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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

14k gold fill mixed chain bracelet - "thelma" gold bracelet by elephantine
14k gold fill mixed chain bracelet - "thelma" gold bracelet by elephantine
elephantine
$32.00 USD
saving grace - tassel chain earrings
saving grace - tassel chain earrings
elephantine
$30.00 USD
tiny gold bead necklace • "stellar" necklace in gold • dainty, light, modern • handmade by elephantine
tiny gold bead necklace • "stellar" necklace in gold • dainty, light, modern • handmade by elephantine
elephantine
$34.00 USD
cate - gold handmade necklace
cate - gold handmade necklace
elephantine
$36.00 USD
petit ami - little bird pendant necklace - 14k goldfilled - dainty cute gift for her
petit ami - little bird pendant necklace - 14k goldfilled - dainty cute gift for her
elephantine
$35.00 USD
thin 14k gold fill ring - dainty simple stacking band - "linea" ring by elephantine
thin 14k gold fill ring - dainty simple stacking band - "linea" ring by elephantine
elephantine
$22.00 USD
night swimming - gold and blue teardrop earrings by elephantine
night swimming - gold and blue teardrop earrings by elephantine
elephantine
$26.00 USD
fay - silk and gold necklace
fay - silk and gold necklace
elephantine
$28.00 USD
libra - minimalist handmade gold ring
libra - minimalist handmade gold ring
elephantine
$26.00 USD
friendship and bridesmaid necklaces - gold and silver - dainty beaded jewelry - "you & me" handmade necklaces by elephantine
friendship and bridesmaid necklaces - gold and silver - dainty beaded jewelry - "you & me" handmade necklaces by elephantine
elephantine
$32.00 USD
sterling silver teardrop necklace - "the year of wonder" necklace
sterling silver teardrop necklace - "the year of wonder" necklace
elephantine
$35.00 USD
nova trio - tiny gold stud earrings by elephantine
nova trio - tiny gold stud earrings by elephantine
elephantine
$60.00 USD
14k goldfill earrings - "lucky" faceted earrings in sienna - handmade by elephantine
14k goldfill earrings - "lucky" faceted earrings in sienna - handmade by elephantine
elephantine
$28.00 USD
oaxaca - gold textured necklace by elephantine
oaxaca - gold textured necklace by elephantine
elephantine
$38.00 USD
gretel - earrings by elephantine
gretel - earrings by elephantine
elephantine
$32.00 USD
turquoise cluster 14k goldfill earrings - sweet gift for her - "lucky" faceted earrings in turquoise - handmade by elephantine
turquoise cluster 14k goldfill earrings - sweet gift for her - "lucky" faceted earrings in turquoise - handmade by elephantine
elephantine
$28.00 USD
fräulein - earrings by elephantine
fräulein - earrings by elephantine
elephantine
$28.00 USD
milky white teardrop bead earrings // "moonbeam" earrings // gold, white, modern, drop, bead, jewelry, handmade
milky white teardrop bead earrings // "moonbeam" earrings // gold, white, modern, drop, bead, jewelry, handmade
elephantine
$26.00 USD
gold charm bracelet - 14k gold filled coin bracelet - gift for women - "bellissima" handmade jewelry
gold charm bracelet - 14k gold filled coin bracelet - gift for women - "bellissima" handmade jewelry
elephantine
$36.00 USD
you & me - friendship or bridesmaid bracelets
you & me - friendship or bridesmaid bracelets
elephantine
$30.00 USD
tiny brass and gold earrings - dainty minimalist earrings - "mora" earrings by elephantine
tiny brass and gold earrings - dainty minimalist earrings - "mora" earrings by elephantine
elephantine
$26.00 USD
tiny 14k goldfilled stud earrings - petite everyday jewelry - black, white, champagne gemstones - "nova" earrings by elephantine
tiny 14k goldfilled stud earrings - petite everyday jewelry - black, white, champagne gemstones - "nova" earrings by elephantine
elephantine
$24.00 USD
tiny 14k goldfilled stud earrings - petite everyday jewelry - amethyst gemstones - "nova" earrings by elephantine
tiny 14k goldfilled stud earrings - petite everyday jewelry - amethyst gemstones - "nova" earrings by elephantine
elephantine
$24.00 USD
cuatro in blue – minimalist beaded necklace
cuatro in blue – minimalist beaded necklace
elephantine
$40.00 USD
Stacking Ring Set, Set of Three Rings, Sterling Silver Dotted Rings, 14k Yellow Gold Hammered Band, Recycled Metal, Handmade Jewelry
Stacking Ring Set, Set of Three Rings, Sterling Silver Dotted Rings, 14k Yellow Gold Hammered Band, Recycled Metal, Handmade Jewelry
$108.00 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
$48.00 USD
Lil Gold Rush Ring
Lil Gold Rush Ring
Sold
Geometric Brass Orb Pendant Necklace
Geometric Brass Orb Pendant Necklace
Sold
Gold Gypsy Earrings, Boho Brass Earrings, Bohemian Earrings, Moroccan Drop Earrings | Luma Small Earrings
Gold Gypsy 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
A solid silver tubular silk cord bracelet
A solid silver tubular silk cord bracelet
$29.27 USD

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