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Charmed Bracelets And Necklaces For Mother’s Day

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

When I was (much) younger and asked my Mom what she wanted for Mother’s Day, she always replied “a hug and nice children”. Easy to give and I was happy to do so, but of course she deserved more than that. Even at a young age, I realized that being a Mom is not an easy job, and I was always looking for something special that would surprise and delight her. Sadly, my Mom is not with us anymore, but I still send her a (mental) hug on Mother’s Day.

For those who are lucky enough to still have their Mothers around, here are some recent finds that I think any Mom would love to receive:

Art-Charms

Who doesn’t love kids’ drawings and paintings? They are so creative and honest. I have one on the fridge that my best friend’s daughter did of me and my dog 4 years ago and it still makes me smile every time I see it. Cleveland-based company Art-Charms, founded by goldsmith Chad Verhoff, make adorable charms, pendants and cuff links from your child’s drawings (using only recycled precious metals). They come in circle, oval, heart or square shapes with the drawing engraved into the charm. I love the idea, and the final results really do look like the original drawing.

Photos: Art-Charms

Cut-out Art Charms

Swedish-born goldsmith Mia van Beek started her company Formia Design in Stockholm in 2001, but fate and love brought her to the US, and since 2004, she operates her business out of Virginia. Mia also creates jewelry from children’s’ art, but with a different look. Her charms, earrings, brooches, pendants, bookmarks and key chains come in gold and silver, and instead of being engraved into the pieces, they are cut out of the metal. The idea for the art jewelry came to her when she was trying to think of a personalized gift for her 3-year old daughter’s pre-school teacher. Her daughter drew a scribble, called it earrings, and that’s exactly what Mia turned her daughter’s drawing into.

Photos: Formia Design

Charmed Necklaces

Zoe, founder and owner of Three Sisters Jewelry Design, used to be an attorney, but a series of life-changing events made her change course. She opened a photography studio in one of my favorite places on earth – Solana Beach, CA – and also started taking metal smith classes. Eventually, Three Sisters Jewelry (named after her three daughters) was born, and today, she creates a large variety of hand-stamped silver and gold charm bracelets and necklaces. My sister-in-law has a charm necklace from Three Sisters, the “gigi’s jewelry box”, which has a locket with the silhouette of her daughter and two hand-stamped charms with initials. It is absolutely adorable, and my niece loves opening the locket to look at her own profile.

Photos: Three Sisters Jewelry Design

Recycled Charms

Retired TV and movie costumer Suz of Polkadot Magpie turns metal scraps from her custom knife maker husband’s workshop into these adorable personalized hand stamped charms and pendants. They come in several different shapes: hearts, cats, stars, birds, bunnies, etc. The bunny charms have a very special story: Suz worked on the set of Crash with the late Dennis Hopper (whom she called “The Bunny”) and when he told her that his illness had taken a turn for the worse, she created these charms to help raise funds for ACS (and still donates the profits from the bunny charms to them).

Photos: Polkadot Magpie

Fingerprint Charms

Therese and Sandra, the two artists (and Moms) behind London-based company Joulberry create these darling silver fingerprint charms and pendants. When you place an order, you first receive a print kit so that you can take an impression. The charm is then created from the print, and can also be engraved on the front and/or back with your child’s name, birth date, or any other message you would like.

Photos: Joulberry

Also check out the baby teeth charms on the Unusual Charm Bracelet Charms post, and don’t miss my post about Men Gifts for Father’s Day


Adorable Heart Charm Mugs

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Charms can obviously be used in many other ways than on a charm bracelet – in scrapbooking, attached to gifts, on necklaces, etc. – and the other day, I came across a fabulous new way of using them that I have never seen before: attached to mugs.

These adorable mugs are made by French-born artist and founder of Ligne Ceramique, Jacqueline Igestedt. She began her career as a furniture designer and also worked as an interior decorator in Casablanca, Morocco. She now lives in Stockholm, Sweden and focuses her creative powers on ceramics.

The mugs (3.3” high) come in off white and black with either a heart charm or tiny glass beads, and can be used for both hot and cold beverages. Or be used as anything really – pencil cups, small flower pots, candy bowls, vases, etc.

So cute and creative! I especially love the ones with the heart charms. I have not been able to find them here in the US, but they are available online at Inreda.com.

All photos: Inreda.com


5 Unique Jewelry Box Designs

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

We have talked before on this blog about the importance of storing your jewelry the right way (see the earlier “jewelry boxes…” post). Regardless of whether your pieces are valuable investments, cherished heirlooms or “just” have sentimental value, they deserve tender loving care and a form of storage that protects them. Having said that, the storage does not have to be bland and utilitarian.

Here are some unique jewelry boxes that are as wonderful as gifts as worth keeping for yourself.

Concrete Baroque

This unusual jewelry box is a design by Swedish team Cathrine Olsen & Hans Edblad. It is made of raw concrete embossed with an elaborate baroque pattern. They come in two sizes, and the one-compartment interior is lined with silk.

Photos: Edblad & Co

Tetris-Inspired Ring Boxes

The super creative box by Austrian designer Gerlinde Gruber is the perfect holding place for rings to be given to (or perhaps by) the Tetris (or former Tetris)-obsessed. The box is made from 6 wood blocks and is held together by a paper loop (perfect for stamping or writing a message or greeting on). I think it’s adorable regardless of whether you have even ever heard of Tetris or not, and for those who are looking to surprise their special someone: it definitely does not scream “engagement ring”.

Photos: Stephan Friesinger

Pumpkin Coach Trinket Boxes

This small (3x3x1″) Cinderella-esque fantasy jewelry box is really intended to be used as a wedding (or party) favor, but I think it is perfect as a box for a young girl (or for older girls with a romantic side!). Made from hard silver pewter poly resin, they can hold your smaller trinkets and charms, and the pumpkin coach shape and rhinestone features adds a bit of fairy-tale glam to the design.

Photo: Favorfavor

Cake

This gorgeous box is actually not a box at all, but a cake (not great for storing jewelry in, but I couldn’t resist!). The toasted almond cake by San Francisco designer Shinmin Li is just one of  many amazing creations from her company I Dream of Cake.

Photo: I Dream of Cake

The Linley Architectural Boxes

Last, but certainly not least, the crème-de-la-crème of the bunch. The luxurious and elegant jewelry boxes by famed London furniture-maker David Linley (who is also the chairman of Christie’s UK) are intricately designed pieces inspired by some of the world’s famous architectural buildings (Monticello, The Casino at Marino, etc.). They look more like elaborate (and very stylish) doll houses, and house secret compartments and drawers to fit each jewelry type (there are also similar boxes for wine and cigars). These collectors’ items are rather large and don’t come cheap – the Metropolitan Museum of Art box below measures roughly 24x12x9″ and sells for over $38,000.

Photos: David Linley Furniture


Charms, Charms And More Charms – A Directory Of Artists, Manufacturers And Designers

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

For quite some time now, I have been “collecting” names of artists, designers and manufacturers of charms and charm bracelets. Then it dawned on me: perhaps others could also benefit from this list, and find new favorite designers and styles? I asked a few friends, who all said YES! so I decided it would be a good idea to share it with you all.

You will see that it is a wide variety – everything from famous fashion designers to relatively unknown artists working out of their home studio. The list is constantly growing and I keep finding new and exciting designs all the time. However, I don’t put “just anyone” on the list – only original designs and I have to like them. So I guess you can say it’s a “curated list”.

As I mentioned above, this list is by no means complete, and I will keep adding to it on a regular basis. If you have a favorite designer you think belongs on this list (from anywhere in the world), please contact me and I will check them out and if I like what I see, I’ll add them.

Since charms come in several styles these days, I have created a little style “key” so that you can easily find the types of charms you are looking for:

European-style = bead charms
Vintage = no longer in production, but can be found at auctions, etc. Traditional-style charms unless noted otherwise
Traditional = Regular charms (with jump or split ring attachments. NOTE that traditional does not necessarily mean traditional looking bracelets; it just describes the type of charm
Clip on charms = Traditional charms with a clasp attachment
Italian charms = Modular link-style
Craft = mini charms suitable for scrap booking, etc.
Kids = charm bracelets for children
Rings = interchangeable charm or bead rings, or rings with charms attached
Earrings = interchangeable charm or bead earrings
Necklaces = interchangeable charm or bead necklaces
Mobile = cell phone charms
Pre-made = already assembled charm bracelets, usually with the charms soldered on. Pre-made in parenthesis means it is the only type they offer, Pre-made on its own means they offer that in addition to separate charms
Slide = slide charms
Watch = charm watches

A
Aaron Basha – Traditional (kids)
Accessories & Beyond – Traditional (pre-made)
Accurist – watch (European-style)
Adamantus – Clip on
Affinity – Clip on
Ajda Lampwork – European-style
Alengio – European-style
Alex and Ani – Traditional (pre-made) bangles
Alex Monroe – Traditional & Pre-made
Alex Woo – Traditional (pre-made)
Alia Jewelry – European-style
Altruette – Traditional & Pre-made
Amore & Baci – European-style, Kids
Amore La Vita – Clip on
AmuletGifts – Traditional & Pre-made (lucky charms)
Analece Design – Traditional, Clip on,
Anna Rose Jewelry – Traditional & Pre-made
Anna Sui – Traditional (pre-made)
Annika Bertilsdotter – Traditional, Clip on
Annina Vogel – Pre made (from vintage pieces)
Anson – Vintage
Archive Jewelry – Traditional (pre-made), Vintage
Art-Charms – Traditional (custom made from kids art)
Ashley Pittman – Traditional (pre-made)
Assya – Traditional (pre-made)
Astley Clarke – Traditional (pre-made)
Aurélie Bidermann – Traditional (pre-made)
Avindy – Traditional (pre-made)
Avon – Vintage
Azendi – European-style, Traditional
Azuni – Traditional (pre-made)

B
Baby Phat – Clip on, Pre-made
Baci Beads – European-style
Bacio – European-style, Kids
Badgley Mischka – Traditional (pre-made)
Baglady – European-style, Traditional, Clip on
Barbara Bixby – Traditional
Basch – Traditional (pre-made)
Bates & Klinke – Vintage
Beau Sterling – Vintage
Bell Trading Post – Vintage
Belleek Living – Traditional (pre-made)
Bellina Beads – European-style
Betsey Johson – Traditional (pre-made)
Betty Design – European-style
Beverly K – Traditional (pre-made)
Beyond Words – Traditional
Biagi beads – European-style, Clip on, Kids
Bill Levine – Traditional
Bing Bang – Traditional (pre-made)
Birdland Creations – Traditional (pre-made)
Blee Inara – Traditional (pre-made)
Blossom Copenhagen – Traditional
Boho Soho – Clip on
Bombay Duck – Clip on
Bongo – Traditional (pre-made)
Bon Bon Charms – Traditional
Bonn Bons – Slide
Bottega Veneta – Clip on
Boxing – Italian
Boucheron – Vintage
Breadner – Vintage
Brighton Charms – European-style, Clip on
Bruno Zanetti – Italian
Bugard Studio – Rings
Bulgari – Clip on, Pre-made,
Burberry – Traditional (pre-made)

C
Carl Art – Vintage
Carolee – Clip on
Carolina Bucci – Traditional (pre-made)
Carolyn Pollack – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Cartier – Vintage, Clip on
Casa d’oro – Italian
Cassandra Erin – Traditional (pre-made)
Cath Kidston – Traditional (pre-made)
Catherine Canino – Traditional (pre-made)
Catherine Michiels – Traditional
Cathy Dailey – European-style, Traditional
Cathy Waterman – Traditional, Pre-made
Cellini – Traditional, Vintage
Chamilia beads – European-style, Kids
Chanel – Vintage, Clip on, Traditional
Charity Charms – Clip on, Pre-made
Charles Horner – Vintage
Charm Barn – Craft
Charm Factory – Traditional, European-style, Pre-made
Charm It – Clip on (kids)
Charmco – Traditional
Charmed Memories – European-style
Charming by Ti Sento – Clip on
Charming Life – Traditional & Pre-made
Charmology – Traditional (pre-made)
Charms UK – European-style, Clip on
Charmworks – Traditional
Chelsea Taylor – European-style, Clip on
CherieO – European-style, Traditional
Cherished Time Designs – Traditional, Pre-made
Chim – Vintage
Chloe – Traditional (pre-made)
Creed – Vintage
Christie Martin – Traditional
Christy Lea Payne (CLP) – Traditional & Pre-made
Chrysalis – European-style, Clip on, Necklaces
ChuBo Beads – European-style
Clogau Gold – European-style, Clip on, Traditional, Pre-made
Coach – Traditional (pre-made), Clip on
Coloured Rocks – European-style, Clip on, Pre-made
Coro (Corocraft) – Vintage
Courtney Simmelkjaer – Traditional (pre-made)
Cousin Claudine – Traditional (pre-made)
Crea – Vintage
Crystalbead888 – European-style

D
D for Diamonds – Traditional (pre-made) for kids
Damas Jewellery – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Danecraft – Vintage
Dangerous Goods – Traditional, Clip on
David Andersen – Vintage
David Yurman – Traditional
DaVinci Beads – European-style
Dazzlers – Clip on
Dazzling – Traditional (pre-made)
De-ani, Inc. – Clip on
Deffego – European-style, Italian
Diddi Design – Traditional (pre-made), Clip on
Dinky Fingerprint Company, The – Traditional, Pre-made, European-style
Dinny Hall – Traditional (pre-made)
Dior – Clip on & Pre-made
Disney Couture – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Dogeared – Traditional (pre-made)
Dolce & Gabbana – Traditional (pre-made)
Donatella – European-style, Traditional
Doriwallace Jewelry – European-style
Dower & Hall – Pre made & Traditional
Dyrberg/Kern – Traditional (pre-made)

E
Edblad & Co – Traditional (pre-made)
Ecuus Designs – European-style
Elco – Vintage
Elle Jewelry – Clip on
Elsa Peretti (for Tiffany) – Vintage, Pre-made
Elsa Schiaparelli – Vintage
Embracelets – Traditional, Pre-made
Erickson Beamon – Traditional (pre-made)
Essenza Beads – European-style
Ettika – Traditional (pre-made)
Evolve New Zealand – European-style
Extasia – Clip on

F
Fabergé – Vintage
Femme Metale – Traditional & Pre-made
Field & Rose (Laura Love Rose) – Traditional & Pre-made
Fiorelli – Traditional (pre-made)
Florenza – Vintage
Formia Design – Traditional (custom made from kids art)
Forstner – Vintage
Fort of Providence – Vintage
Fossil – Clip on, Pre-made
Free People – Traditional, Vintage

G
Garold Miller – Traditional (pre-made)
George Jensen – Clip on, Vintage
George Shiebler – Vintage
Gioielli Italy – Mobile, Italian
Giorgio Martello – Clip on
Glassbeadstudio – European-style
Glitzy Girls – Traditional (pre-made) for kids
Good Charma – Traditional (pre-made), Necklaces, Kids
GP Firenze – Italian
Granchelli – European-style
Gucci – Traditional (pre-made)
Guess – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)

H
Halia – European-style
Harrods – Mobile
Heather Moore – Traditional, Pre-made
Helen Ficalora – Traditional
Hellobead – European-style
Henry Dankner & Sons – Vintage
HighChi – Tradtitional & Pre-made
High IntenCITY – Clip on (kids)
Hilla Design – European-style
Hint Charms – Traditional
Hot Diamonds – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Hultquist-Copenhagen – Traditional (pre-made)

I
Ideal Jewelry Manufacturing Company (trademark Theda) – Vintage
Individuality – European-style
Intercast – Vintage
Ippolita – Traditional

J
James Avery Charms – Traditional
Jay Strongwater – Clip on
Jayposon – Vintage
Jemma Lulu – Traditional (pre-made)
Jennifer Zeuner – Traditional (pre-made)
Jessica Elliot – Traditional (pre-made)
Jewelart Sterling – Vintage
Jewellery Tree, The – Traditional (custom made)
Jill Schiff – Traditional & Pre-made
JM Fisher Company – Vintage
Jo for Girls – European-style, Traditional (pre-made) for kids
Joan Rivers – Traditional (pre-made)
John Hardy – Traditional (pre-made)
John Lewis – European-style (pre-made)
Jon Richard – Clip on, Pre-made, European-style
JouJou – Clip on
Joulberry – Traditional (custom)
Joy Everly – Traditional, Pre-made, Kids
Juicy Couture – Clip on
Just Divine – Traditional (pre-made)
Just J – Clip on

K
K&Company – Craft
Kalassmycken – Clip on, Pre-made (kids)
Karen Foster Design – Craft
Karen Hill Tribe Silver – European-style, Traditional
KC Designs – Traditional (pre-made)
Kelly Waters – Traditional
Kieselstein Cord – Traditional (pre-made)
Kinney – Vintage
Kirks Folly – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Kit Heath – Traditional (pre-made), European-style (their own version, only fits their chains), Kids, Clip on
Konstantino – Traditional (pre-made)
Kranz & Ziegler – Traditional

L
La Vie Parisienne – Traditional (pre-made)
Lacey Ryan – Traditional (pre-made)
Lagos – Traditional (pre-made)
Landmark Beads – European-style
Lauren Sigman – Traditional (pre-made)
Les Néréides – Traditional, Pre made
Leslie MacInnes – Traditional (custom made from kids art)
Lilyme – Traditional
Links of London – Traditional
Linx & More – Tiny charms to go in their lockets, Italian
Liz Claiborne – Traditional (pre-made)
Lois Hill – Traditional (pre-made)
LOLA of Paris – European-style, Clip on
London Road Jewellery – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Loop Collection, The – Traditional (pre-made)
Louis Vuitton – Clip on
Lovelinks – European-style, Kids
LovingTheBead – European-style, Clip on, Rings, Earrings, Necklaces
LTD Art Glass – European-style
Lucky Brand – Clip on
Lulu Guinness – Traditional (pre-made)
Lunch at the Ritz – Traditional (pre-made bracelets)
Lutrick – European-style
Luv Links – European-style

M
M & B Vintage – Vintage, Traditional
Magdalena Ruiz Pasieka – European-style
Maisel’s Indian Trading Post – Vintage
Maloa – Traditional (pre-made)
Manolo Blahnik (for TOUS) – Traditional (launches in March 2011)
Marc Jacobs – Traditional (pre-made)
Marcus Max Design – Rings
Mark Poulin – Traditional (pre-made), Necklaces
MarMalaid – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Martick – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Maryann Wilkin Designs – Traditional & Pre-made
Mathot Design – European-style
Me to You – Traditional (pre-made) for kids
Medical Alert Link – Italian (medical alert bracelets)
Mercedes Salazar – Traditional (pre-made)
Mi Lajki – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Michele Baratta – Traditional & Pre-made
Mikey Jewellery – Clip on
Milly – Traditional (pre-made)
Molly Brown – Traditional & Pre-made
Monet (aka Monocraft Products Company) – Vintage
Monica Rich Kosann – Traditional, Necklaces, Pre-made
Monserat de Lucca – Traditional (pre-made)
Moritz Glik – Traditional (pre-made)
Muano – European-style
Muru – Clip on

N
Nagara by SeaZen
– European-style
Napier – Vintage
Nelle & Lizzy – Traditional, Pre-made
Nick Hubbard – Traditional, Pre-made
Nicky Vankets – Traditional (pre-made)
Nina Designs – Traditional
Nina/STHLM – Traditional (pre-made)
Nomination – Italian
Nuvo – Vintage

O
Oh la la – Traditional (pre-made) using ribbons instead of chains
OHMBeads – European-style
Ole Lynggaard – Traditional & Pre-made
OneJewels – European-style for their own line of rings and necklaces
Oriana Jewelry – European-style
Oscar de la Renta – Traditional (pre-made)
Otis Jaxon – Clip on
Oxxo Design – Traditional, Clip on

P
P & B Sterling – Vintage
Page Sargisson – Traditional, Necklaces
Pandora Jewelry – European-style
Pastiche – Clip on
Paul Morelli – Clip on
Peace of Mind
– Traditional
Pearl Affection, The – Clip on
Pearls for Girls – Clip on
Pedro Boregaard – Traditional
Penny Preville – Traditional
Perlamore – European-style
Personality – European-style
Personalized Boutique – Clip on
Peruzzi – Vintage
Pia Jewellery – European-style, Clip on
Pianegonda – Clip on
Pick Up Sticks Jewelry Co. – Traditional
Pilgrim – Clip on, Traditional, Necklaces, Earrings
Playboy – Traditional (pre-made), Mobile
Pnut Jewelry – Traditional (but very unusual!), Pre-made
Polkadot Magpie – Traditional
Privileged – Traditional & Pre-made
Pugster – European-style, Italian, Clip on, Traditional
Puzzle Collection – Italian

Q
Queen Baby – Traditional (pre-made)

R
Raymond Yard – Vintage
ReFlorence – Italian
Rembrandt Charms – Traditional, clip on
Reller – European-style, Traditional
R.L. Griffith – Vintage
Romano Passavinti – Italian
Rosecraft – Vintage
Royal London – Clip on
RYLDesigns – Traditional
RYRY – Italian

S
Sacred Charms
– Traditional (pre-made), Clip on
SarahDipiti – Traditional
Saskia Rose Design – Clip on, Pre-made
Satya Jewelry – Traditional (pre-made)
Scribble – Traditional (pre-made) for kids
Seidengang – Traditional (pre-made)
Serena’s Beadery – European-style
Shane Co – Traditional (w option to add clip on)
Shanti – Clip on, Pre-made, European-style
Siena Jewellery – Clip on
Silver by Mail – Clip on
Silverado – European-style, Kids
Simstars – European-style
Slane & Slane – Traditional (pre-made)
SNÖ of Sweden – Traditional (pre-made)
Sparkling Sage – Traditional (pre-made)
Spencer – Vintage
Spinning Jewelry – European-style, Rings
Stella & Dot – Traditional
Stephen Einhorn – Traditional, Pre-made
Storm Jewellery – European-style, Clip on, Necklaces, Pre made
Storywheels – European-style
Stuller – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Style Naturale – Traditional (pre-made)
Sundance Catalog – Traditional, Pre-made
Suuz Design – European-style
Svane & Lührs – Clip on
Swarovksi – Clip on

T
Talexia – Italian
Talkatoo – Clip on (recordable!)
Tarina Tarantino – Traditional (pre-made)
Taxco – Vintage
Tedora – European-style
Temple St.Clair – Traditional, Pre-made
TerraCast – Traditional
Terranova – Vintage
Thea Grant – Traditional (pre-made)
Theda – Vintage
Theo Fennell – Clip on
Thomas L Mott – Vintage
Thomas Sabo Charm Club – Clip on
Three Sisters Jewelry Design – Traditional
Ti Sento – Clip on, Pre-made
Tiffany & Co – Traditional
Timebeads – European-style watch beads
Tina Tang – Traditional
TLM (Thomas L Mott) – Vintage
Tous -Traditional (pre-made), Toric joint
Trifari – Vintage
Trina Turk – Traditional (pre-made)
Troll beads – European-style
Truth – European-style, Clip on, Necklaces, Kids (“Truth Cutie”)
Tur-Agamo – European-style

U
Unodomani – Italian

V
Van Cleef & Arpels – Vintage
Verdura – Vintage, Pre-made
Viva Beads – European-style
Våga – Clip on

W
Walt Disney Productions – Vintage
Walter Lampl – Vintage
We Three Designs – Traditional, Necklaces
Wells Sterling – Vintage
WellsWare – Traditional & Pre-made
William Ruser – Vintage

X
Xenox – Clip on, Pre-made
Xixis Beads – European-style
XOXO – Traditional (pre-made)

Z
Zable – European-style, Earrings, Necklaces
Zoppini – Italian