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Modern Jewelry

Written By:

Leah King

Digital Edition Production Manager

Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but a truly unique piece of jewelry can be more precious than any gemstone. Unlike in years of yore, personal adornments are no longer worn simply to display one’s social status. Now, gals of all means and backgrounds wear bold pieces that are both glamorous and make a personal statement all their own. I have selected some new pieces that you can mix with your coveted vintage baubles. They're also perfect on their own. Peruse these pieces, which would make excellent gifts for the jewelry lover on your list; I'm smitten with them all.

Bubble Earrings

Bubble Earrings

$101.00

I recently came across the Philippa Roberts line at her small design shop and studio in Piedmont, CA. I love the lightweight feel and organic shape of these Sterling silver Bubble earrings.

Plumage 2

Plumage Necklace

$64.00

This bold necklace comes from the Animalia collection crafted by Molly M Designs. Its form is a mashup of abstractions found in the natural world and Egyptian, Native American, African and Japanese designs.

Torus Ring

Torus Ring

$25.00-$140.00

I love the selection of colors available for the nylon version of this ring that can also be worn as a pendant! These industrial rings come out of the Silva/Bradshaw Studio, which focuses on modern and simplistic objects and the studio shares my passion for technology and industrial materials.

Disk Earrings

Disk Earrings

$36.00

The bright woods found in these lightweight earrings is sourced from recycled skateboards. Yes, you read that right: recycled skateboards—I'm so stoked about that! Designed by MapleXO, their motto is “Save Landfill Space in Style. Live. Love. Wear.”

Art Range Large Shifting Planes Bangle

Art Range Bangle

$210.00

This wonderfully striking and elegantly simple bracelet is crafted by Dinosaur Designs. It’s a stand-alone piece to be worn as an object d’art. Manufactured out of resin, this should be treated like a cherished ceramic heirloom.

Laser Cut Earrings

Laser-Cut Earrings

$38.00

This geometric design has an architectural sensibility. I swooned over the laser-cut bamboo and gold-filled hardware crafted by San Francisco-based Folia Design. Part city grid, part Mondrian, all style.

Cork Cuff

Cork Cuff

$48.00

The Cork Cuff designed by Donna Piacenza and produced by Studio 1AM employs 100-percent-recycled natural cork as a wearable material. Each piece is cut from a single block previously used for storage or display. It's also unisex—perfect for the boy on your list who sports a little bling.

Bubble Necklace

Bubble Necklace

$115.00

Who didn’t love playing with a bottle of Mr. Bubble as a kid? This glass bubble necklace designed by Marina and Susanna Sent gives is a bit of nostalgia in wearable form. Each time you wear this, your inner-child will giggle with glee.

Climbing Rope Necklace

Climbing Rope Necklace

$145.00

Designed by Alienina and hand-made from climbing cord, this necklace moves alluringly as it wraps around one's neck and drapes across one's shoulders.

Date Watch

Date Watch

$119.00

This unique men’s timepiece keeps the time, naturally. Your special guy will adore this 100 percent wood watch by Wewood (and he'll finally be on time too).

Eject Symbol Key Cufflinks

Eject Symbol Cufflinks

$125.00

The unique design of the Eject cufflinks is both clever and current. A fantastic gift for the techie in your life. These whimsical pieces are designed by Lauren Anabela Beaudoin of Creative Dexterity.

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