This is a list of ideas if you are looking for a beautiful jewelry gift that will be loved and appreciated. It’s also a good list if you are looking for something interesting for your next purchase for yourself. If you have to take reality into account, I have a great list of jewelry ideas under $500 that you can check out here. But if you don’t have a budget in mind, or just enjoy ogling gorgeous eye-candy, enjoy!
3 Wishes from Greenwich Jewelers
One of my favorite retailers, Greenwich Jewelers in NYC, is featuring a campaign this Holiday season that warms my heart (and makes my pulse race!). The store, which normally features a finely-curated selection of designer jewelry from $100 to $1,000,000, is promoting 3 very special one-of-a-kind jewelry items, and will donate a substantial portion of the selling price to the purchaser’s charity of choice! This is a win-win-win for everyone, so please, consider the following exceptional items for your special someone.
This extraordinarily rare necklace by award-winning designer Todd Reed represents a literally once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for him to assemble 36 carats of Canadian-sourced (non-conflict) diamonds, set into the 18kt and sterling silver necklace in their natural state. Priced at $190,000, a full $10,000 will be donated.
Also stunning, this necklace by GURHAN features rose-cut midnight blue sapphires set into hand-hammered 24kt gold bezels. It should grace someone’s neck this Holiday season, and send $7500 of the $75,000 purchase price to the charity of your choice.
It would be hard to choose, but I could see myself wearing this particular bracelet, custom made by Greenwich Jewelers. It features 27 carats of beautifully matched black, near-colorless, and natural cognac-colored diamonds, in a sophisticated palette. $5000 of the $50,000 purchase price will be donated for this bracelet.
Dreaming in Color
Want to own a piece of jewelry with a red-carpet provenance (and a ridiculously reasonable price)? These lovely drop earrings from Shamila Jiwa feature a mesmerizing shade of green onyx (seems to curiously glow from within) and an accent of diamonds in 14kt and 18kt signature tulip design.
This ring reminds me of a luscious Klimt painting, all shimmer and subtle color. Different shades of sapphires are bezel-set into signature-textured 18kt gold by Alex Sepkus, available from Fragments.
I love literally everything from Ippolita, but I’m especially intrigued by this ring. With 4 organic, yet geometric gems in a loose cluster, I like the way skin shows through and the bands are substantially delicate. In the “Starry Night” palette, the dusky-hued blues are somehow versatile.
Sometimes, a girl just has to have some sparkle. Of the rare, carbon type. Jemma Wynne creates some luxurious, yet infinitely wearable jewelry in NYC. I think a couple of these bangles (okay, you could start with just one) would get you some serious points.
If you love pearls, but don’t love the traditional designs that usually accompany classic pearl jewelry, this necklace from Vibes could be the one. Gorgeous South Sea pearls in shimmery hues of peach, pistachio and apricot are selected in shapes with a lot of character. Refined polished gold and some subtle sparkle from diamonds make this a truly stand-out piece, available from Fragments.
And finally, for a gasp-worthy gift of diamond jewelry, I don’t think much can top these exquisite earrings by Irene Neuwirth. Substantial rose-cut diamonds in subtle shades of cognac are artfully framed in pave diamonds in a complementary shade of rose gold.
So, which of these gifts would you choose?