T’is the season to share gifts and the thoughts behind them. This holiday, I wanted to bring you a gem of a guide from some of my favorite jewelry bloggers and freelance jewelry writers– ideas for presents and why they chose them. Collaborating with these style-makers and jewelry connoisseurs is fun, inspiring and offers you varied choices and options. With the help of these colleagues and friends, I hope we give you some magical items to select for your family, friends and loved ones.
Each year I do this , I have left out my favorite category, which are rings. But this holiday, I am making an exception and going for it. I leave rings out for the simple reason that if ‘he’ isn’t going to pop the question anytime in the next three weeks, then your guy will shy away from this particular category of jewelry. To men, even knuckle and three finger rings remind them of commitment –and if they are not ready—then they turn white and run for the next gift guide that shows them a beautiful pendant or earrings, or… matching team caps. But don’t despair; this year with the help of four other bloggers included in this post–who also chose rings–we have been able to sneak them in. Some are cutting edge, others classical and one of my picks, just in case…he might get brave…can work as a yes…engagement ring!
And here are gifts…we hope you will quickly add to your wish list!
Becky Cole, diamondsinthelibrary.com recommends:
“An India Hicks sleek cuff. I can’t imagine any woman not being thrilled to receive this sexy little bracelet. It’s striking enough to stand on its own and simple enough to play well with others in a stack. The diamond-tipped clean lines are both modern and evocative of vintage and antique motifs. Even better for gift givers, the price of this bracelet is much lower than you’d expect for such a high style quotient.” – Available here.
2) “A Victorian slide chain. Originally for watches, these long gold chains each feature a sliding charm and can be worn many different ways. These are an ideal gift for the fashionista who has everything. But unless she’s an antique jewelry aficionado, she won’t have one of these. Perfect for layering or wearing solo, these unique pieces can be found for $70 to $1,000+ depending on the materials. I treated myself to one over the summer and I wear it all the time. Nothing is cooler than when someone admires your jewelry and you get to explain that you’re rocking today’s trends with something more than 100 years old”
Natalie Bos, jewelsdujour.com explained:
3) “One gift that I think is always great for Christmas is a pair of diamond petal and cluster stud earrings – while simple in design, they can be a significant investment and a great gift to splurge on for the holidays. Diamond studs are a classic wardrobe staple and a favorite choice for everyday earrings. I received a pair last Christmas and love them, The design is a subtle and pretty twist on the typical diamond solitaires. You can find them both in vintage and antique variations and these from Tiffany &Co.”
Tiffany Victoria Earrings
Danielle Miele, gemgossip.com chose:
4)“An 18k yellow gold flower and diamond two-finger ring designed by Elisa Solomon was a piece I recently wore in a photo shoot for my blog Gem Gossip. I fell in love with the ring and hopefully my fiancé got all of my (many) hints I dropped about it being the perfect gift! I hope you will find it as alluring as I do.” elisasolomon.com
5) “A diamond pave bar ring from Hirotaka is unique and right on trend! Hirotaka is my current favorite jewelry designer and his background and story are so interesting! He is based in Japan!”
6) “I always like to receive a good jewelry book for Christmas. Reading and learning about my field is so important to me, being well educated is my biggest priority in life. I have a few on my wish list this holiday season! But for everyone out there who loves rings—I highly recommend a book that came out in 2011 and currently is still selling on Amazon.com. “ Rings” by Rachel Church. http://www.amazon.com/Rings-Rachel-Church/dp/1851776508/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1386193779&sr=8-2&keywords=rachel+church. I just finished reading it and I loved it! Every ring collector needs to have this book in their library as it chronicles many of the rings in the Victoria & Albert Museum!”
Monica Stephenson, idazzle.com confides:
7) “I’ve been in love with this finger bracelet from Jacquie Aiche since I saw it at the Couture Jewelry Show in Las Vegas in the summer. It would make a tactile, sexy gift on its own, and layers seamlessly with other jewelry. I like the fact that it is precious, but not too serious. It looks delicate, but I’ve worn mine everyday, while writing and doing yoga. There’s a variety of price ranges, depending on how many diamonds are sprinkled along the chain, from around $575 retail for 14K gold.”
8) “This pair of Facet studs by Delphine Leymarie takes sculptural to a whole new level and reflects light from every angle. I love the fact that I can see the artist’s hand in the design—Delphine herself carves her pieces in wax. This silver version retails for $125, and would add just the right amount of edge and sparkle for a gift or holiday outfit.”
Amy Roseveare, www.JewelryFashionTips.com talks about finding the perfect gift:
9) “My mom, was living alone for the first time in her life after moving my dad to the Alzheimer’s home. It was a massive life change. When I discovered the “she believed she could” bangles by California-based Show the Love, I instantly knew that I had found the perfect gift. Crafted from recycle silver, 14K yellow gold, rose gold or with a ruthenium plate, they are perfect on their own or stacked with other bracelets and wonderful for any women who needs a little inspiration to muster up her inner strength everyday.
10) “While I get great pleasure from holiday gift giving, I always make sure to partake in some self-purchasing as well. In fact, I have a long-standing tradition that each holiday I don’t have a boyfriend, I use the money that I would have spent on him to buy myself a piece of jewelry. Why should I have no boyfriend AND no jewelry?! Top of my list this year is a diamond stack ring by Sethi Couture. Available in a range of diamond colors from pink to black (I’ve got my eye on the chocolate diamonds), these are the perfect complement to any jewelry box!
Tanya Dukes, tanyadukes.com advises:
11) “If your gift is for a stylish night crawler then these Deborah Pagani earrings are graphic and incredibly chic. Wear them for dinner, dancing and the after party.”
12) “Ana Khouri’s Victoria stacking set of band rings are in simple shapes, which can fit into every conceivable wardrobe, and can adapt to whatever you’re wearing. I love the delicacy of wearing one on each finger of a hand.”
Here are my personal picks and I have chose two rings, both of them antique so don’t dawdle. With antiques if you see it and you know the person you are purchasing for will love it, snap it up, (but make sure the store or website has a return policy)
For me, the holidays are a time for sentiment and meaning. So I have selected these pieces this year:
13) A Victorian locket ring. It is English 15K gold and has a secret compartment, once used for a lock of hair or a bit of paper with a saying on it. You can put a small keepsake inside, your own saying and have special date or initials monogrammed on the front and/or on the inside of the shank.
14) I have also chosen a group of lockets as pendants in different shapes in both rock crystal edged in sterling silver or 10 and 15K gold available through http://www.Lowtherantiques.com
15) “If you have any inkling that he might be thinking about popping the question and your heart beats double time for an antique engagement ring with a bit of sentiment attached, check this out and start hinting! While I have seen and own many buckle rings in various shapes, sizes and from different timepieces, this Victorian era gold and diamond buckle ring is amazing. It is18K yellow gold and features a double buckle design with ….a 1.22 carat old Mine Cut diamond in the center. Engraved inside the band are the words: “faithful unto death” in a fancy, medieval style font.
16) And, if you love to admire jewels as much as I do, then a jewelry book is definitely the ticket. Like Danielle Miele, I can’t get enough of them -and this year; I am hankering for the double JAR 1 & 2 editions, sold together or separately at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. You can also find them online. http://store.metmuseum.org/history+culture/jar-paris-i-and-ii-book-set/invt/80023342#.Up-mlY3F9JM
They make a beautiful gift –but if your budget calls for something more accessible then the Jewels By JAR book that accompanies the recent exhibit at the MET (see my prior blog post) is beautiful and one that any jewelry aficionado will be proud to own http://store.metmuseum.org/met-publications/jewels-by-jar/invt/80020951#.Up-mQY3F9JM