super fun about wearing fringe around your neck, wrist, or on your ears. Whether your style swings Art Deco or Bohemian, here are eight gorgeous tassel jewelry pieces I love to help update your look this spring. Even better: seven of...

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Oscars jewelry: Steal these celeb necklaces for a steal.

Well, we can’t all be 6-foot tall without heels, look ravishing in our zillion-dollar size zero custom designer gown, and play dress-up with some borrowed jewels that we could hock to put our kids through 35 semesters of college. At least not every day. So I love looking at the fancy designer jewelry worn on the Oscars red carpet each year–and then figuring out how to get the looks for less. This year it was all about necklaces. Big, fun, statement necklaces. And hey, I like big fun statement necklaces. Coincidence? I think not. CMP is an rstyle affiliate   ...

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Designer LEGO jewelry for the kid at heart.

We’ve been fans of jewelry designer JacQueline Sanchez‘s  Forever Young collection of LEGO jewelry since, well, forever ago. The artist makes rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and more with LEGO bricks that are more like designer pieces than a craft project you might find on Etsy. There are even blinged-out LEGO jewelry pieces embellished with a diamond, for the fanciest kids at heart. So when shopping for my husband’s Valentine’s Day gift, I was so glad to discover her LEGO heart cuff links–now on sale for 20% off, too! I’m always looking for something romantic yet playful, sentimental but not stuffy. And since watching him play LEGOs with with...

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I saw the signs.

I’ve seen my fair share of beautiful initial necklaces, many of which I own (funny how that happens), but none like these beautiful Sign Language Alphabet necklaces by Monserat De Lucca. I recently discovered them and wow. Talk about a thoughtful, creative, and super affordable Valentine’s Day gift. The detail of each letter as it is formed by the hand is really pretty cool, and such a special way to wear a favorite letter — whether it’s your own initial or someone else’s — around your neck. Related: Cool heart necklaces as stylish as sentimental   The only bummer is that not all letters are...

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Cool heart necklaces that are as stylish as sentimental.

I am a total adherent to the “thought that counts” school of Valentine’s gift giving, but sometimes that thought counts just a little more when you really know your sweetheart’s taste. There’s nothing wrong with classic jewelry from big-name designers, but if you have someone special in your life who likes her heart necklaces just a bit funkier than most, here are a few I have my eye on.     The clear pave sapphires set into a rose gold heart pendant (well, gold-plated sterling) are blingy in a very modern way. There are other styles too, in various combos of hot pink, black, silver...

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Don’t know much about geometry

With the Etsy artists starting to see a decline in visits since the homepage redesign (we have trouble with it too, sigh) you can expect to see a lot more of our favorite Etsy finds here, as well as a new, weekly Etsy find of the week delivered right to your inbox if you subscribe to Cool Mom Picks. We’ve always been so pleased to be able to support the kinds of smaller designers who set up shop there, and one of my newest finds is small indeed: Gwyneth Hulse Design, a cool New Zealand jewelry and housewares shop which offers only a few handcrafted items. But...

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What’s our angle? These cool origami-inspired stained glass necklaces.

We’re big fans of unconventional jewelry that will get noticed when we wear it. And I have to admit, I’m a little jealous of our editor Kristen’s amazing necklaces. That’s why I’m geeking out about these bold stained glass necklaces from Here and Now Shop on Etsy. They’re so very modern with an industrial vibe, but simple and pretty enough to go with most any outfit, which is an important selling point for me. There’s something special about having handmade jewelry made just for me, but the things I find are usually at a price point I can’t afford. That’s another thing that’s wowing me about these...

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Some of our favorite jewelry designers on sale? Yes, please.

Ooh, well what a nice surprise to click over to one of my favorite jewelry sites, Charm & Chain, and discover they’re offering an additional 20% off their sale jewelry right now. Happy new year to me. This is good stuff, too. Like the cool, chunky wide dome gold bangle which was $36, now $15 plus another 20% off with the discount code, making it…just twelve bucks. Not bad! Not all the pieces are quite so affordable, but they’re still terrific deals. Like the seriously awesome Lulu Frost Rococo Statement Earrings which are now $100 with the discount, down from $325. For something a little...

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Stunning holiday jewelry gift ideas for under $75? We have tons.

Some women obsessively collect shoes or handbags, but for me it’s jewelry. It always fits (of course), and makes me feel polished no matter how raggedy the rest of me may be. I love giving jewelry as gifts, too, as it just seems to make everyone feel special. Luckily for you we made it easy to find some gorgeous steals in the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop with a category solely dedicated to killer jewelry gifts all under $75. From statement cocktails rings and gemstones to initial pendants, here are some of my personal favorites from our collection, all made by so many independent artists we really love...

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Keepsake lockets from With You come with more than just a sentimental photo

The first thing I notice about the keepsake lockets from the brand new company, With You, is how pretty and sweet they are—in fact, we listed them as one of our holiday gift ideas for a special mother-in-law or grandmother in our gift guide this year. But I’m always a sucker for a good backstory, and co-founder Mikki’s Story brought me to tears. Mikki designed  her first locket for her sister’s wedding. She placed a picture of their father, who had passed away a few years earlier, inside the anklet as a way to let him “walk” her sister down the aisle. (I warned you about the tears.) That...

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Beautiful personalized jewelry ideas that you can still get in time for Christmas

We love personalized jewelry which makes such a special gift, but buying personalized jewelry–or personalized anything, really–also means planning ahead, especially at the holidays. And hey, sometimes we parents aren’t able to look further ahead than what we’ve planned for tonight’s dinner. So I did some planning for you and put together some wonderful personalized jewelry options with all the last order dates for holiday shipping. Of course there are some rush shipping opportunities for a little extra too. Hey, we’re all about making you (and someone very lucky in your life) look good.   Stacking rings are so popular these days, and these cool ones...

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Cool personalized jewelry gifts for the holidays, now 20% off. Yes, please.

If I put it out into the universe that I really like personalized jewelry gifts, do you think people will get the hint? If not for me, then for everyone else–perhaps the special people on your own holiday lists, especially when it’s all 20% off for a limited time. I’ve loved everything I’ve ordered from Charm and Chain, and my guess is these personalized pieces would be no exception. Here are a few of my favorites that I think would make amazing gifts for every single budget. If you’ve got a zodiac lover in your life, this custom zodiac necklace...

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Architectural jewelry for women and girls. Because jewelry can be educational.

Your little girl might be too young to wield a power saw, but she can learn to appreciate the craft of woodworking at any age with, of all things, tiny architectural jewelry. I’m impressed by the Joinery Series earrings from Pico Design, which is designed to introduce girls to the concept of wood joinery. Four pairs of sterling silver studs featuring miter, dado, rabbet, and tongue and groove joints, all from Andrea Panico, an industrial-turned-jewelry designer and mother of a six-year-old daughter. She’s on a mission to teach young girls about technical concepts in architecture and design and this is such a cool way...

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Faery of Tales: Keepsake fairy tale jewelry from storybooks, not animated movies.

I think the ultimate 2014 holiday gift for a whole lot of girls may have just hit the scene. And not too surprisingly, it’s themed around fairy tales. With Frozen mania showing no sign of subsiding, I am seeing renewed interest in the original fairy tales everywhere; on the runways, in theaters with movies like Maleficent and Into the Woods, even as a theme at a recent holiday tech press event. (Yeah, a little strange to see Red Riding Hood handing out flash drives.) So even this sometimes princess-averse mama is capitvated by the limited edition Faery of Tales fine jewelry line which features...

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Navajo-inspired accessories with a modern twist: this fall’s big trend

This fall we’re loving the patterns and details in fashion inspired by iconic Navajo art and textures and those that bring to life other tribal imagery. Leather, turquoise, feathers, fringe and those bold geometric patterns are statements that can work for everyone, even if you’re strolling down a city sidewalk. (In fact, we’ve seen that very thing!) I’ve collected some of my favorite Navajo-inspired accessories here that I’ve been seeing around the web. They’re absolutely stunning, and I’m tempted to max out my credit card to get one of each if I can’t choose a favorite. Editor’s Note: please be aware of one important thing when shopping: Under 1990’s Indian...

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Finally, a thumbprint that you won’t want to wipe away

Thumbprints, fingerprints, paw prints, nose prints, maybe even a butt print–not mine, of course. My curious kids tend to leave their unique mark on every bit of glass they come across, and no amount of Windex in the world can keep up. With these pretty pendants, however, you’ll have one perfect thumbprint that you’ll want to keep with you always, especially since those little thumbs will one day be big thumbs. These elegant thumbprint necklaces are the perfect gift for moms, dads, and grands, no Windex required. Canadian artisans at Jewel.re will send you an impression kit to take a highly detailed...

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I want to see you be brave: Kids’ jewelry to help them feel strong

Going to school can be an adventure for many kids, but I know firsthand what it’s like to have a preschooler clinging to my leg and begging me not to leave her. If you too are feeling like back-to-school–or any change in your kids’ lives lately–has been causing more anxiety than excitement, check out this new kids’ jewelry that will help remind you both of the power of a little courage and support. Created by mama Sandy Magura, the silver-plated Brave bracelets are sold in packages of two; one for your child and one for you. It’s a reminder to her that you aren’t...

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One of our favorite gifts for girls, now on sale. We want one of each.

We came across the sweet Sarah Jane necklaces at Bel Kai Designs a few years ago and fell in love with this perfect “just because” gift for girls. The illustrations by one of our favorite artists, Sarah Jane, are sentimental, but the pieces are bright, cheery and beautifully handmade. This means my seven-year-old daughter–and even my 11-year-old niece–will actually wear them on her own. That’s a big bonus at the age when the line between cool and “my mom picked this out” is so very blurry.   Each pendant is 1-inch in diameter with an antique sterling silver-plated frame. The chain is 14...

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You won’t believe who makes these stunning handmade necklaces.

I love jewelry. I don’t love spending money on jewelry that I only wear once and then gets lost in my tangle of necklaces and bracelets. Marbelous, a new collection of artsy handmade necklaces crafted from beautiful shades of clay, will not get lost in the shuffle. Marbelous is the brainchild of two 9-year-old Brooklyn besties–one of the things we love about this. The girls, who happen to share a birthday, were playing around with some balls of clay on a family vacation and ended up making cool necklaces that looked like funky chic marbles. When their moms were...

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Leather wrap bracelets with a big heart to help little hearts

I’ve been deeply committed to supporting FashionABLE since visiting them in Ethiopia on a humanitarian trip with ONE nearly two years ago. These guys get it right, producing gorgeous handmade scarves and accessories that are not only incredibly wearable, but they get the women of Addis Ababa off the streets, train them in a viable career, and help with education and medical expenses so the artists can support themselves and their families with dignity. Today they’ve introduced some lovely, affordable leather wrap bracelets that are not only on trend with all the gorgeous wrap bracelets we’re stacking up our wrists right now, they do so much...

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Beautiful Native American jewelry that does beautiful things for the artists too

They alway say its not what you know, it’s who you know. I say most often it’s both, and this is true for some talented Native American women in New Mexico whose jewelry making craftsmanship is celebrated and shared by a group of super supporters at Etkie. – Don’t miss an exclusive offer for our readers below –  Founder Sydney Alfonso grew up in rural New Mexico, and founded Etkie for the financial and social empowerment of Native American jewelry artisans there. And you know how much we love businesses that empower women. Etkie partners with Kiva to offer the women micro-loans and business resources...

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Gorgeous graduation gifts that give back, which might just be the very best kind.

Raven + lily has been one of my favorite go-to gift sources ever since we first featured them a long time ago here on Cool Mom Picks and discovered their wonderful selection of gifts that give back. So it’s not surprise they’ve got a lovely selection of graduation gift ideas right now, plus a cool promotion if you shop this weekend. The shop’s mission is to support marginalized women around the world by employing them in a safe work environment and providing them a sustainable income and health care as a means to break the cycle of poverty. All of their beautiful eco-friendly...

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Vintage lockets on Etsy that hold more than secret photos, they hold a secret message.

Clearly we’re having a thing for hidden message keepsake jewelry this week, because first we found the awesome necklaces from Beth Macri, and now I’m crushing on this secret message locket spotted on Etsy. Dearest Mine finds vintage 1960s ball lockets, refurbishes them, and includes a blank of accordion-style paper. Write your own personalized message, or if your handwriting is like mine, Lori can do it for you. You can also include two photos if you wish, this being a locket and all.   I can see this as a beautiful, sentimental grad gift: Write Oh, the places you’ll go (or something less…familiar) and...

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This custom hidden message necklace has two letters and a lot of love

Mother’s Day is over, but we’d be proud to wear this Two Letter Hidden Message Necklace from Beth Macri on any day of the year. Plus, any day is a good day to give a sweet gift to a new parent, a grandparent, a friend in need of a boost, or, um, the eternally patient mom who ended up with a drugstore card and an IOU last Sunday. Ordering is easy. Just select a chain and any two letters or symbols you’d like, each in silver, gold vermeil, or rose gold vermeil.  The pendants looks like a simple geometric design as they dangle, but...

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The ultimate jewelry for Mom. Just ask Mom.

I get tired of saying it. I hate saying it. I have it say it. “Because I said so” is passed down to us from our mothers just as it was from theirs. Sometimes there’s no other reason to lay on the kids, or maybe there is but “because I said so” is all you have the strength left to say. That is just what makes this this jewelry for Mom from Kate Spade–either a Mom Said So necklace or mom bracelet–a total winner. How perfect is this for Mother’s Day? My daughter might think it’s funny but I’ll tell you...

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Orange Is the New Black lockets, now coming to a neck near you.

I’m a huge fan of the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, and I’m also partial to gorgeous jewelry that supports a great cause. So I was pretty excited to discover this lovely limited edition Orange is the New Black locket from KIRAKIRA, co-designed by Suz Somersall and actress Alysia Reiner to benefit the Women’s Prison Association. Reiner plays the assistant warden on OITNB (see, I use the acronym like the cool kids on Twitter), which, as you probably know by now provides a seriously raw look at women in prison and their often unexpected backstories. One...

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Unique personalized jewelry for moms: Say I love you in Morse code.

I’ve seen my fair share of personalized jewelry for moms, and I tend to lean towards more unique pieces that don’t have me wearing my kids’ engraved names, birth dates, and shoe sizes around my neck. (Well, maybe one, but not all three together.) That’s why think these Morse code name necklaces is a spectacular addition to my Mother’s Day wish list. It turns out that Morse code translates exquisitely into jewelry. Just choose your color and length of silk cord, plus a name, and artist Rebecca Coagan Sharlatt will turn it into a beautiful necklace of gold-filled dots and dashes....

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Pretty, handmade jewelry for mom at prices that leave room for flowers too.

There’s nothing like jewelry hand crafted by an artist who’s passionate about her art, but the prices can often be really—well, splurgey. So in time for Mother’s Day,  I’m so happy to find Freshie and Zero handmade jewelry that’s perfect for any mom, featuring gorgeous pieces that start around $50.They look like they’d be a lot more, don’t they? Take a look at the Sentimental Notions collection, inspired by the artist’s connection with her first child. She really gets that keepsake jewelry can be sentimental and still be stylish. The interlocking circles represent mother and child, a couple with a first child,...

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Custom jewelry for mom: Shop now for Mother’s Day gifts to remember

While I’m happy with flowers or a hand-scribbled card, custom jewelry for mom has always been a great go-to gift on Mother’s Day. One of our favorite jewelry shops, Charm & Chain, has some great modern custom jewelry options, but there’s one catch: You have to order now. As in, this second. Mother’s Day is only a month away! Here are a few of my picks for cool personalized jewelry for  Mother’s Day at the shop that she’ll never want to take off. Custom Acrylic Script Bracelet I love this pretty modern take on a classic charm bracelet, updated...

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Modify custom watches: Arm candy that’s Mod-to-Order

If you’ve been searching for a fun, vibrant watch that looks just the way you–or your kids–want it to, we found it. Visit Modify Watches, a small business specializing in custom watches that lets customers to mix-and-match from over 3,000 combinations of watch faces and bands, all with fun names like The McQueen (Steve, not Alexander). Modify seems to have a fantastic reputation for involving loyal customers in their product development (just check out their Facebook page), which we think is really cool. But it’s ultimately about the watches. The way it works is simple, really. Pick your watch face, pick your band...

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