Tag: jewelry

The fairest trade gifts of them all (for the fairest mom of them all)

Once upon a time there was an online store filled with beautiful gifts from all over the world: bags, scarves, jewelry, quilts, stamps, and decor. Every purchase helped transform lives and make the world a better place.  It’s not a fairy tale, and it’s not magic, but it is a great way to shop for the special mom in your life. The shop is called Connected, and it really is filled with hundreds of unique and lovely gifts hand-made by artisans in Africa, South America, and India. Most of the goods are made by members of the Fair Trade...

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A love for leather

Discovering Melissa Zook jewelry last year was the best thing to happen to my wrist since…I don’t know. Something else good that happened to my wrist. I immediately splurged on one of this Brooklyn artist’s black leather cuff bangles and not only have I worn it nearly daily ever since, the compliments don’t stop coming. Now there’s some new items in the shop I am wanting big time. First off, her leather cuff bracelets now come in colors that are so great for the warmer weather when more black goes back in the closet. Use the light grey as...

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Earrings that give a school lunch to a child in need

I’ve been a huge fan of Lisa Leonard jewelry since we first featured her on Cool Mom Picks many moons ago. But now she’s launched a simple, crazy affordable line of pieces that help support a wonderful cause. Lisa’s new hope{full} line is fair trade and sustainable, giving work to Ecuadorian women and helping build their community. Each pair of disc earrings is made from tagua seeds dyed in all sorts of gorgeous colors, like rich green, blue, or my personal favorite, yellow. And they’re only $6! But the best part is that a portion of the proceeds for...

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Keepsake jewelry from children’s artwork for moms who aren’t always the keepsake jewelry types

Custom jewelry inspired by children’s artwork is probably one of the most popular gifts that we feature for Mother’s Day each year. And now, there’s one more option that’s way more funky mom jewelry than sweet grandmother jewelry. Should you be more of a funky mom. Years ago we discovered the fantastic craftsmanship of Mia Van Beek of Formia Design, who takes kids’ original butterflies, dinosaurs and happy faces and turns them into amazing silver charms, keychains and necklaces you’ll want to show off. But should you be looking for something a little more modern, I’m thrilled to find...

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Jewelry that begs the question “Where did you get that?”

One thing that hasn’t changed about me since I’ve had kids: My penchant for big, bold jewelry. And while it’s a little harder to find the time (and the sitter) to wear them, when I find pieces like these, I’m suddenly much more motivated to get that date night or girl’s night out on the books. Everything from Lavish Jewelry is made in Brazil under the careful eye of designer and mom Tricia Milaneze, and it’s some of the coolest I’ve seen. Each is made using a wire crochet technique like you’ll see in the braided cuff that is...

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The summer necklaces that will get you all the compliments. Promise.

I have lost count of the number of compliments I’ve received on my gorgeous Elk necklace. And I’m gearing up for more now that they’ve released their newest collection that’s perfect for summer. The gorgeous new Elk jewelry collection is now available at SFMOMA, which means easier access to this Australia-based company’s pieces, for those of us who are stateside. With Mother’s Day (and my birthday) coming up, I’ve got my eye on the layered leaves wooden necklace (above), though I’m torn between the yellow and the red. The navy woodplate necklace would look fabulous over a white t-shirt...

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Vines for your ears

There’s a reason why we keep coming back to raven+ lily. Between their gorgeous baubles and the wonderful cause they support, you just can’t go wrong. And that’s still the case with these new earrings for spring. We’ve featured their affordable leather earrings before, but now the shop has added a few cool new designs to the mix, in particular the Zia Gold Vine earrings, which are made with locally sourced leather by marginalized women in North India. And we love that proceeds from this collection help fund literacy programs for women and children in this community. All the more...

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Spring trend: Colorful, dangly earrings. We’ll take two, please.

I get so excited the second the weather turns springy and a woman’s fancy turns to colorful accessories. (Just me?) Yeah, emerald green is hot. But who says you have to stick with Pantone’s pick? The great thing is, this season, whatever color looks good on you, you can find something dangly and fun that’s calling your name.   Saffron Amelia Earrings (above) are so bright and happy, but not so blingy that you can’t wear them day-to-night. ($90, Charm + Chain) The Gold Chrysoprase Drop Clip Earrings are like the crazy ones you wish your Great Aunt had...

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Nice narwhal necklace!

Owls, foxes, hedgehogs. They’ve all had their day. But if you want to stand out from the creature crowd, we recommend narwhals. Not only are they adorable, but they’re the unicorn of the sea! And this one’s handmade…and way affordable. Which is pretty magical. The Narwhal Necklace from oneeyeddog on Etsy is hand-sculpted and painted with several layers of glimmering gold, making each one unique. The wee narwhal is around 1.5″ long and hangs from an 18″ gold-plated chain. We can’t promise the narwhal will actually be magic, although Vikings once traded their unicorn-like horns for gold. And did...

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Sweet and simple spring bling: whimsical wood pendants

Move over, cold metals and frosty stones. Spring means warm wood, pretty flowers, snuggly bunnies, and dreamy dragons. And how cute would these pendants be for your tween? These Wood Bezel Necklaces from Twine are everything we love: handmade, whimsical, unique, and lending a timeless and simple elegance to your wardrobe. Or, if you’re buying for your tween or teen, a sweet, unlicensed bit of unblingy bling that won’t break the bank if it gets lost. Each pendant is handprinted on a piece of hand-carved maple and finished with a suede cord. So simple. So pretty.  Each necklace is...

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Celebrate International Women’s Day by supporting women across the globe with cool purchases

Sure, we think every day deserves to be International Women’s Day, but we’re also delighted to take today to celebrate the political, economic, and social accomplishments and contributions of women around the globe. Here at Cool Mom Picks, we especially love supporting businesses that empower women in developing areas. Here are four of our favorites. Bonus: what a great way to find a gift for the women who inspire you!   Raven + Lily is our very favorite type of company: run by women, for women, and providing women in developing countries with sustainable economic opportunities, healthcare, and literacy...

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Diamonds: if not your best friend, then still something you want to spend a lot of time with

I love big, sculptural statement jewelry–especially rings. So this designer is now ranking high on my want-list. This gold “diamond” ring from San Francisco’s Fathom and Form is calling my name. Loudly. They make such spectacular architectural, 3-D jewelry, but I love the simplicity of the design, the subtle rock n’ roll styling, the unapologetic size. Mom jewelry? Not even. It’s not cheap, but the quality is amazing. Or for nearly half the price, you can grab it in silver instead. I just know it’s the kind of super special piece you can wear and without even a single...

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Wool for spring? Absolutely!

After seeing so many talented Etsy artisans use wool in creative ways, I’ve learned that it’s really perfect for any season and not just winter. And I bet you’ll think that too when you take a look at these gorgeous cases, jewelry and accessories. I’ve had my eye on The Loft Full of Goodies for awhile now, but with her addition of such pretty spring colors, I figured now was the perfect time share her work. I can think of a hundred uses for her adorable wool felt pouches, which come in various sizes to fit everything from pencils...

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Born to craft: two amazing artists not yet old enough to drive

We love finding new crafters and artists, especially when they’re just getting started. And no one seems to define that better than two talents we’ve just found–especially considering they haven’t even hit their mid-teens yet. Yes, really.   Amelia (top left) is the 13 year-old daughter of Anna Fader of Mommy Poppins fame. Her Jumprings and Jellybeans blog features tutorials for many of the crafts (mostly jewelry but also some watercolor and paper crafts) that she’s making, all presented with such a charming, wry tone. A natural blogger! An excerpt for a make-your-own button tutorial intro: I keep seeing...

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Mom keepsake jewelry that doesn’t look like it

I always love finding original ideas for keepsake jewelry, especially to mark the birth of a child. (Just please don’t call them push presents. Argh.) And there’s something about this bracelet that’s so different than the typical curliecue letter stamped into silver, that I’m really digging it.   The Save the Date Bracelet by Mitsymoto Designs lets you add up to 6 numbers on a cool, vaguely industrial brass plate with bronze rivets. It reminds me more of a door number on a house without the hyphens or slashes to separate the month, date, and year, which makes it a little...

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15 of the absolute cutest hedgehog gifts, all handmade

When we first started this site it was birds. Then owls. Then foxes. Now, neck-in-neck with the fox, the cutest animal trend to emerge is definitely hedgehogs. (Not that owls show any sign of going anywhere.) If you think the spiny mammal of the subfamily Erinaceinae is cuter than its Latin name might suggest, well I do too! So I’ve combed the web to share 15 of the cutest handmade hedgehog gifts, toys, tees, artwork and more, all at great prices. After all, they’re too adorable just to come out at night. –Liz Wooden Hedgehog Pendant by decoylab ($16)...

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Falling in love with Rose Gold

Everywhere I look, from fashion magazines to the fingers and earlobes of the Meatpacking District fashionistas in NY, it seems that rose gold jewelry is here and it’s not going anywhere–prepare to see loads of it this spring and summer. It’s not just pretty though; it’s practical. The subtle pink sheen means you can pair with silver or gold, and you never feel that idgy feeling when you mix metals (is that just me?). Here are just a few pieces I tracked down in a variety of price points that I could definitely see myself wearing. If you’re the...

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Pretty Valentine’s Day jewelry that won’t break the bank

As much as I love Valentine’s Day, I know not every woman wants (or needs) an expensive Valentine’s gift. So I love these pretty necklaces which do a beautiful job of telling someone she’s special, for under $20.  These pretty mother of pearl charms are handprinted and hang from a thin silk cord. It all looks fairly lightweight which means it might not hang straight down like a heavier metal charm, however that also makes it a nice choice for a tween or teen. especially since the cord can be tied to any length.   If you’re a Valentine’s...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and catch cool new picks like these every day. 1. Fun, free retro Valentine’s printables that make great DIY cards too. 2. The essential guide to making an iPod Touch safe for kids. 3. The cutest black boots that don’t even need breaking in. 4. Children’s tees to make your kids look smart. Which they already are. 5. Pretty new mom keepsake jewelry that’s actually...

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4 fabulous outfits to match 4 fabulous pairs of glasses

There’s no faster way to make people say, “Wow, you look great–what’s different?” than new glasses. Faster even than a haircut. Seriously. And possibly cheaper, considering there is hardly a pair over $95 on Lookmatic, including your prescription. So we’re thrilled to welcome them as our newest sponsor (yay!), especially because they were so kind as to allow me to put together some cool outfits around some of my favorite Lookmatic frames on their site. And there’s a lot. Narrowing them down may have been the hardest part. –Liz [Don’t miss a big giveaway PLUS an exclusive, limited time...

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