I spent hours trying to find exceptional jewelry on estsy.
Oh, there's loads for 20-somethings in Lululemon, and masses of chunky, lumpy beads. Lots of "repurposed" pieces that should never have been purposed to begin with. The strong point of many necklaces is their romantic name. After hundreds of page views, I bookmarked two vendors. I could admire their designs on a 50+ women without thinking her daughter bought her something she wanted.
The ethereal: Plante's pearls
amieplante makes naturalistic pieces that have just enough detail to enchant, but never overwhelm. The Black Rose earrings, $180 are shown in oxidized silver and pink pearl. Also available in polished silver and white pearl, and various custom options. She will also make them as dangles.
Her Eucalyptus Leaf ring with pearl, $95, is available in three color options: black patinated silver with white pearl (pictured), matte silver with black pearl, or copper/multicolor patinated silver with pink pearl.
The graceful Rococo pendant comes in a variety of finishes and stones, shown here in with matte silver and carnelian, $140.
I especially like her ability to offer various finishes and gem options, so if you're looking for something to coordinate with your silver, she can advise and send additional photos.
The exotic: Turkish delight
After hundreds of pages of austere studs and earnest bead work, I was transported by the funky offerings of FIGistanbul, a Turkish vendor whose amped-up tribal goods stood out amid a sea of sweetness.
I haven't worn one of these mamas, so can't attest to the weight and fabrication, but for the price of a couple of pizzas, I'd give it a try. (The vendor has 100% positive feedback.)
The 2-inch high Svetlana pendant, oxidized sterling silver with goldwash, red quartz and tiny clear and pink zirconias really kicks up its heels for $48, da?
Comes on a 20" (50cm) flexible titanium ribbon or hang it on your chain.
An Uzbek silver and turquoise Bird ring, $100, reminds me of something left behind when the gypsy caravan moves on.
An original gift, or just the thing to add interest to your bangles or chains.
Pastille earrings: a 3 1/4 inch (carnelian, pearl and turquoise give a 3 1/4-inch sweep of glamour for $75. Give them to anyone who will enjoy having her neck kissed.
Both artists offer strong pieces that flatter women and sidestep, no sidedance, that earnest crafty look.
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