Tag: jewelry

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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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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