My favourite jewellery category by necessity, Relaxed Real is artisanal jewellery that uses noble metals, natural stones or other organic materials—and I make room for resin. They are not the branded production pieces sold in department stores.
The appeal of such jewellery depends on solid design skills. I am not showing chance finds from thrifts or rummage sales, wonderful as they are, because I want you to be able to buy them, should you wish.
Our budget is $US 35 (or $CAN 46) before shipping, applicable taxes or duties. (Note: Currency fluctuations may change prices slightly.)
Lots of treats cost about that: a new book or two, a mani-pedi, some cute Ikea kitchen stuff. At this price you can find chic and witty pieces, but not necessarily things that will be handed down.
Why fret about posterity? On raw and dreary days, these will lift your mood and enliven even your most tried-and-true sweater.
pendant from quecraft, about $25.
Red resin ring infused with gold leaf, from ResinHeaven USA, about $23.
Kintsugi is a Japapnese technique of mending a fissure or other damage with precious metals (or materials that resemble them). Above, crazy lace agate pendant with kintsugi, on black cotton cord, from AKintsugiLife; about $35.
From Greece, kalyoso silver's pair of genuine pearl and silver 'climber' style stud earrings; about $34. Also available in gold plated silver.
Who doesn't want to get away? Berlin city map bangle: decoupage over wood, weather-proofed; by PappLePapp, about $29. Also available: London, Paris, Vienna, New York and more.
If your'e looking for a gift, buy one now because when the moment arises, you will have it on hand... if you can resist wearing it yourself!