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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
libra - minimalist handmade silver ring
libra - minimalist handmade silver ring
elephantine
$26.00 USD
yael - blue teardrop earrings
yael - blue teardrop earrings
elephantine
$26.00 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
long dainty gold necklace - gift for her - "maya" beaded necklace
long dainty gold necklace - gift for her - "maya" beaded necklace
elephantine
$44.00 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
prisma handmade necklace - multicolored beaded necklace - romantic gift for her, delicate 14k gold filled necklace, simple beaded necklace
prisma handmade necklace - multicolored beaded necklace - romantic gift for her, delicate 14k gold filled necklace, simple beaded necklace
elephantine
$34.00 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
geometric cutout 14k gold filled earrings // gift for her // "dulcet" earrings by elephantine
geometric cutout 14k gold filled earrings // gift for her // "dulcet" earrings by elephantine
elephantine
$26.00 USD
cuatro in blue – minimalist beaded necklace
cuatro in blue – minimalist beaded necklace
elephantine
$44.00 USD
unique sterling silver necklace, delicate silver necklace, circle disc necklace, birthday gift, gift for her, "satellites" handmade necklace
unique sterling silver necklace, delicate silver necklace, circle disc necklace, birthday gift, gift for her, "satellites" handmade necklace
elephantine
$42.00 USD
kerry in lemon stripe - gold and glass necklace by elephantine
kerry in lemon stripe - gold and glass necklace by elephantine
elephantine
$34.00 USD
cuatro in peach – minimalist beaded necklace
cuatro in peach – minimalist beaded necklace
elephantine
$44.00 USD
tiny 14k goldfilled stud earrings - petite everyday jewelry - rhodolite garnet gemstones - "nova" earrings by elephantine
tiny 14k goldfilled stud earrings - petite everyday jewelry - rhodolite garnet gemstones - "nova" earrings by elephantine
elephantine
$24.00 USD
the memory - little gold leaf necklace by elephantine
the memory - little gold leaf necklace by elephantine
elephantine
$42.00 USD
nova earrings - tiny 14k goldfilled stud earrings - petite everyday jewelry - black, white, champagne gemstones
nova earrings - tiny 14k goldfilled stud earrings - petite everyday jewelry - black, white, champagne gemstones
elephantine
$24.00 USD
violet and gold glass bead necklace - simple minimalist modern necklace, birthday gift, anniversary gift - "cuatro" necklace in lavender
violet and gold glass bead necklace - simple minimalist modern necklace, birthday gift, anniversary gift - "cuatro" necklace in lavender
elephantine
$44.00 USD
kerry in hazel - glass bead necklace by elephantine
kerry in hazel - glass bead necklace by elephantine
elephantine
$34.00 USD
nova earring set - 14k gold filled studs, tiny gemstone studs, small everyday earrings, 3mm studs, double piercing earrings, bestseller
nova earring set - 14k gold filled studs, tiny gemstone studs, small everyday earrings, 3mm studs, double piercing earrings, bestseller
elephantine
$64.00 USD
yael - green teardrop earrings
yael - green teardrop earrings
elephantine
$26.00 USD
sub rosa bracelet - minimalist sterling silver bracelet - crystal bracelet - gift for her
sub rosa bracelet - minimalist sterling silver bracelet - crystal bracelet - gift for her
elephantine
$30.00 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
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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