Category: Jewelry

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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Sparkle on: these rings rock however you roll

I admit it. Finding unique accessories that stand out from what I see on the wrists and fingers of the other women in my neighborhood gives me a little caffeine shot of joy. I love it when someone asks, “Where did you get that?”  Sometimes I want to keep my fun finds all to myself. But here’s a shop I’ll share with you, because these rings just plain rock. (Not to mention they are handcrafted from rock–how nifty is that?) Rablabs creates lovely, shimmery, hand-crafted rings from solid pieces of natural agate druze. They’re just the right balance of...

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Affordable bangles for fall that you can start wearing now

August is a bit of a weird jewelry-buying time. I want things that will feel all light and happy with my sleeveless dresses, but I’ve also got an eye towards fall. Which his why these affordable skinny bangles are the perfect thing to take me from one season to the next. The Adele Skinny Bangles by Voz Clothing and Art are stained walnut, which means they’re not as summer-like as say, embroidery or light beading; but they’re hand-painted with colors that can suit any season. I happen to love this combo of black, peach and gold, but the Karen O set (named for the...

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Pop goes the cocktail ring

After my TODAY show appearance last week, I think the number one question I was asked was” “who made your ring?” (A far better question than, “did you know you had spinach in your teeth the whole time?”) I was fortunate to find my lavender k2o by Karen Ko POP ring at a very sweet discount earlier this year, and boy do I love it. Should you love it too–enough to pay full price (and I wouldn’t blame you)–you can find them at Modern Mix Shop right now. The rings are handwoven out of Swarovski crystals and mounted on...

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One of these things is not like another

I’m definitely a devotee of handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry. And some of my favorite pieces are the ones that can’t be replicated at all, because the form comes from the imperfect shape of the stone, like a geode or a swath of quartz. So I love this San Francisco Etsy artist who features beautiful, affordable pieces that do justice to that very style. The limited edition jewelry of Frieda Sophie is treat to browse. Just a quick look, and I’m drooling over pieces like the vanilla agate druzy necklace (above) which would go with pretty much anything I own in...

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Fresh flowers for every outfit

It happens again and again: one dress-up lap around the living room and the creepy faux-metallic paint on your daughter’s “jewelry” is already flaking off and the molded plastic clasp has begun to warp. It’s not always easy to find dress-up accessories that don’t look (and act) like you bought them from a gumball machine. And then someone showed me the fantastic, hand-crafted, textile dress up delights offered by artisan momma Rebekah Desloge.    The Crocheted Flower Necklace is a sweet addition to the dress-up madness in your home, and would make such a great gift, as well. The leaves and...

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Falling in love with geometry

As minor as my kids’ milestones might seem in the great scheme of things, I still do my fair share of celebrating them. All night in your own bed? Yes! So I decided that I too deserve to treat myself with a little reward for making it through another milestone with them. Fair, right? I’ve got just the thing, if beautiful handmade jewelry looks like your kind of grownup treat. I just love the geometric rings from Israeli-based Osnat Har Noy that are a little larger than a thin everyday band but not as bold as a cocktail ring....

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Warm leatherette

My summer wardrobe uniform remains the same season after season–flowy skirt, plain tee, and chunky cuff–all of which I update with a few trendy pieces. Take a peek at what I have my eye on right now to complete the outfits! This gorgeous circle cuff by designer Mimi Jung of LA-based Brook & Lyn is an eye-catching piece that’s completely hand molded from saddle leather. I love the simple nude circle centerpiece which stands out against the black, making this super versatile for night or day as well as summer or fall, though I’m digging the stencil pair cuff as well;...

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A mom ring for the chronically undainty

Anyone who knows me will tell you: I’m not dainty. And so much of the personalized jewelry for moms that I see is polished silver, beautifully engraved curlicues, glass photos, and things that, in general, I would break on contact.  But this custom ring has a tough, rustic edge that would totally work for me. And it looks hard to dent, too. That’s not to say a dainty mom wouldn’t like it, too, because there’s lots to love in this Personalized Copper and Silver Ring. Just tell Etsy seller Monkeys Always Look up to 30 letters/spaces, and they’ll hammer...

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Earrings made just for your ears. But also your eyes.

As my kids (and I) get older, I’m a little pickier about the jewelry I buy. Not just because there’s less chance of them tearing it off my neck, but also because I’d like to think that everything I wear will eventually be passed down to my three girls. And that’s why I’m in love with the made-to-order earrings from Anna Bee Jewelry.  I was a fan of the beautiful personalized necklaces from Anna Bee Jewelry and now I’ve got my eye on the Malia earrings (pictured), which feature black onyx beads on vintage frames — sort of a modern take...

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Secret affordable earring resource, revealed!

I’ve posted a few pictures of me lately wearing these awesome new earrings I found, and I’ve gotten so many requests for the purchasing info, I give! Uncle! I will just have to accept the fact that my secret find is no longer my secret find. I’m often skeptical of felt-based jewelry, especially when I’m ordering online and can’t see them in person. But when my Feistyelle earrings arrived, I was nothing but thrilled. These thick, substantial, laser-cut felt designs look amazing, and because they’re so lightweight, they feel amazing too. I am a proud owner of the dahlia...

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A custom Mother’s Day gift you still have time to order

We love Mother’s Day and we love lockets, and we love handmade, and we love surprises, especially when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts. So we are so happy to have found a really beautiful custom Mother’s Day gift that combines so many of so many of our favorite things. We’re digging on the custom lockets from Stella Saves the Day on Etsy. One half of the locket is a photo that you can insert yourself, while the other is a beautiful bit of monogramming.  Choose up to three simple letters or a single monogrammed letter and Brooklyn artist...

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Beautiful custom Mother’s Day pendants–or pendants that make every day Mother’s Day

With all of the amazing choices for Mother’s Day jewelry out there, it can be difficult to pick just one. Well of course you don’t have to pick just one, but with this beautiful custom necklace, you can be sure you’ll get some serious bang for your buck. Custom keepsake pendants from Crafted by Kerstin is as gorgeous as it is unique. The custom jewelry includes a silhouette of your child, an initial, and even his own handprint–miniaturized that you can clip to a necklace. The handprint is an especially lovely, unique touch–and you can order a footprint instead,...

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Earth Day Pick – PaperStatement art and jewelry

Discovering the Paper Statement Etsy shop was like looking at your own perceived craftiness in the mirror and laughing at it. I am absolutely blown away by the things true artists can do out of paper and cardboard. The first thing that caught my eye from German artist Dorisse is this very cool paper necklace made from corrugaged paper beads. It looks great with multi-colors like this, but the simple natural beads or single-color options are pretty amazing too. [see more incredible paper jewelry and sculptures after the jump] Really impressive book sculpture. Statement bracelet from paper beads. Very...

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Gorgeous jewelry that every mother would love

I’ve already got my eye on a few of the necklaces we’ve featured in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide, but then I saw this beautiful one from Anna Bee Jewelry and well, let’s just say my husband should have no issues figuring out what to get me this year.  I love the simplicity of the Mini Circles personalized necklace, which is completely made to order. Whether you want your own initial in gold and your kids’ in silver (pictured), or you want to get more creative and pick the metal tones based on gender, the choice is completely yours. ...

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Our own personal necklaces from Elva Fields. Now all we need are those Oscar nominations…

We imagine that it’s every jewelry-loving woman’s dream to have a special piece custom designed just for her by an amazing designer. So when we were approached by designer Emily Maynard of Elva Fields for just that, we jumped at the chance. As part of her monthly “Leading Ladies” series, we’re so honored join a long list of incredible design bloggers (how much do we love Joy Cho of Oh Joy!?) with own signature Elva Fields necklaces. We thought it would be fun to show you the cool process that goes into creating a one-of-a-kind piece from start to...

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Jewelry for typography geeks. Or just people who like cool jewelry.

At the International Gift Show this year, I was so happy to come across the very cool jewelry from MEANING, a design collective that creates art, jewelry and other objects all based on typography. And that doesn’t mean they stamp a scripty letter B on a charm and call it a day. At the MEANING store, you’ll find rings that at first just seem like really cool, graphic, geometric shapes. But upon closer look, they’re all dingbats–those little swirls and symbols which, in 3-D make absolutely cool baubles. The polymide rings are all laser cut and hand dyed like...

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Mother’s Day gifts that give back. Thanks, 31 Bits.

One of our favorite kinds of Mother’s Day gifts to recommend are those that give back, because we hardly know a mother among us who isn’t committed to making the entire world a better place for our babies. Now there’s a new one, offering beautiful affordable jewelry, with a cause that’s just as attractive. 31 Bits is creating very wearable, handmade jewelry with the help of 108 women in Uganda. The company not only helps provide them with an income source, but also with vocational training, educational opportunities, English lessons, and AIDS and healthcare education. Founder Kallie Dovel seems...

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Buy jewelry, save the world. Seems fair.

I’ve got a thing for artisan jewelry. So you can only imagine that I fell pretty hard for the beautiful selection from Joan Hornig Jewelry. But it gets better, when you find out that Joan is not just an artistic talent, but a very clever philanthropist with a very clever idea. With sales of every piece in her boutique, from the beautiful and relatively affordable Knock on Wood ring (below) to the stationery selection, to an 18k gold bracelet in the $18,000 range (at top), Joan Hornig donates 100% of the profits on each piece to the charity of...

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The big bangle theory

As much as I love chunky rings and big bangles and cuffs, this season I’m finding myself drawn to daintier pieces, like these gorgeous, handcrafted ones at Alice Roche Jewelry. The triangle water bangles are light and airy, though still sturdily made from sterling silver, with the cool shape and ox silver adding the perfect little twist and uniqueness that I’m personally drawn to. I also love how Alice is committed to using reclaimed materials as well as those manufactured here in the United States. It can offer a nice balance if you’re still into big chunky ring or...

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Is that a bird on your head, or are you just happy to see me?

Sometimes, I want serious jewelry. But sometimes, I just want something unexpected and playful that goes well with jumping on trampolines or doing cartwheels in the yard. So this would work. This fun line of illustrated wooden necklaces from depeapa in Granada, Spain,  tiptoes the fine line between whimsical and hip. Whether you like kids with birds on their heads, mustaches, or slightly confused bears, you can get your cute fix as a necklace or a brooch. Although the pieces aren’t unique, the illustrations are designed and hand-printed by the artist on hand-cut wood.  Plus, just look at his sweet...

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I like the island Manhattan…

I admit to having a bit of New Yorker envy. Fortunately, I find satisfaction every so often when I visit, and someone asks me for directions. But while I may not actually ever get to live in NYC, I love that I can wear a little bit of Manhattan–or even Brooklyn–in the most subtle way. These amazing Urban Gridded Earrings from Aminimal Shop look like cool gridded shapes, but look closely and you’ll see they’re actually maps. Whether you’re a fan of downtown Manhattan (pictured) or prefer Brooklyn ‘hoods like DUMBO or Williamsburg, this is such a cool way...

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It’s all about you. Your necklace says so.

I never realized that with all my jewelry hoarding, I don’t have a single monogram necklace or initial piece to my name. Well, I think that is about to change as I have just found the most bad-ass original monogram necklace yet. No matter what your style, you are going to find your monogram match from designer Moon and Lola. These acrylic designs are completely customizable to fit your individual style from modern to froufrou, neutral to bold. Pricing starts at $60, making them a great special occasion gift for the fabulous ladies in your life too. You know you...

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Wood you still love me tomorrow?

We’ve seen a ton of heart jewelry leading up to Valentine’s Day, but the one that’s stolen my heart isn’t flashy, blingy, or loaded with diamonds. In fact, it isn’t even shiny. I discovered designer Andrea Panico’s Pico Designs at the gift show this week and fell in love with her modern, architecturally-inspired handmade jewelry–but perhaps none more than this laser-cut wooden heart necklace. Made out of cherry wood and dangling from a gold-fill chain, it hangs just below the collarbone.  I think it will look cool even when the paper valentines are long tucked away in a shoebox. Find the...

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Golden Globes fashion trend – diamond studs. Big ones.

Whatever we thought of the red carpet fashion at the Golden Globes last night–to say nothing of some of those skinny, skinny arms (eat something, will you people?) it was so much fun to watch. I couldn’t get enough of Michelle Williams, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, and Claire Danes. And the one thing they all had in common: simple diamond studs in their ears. Okay, BIG simple diamond studs. I’m already laughing at the “Steal This Look!” emails that are filling up my inbox this morning, post-awards show. But it is kind of cool to know that there’s one...

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Peace on earth takes on a whole new meaning with these bracelets

These beautiful bracelets are the bomb– literally, and figuratively, and I can’t think of a better way to spread peace than with jewelry that truly symbolizes just that. Back in 1973, bombs rained down on Laos, and after the Vietnam war was over, the bombs and their debris were left behind. Artisans began to collect the leftover scrap metal and form it into spoons and jewelry, a practice which spread and inspired Project Peace Bomb. They partner with these artisans to create unique bracelets made from the metal scattered throughout the ravaged landscape of Laos. Even better, when you...

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Lovely leather for the ladies

Perusing Etsy has become an occupational hazard because I just end up finding more gorgeous handmade goodies that I swear are screaming my name. Such is the case with these beautiful leather bracelets that I can’t stop thinking about. I can’t quite decide which EmilydeMolly laser cut leather cuff I want. I’m not usually a flower person but the metallic gold rose cuff (pictured) is fantastic. But then my eye caught the red ornate cuff design which I like as well.  Oh, who am I kidding? I’d be happy with any of them. But at just $35, I might...

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The perfect little-girl necklaces from Bel Kai Designs

Along with the toys, book and clothes, I always like to have one sentimental gift to my kids tucked into their stocking that they know is from me: Their Sappy Mama. For my eight-year-old daughter, I found a sweet little trinket that expresses how much I love this age, when my precocious child is still young enough to play with dolls and crawl into my bed during a storm. {keep reading for your chance to win a necklace!} CMP favorite, Bel Kai Designs has a Sarah Jane Studios line that includes ten delicate one-inch charms that make my heart...

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Goodnight (shiny, silver) moon

I love wearing jewelry that I don’t have to think about. I’m always on the hunt for pieces that go with everything, offer just the right amount of pop, and stand out in a subtle way. So I am absolutely over the moon (sorry, couldn’t resist) with this gorgeous necklace from Melinda Maria. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!] I love how the moon and star are positioned, and how the chain doubles up connecting the two charms together in such a sweet way. It’s perfectly priced to gift to those closest to you, or heck, just...

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