Category: Jewelry

Strong. Or, Boston Strong

Living just south of Boston, the recent attacks at the Boston Marathon are still a recent and raw memory. But all the amazing signs of solidarity and strength–who would have thought Yankees fans would ever sing Sweet Caroline willingly–make it clear that the motto “Boston Strong” is one that extends far beyond the city limits. I love this new Boston Strong pendant from local jewelry maker (and longtime CMP favorite) Heart & Stone Jewelry which reads B strong using that familiar Red Sox typeface, and would make a great gift for those of us whose hearts will always be...

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Look down, buddy. Nice pair, right?

Psst. Look down. (Okay, not at the post-baby boobs, although they are pretty great.) Check out my cute shoes. And my adorable necklace. Do you love cute shoes, mamacitas? We have good news! This Look at My Shoes acrylic necklace from Zubinski Products on Etsy is made in Frankfurt, which means you’re not going to see another one at the playground. It’s available in five colors, including clear, and is probably a little bigger than you think. It comes on a 27″ ball chain and will probably survive your baby’s teething. When you’re having one of those bad-hair-didn’t-do-the-laundry days,...

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Mother’s Day gift alert: Wear your kid’s John Hancock around your neck

I’ve seen lots of pretty name necklaces, but none made out of your kid’s actual handwriting, like these. Now I realize the intention of the Signature Necklaces by brevity is that you’d wear your own John Hancock right around your neck, which does make a pretty unique statement — like, hey, I have a doctor’s signature without the medical license to go with it. (Yes, mine is more like a bunch of scribble than anything cool.) So instead, I love the idea of having your kid’s signature (or name, written by them) turned into a stainless-steel or gold or...

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A monogram necklace with character

We love it when monograms go monoglam, but we also love it when initial necklaces show some character. If you’re looking for an awesomely affordable Mother’s Day gift, or just a sweet little soemthing to go with your summer sundresss,  these pendants pop with timeless, old-fashioned charm. [don’t miss a great discount after the jump!] We love hand-embroidered necklaces and this, more rustic offering, will look perfect with the pastels of spring and summer. The pretty pendants from Sassy Sister Vintage on Etsy are customizable and deliciously different from the shiny metals prevalent in stores. Plus I love the...

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A love for leather

Discovering Melissa Zook jewelry last year was the best thing to happen to my wrist since…I don’t know. Something else good that happened to my wrist. I immediately splurged on one of this Brooklyn artist’s black leather cuff bangles and not only have I worn it nearly daily ever since, the compliments don’t stop coming. Now there’s some new items in the shop I am wanting big time. First off, her leather cuff bracelets now come in colors that are so great for the warmer weather when more black goes back in the closet. Use the light grey as...

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Earrings that give a school lunch to a child in need

I’ve been a huge fan of Lisa Leonard jewelry since we first featured her on Cool Mom Picks many moons ago. But now she’s launched a simple, crazy affordable line of pieces that help support a wonderful cause. Lisa’s new hope{full} line is fair trade and sustainable, giving work to Ecuadorian women and helping build their community. Each pair of disc earrings is made from tagua seeds dyed in all sorts of gorgeous colors, like rich green, blue, or my personal favorite, yellow. And they’re only $6! But the best part is that a portion of the proceeds for...

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Keepsake jewelry from children’s artwork for moms who aren’t always the keepsake jewelry types

Custom jewelry inspired by children’s artwork is probably one of the most popular gifts that we feature for Mother’s Day each year. And now, there’s one more option that’s way more funky mom jewelry than sweet grandmother jewelry. Should you be more of a funky mom. Years ago we discovered the fantastic craftsmanship of Mia Van Beek of Formia Design, who takes kids’ original butterflies, dinosaurs and happy faces and turns them into amazing silver charms, keychains and necklaces you’ll want to show off. But should you be looking for something a little more modern, I’m thrilled to find...

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Jewelry that begs the question “Where did you get that?”

One thing that hasn’t changed about me since I’ve had kids: My penchant for big, bold jewelry. And while it’s a little harder to find the time (and the sitter) to wear them, when I find pieces like these, I’m suddenly much more motivated to get that date night or girl’s night out on the books. Everything from Lavish Jewelry is made in Brazil under the careful eye of designer and mom Tricia Milaneze, and it’s some of the coolest I’ve seen. Each is made using a wire crochet technique like you’ll see in the braided cuff that is...

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The summer necklaces that will get you all the compliments. Promise.

I have lost count of the number of compliments I’ve received on my gorgeous Elk necklace. And I’m gearing up for more now that they’ve released their newest collection that’s perfect for summer. The gorgeous new Elk jewelry collection is now available at SFMOMA, which means easier access to this Australia-based company’s pieces, for those of us who are stateside. With Mother’s Day (and my birthday) coming up, I’ve got my eye on the layered leaves wooden necklace (above), though I’m torn between the yellow and the red. The navy woodplate necklace would look fabulous over a white t-shirt...

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Spring trend: Colorful, dangly earrings. We’ll take two, please.

I get so excited the second the weather turns springy and a woman’s fancy turns to colorful accessories. (Just me?) Yeah, emerald green is hot. But who says you have to stick with Pantone’s pick? The great thing is, this season, whatever color looks good on you, you can find something dangly and fun that’s calling your name.   Saffron Amelia Earrings (above) are so bright and happy, but not so blingy that you can’t wear them day-to-night. ($90, Charm + Chain) The Gold Chrysoprase Drop Clip Earrings are like the crazy ones you wish your Great Aunt had...

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It’s you! But tiny, wearable, and made of embroidery floss.

Mamas, this might be the most personalized necklace we’ve seen in a while. Whether you’re gift shopping for the mom, grandma, or bestie who has everything, we guarantee she doesn’t have your portrait together embroidered on a tiny custom wood hoop. Bonus: the artist can also do guinea pigs. It’s no surprise that we love embroidered gifts, especially embroidered necklaces and adorable wall hangings. But we’re just cooing over these sweet  hand-embroidered portrait necklaces based on your photos, then stretched on custom hand-made hoops. The artist is more than accommodating and will work with your suggestions and photos to...

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Nice narwhal necklace!

Owls, foxes, hedgehogs. They’ve all had their day. But if you want to stand out from the creature crowd, we recommend narwhals. Not only are they adorable, but they’re the unicorn of the sea! And this one’s handmade…and way affordable. Which is pretty magical. The Narwhal Necklace from oneeyeddog on Etsy is hand-sculpted and painted with several layers of glimmering gold, making each one unique. The wee narwhal is around 1.5″ long and hangs from an 18″ gold-plated chain. We can’t promise the narwhal will actually be magic, although Vikings once traded their unicorn-like horns for gold. And did...

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Customizably cool watches that tell time (and a story or two)

Have you ever taken an Instagram picture that was so good, you wanted to plaster it everywhere? Sometimes I snap a shot that I literally want to wear on my sleeve. Guess what? Now I can. (That means you, too, fellow Instagram addicts.) Instawatch is pretty much the coolest accessory around. I can wear my favorite pic on my wrist, and have it tell me the time. How’s that for multitasking? The Instawatch photo watch is built much like the Swatch watches we all rocked in the late 80s and early 90s. The cool part is that Instawatches are entirely...

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Sweet and simple spring bling: whimsical wood pendants

Move over, cold metals and frosty stones. Spring means warm wood, pretty flowers, snuggly bunnies, and dreamy dragons. And how cute would these pendants be for your tween? These Wood Bezel Necklaces from Twine are everything we love: handmade, whimsical, unique, and lending a timeless and simple elegance to your wardrobe. Or, if you’re buying for your tween or teen, a sweet, unlicensed bit of unblingy bling that won’t break the bank if it gets lost. Each pendant is handprinted on a piece of hand-carved maple and finished with a suede cord. So simple. So pretty.  Each necklace is...

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Celebrate International Women’s Day by supporting women across the globe with cool purchases

Sure, we think every day deserves to be International Women’s Day, but we’re also delighted to take today to celebrate the political, economic, and social accomplishments and contributions of women around the globe. Here at Cool Mom Picks, we especially love supporting businesses that empower women in developing areas. Here are four of our favorites. Bonus: what a great way to find a gift for the women who inspire you!   Raven + Lily is our very favorite type of company: run by women, for women, and providing women in developing countries with sustainable economic opportunities, healthcare, and literacy...

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Diamonds: if not your best friend, then still something you want to spend a lot of time with

I love big, sculptural statement jewelry–especially rings. So this designer is now ranking high on my want-list. This gold “diamond” ring from San Francisco’s Fathom and Form is calling my name. Loudly. They make such spectacular architectural, 3-D jewelry, but I love the simplicity of the design, the subtle rock n’ roll styling, the unapologetic size. Mom jewelry? Not even. It’s not cheap, but the quality is amazing. Or for nearly half the price, you can grab it in silver instead. I just know it’s the kind of super special piece you can wear and without even a single...

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Paper or polka dot? Personalized pendants with irresistible charm

It’s always a red-letter day when you’re wearing or gifting something beautiful and handmade. You’ll love what one of our favorite Etsy artisans has up her (polka-dotted) sleeve. We’ve long been fans of the sweet baby gifts and lovely embroidered jewelry by Merriweather Council on Etsy, and we adore the most recent twist on the line: patterned fabrics. Those juicy polka dots are extra sweet. And the lined notebook paper fabric would make an especially lovely gift for a favorite teacher without screaming, “Here’s another apple!” There are tons of personalization options, including pendant shape, letter, upper or lower case, and...

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Mom keepsake jewelry that doesn’t look like it

I always love finding original ideas for keepsake jewelry, especially to mark the birth of a child. (Just please don’t call them push presents. Argh.) And there’s something about this bracelet that’s so different than the typical curliecue letter stamped into silver, that I’m really digging it.   The Save the Date Bracelet by Mitsymoto Designs lets you add up to 6 numbers on a cool, vaguely industrial brass plate with bronze rivets. It reminds me more of a door number on a house without the hyphens or slashes to separate the month, date, and year, which makes it a little...

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Falling in love with Rose Gold

Everywhere I look, from fashion magazines to the fingers and earlobes of the Meatpacking District fashionistas in NY, it seems that rose gold jewelry is here and it’s not going anywhere–prepare to see loads of it this spring and summer. It’s not just pretty though; it’s practical. The subtle pink sheen means you can pair with silver or gold, and you never feel that idgy feeling when you mix metals (is that just me?). Here are just a few pieces I tracked down in a variety of price points that I could definitely see myself wearing. If you’re the...

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Pretty Valentine’s Day jewelry that won’t break the bank

As much as I love Valentine’s Day, I know not every woman wants (or needs) an expensive Valentine’s gift. So I love these pretty necklaces which do a beautiful job of telling someone she’s special, for under $20.  These pretty mother of pearl charms are handprinted and hang from a thin silk cord. It all looks fairly lightweight which means it might not hang straight down like a heavier metal charm, however that also makes it a nice choice for a tween or teen. especially since the cord can be tied to any length.   If you’re a Valentine’s...

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So I had to say I love you with an initial charm necklace

I was never really able to get into the humongo Carrie Bradshaw-style name necklace. But this tiny silver initial necklace? Now that I could do. Right in time for Valentine’s Day, or for a new mom who likes her keepsake jewelry subtle. And it happens to be wildly affordable. I just discovered jewelery designer Angela Parker Kennedy of Olive Yew and I’m really liking her simple, pretty, and very reasonably priced work. The rose gold plated initial necklace is a great deal at $38, and you can even add a second letter for $6. Perfect for you + your...

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It’s maple season. Maple earrings.

I’m definitely a fan of big statement jewelry–big rings, big earrings, chunky necklaces–but the thing about it is, too much of it at once makes the wrong statement. So I’m always on the lookout for great earrings that tamp down the bling so that the neck or the fingers or the wrist can shine instead. Amy Bengston is such a popular designer with the team at Cool Mom Picks, I think that at least half our writers own something from her collection. Now there’s one more piece to covet: her sleek new polished maple earrings. I love that they’re...

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Rockin the winter white

I’m a sucker for winter white jewelry, because that whole no white after Labor Day thing? Bah. Not that you’ll ever catch me in white pants (before or after Labor Day), but a bracelet like this one–totally. The White Beaded Bracelet from Etsy’s By Jodi is made of a combination of white turquoise, magnasite and a single sparkly sterling ball. Because everyone needs a little sparkle. You can even customize it with gold instead, if that’s more your color. I love that it’s a great way to pair with flashier metal earrings or a necklace, so you don’t shine from limb to limb. Or pair...

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The coolest collar necklace and bib necklaces: this year’s must-have New Year’s Eve statement jewelry

Should you be lucky enough to have willing grandparents or a dedicated babysitter for New Year’s Eve this year, it’s a good excuse to find yourself some sweet jewelry to jazz up last year’s little black dress. (Or you know, the one from 2008. Should it still fit.) The bib necklace and the collar necklace are pretty much the hottest things right now, and I’ve rounded up just a few that I’m loving, in every price range. How to wear them: Both tend to look best with a low cut top that leaves enough skin for the necklace to sit...

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Party-perfect earrings with a big purpose

Metallic feather-look earrings crafted from leather? Yes, please. The style is super cool and party-perfect. Even better, these earrings look ridiculously expensive, but only cost 24 bucks. But wait, there’s something more amazing about them. Raven + Lily is a longtime favorite of ours, for their beautiful items and their goal to empower women through design In keeping with that, these earrings are each handcrafted by marginalized women in India, using locally sourced leather. The proceeds go straight back to these women, in the form of literacy programs for them, their children, and their community.This holiday season, I can’t...

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12 gorgeous holiday jewelry picks for less than $50

As mamas, sometimes the only sparkle we get to wear with any real regularity is what sticks to our shirts from our kids’ glitter-and-glue projects. And while we obviously love our kiddos’ creations, it’s nice to have some purposefully placed glitter every once in a while…like the holidays! We love these beautiful baubles–holiday jewelry that’s sparkly, fun, and all costs less than $50. -Lexi [DON’T MISS AN AWESOME JEWELRY GIVEAWAY (WORTH MORE THAN $50!) AFTER THE JUMP] Proof that holiday jewelry need not reference the snowman pin your great-aunt Maude wears to Christmas dinner every year: this It Girl Collar...

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Add some sparkle to your holiday wish list with custom earrings

Dear Santa, I have been a very good girl, working thoughtfully through my shopping for this holiday season. However, I could use a little more motivation. I think these sparkly earrings might do the trick, if you happen to be passing through town early. On second thought: Never mind, Santa. I know you’re busy. I’ll just scoop them up myself. Yes, I’m thinking these spunky “posh” earrings from Sonyarenee are the perfect pick-me-up for any holiday outfit. Whether you’re hitting the mall or headed out to party, these might be your new go-to bling. The cool part is you can customize the design to...

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Consider us charmed…and with an exclusive Black Friday discount code, you’ll be too.

We love small businesses, we love mom-run businesses, and we really, really love one-of-a-kind personalized charms. (Even if we do avoid calling it Mom Jewelry.) The good news is that one of our long-time favorite shops is offering some unique new custom designs just in time for the holidays–and we’ve got a sweet discount code just for you. We’ve been fans of Heart and Stone for several years and our love is still going strong. We’re especially digging on these gorgeous new personalized message Charms, which come in three sizes, made of reclaimed fine silver and are completely customizable...

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Star power: these customized constellation pendant necklaces really shine

I’ve said before that I love Braille jewelry as a more subtle option for mom jewelry than traditional printed text. I’m feeling the same way about these handmade pendants. Do they look just like dots to you? Look again… In fact, these are hand-drilled constellation pendant necklaces, which I think are a cooler way to wear your baby’s birth sign without some cheesy illustration or a typical astrological symbol. Shown here is Scorpio, but there are 11 more to choose from, of course. They’re all made in Brooklyn by artist Julie Nolan, who bases her designs on a Swiss calendar...

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Beautiful braille jewelry: understatement is always in style

If you knew me in person, then you’d know by the tattoo on my inner wrist that I’m a little obsessed with braille. (It’s my kids’ initials, if you’re curious). Now, I’ve seen some cool braille jewelry before, but these gorgeous, subtle pieces definitely caught my eye. LeighLuna creates beautiful custom braille necklaces–wonderful if you’re visually impaired of course, but if not, it’s a wonderful, subtle way to keep your kids close to your heart (without emblazoning their names across your chest in Comic Sans which can be read from 6 blocks away, for instance). Each brass pendant is created...

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