Mother’s Day Jewelry Gift Guide: Which Mom is Yours?

Mother’s Day is May 12th, in case you haven’t been paying attention. My mantra is that personal and heartfelt gifts are best for Mother’s Day: something that takes some effort to make or choose are the best. Jewelry always seems to speak from the heart: it is intensely personal and many pieces could be heirlooms. Here is a starting point if you need ideas for someone special, (or, like a couple of my friends, just buy for yourself and say it’s from your family). Find your muse here.

Classic Mom

These pearls from–recently featured in InStyle–are the perfect gift for someone with classic sensibilities. They are perfect: precious pearls, subtle sparkle from CZs and a modern wire drop. Be a hero for $100!

Fragments Mary Louise Pearl Earrings earrings by Mary Louise Designs, freshwater pearls, 22kt dipped, CZs, $100 retail.

Stud earrings, besides having a real fashion moment right now, are also a great idea for new moms: babies can’t grab them like other styles. This pair by GURHAN from Greenwich Jewelers combines the best of materials at a price that is an amazing value.

GURHAN Stud Earrings

GURHAN stud earrings in 24kt gold and sterling silver, $375 retail from Greenwich Jewelers.

Sentimental (but Stylish) Mom

Moms are often the wisest women we know. Honor that wisdom in a lovely set of Katrina Kelly’s wands. You can add to the collection over time, giving you built-in inspiration for future holidays. The sleek vertical shape is thoroughly modern.

Katrina Kelly Wisdom Wands

Katrina Kelly Fire Wisdom Wands in 14kt yellow gold with red, pink, champagne and orange colored gemstones, $580 to $1816 retail per wand.

Alex Woo does a nice job with jewelry that says something special, but with great style. Her little letters (or numbers) would be a great way to celebrate someone inspiring.

Alex Woo Little Letter

Alex Woo Little Letters E pendant in sterling silver, $158 retail, available at Greenwich Jewelers.

These narrow brass bangles stack and layer perfectly, with a subtle message hand-stamped to celebrate and venerate. Handmade at New York City’s Lost Wax Studio at a price that makes them decidedly collectable.

Lost Wax Studio Bangle

Lost Wax Studio Flat Brass Bangle, $60 retail each, $30 to personalize with up to 20 characters.

There is something really precious about a locket: a classic way to keep memories close to your heart. Monica Rich Kosann does lockets, and does them beautifully. I especially like this diamond-studded Message Box to present a secret treasure.

Monica Rich Kosann Treasure Box Locket

Monica Rich Kosann Treasure Box Locket, in 18kt gold with diamonds and a white gold removable key, $5500 retail at

This bracelet from Dana Rebecca Designs has the kind of style to last forever, but cleverly allows for 2 customized initials to make your gift totally personal.

Dana Rebecca Designs Initial Bangle

Dana Rebecca Designs Initial Cuff, in 14kt rose, yellow or white gold with two diamond pave customized initials, $1650 retail.

Heather Moore did personalized jewelry first, and still does it best. A mother herself, her studio really understands what it’s like to capture and celebrate life’s milestones. I especially love her pieces that incorporate transparent colored gemstones or enamel, with the message glowing through.

Natural Beauty Mom

Not falling far from the family tree takes on special significance with these gift ideas, which also drift into sweet sentiment territory.
This brass acorn from Lost Wax Studio can hold a special message or treasure inside. I like the faintly industrial texture to the cap, where you grip to unscrew.

Lost Wax Studio Acorn Vessel Pendant

Lost Wax Studio Acorn Vessel Pendant in brass, $58 retail.

This tree branch, completely hand fabricated in New York City by Lost Wax Studio artisans, is significant in scale, but delicate in execution, with precious diamonds winking from the oxidized silver. It’s an extraordinary value for a handmade treasure.

Lost Wax Studio Branch Pendant

Lost Wax Studio oxidized silver pendant with diamonds on 14kt gold chain, hand fabricated in NYC, $470 retail.

Chic Mom

These clever earrings by Graziela Gems are the perfect gift for a busy Mom who regularly has to go from daytime drop off to nighttime glamour. The bottom gradient-colored citrines detach from the simple stick silhouette above (available in amethyst, too).

Graziela Detach and Go Citrine Earrings

Graziela Detach and Go Citrine Degradee Citrine Earrings 11.44 ctw of citrines set into 14kt plated silver, $960 retail.

These are not your grandmother’s pearls! Miriam Salat manages to make these bangles shine extra bright in resin studded with pearls and bezel-set CZs.

Miriam Salat Pearl Bangle

Miriam Salat grey resin bangle with pearls and CZs, $250 retail.

Stacking rings are a great Mother’s Day idea: choose one that best commemorates the event at hand, then add to over time (or family additions). Designer Jessica Fields has an extensive collection of bands that mix and stack beautifully.

Jessica Fields Bubble Band Stack

Jessica Fields Bubble Band stack in 18kt gold with sapphires of various colors, $1625 retail each.

So now it is up to you. Call or go see your mom. Write a heartfelt I Love You on the card. Your time, effort and love are all that are required. Happy Mother’s Day!

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