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A Jewelry Gift Guide

Nov 8, 2012

by Rachel Ball 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!

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