Category: Jewelry

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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Your girl’s first big-girl necklace

My daughter spends a lot of time going through my jewelry box. She has very distinct plans for where she’ll wear each bauble: the grocery store, school, her next playdate. But she’s four and a half. So my jewelry is a little not-so-practical. But in five to ten years(ish?)–once she’s past the point of wanting to feed shiny things to the goldfish–I’d like to give her a meaningful necklace of her very own. And I think I’ve found the perfect candidate. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump] We’ve loved the handcrafted jewelry from Heart and Stone Jewelry for...

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Personalized initial necklaces made with real thread. Not fake gold.

I have an arsenal of go-to occasion gifts and one of my favs for the ladies in my life is the classic initial necklace. Perfect for a new mama or a friend’s birthday it always leaves my girls feeling extra special. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the discovery of these sweet embroidered initial necklaces from Boston jewelry designer Danielle Spurge. In her Etsy shop, the Merriweather Council you can customize your own darling pendant from the background fabric and thread colors to the style of the lettering. It is just a perfect and adorable little gift appropriate for all ages being...

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One gift for them, one for me. One for them, one for me…

While you’re oh so busy shopping for everyone on your list (and man, doesn’t that list seem to get bigger every year?) I say, don’t forget to pick up a little something something for yourself. Something that you can show off at every store you hit, every party you visit, every potluck you wish you could get out of. Like say, this gorgeous little gold ring from Viv and Ingrid? I always love browsing the Viv and Ingrid site and this gold metallic spiral ring definitely caught my eye. Teeny little gold beads are wrapped thee times by hand...

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By the Leather

Browsing on my daily shopping addiction, Fab.com today, I came across a fashion steal that not only called my name, it forcibly removed my credit card from my wallet, typed in some numbers, and clicked “buy now.” (I swear. That’s just how it happened.) The scrunch bracelets from Melissa Zook are just so very cool. This Brooklyn artist creates simple leather cuffs that come in either long or short, and scrunch around your wrist for a soft, supple accessory with just the teeniest bit of edge. I just love them for those days I’m a little blingier with the rings...

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Indie meets affordable with Dana Kellin for Target

My first job out of college was managing a fantastic gallery of artisan crafts in Philadelphia. It was in that glorious place full of so many beautiful things that I began a love affair with handmade designer jewelry. Let’s just say that a decent part of most paychecks went to purchases for myself (at least I had a good discount!!).  Those relationships lasted and I still love and support many of those artists, but one more than the rest, the oh so talented L.A. based Dana Kellin. So imagine my shock and extreme excitement when I found out Dana...

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A new take on the classic monogram charm

We have loved the beautiful keepsake jewelry of JULIAN & Co. since way back when they went by the name Little Jules. Since then, we have been consistently impressed with Tania Condon’s vision and unique designs that interpret “mother’s jewelry” in the best possible way. Her latest piece of jewelry harkens back–waaaaay back–for a style that is timeless, unique and bound to make a mama’s heart beat a little faster. {keep reading for a chance to win!} The Monogram Insignia charm is crafted in the USA of sterling silver to look like a wax seal, those official closures that...

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How to wear color when you’re not inclined to wear color

My signature look is pretty consistent–jeans and a top that’s either black, white or grey. But when it comes to the accessories department, I’m up for any bold, crazy colors you throw my way, which is a lot of what we’re seeing for fall. In my opinion, jewelry is really the place to make a statement. That’s why I’m loving all the bright colored pendants on Urban Dencity. [don’t miss an amaaaaazing exclusive offer after the jump!] I recently discovered the gorgeous handmade trinkets on Urban Dencity even though the CMP editors have loved them for years. Each piece...

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Get pinned

The new jewelry designs from CMP fave Polli just went live this week and uh, hang onto your credit cards, mamas. The laser-etched, lightweight metal jewelry is back with some lovely choices–check out the way cool Captain Cook pendant, part of a collection from Melbourne cut paper artist Emma van Leest; and the woven doily necklace that beautifully combines ribbon with annodized steel for a modern, romantic effect. If Queen Victoria were around today, she’d be so into this. But what’s really catching my eye is the new collection of colorful wooden brooches inspired by things like colorful vintage...

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Bracelets for a cause. Is there any better kind?

As the heavy spending season is upon me, I’ve made a point to be more mindful of what I purchase for myself. But given my penchant for bags and accessories, it’s a little more challenging than I thought. However, one way I’ve offset (okay, rationalized) my obsession is purchasing jewelry that gives back. Here are three options I recently discovered thanks to my MilkShake subscription. 1. Wanderlust The brain child of fashion guru Elizabeth Kiester, the Wanderlust online shop (with two storefronts as well) offers beautiful clothes, accessories, and home goods made by artisans in Cambodia. Not only do...

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Put a ring on it. A big, sparkly Dara Ettinger ring.

I’m a big ring kind of a gal–the bigger the better. And I don’t think I’ve gotten as many compliments on any one as I have on a recent ring purchase from designer Dara Ettinger. Dara opened a new boutique in Brooklyn this year, and on my first visit, a rough-hewn, sparkly gray geode in a fluid gold-plated casing called my name. Okay, it also opened my wallet, handed the sales girl my credit card. (It was a very aggressive ring!) I’ve hardly taken it off since. If you’re not in Brooklyn, you can find similar pieces of hers...

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Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones and Piperlime partner up for charity

I have always loved wearing jewelry with a story behind it, and I’ve never really been a fan of the mass produced status pieces that everyone else and her mother is sporting too. So naturally I was thrilled to hear about Piperlime’s new partnership with Project Runway season 8 winner, jewelry designer Gretchen Jones, that just launched today. For a limited time, the popular shopping destination and the now Brooklyn-based artist are offering an exclusive line of jewelry with 100% of profits going to Aid to Artisans, a wonderful and necessary charity devoted to providing economic opportunities to help artisans worldwide....

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5 crazy colorful cocktail rings under $50

I’ve always had a thing for big crazy cocktail rings, no doubt inspired by the collection of them my Great Aunt Bea owned from the 60s and 70s. I still have some of the originals, so I always get a little chuckle when they come back in style. [don’t miss a great discount code after the jump!] If you don’t have the bucks for the original, I always love browsing the crazy choices at Fantasy Jewelry Box, which is like my secret spot for affordable costume jewelry. None of these pieces are more than $50. This Coral and turquoise...

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Geometry never looked this good

Six years ago I was introduced to modern jewelry designer Marjorie Victor and instantly fell for her sophisticated geometric designs. This NYC based artist launched her collection in 2003 and ever since, her name keeps popping up in places like Elle and Lucky. Marjorie claims it’s the frenetic energy of the big city that inspire her explorations in sculpted metal. The results? Beautiful and delicate organic pieces you will reach for over and over again. At least I do. The subtle variations from hand forming and hammering by Marjorie herself make each piece of her jewelry one of a...

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Just call me Princess Sparkleknuckles

I used to be into understated beauty. Then I had kids. Now I have to shout just to be noticed, so not surprisingly, I favor bright skirts, dangly earrings, and statement shoes. Oh, and big fat rings that keep people from noticing my unpainted nails. That’s where this shiny treasure comes in. The crystal and eco-friendly Sono wood Treteaux ring from Objets D’Envy melds tough and feminine together into a highly wearable, everyday ring that really packs a punch. And I mean that literally. It would be so cute with a sundress, or even just a tank and jeans. ...

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Baby, you look good in wood

I like my mom jewelry like I like my men: wooden, flexible, and hanging from a brass chain. (Ha.) Okay, that came out all wrong. But this unique photo necklace still rocks my socks. The Chunky Old Camera photo necklace by Etsy shop VectorCloud really is everything I love in statement jewelry. It’s unique– or have you seen laser cut Alder wood before? It’s big and chunky and a little bit retro, of course. And you can insert any 1″ photo you want, which means you can go from squishy newborn photos to pudgy toddler smiles to portraits of...

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Medic alert bracelets that keep you safe and stylish

I’m fortunate that I do not have any medical conditions that require me to wear a medic alert bracelet, but if I did, you can bet I’d slap it on my wrist permanently, regardless of what it looked like. But these days, you don’t necessarily have to sacrifice your style for your safety, with this cool pick from one of our fave jewelry designers. These gorgeous, custom medic alert bracelets are the perfect marriage of safety and style, made using artist Paula Lapkin’s signature leather and bead work that we discovered last year.  Choose from gold or silver tags...

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We heart real artists

We love seeing the amazing work of independent artisans recognized on big sites–except when they don’t actually give credit to the artist. That seems to be the case with jewelry artist Stevie Koerner of tru.che, whose beautiful United/World of Love line has inspired an exact replica on a certain huge retailer’s website. In honor of all the support she’s gotten from the web today, she’s offering a fantastic discount on all her pieces. But hurry, it lasts for today only! You can score 20% off Stevie’s beautiful sterling silver jewelry, whether you’d wear the country of your heritage or...

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A teacher necklace that beats an apple

With three involved-in-everything kids, there is no way I can spend more than a few dollars on teacher thank-you gifts, even for their favorites. So I now approach my fellow parents to pool our dollars together for one nicer item. There’s one female teacher we know well who I know would adore a piece of jewelry that lets her know how amazing we all think she is. This sterling silver teachers’ necklace by {simple starfish} makes a lovely gift for an educator who can wear it any day, and not just to school board meetings.  Created by mama Christine, the...

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Special jewelry for special kids

The end of the school year is almost here, at least for those of us in the deep south. Although my daughter is homeschooled, I love the idea of giving her a little gift to celebrate her upcoming violin recital, dance performance, and first grade graduation. And oh my do I think I found the perfect little bauble. Look how adorable these beautiful handmade necklaces are, designed and handcrafted by our friends at Bloesem. Inspired by the bright neon elastic cotton threads they discovered in Kuala Lampur, each necklace features an original Swarovski crytal and a sterling silver closure....

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One sterling silver bead says it all

I’ve been a long time fan of the personalized jewelry from Julian & Co, the brainchild of mom Tania Condon, but I have to admit that the versatility of the recent addition to her beautiful line has me smitten. [don’t miss a jewelry giveaway after the jump!] The new custom silver bead allows you to add anything you’d like on each of the four sides, which, as a mom of four kiddos, means I only have to wear one pretty bead rather than a jumble of jingly tags. But even if you’re not a mom of many, you’ll get...

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Seal it with a stork

While I know there are plenty of moms who love to wear the kids’ names around their neck, there are just as many mamas, like me, who’d prefer a more subtle display of motherhood, and that’s just what you get with the cool wax seal necklaces from Pyrrha.  Handcrafted from reclaimed silver, bronze, or 14K gold, these unique, rustic necklaces which have a huge celebrity following (you know, if you care about such things) are made with real 19th Century wax seals and are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Of course, I was drawn to the stork, which is...

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Mother’s Day jewelry ideas for my husband. (Not that I didn’t love last year’s vacuum.)

Our fabulous Mother’s Day Gift Guide just came out and already I’m ogling the mom jewelry section and crossing my fingers. (Don’t worry. I will also send the link to my husband with detailed directions because, we all know, finger crossing alone would get me nowhere.) I’m head-over-heels in love with the silhouette pendants from Vicente Agor. So very simple, yet also exceptionally sophisticated. What a fantastic new spin on mom jewelry. But with three kids, I’m not sure I’ve got a shot; not unless each kid gets a job and pays for one themselves. But that’s kind of...

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Custom keepsake pendants short on shine, but long on cool

I just think that custom pendants make the ultimate Mother’s Day gift. We always have a few featured on our Mother’s Day Gift Guide each year but here’s one more that’s a far cry from the typical mommy jewelry that scares some (hello!) moms off. The custom portrait pendants from Henderson Dry Goods are nothing short of amazing looking. You just email a jpg of your kids, your grandma’s wedding picture, a baby photo–you name it. The photo gets printed onto walnut veneer backed with silver, finished with one of three decorative borders, and then hangs from an oxidized...

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Bizarre love triangles

Usually, when I hear the words “geometry” or “polymer clay,” I start daydreaming about cupcakes until the conversation comes back around to something I dig. Like cupcakes. But as soon as I saw the cool jewelry by nomilktoday, I perked right up. Originally, I thought they were made of paper origami, which wouldn’t last. Nope. It’s polymer clay, and it’s bizarrely elegant and cool. Each of these pieces is created of hand-cut and textured polymer clay by nomilktoday‘s Eva from Athens, Greece. We haven’t actually seen one live, but the feedback at her Etsy shop is 100% positive and...

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Chunky is in.

This week, I popped into one of my favorite NYC department stores to leave my drool marks on the jewelry cases–kind of like a wolf marking his territory. Hey, maybe if I drool on this case here no one else will buy it? And then they’ll have to give it to me? Free? From what I saw, looks like this is going to be a really fun year for jewelry. I was smitten with all the big, colorful chunky gemstone pendants on display this season–if not all the zeroes on the price tags. So a quick look around the...

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Wood I like it? Yes, I wood.

Silver and gold are great, but do you have the stones to branch out into a ring made of something entirely new? I do. I mean, I wood. And, to take the wood-and-stone thing one step further, I am totally pining for this ring. Whether you were lucky enough to get jewelry for Valentine’s Day or you’re still putting his socks in the freezer as punishment for forgetting, this amazing piece of jewelry can make it all better. Even if you have to buy it for yourself. I’m really digging the unusual look of this three-stone wood ring by...

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Put a little love in your (h)EAR(t)

I’ve never been the biggest fan of heart-shaped anything. But now that I have kids–and one in particular who likes to draw hearts on just about everything–well, they’re starting to grow on me. Especially around Valentine’s Day. These darling little heart earrings from Kris Nations would be so perfect to wear on the 14th and any time thereafter. Made in the United States from reclaimed sterling silver or 14K gold fill, these little studs are as simple as it gets. One solid piece of metal hammered into a heart shape. That’s it. No backs to fiddle with or lose....

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More snow predicted. Retail therapy needed!

I don’t know about you, but the past couple of snowy weeks have been kind of blah. No, not kind of blah. Very blah. My two kids have been home with colds and I can’t think of the last time I got to do something all for me. A little retail therapy is in order here. Lucky for me (and for all of us), we’ve found a doozie of a sale from one of our favorite jewelry and accessory shops. [don’t miss a super sale offer after the jump!] No stranger to the pages of CMP, Polli is discounting...

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Carving your initials in a tree for Valentine’s Day. Awwwww…

I love the romantic idea behind a young couple carving their initials in a tree so that all passersby and woodland creatures will bear witness to their devotion for years to come. But in reality, I’m way too much of a softie to carve anything into a perfectly healthy tree–what if I hurt the tree?! Besides, I frown upon public vandalism. So instead of going after a mighty oak with a pocket knife, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite items that capture the spirit of “C+J” in bark, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Lisa Leonard’s Sweetheart Tree Necklace...

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