Category: Jewelry

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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Personalized number jewelry from Julian & Co add up to perfect, times infinity.

We love artists who help you project your unique self in fabulous and affordable style. And for fabulous mom keepsake jewelry (or for any woman, really) we especially heart the creative selections from Julian and Co. We have fawned over their tiny monogrammed rings, monogram charms, and trademark keepsake mom jewelry, and now they’ve got us with a new offering:  charming personalized number jewelry, just waiting for your digits. Whether it’s your lucky number, the number of kids in your brood, the year you graduated or how many hours you were in labor (ha), these custom pieces in silver or white, yellow, or...

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Trend Alert: Leather Wrap Bracelets – 8 of the coolest styles for spring

Leather wrap bracelets are so hot right now and I’m hoping the trend doesn’t go anywhere soon. It’s the right balance of casual, fun, and a little edgy, and you can pull it off whatever your style. Especially since multi-layered bracelets are really in right now (check out Kristen’s swanky arm on our Instagram feed) and bracelets that already wrap around a few times make it even easier to pull off. Wear one of these gorgeous leather wrap bracelets on their own, or layer with a few other coordinating pieces around your wrist. Or hey–not so coordinating. That’s what’s...

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Stylish watches for kids who have finally learned how to tell time.

It’s not easy to find stylish watches for kids, what with all the licensed cartoon characters out there. But kids have not been forgotten by designer Agni Tilla for her company May 28th which we discovered thanks to a Brika sale. We are smitten with these modern kids’ watches, with fun design details that call our favorite throwback Swatch watches to mind–at least if Swatches ever cost in the under $40 range. Did they? Ten stylish watches for kids are now available in sizes perfect for small wrists. They’re lightweight and waterproof, so when your child forgets to take the watch off...

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Wrap yourself in pretty with a stack of leather wrap bracelets.

Whether you had the Valentine’s Day you always dreamed of last week or ended the day looking forward to the annual February 15th Chocolate Sale, here’s one gift you can happily give yourself: pretty leather wrap bracelets.  I love that each one is made in a Brika collaboration between leather aficionado Mariah of Btwn Wind & Water, and metal expert T of Upper Metal Class. The end result is striking, with a simple elegance that works just as well with jeans and a tee as it does with a little black dress. And at just $25 each, consider getting a few–the...

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Trend alert: 7 modern ways to wear pearls

When I caught that pearls are in this season as a hot jewelry trend, I much wrote them off at first because I’m really not a pearls kind of a gal. But I am a bit of a trend watcher after all, and I discovered, after a bit of searching, that these are not your grandmother’s strands. There are tons of modern ways to wear pearl jewelry from simple to a little edgy. Here, some of my favorite, pearliest jewelry picks, to keep you on trend this season, all of which I think will be wardrobe classics long after...

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Say Je T’aime on Valentine’s Day with a playful heart pendant

We’ve found such an abundance of cool jewelry for Valentine’s Day lately that I wanted to throw one more into the fray. Just in case you needed even more choices: a cloisonne Je T’aime heart pendant at Poketo. I shouldn’t be surprised that it was designed by Kristine Schmidt of Yellow Owl Workshop, because I love so much of her work. As for the pendant, it’s playful, it’s bold, and it’s got a kick of 22k gold gilding to keep it a little more grown up. Plus the packaging is wonderful if you take a look — all for a...

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A lovely keepsake Valentine’s Day necklace for moms (and it’s affordable too, hint, hint)

I’m a sucker for personalized jewelry, especially on Valentine’s Day, but not so stoked about the expensive pricetags. But when I found these affordable heart necklaces at My Tiny Star Shining, I felt like Oprah. “You get a necklace! And you get a necklace!” which is pretty much not a joke, considering they start at just $34. Nice! So lovely for a new mom, especially with her own initial added for bonus points, or hey, any mom. Yes, that was a hint. You can order the keepsake personalized heart necklace at My Tiny Star Shining, but do it soon, so you’ll...

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Custom portrait pendants: A modern mom jewelry alternative. (Just uh, don’t wear your own portrait.)

The classic locket in which we keep our gorgeous children close to us at all times is a wonderful tradition but we always love seeing updates, from custom Instagram  photo necklaces to USB necklaces with hundreds of photos of your beloved brood. There’s also the awesome embroidered portrait necklaces from Dandelyne and now we’ve turned up another great find for you in the form of Todd Borka’s fabulous wooden customizable portrait pendants. These are a wonderful gift for the mom who wants a more modern version of personalized keepsake jewelry to flaunt her kids, or the family that’s already thinking ahead to Mother’s...

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8 creative Valentine’s Day jewelry ideas for modern day gals. As in, no diamond tennis bracelets.

I realize that it might be a little cliche to give (or get) Valentine’s Day jewelry, though those of us jewelry lovers simply don’t care.  And when you see the baubles I tracked down, you’ll see why. No blingy expensive pieces or Victorian inspired swirls and flourishes; just modern, cool jewelry you can wear all year long–without scorching your retinas or bankrupting your sweetheart. It’s no secret that I’m completely obsessed with spiked jewelry this year, so of course I’m digging this black pavè and spiked heart necklace at top. ($55 at Shanalogic) I love this concept: A handmade card that comes with its...

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A new way to wear cashmere: around your neck.

Mmmm, cashmere. I mostly appreciate this indulgent glorious material from afar, because my lifestyle can’t really support a cashmere habit (although I might make an exception for these Ivory Row cashmere sweaters.) So here’s a fabulous–and affordable–new way to wear cashmere: the innovative, handmade textile jewelry designs from the Aliquid Textile Jewels Etsy shop. Wow, are we are happy to add this totally original shop to our recent cool jewelry finds. These statement pieces are guaranteed to garner compliments from everyone at the dinner party. Or you know, the other parents at curriculum night. The designs all hail from Italy where the...

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Stylish kids’ jewelry that’s safe to chew on. If you’re into that kind of thing.

My babies have all been big chewers. Part puppy, we used to say. So no surprise that CChewbeads s afe teething necklaces have been a huge hit with moms of little teethers. These 100% silicone beads are the safest of safe for your kids — no BPA, no phthalates, no cadmium, no lead, no metals. In fact, it’s the same material used to make pacis and bottle nipples. So now we’re flipping out over the new Chewbeads Juniorbeads line of safe, non-toxic kids’ jewelry — especially since my kindergartener still chews on sleeves and backpack straps when she’s lost in a...

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Jewelry that feels as good to give as to get from the Kwagala Project

I’ve always said that one of my favorite categories in our Holiday Gift Guide are gifts that give back. We managed to pare it down to 14 this year, but honestly we could have gone on forever. And while you have probably heard of some of our favorite resources–organizations like PROJECT (RED) and TOMS marketplace–there’s one that’s new to us that I wanted to call out specifically: Kwagala Project, whose pink coil bracelet is featured in our guide this year. Especially since they have an amazing holiday deal right now. I met the founder, Kristen Hendricks, this year and was instantly...

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This holiday season, give beautiful handmade accessories that give back, only with a cool techy twist.

In the midst of the blaring holiday sales madness, we love to find gift giving and getting options that truly help others in need. And if you’d like to educate your kids about the importance of giving at this “I want” time of year, the handmade accessoris and gifts from Me to We is an option to consider. While we’ve featured many organizations we adore that empower people with jobs and resources to create goods for the global marketplace, like Given Gooods Company,  31 Bits, and most recently TOMS marketplace, this group does something different to enhance the giving experience: You have...

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Tiny personalized nameplate rings from Julian & Co: proving good things really do come in small packages

For all the complaining I may do about tough days with my kids –the temper tantrums, the homework, the incessant snack preparation, and on and on– there’s not a gift that makes me smile bigger than anything personalized with their lovely names. Especially jewelry. Being able to keep my littles close to me and think of them when they aren’t around makes me blissfully forgetful of the last angry thing they shouted at me as we got ready for school in the morning. That’s why the new Tiny Nameplate Rings from mom-run CMP favorite company Julian & Co. would...

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Loving you since MMIX: Cool custom mom jewelry

We’re always looking for mom jewelry that doesn’t quite feel so mom-like, and this sweet little  necklace fits the bill nicely. If you want to commemorate a special date, from a wedding anniversary to the birth of your first child, the custom Roman numeral necklace from Make Pie Not War (ha) may be just what you’re looking for. Because it’s customized, it’s got a vaguely rough-hewn look I really like, plus artist Alana Little can make the bar longer, should you be commemorating a birth in ‘VIII instead of in ‘I. There are other options too, including standard lettering, Braille, and even...

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Handmade bangles to adorn those beautiful wrists of yours.

I’ve never been a delicate little tennis bracelet kind of a gal; give me a fat, chunky, look-at-me bracelet any day. And right now, I have an eye on this awesome Etsy artist who’s making some very cool, affordable bangles. The collection of handmade wooden bracelets from Lynn Lunger of UnaOdd are pretty wonderful. Each one is faceted like a precious stone, then painted in a modern rustic style that would look great with a cocktail dress or a prairie skirt. (Do people still wear prairie skirts? Am I just having early 80’s flashbacks?)   The artist calls herself a nature...

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Wooden watches that make you want to wear one again.

One of my favorite trends in accessories is the use of wood in unexpected ways. We’ve featured tons of cool wooden bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, and I’ve probably bought one of each. I find wood just so warm and versatile, it’s durable, and it shows detail beautifully. I’m equally enamored with the wooden watches from Silvano. Talk about unexpected. I’d never considered buying a wooden watch before, and now I can’t get these off my mind. Made from sandalwood, maple, and bamboo in beautiful natural colors, these analog and digital watches for both men and women are gorgeous accessories...

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Trend alert: the coolest spiked jewelry

While the dog collars of the 80’s aren’t quite back (yet) we’ve been eyeing the new array of spiked jewelry and loving it. It’s an easy way to bring a little rock-and-roll to even the most basic outfit–just so long as you don’t overdo it. It’s an accent piece, not a costume.  Here, 9 of my favorite spiky baubles that you mayyyyy even see gracing the necks and earlobes of our own staff these days. –Liz   Leather and Linen Necklace ($64, Poketo)Scared of accidentally stabbing the baby? Molly McGrath laser-etches metallic leather to create a spiky look without any...

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Jewelry for a second-time mom: Love plus love.

Before I had kids, when I used to see love necklaces like these, I found them a little juvenile, to be honest. But once I became a mom I started to see this kind of jewelry in a whole new light.   While okay, it is kind of adorable to add your initial plus that of your sweetheart on the custom love necklaces from Olive Yew, I think it would also make a really cool, affordable gift for a second-time mom. I would love to have my two girls’ initials around my neck connected by the ampersand. Great, right? That is,...

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Sheer Addiction Jewelry: It’s true. I’m an addict.

This week, my glorious, generous business partners picked out the most stunning belated birthday gift for me: a necklace from designer Tamara Schafhauser. I admit, I’ve been coordinating outfits around it all week long. Can you blame me? The array of necklaces, bracelets and earrings from her line, Sheer Addiction Jewelry, comprises everything I love: vintage styling, statement pieces that are still super wearable, beautiful craftsmanship, and limited-edition designs so not every person on the street will be wearing the same one you are. (Admit it, that matters. A little.) My own Alexa necklace (above) is a combination of chains, crystals and...

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Beautiful little jewelry for girls at just the right prices.

I will never be the mom who gets my tween daughter a Tiffany anything (besides maybe a charm for her charm bracelet that I’m still holding onto for her) but on the other end, I’m admittedly about those $4 necklaces that are probably made with more lead than precious metals. Still, I love the idea of getting her something that feels special and all her own without spending a fortune, and I found some great ideas in a surprising place. At RH Baby and Child–that’s Restoration Hardware, only rebranded–there’s a sweet selection of jewelry for girls that’s spot-on perfect for tweens...

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Map happy? This chic handmade bracelet keeps your favorite place close by, wherever you go.

Aren’t the lines on this handmade cuff striking? If you’re from Boston, they might even be familiar. Here’s why. ShopJoyo on Etsy offers tons of pretty cuffs, each one made of laser-cut cherry wood over brushed aluminum, lined with soft ultrasuede. We’re especially smitten with the Map cuff, which can be custom made using the roadmaps from the city of your choice. The example above is Boston, but the shop owner is happy to use any address you supply. And the other bracelets are cool, too. Of course, the map idea is the one that intrigues us most since...

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A black and white striped bracelet that means the ’80s are back, and coming to a wrist near you

I am so happy that black and white clothes are back on trend, never having entirely given up my love for that look a few decades back. So of course I love this strikingly simple black and white bracelet from one of my favorite brands.      The Marimekko Juna Bracelet is a lightweight resin, but with enough chunk that it makes a stylish impression. Wear it on its own, or go nuts and pair it with the teal and black striped bracelet to match. I think it would look great with all black and white, or even with a strong statement color...

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We’re star-struck over these hand-stitched zodiac necklaces.

These days the zodiac is where it’s at in the gift-giving department. We’ve seen this astral trend pop up in a variety of gifts and baubles…and we totally get the appeal. Sun sign swag is personal, fun and perfect for so many occasions. In fact, my usually indecisive Libran self didn’t even need to think twice about falling for this hand-stitched astro sign necklace.     Come on, admit it: don’t we all love the little doses of daily therapy our astrological horoscopes give us? I love the idea of wearing my Libra pride in a way that’s not...

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Buy less, buy well. Madesmith makes it beautifully easy

If you love handmade items by local artisans, we’ve found a collective that showcases the best of the best every week. So, basically, it’s like the cream of the Etsy crop, curated just for you. Even better: these makers are thoughtful and sustainable, and you can read their stories as you ogle their wares.     Madesmith is based in Brooklyn and LA and focuses on showcasing designers and makers who produce goods the old-fashioned way–our kind of stuff. Whether you’re into jewelry, skateboards, handmade shoes, or stationery, you can read about the designer’s background, process, studio, and training....

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Cooler than Wonder Woman’s bracelet: Wonder Woman’s ring

I don’t know too many women who don’t have a little space in their hearts for Wonder Woman, whether it’s the original DC comic, the awesomely campy Lynda Carter TV series, or just the fantasy of having an alter-ego superhero. So I am kind of geeking out over this jewelry that pays homage to her and other DC Comics female characters.  I discovered nOir Jewelry when I saw some of their beautiful work on Fab, and clicked over to the site. With such fun, edgy, room-stopping pieces, it’s no wonder celebs like Gwen Stefani, Fergie, Nicki Minaj and and Rihanna are among their...

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Freshening up the jewelry box

I’m so excited to have discovered this awesome shop that’s not only packed with gorgeous housewares and gift ideas, but some really pretty jewelry too. Especially as I start to think about pieces that will transition me from summer into (sniff) fall. Scoping out the eye candy (and finger candy and neck candy) at Brooklyn’s LEIF Shop (hi, neighbors!) I really like the focus on indie and smaller brands. I have my eye on Emily Green’s Color Study Necklace featuring colorful clay beads on a leather cord. It’s got a summery feel the way it’s photographed, but I bet...

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