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A Jewelry Gift Guide

Nov 8, 2012

by Rachel Ball

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Rachel Ball runs the blog Elephantine, and the Etsy shop of the same name. She spends her days making jewelry, and her nights baking more than she can possibly eat and working on a collection of short stories. Rachel lives in Seattle with her husband and their two pets.

Of all the jewelry I own, the pieces I cherish most are the ones that have been given to me. And, of course, I also love being on the giving end of gifts, whether it’s jewelry I’ve made myself or pieces from other amazing Etsy shops. With the (soon approaching!) holidays in mind, here are some of my very favorite jewelry pieces in lots of styles. Hope you enjoy!

[Clockwise from top left: Pebble pendant with diamond by Minicyn;  Sterling silver dotted and hammered yellow gold stacking bands by ShopClementine; Lil Gold Rush ring by dollybirddesign; Nuggets necklace by burnish.]

Some may consider mixing gold and silver two a fashion no-no, but I personally love wearing them together. Side by side, the contrast emphasizes the beauty of both.

[Clockwise from top left: Geometric brass orb pendant necklace by CSfootprints; Brushed brass leaf earrings by lumafina; Brushed brass bubble cuff by LivMe; Half moon waves faux bois necklace by ShopClementine.]

I’m often drawn to brass because it’s a more vintage-feeling alternative to gold. Even brand new brass jewelry tends to feel like an already well-loved piece.

[Clockwise from top left: Small twig earrings by afjewellery; Small golden necklace with natural seeds by rokdarbi; Pressed leaf ring by StudioBotanica; Modern sterling silver plant necklace by Joannarutter.]

There’s so much beauty in nature that it’s easy to see why so many designers look to it for inspiration. I love the huge range of interpretations, from the most literal designs to the most abstract.

[Clockwise from top left: Felt bracelets by idniama; Hand embroidered wool felt cuff by lovemaude; Hand embroidered colorful statement necklace by StillWithYou; Solid silver tubular silk cord bracelet by Minicyn.]

Color me pretty: colorful jewelry can liven up an outfit (especially if you wear a lot of dark colors like I do). I’m really into pieces that feature an entire color palette. Also, it’s fun to try putting together an outfit based on a piece of jewelry, instead of the other way around!

More Gift Guides

bridesmaid necklace - 14k gold filled, sterling silver, dainty beaded necklace, wedding gift, available in mint turquoise blush teal & more
bridesmaid necklace - 14k gold filled, sterling silver, dainty beaded necklace, wedding gift, available in mint turquoise blush teal & more
elephantine
$32.00 USD
libra - minimalist handmade gold ring
libra - minimalist handmade gold ring
elephantine
$26.00 USD
l'enfant - modern gold and pearl necklace by elephantine
l'enfant - modern gold and pearl necklace by elephantine
elephantine
$40.00 USD
athena - gold necklace by elephantine
athena - gold necklace by elephantine
elephantine
$34.00 USD
dolce earrings - 14k gold filled disc earrings - classic earrings - gold coin dangle earrings - gold circle earrings - dainty gift for her
dolce earrings - 14k gold filled disc earrings - classic earrings - gold coin dangle earrings - gold circle earrings - dainty gift for her
elephantine
$30.00 USD
juliet - gold and bronze pendant necklace by elephantine
juliet - gold and bronze pendant necklace by elephantine
elephantine
$39.00 USD
lucky earrings - shimmery olive green earrings - 14k gold filled earrings, cluster earrings, pretty handmade jewelry, nature lover gift
lucky earrings - shimmery olive green earrings - 14k gold filled earrings, cluster earrings, pretty handmade jewelry, nature lover gift
elephantine
$28.00 USD
sleek gold fringe earrings, 14k goldfill earrings, long chain tassel, slim earrings, layered gold earrings, bohemian jewelry, "saving grace"
sleek gold fringe earrings, 14k goldfill earrings, long chain tassel, slim earrings, layered gold earrings, bohemian jewelry, "saving grace"
elephantine
$30.00 USD
fay necklace - silk string necklace with gold tube beads - ultra skinny necklace, thin gold tube necklace, unique jewelry, dainty necklace
fay necklace - silk string necklace with gold tube beads - ultra skinny necklace, thin gold tube necklace, unique jewelry, dainty necklace
elephantine
$28.00 USD
kerry in candy stripe - glass bead necklace by elephantine
kerry in candy stripe - glass bead necklace by elephantine
elephantine
$34.00 USD
nova trio - tiny gold stud earrings by elephantine
nova trio - tiny gold stud earrings by elephantine
elephantine
$64.00 USD
libra ring - delicate gold beaded ring - 14k gold filled stacking ring, layering ring, thin dainty ring, skinny ring, ultra thin
libra ring - delicate gold beaded ring - 14k gold filled stacking ring, layering ring, thin dainty ring, skinny ring, ultra thin
elephantine
$26.00 USD
kerry necklace in heather gray - single bead necklace - glass bead necklace, pastel gray, neutral color necklace, tiny minimalist necklace
kerry necklace in heather gray - single bead necklace - glass bead necklace, pastel gray, neutral color necklace, tiny minimalist necklace
elephantine
$34.00 USD
you & me necklaces - best friend necklaces - dainty beaded necklaces - handmade necklaces by elephantine
you & me necklaces - best friend necklaces - dainty beaded necklaces - handmade necklaces by elephantine
elephantine
$32.00 USD
lucky earrings in blue and purple - faceted bead earrings, translucent earrings, dainty jewelry, 14k goldfill or sterling silver
lucky earrings in blue and purple - faceted bead earrings, translucent earrings, dainty jewelry, 14k goldfill or sterling silver
elephantine
$28.00 USD
monthly subscription box - subscription box for women, subscription box monthly, anniversary gift, birthday gift, jewelry of the month club
monthly subscription box - subscription box for women, subscription box monthly, anniversary gift, birthday gift, jewelry of the month club
elephantine
$85.00 USD
gold and rose bracelet - dainty gold bracelet, beaded bracelet, layering bracelet, simple little bracelet, 14k goldfill bracelet - "mira"
gold and rose bracelet - dainty gold bracelet, beaded bracelet, layering bracelet, simple little bracelet, 14k goldfill bracelet - "mira"
elephantine
$32.00 USD
the memory - little gold leaf necklace by elephantine
the memory - little gold leaf necklace by elephantine
elephantine
$42.00 USD
gold & pink beaded earrings • bridesmaid earrings • chic gift for her • "lucky in pink" by elephantine
gold & pink beaded earrings • bridesmaid earrings • chic gift for her • "lucky in pink" by elephantine
elephantine
$28.00 USD
fay - handmade silk string necklace
fay - handmade silk string necklace
elephantine
$28.00 USD
long dainty gold necklace - gift for her - "maya" beaded necklace
long dainty gold necklace - gift for her - "maya" beaded necklace
elephantine
$44.00 USD
yael - green teardrop earrings
yael - green teardrop earrings
elephantine
$26.00 USD
sterling silver necklace - frosted clear beaded necklace - "just the beginning"
sterling silver necklace - frosted clear beaded necklace - "just the beginning"
elephantine
$40.00 USD
Initial Necklace • Personalized Necklace, Dainty Necklace, Letter Charm Necklace, Tiny Gold Letter Necklace, Gold Initial Necklace with Bead
Initial Necklace • Personalized Necklace, Dainty Necklace, Letter Charm Necklace, Tiny Gold Letter Necklace, Gold Initial Necklace with Bead
elephantine
$41.00 USD
Stacking Ring Set of 3 Mixed Metal Rings / Silver Dotted Bands, Solid 14k Gold Hammered Band
Stacking Ring Set of 3 Mixed Metal Rings / Silver Dotted Bands, Solid 14k Gold Hammered Band
$98.00 USD
Nuggets Silver & Gold Necklace • Silver on Gold Filled Chain • Simple Minimalist Jewelry Handmade • Minimal Everyday Jewelry by Burnish
Nuggets Silver & Gold Necklace • Silver on Gold Filled Chain • Simple Minimalist Jewelry Handmade • Minimal Everyday Jewelry by Burnish
Sold
Lil Gold Rush Ring
Lil Gold Rush Ring
Sold
Geometric Brass Orb Pendant Necklace
Geometric Brass Orb Pendant Necklace
Sold
Gold Leaf Earrings, Boho Brass Earrings, Bohemian Earrings, Moroccan Drop Earrings | Luma Small Earrings
Gold Leaf Earrings, Boho Brass Earrings, Bohemian Earrings, Moroccan Drop Earrings | Luma Small Earrings
$25.00 USD
bubble cuff : brushed brass. modern. cool. striking. complimentary shipping.
bubble cuff : brushed brass. modern. cool. striking. complimentary shipping.
Sold
Silver Tubular Silk cord bracelet
Silver Tubular Silk cord bracelet
Sold

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