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Jewelry Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Nov 16, 2016

by Valerie Rains handmade and vintage goods

Wouldn’t your holiday shopping mission be so much more manageable if you had just a few foolproof places to find unique presents for all the people you love? We thought so, too. That’s why we assembled this bookmark-worthy list of shops filled with handmade jewelry designed for an array of recipients. We’re not saying you have to source all your holiday gifts from this list — but we’re pretty sure you could.

For Women

Concrete U necklace by Gravel and Dust, $60

Gravel and Dust

There are only ten pieces in this tightly edited line from a husband-and-wife team working in Biarritz, France, and each one is a simple, geometric specimen of concrete or marble and brass. Your coolest, color-shunning friend will no doubt approve.

Painted wood bangles by Jill Makes, $42 for a set of three

Jill Makes

Modern and casual, eclectic but not kitschy, Louisiana designer Jill Foreman’s namesake line has carved out a truly unique niche in the handmade jewelry market, with her painted wood bangles, acrylic neon initial keychains, and brass-and-bead necklaces. They’re approachable enough to work for a best friend or someone you don’t know well at all.

Porcelain ring from Goutte de Terre, $110

Goutte de Terre

Earth mothers with an edge will appreciate Raphaël Schaltegger’s one-of-a-kind porcelain designs, many of which are touched with sparing glints of gold. The Parisian designer (and world traveler) finds inspiration in nature, and water specifically — many of his pieces are named for rivers — and his Paris gallery doubles as the HQ for an activist effort working for water access in India.

Brass hoops from Lumafina, $68 and up


Maximalism and minimalism collide in Lumafina’s line of super-streamlined statement pieces, where muted brushed-brass predominates and a single well-placed curve is the raison d’etre. Know someone who embodies a similar quiet strength? She’ll love it.

Stacking bracelet set by Zenned Out, $85

Zenned Out

Constellation jewelry, yoga charm pendants, chakra chokers, and bangles stamped with motivational messages express the essence of this shop. (Consider your bikram-before-brunch crew officially covered.)

Lavender necklace from Mariaela, $35


This is the shop to browse for nature-lovers, dreamers, and nostalgic types. From romantic terrarium pendants filled with tiny dried plants to boho, rough stone rings that celebrate each crystal’s individual quirks, every piece is handmade by a self-taught designer in Poland (so get your orders in early!).

Gold-filled wraparound ring from Hannah Naomi, $38

Hannah Naomi

This Portland-based maker built her line around delicate stacking rings and other barely-there accessories for the woman who wants to wear her jewelry, not be weighed down by it. Buyers can choose from wallet-friendly gold-filled wire and more expensive solid gold styles.

Multicharm necklace from Palomaria, $48


Palomaria’s personalized clay jewelry is designed with all kinds of women in mind — from mothers and grandmothers to bridesmaids, sisters, and teachers. The consistently feminine, antique-inflected aesthetic makes it ideal for building a mix-and-match collection through many holidays to come.

Ink-dyed cotton rope necklace from Forestiere, $92


These fiber-focused necklaces, bangles, and drop earrings prove that simplicity and softness can coexist. Shop here for the sophisticated lady with a closet full of avant-garde garments in neutral hues.

For Men

Multi-strand infinity scarf from Necklush, $85


Somewhere between a necklace and a circle scarf, there’s this textile accessory, crafted by a design duo that prints original patterns on fabrics by hand before fashioning them into their final forms. More tentative types can dial down the drama with a wrapped or braided bracelet version.

Ebony wood ring from Hawkins Handicrafts, $40

Hawkins Handicrafts

Maryland woodworker Daniel Hawkins carves basic bands from all manner of reclaimed materials, including retired wine and whiskey barrels. Those in search of something a little flashier can opt for a ring fused with brightly colored resin or stained with bold, contrasting stripes.

Leather cuff from True Heart Style, $20

True Heart Style

Wraps, straps, buckles, studs and braids: There’s a just-tough-enough leather bracelet style for any guy on your list here (and plenty of coordinating his-and-hers options, to boot).

Personalized necklace from Chambers & Beau, $58

Chambers & Beau

It’s hand-stamped personalized jewelry with a hardware-store vibe: Think nylon cord ID bracelets, washer-like charms, and double-sided dog tags with plenty of room for code words and in-jokes. (Plus, the shop also carries daintier, mixed-metal options for women and girls.)

For Teens and Kids

Embroidered monogram pendant from Merriweather Council, $32

Merriweather Council

The aspiring crafter in your life will likely take this personalized embroidered initial necklace, available in dozens of possible fabric-and-thread combinations, as inspiration to leave her own mark — er, stitch — on the world.

Rose gold-fill pretzel necklace from Make Pie Not War, $46

Make Pie Not War

Teens (and teens at heart) will go nuts for the gold-fill pretzel, pizza, and taco pendants in this California line, while designer Alana Little’s oversized initial necklaces, ampersand bracelets, and slim, hammered-wire hoops deserve accolades of their own.

Personalized canvas bracelet from Sweet Auburn Studio, $40

Sweet Auburn Studio

In youthful, sorbet-hued punched-leather or contrast-stitched canvas (customized to any size), this is monogram jewelry she can grow into — and grow up with.

Pet portrait necklace from Biribis, $36


Mónica, the Pontevedra, Spain-based printmaker and illustrator behind Biribis, specializes in custom, locket-size watercolor pet portraits for one animal or two (cats, dogs, horses, bunnies, and birds are all fair game). Her crocheted brooches shaped like donuts, ice cream cones, and cupcakes are undeniably appealing, too.

Tassel necklaces from Gemma + Filo, from $28

Gemma + Filo 

Unicorn charms, handmade tassels, and vintage buttons all find their way into this line of kid-friendly accessories, designed and brought to life by a mom of two in Austin, Texas. They’re tangible proof that pink doesn’t have to equal princess-y.

Bear hoop earrings from Mica Peet, $15

Mica Peet

UK artist Mica Peet’s textile-design training comes through in her line of lightweight wood wearables, with their quilt-like patchworks of original patterns, animal-shaped cutouts and geometric forms. They’re perfect for that in-between age.

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