Tag: jewelry

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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Wooden toys they way they used to make them. And still do!

Just before Christmas, I was at a craft show and bought the sweetest set of wooden play money (yes, wooden bills!) for my kids. Then, I promptly lost the business card for the creators. As luck would have it, last week a Facebook friend of mine posted a link to their Etsy shop and I have been lost in a sea of beautiful wooden items ever since. The people at The Woodlot really do work magic with their designs. I am smitten with their gorgeous wooden jewelry, their adorable wooden toys, and their lovely wooden alphabet sets. Seriously, this shop...

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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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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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Web Coolness – Special Valentines, getting organized, and hugs from the internet

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We’re digging these Valentine’s garden recipes, like these colorful plantable paper hearts. Had it with hearts already? Kristen has rounded up some pretty arrow jewelry that we’d love to get from a special someone. Take charge of the clutter with these 20 smart and easy ideas for getting organized. Oooo, Hobbits! A sneak peak at the new LEGO Lord of the Rings minifigs. Let your kids play movie critic by voting on their own favorite films of 2011 at Kids Pick Flicks. ...

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest jewelry and handbags

Each year, we love coming through our past year of archives to bring you some of our editors’ top picks. Today, we’re excited to feature our favorite accessories from the coolest baubles to the handbags we’re coveting. The Cambridge Satchel Liz: I’ve got to give it to any mom who starts her own company so she can better support her own children. But when that company happens to yield the affordable It Bag of the year? Well now I’m standing up and applauding. Loudly. And the colors? Loooove. Adeleshop Leather Clip Satchel Kristen: Lucky for me to have stumbled...

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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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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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Nifty holiday gifties at a spectacular price

It’s not even Black Friday yet, but of course the deals are already starting to roll in. And this particular pick is so special that we have to tell you about every time it comes available. After all, there’s nothing we love more than a great deal– unless it’s a great deal on seriously cute stuff. The Darlybird Goody Bags are back at CMP favorite Darlybird. For just $16 + shipping, you get at least $45 worth of eclectic indie finds hand-chosen by Rachel. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, vintage ephemera, hair bows, cupcake liners, stationery, journals–you never know exactly what’s...

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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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Stamp of approval

Need a gift for the superstar girl who has everything? She could be 8. Or heck, 38. Either way, I think she’ll like this adorable necklace which it turns out, is a lot more than a necklace. The Super Star Stamp Necklace is an adorable, eco-conscious masterpiece from artist Sarah Neuburger of a CMP favorite shop, The Small Object. Each wood necklace is hand-painted and hand-dressed, then strung on a 28″ hemp cord that can be shortened for half-pints. But what’s really neat, is you’ll find a hand-drawn star stamp on the bottom, and each necklace comes with a...

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