Category: Jewelry

Laser cut my love

Ready for a beautiful new twist on custom vanity jewelry? We’ve got it. And it involves lasers. The new laser-cut silhouette pendants and cuffs by Le Papier Studio are everything that we love: elegant, interesting, goes-with-anything-y, and environmentally sound. Each custom piece is made of recycled sterling silver laser-sliced to your specifications with one or two silhouettes. And here’s the cool part: You can choose from their gallery of designs or send in a photograph and have artist Vana Chupp create your own unique silhouette for only $20 more. It can take 3 – 4 weeks to produce each...

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The last minute gift that beats a Chia pet and helps empower women

It’s a horrible feeling– standing in line at the drugstore with a dented Homer Simpson Chia pet and a Snuggie on Christmas Eve, knowing that Great Aunt Evelyn is going to know you totally spaced on her gift. Luckily, there’s another option that doesn’t involve long lines or dashing through the snow. You can do it all online, you don’t have to wait for shipping, and as an added bonus it’s a gift that gives back. Plus it involves two of our favorite things: jewelry and empowering women. The Relief Bead program by Relief International helps empower impoverished women...

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Design your own jewelry without an RISD degree

I have very clear, 1980s-tinged memories of heading to the mall with my then-babysitter and going to every store–literally–while she hunted down the perfect white tank top. I kid you not. It’s a wonder that I still love shopping. And an even bigger wonder that I often find myself doing the same thing–only with jewelry.  But I think I’ve found the antidote to “close, but it’s still not exactly what I was looking for” with some ultra-cool DIY jewelry. Sheyna specializes in design your own jewelry incorporating sterling silver, 14K gold vermeil, natural semi-precious stones, and charms, so you can make...

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Custom jewelry as personal as a diary

I’m not sure about you, but I’m always the one having to carefully count the number of characters I have left for inscriptions and then cut out half of my sweet message because it’s just too long. Well, that’s not the case when it comes to these really incredible silver keepsake pendants from Tina Roeder. She’ll take your own sentiment, poem, or love letter, like the one pictured, and hand etch it onto this gorgeous sterling silver diary pendant. The artistic nature of the handwriting itself makes wearing your message quite personal; you’ll know exactly what it says but...

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3 great initial necklaces for a special bigger girl

My oldest daughter is on the cusp of tweendom, and I finally trust her with a piece of jewelry that costs more than a pack of silly-band bracelets. While I don’t want to spend a fortune, I think she can handle something a little nicer than what I can grab at the mall accessories store.   To make this gift even more special and unique to her, I love initial necklaces which hint at her beautiful first name but don’t spell it out as she goes out into the world on her own. So I’m detailing three here, which...

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A cuff to love

Confession: I’m not a huge fan of sentimental jewelry. You might notice that we don’t post a whole lot of it on Cool Mom Picks, and when we do, we’re pretty picky. My high standards for jewelry isn’t such a bad thing, except it makes me particularly challenging to find gifts for–at least according to my husband. What he still hasn’t figured out yet, is that for me, simple and stunning is the key to my heart. That’s just how I’d describe this gorgeous heart cuff from Laurel Denise. Made from brushed sterling silver or gold-vermeil and featuring an...

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Hot trend alert – say it with Braille

The older I get and the more kids I add, the more I find myself in need of inspiring, visible reminders – to believe, love, and yes, laugh, to get me through my busy, often challenging days. But I’m hard pressed to wear a piece of jewelry that conveys those words so literally. (Let’s face it, a necklace that reads Believe! Love! Laugh! might be a little cheesy.) However, the new trend of braille jewelry is the perfect marriage of inspiration and subtlety for message jewelry. I recently ordered a piece from the Franklin collection at Jess LC, a...

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Jewelry that really makes a statement

Remember when slogan t-shirts were all the rage? (Yes, I still have my “Frankie Say Relax!” shirt from college.) Well here’s a new way for me to express myself through accessories, maybe even a little bit more cleverly than I could do on my own. Melanie Favreau’s conceptual creations are handmade sterling silver wearable art. Look around the shop and find rings, pendants and necklaces all pressed with sayings like Nosce Teipsum “Know Yourself” or a diamond shaped This is fake, I am not — perfect for us confident women who don’t take ourselves too seriously. Not to mention...

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The jewelry that passes the fashionable friend test

So, I’ve got a few very stylish friends who I like to use –unbeknownst to them– as my personal fashion litmus tests. If they admire a new article of clothing or a new accessory that I’m wearing without me asking them about it, then I know it’s a keeper. So I decided to test some of the beyond gorgeous pieces of Yara Jewelry on my pals and, without fail, they passed with flying colours.  Designed by Paula Lapkin –obviously a very cool mom, herself– and made in the USA, this jewelry line is created from leather and imported Greek...

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Shop vintage jewelry right from your couch

I’ve long been obsessed with vintage jewelry, but with four kids in tow these days, it’s nearly impossible for me to peruse the local boutiques and flea markets. But then I discovered Charm and Chain, and my credit card hasn’t gotten a rest in days. This online jewelry shop stocks its virtual glass cases with gorgeous modern pieces from a huge array of hot designers like Alexis Bittar,  Badgley Mischka and FALLON, right along with the beautiful vintage and one-of-a-kind jewelry too. The well-edited selection and easy navigation makes finding must-have (or must-covet) pieces a breeze–perhaps too easy actually–from...

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Brooklyn in da house. And da jewelry box.

I am a fan of Polli‘s Australian-made, laser-cut jewelry ever since we first discovered them at the Gift Fair a few years back. They never cease to surprise me with their clever new ideas, and I think the new collection of city-inspired jewelry is just super cool. As in, I totally am getting myself one. [don’t miss an exclusive offer after the jump!] This Brooklyn mama would be thrilled to wear the kohl gold Brooklyn brownstone pendant around her neck, complete with details like air conditioners in the windows and a bicycle chained out front. (No broken trash bags...

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What can you get for $15? Oh, just something awesome.

If you love deals and surprises, then you have to fly on over to CMP favorite Darlybird and snatch up one of their very limited and very discounted Bags O’ Goodies. Yes, a Bag O’ Goodies. Here’s how it works: Pay $15 for your Bag O’ Goodies, and the web shop’s own curator, Rachel, uses her exquisite taste to hand-pick at least $45 worth of accessories, stationery, vintage tags, and other adorable extras just for you. That’s a 66% discount, mamas. [don’t miss a special CMP discount after the jump!] Some of the goods are limited editions, some have...

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Fall on your wrist

Don’t actually fall on your wrist– It’s not a command. More like a suggestion of the funky, accessorizing kind. I bought the Underwater Cuff on Etsy, and I love it so much that I just had to share it with you. Not mine, though. You’d have to pry it from my cold, dead wrist. The Underwater Cuff from Spectacle a La Maison (SALM) is made entirely of upcycled leather and vintage findings by an artsy mom in Amsterdam. The inside is lined with wool felt and is just as comfy on a 97 degree day as on a 67...

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Special gift to say goodbye to nanny?- Reader Q&A

Our nanny is about to leave us to pursue full time pilates instruction. She’s been awesome and I’d like to get her something to commemorate her time with our toddler. Any thoughts? Thanks much! Grace We’re sorry to hear your nanny is leaving and think it is wonderful you want to give her something special to remember her time with your family. Here are a few ideas we’ve put together that are a unique way for her to remember her time with all of you. –Christina Little Pink House’s Custom Felt Portraits are amazing, and can turn a cute...

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Just a little peace

I have a definite affinity for owls, telling people that I wish to someday be old and wise. But there are times like today, or on days when my son is in his fifth time out, when the dove, the quintessential symbol of peace and love, seems more appropriate. This sterling silver dove necklace by Massachusetts artist Emily Rosenfeld fits my sensibilities perfectly in its simple modern shape. Only an inch wide, I can wear it with anything, and I love that the charm is double sided so there is no “wrong side” But mostly, I love making others think a little bit about the symbolism of...

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Art you can wear. Thanks Erica Rosenfeld.

People who know me live and in person tell me they often think of me in terms of my jewelry – big, chunky, interesting, often made of glass. Yes, glass. And when they ask where I got it, I find myself saying, more often than not, “It’s Erica Rosenfeld’s.” Erica Rosenfeld is not a friend whose jewelry I swipe, but an incredible Brooklyn artist who does fabulous things with glass techniques and beading. I’ve seen her inspired work go from a couple of local boutiques, to museum shops, to Barney’s. (Hello!) And not surprisingly at all; her work is...

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Custom earrings without the custom pricetag

Though my regular Starbucks order doesn’t come close to a Decaf double tall non-fat extra-dry cappuccino, I do have very specific tastes in everything from coffee to jewelry. So, I was thrilled to learn of a custom earrings website that lets you pick not only the style but the gemstones and metal, all without costing so much that I have to justify my purchase to death. Portland’s GemKitty has new custom earrings for those of us who are particular about our jewels. The earrings come in five dangling styles which may not work for those days when you’re with a grabby toddler, but are...

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Tie one on

I always love reading through the Quit Your Day Job feature on Etsy’s Storque blog, which features all these wonderful artists and crafters who are making a real living off their passions. Most of them are so good, you can really see just why their artistry has caught on. This week’s inspiration: Libby of Diament Designs. This former MAC cosmetics employee turned entrepreneur has a great eye, selling original and vintage baubles that remind me of so many flea market finds I spotted in Europe earlier this year. She’s clearly got heart for hearts, bows, and other delicate objects....

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Embroidered gifts and goodies that remind us why we love Etsy.

I’m a bit of an Etsy junkie, and I often find myself scouring their virtual craft tables late into the evening on a mission to track down coolness. Last night’s spoils: The intricate embroidery designs at Sew Sweet Stitches. The gorgeous handiwork by mom and artist Melissa Davison has me puzzling over which of her spectacular creations I want first. The tech mama in me is definitely adding her lovely iPhone/iPod cozies to my wish list, with their cool combination of bright threads and beads. The  headphones pocket in the back is a smart touch. My inner fashionista is...

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Help save the Gulf via your jewelry box

When I think of the volunteers up to their knees in muck in the Gulf, washing oil off birds and dragging turtles to safety, my faith in humanity is renewed for the umpteenth time. But for many of us moms, globetrotting for good is a nearly impossible task. There is a way you can help, though, and it involves wearing really this really pretty necklace. 100% of the profits (yes, 100%) from the recycled sterling silver Save Our Shores Iconic Pelican Necklace by Real Jewels will go to Save Our Gulf, an initiative by Waterkeeper Alliance. Waterkeepers are committed...

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Heavy metal

I love Etsy because I know that almost anything I can imagine is sitting in someone’s shop, waiting to be found (including plenty of scary things). So when I typed “concrete necklace” into the search bar one day on a whim, I wasn’t all that surprised when a whopping 97 items popped up. But I was surprised at how cool the handmade jewelry by Dr. Craze is. And by how light and wearable concrete can actually be. I now own a beautiful Concrete and Amazonite Monolith Pendant, as well as a Yellow Concrete Heart. The workmanship on these pieces...

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I think I’m in pre-love. With sterling.

Did you ever have a crush on that older, out-of-reach guy back when you were in high school? (And no, I’m not talking about Edward.) This dreamboat was way out of your league, but then you realized he had a younger brother in your grade who was maybe even cuter and much more accessible. Well, it’s possible to have that same exact experience with jewelry. [see fantastic offer after the jump] So you know we love the gorgeous jewelry from Monica Rich Kosann and The Fine Art of Family. But you also know we do more swooning than flaunting,...

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This is how to wear a monogram

I’m definitely a huge fan of big, bold jewelry, but when it comes to the more sentimental pieces for myself and really, gifts for others, I tend to like the simpler designs. Like the lovely monogrammed pendant from Three Sisters Jewelry which would make the perfect gift for that special recent graduate — well, other than paying off her student loans. The classic three-letter monogram charm, handstamped in sterling silver, hangs from a lovely vintage silver chain and is handcrafted by two-time cancer survivor (whoo!) and mom Zoe Mohler. Of course, if you’re looking for a little more bling, you’ll want...

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A new ring every day

Keepsake jewelry with family photos always makes a great gift, but what happens when your sweet 9 month-old is now a sweet 4 year-old with a baby brother? Easy if you’ve got the “Good Time” photo ring from CMP fave artist Yellowgoat–you just swap in a new photo. I love this brass or silver jewelry inspired by Polaroid photos, and if you’ve been playing with the Hipstamatic iPhone app as much as we have, you’ve already got dozens of cool square photos to choose from. The artist will customize the ring for your own size, provide a thick paper...

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Put a ring on it

The unofficial start of summer begins this weekend although truth be told, I’ve been wearing linen for a few weeks now. (Shhh . . .) Still, now I feel 100% comfortable flaunting my ivory colored pendants, my summery bangles, and my strappy sandals and no wardrobe police can stop me. While I’m at it, I’ve been wanting to add some fun costume-y turquoise something-or-other to my jewelry options. I’ve had my eye on the enamel, Mrs. Roper-esque kaleidoscope ring spotted at Fantasy Jewelry Box for a while now–this shop is like costume jewelry mecca–and I just finally hit purchase....

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Mix, match, stack, stun

I have a thing for rings, so when I first saw these recycled sterling silver stacking rivet rings from the very talented Julie Booras of Heart and Stone Jewelry I was immediately drawn to them for all of the obvious reasons. But I realized that — while getting your rings personalized with your kids’ names is very nice and all — part of what I really liked about them was the ability to wear one, two, or three as the mood struck. And so getting them with my kids’ names was not going to fit the bill. (Imagine that...

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Keepsake lockets for moms take a fabulous turn

Motherhood is more about the journey than the finish line– although I admit I dream of the day they’re in college and I can have a white couch. Motherhood is an adventure. It’s chaotic, muddled, and beautiful. It’s anything but static. This locket’s like that, too. Instead of the usual stamped names you see on most personalized jewelry, the gorgeous and unusual personalized sterling silver Scrawling Locket by CMP favorite Julian & Co. takes a different turn. You get a total of 49 characters divided up into six different spaces, so you can immortalize a unique take on Mom’s Excellent Adventure. Go for the full birth details of the new baby. Or brand the proud mom with the names of all her kids– and a gold medal, if she’s got six. Give Grandma one locket to take the place of all those jangling grandkid charms. Or just choose the tender words that describe how you feel about her: loving, tough, strong, lovely. That sort of thing. Make sure to grab your custom locket now for Mother’s Day because personalization and delivery takes about two weeks. Then get a box of tissues, because the only thing better than burned pancakes and sticky kid hugs is knowing that your family appreciates all the hard work you do along the way. Order custom lockets and other sterling jewelry such as the Scrawling...

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Embracing the turquoise trend one arm at a time

I’m giving into the turquoise trend this spring, albeit gently–you won’t find me dripping in Santa Fe turquoise stones or Grandma’s shocking aqua Palm Beach duds. But when I saw these resin bangles on the front page of etsy I thought ooh, that’s right up my alley. Made by a Melbourne artist (and far cheaper than Alexis Bittar’s resin jewelry so you can afford the Australia shipping), I love the slightly imperfect organic shapes and how all three colors work smartly together. That dark teal bangle keeps the other two from looking too Mary Sunshine, and will look smart...

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A girl can dream… even if it is about tassels

Have you noticed that tassels have been popping up everywhere, lately? And I don’t mean on the pillows in your living room. Tassels are the look of the moment, it seems, and if you’ve got, well, five hundred dollars lying around, (or 2500 if you’re a fan of gold) have I got the tassel for you. I’ve been ogling this lovely sterling silver tassel necklace from MRK Style ever since I first laid eyes on it. So simple and yet somehow so divine. It seems perfect for everything, if you ask me: Day, night, middle of the night when...

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Go ahead, be stubborn about your jewelry

When my kids were babies, it was a big deal for me to wear a necklace, or even a pair of earrings. It was like being dressed up just to add that one piece to my mom uniform, and feel more like an adult and less like a walking Kleenex. Stubborn Works has exactly the right accessories for cool moms, even moms who are still in the walking Kleenex phase. Stubborn’s jewelry line is crafted of reclaimed industrial metals and resins, which already makes them cool. Designer Melissa Stiles is an architect by training, and her jewelery has a...

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