Gift Guide Part 3: Total Fantasy Jewelry Gifts
Guest edited by Victoria Lampley Berens of The Stax
Welcome! To a new gift guide, and kicking off a series of a handful guest-edited by my friends, because, as I readily admit, I suck at gift giving. Consider this my phone a friend. First up, is my friend Victoria, who is a) the nicest, warmest, most loving person, and b) is a total jewelry buff and runs the jewelry consultancy The Stax. She also just launched her own Substack for all things jewels called, brilliantly, SubStax. And while I also love jewelry, her taste runs parallel to mine, but not congruent - excellent taste, but different from my own, making this a nice little window into someone else’s brain. ILY V!
Take it away, V!
From her new Essencia collection, the Placa Pendants are CHICCCC and come in different sizes, with a centerstone or without for a more minimal look, I love it worn on her leather cord or her handmade gold collar. I'm jonesing after one with an oval diamond. Another great NP classic that's also perfectly priced for gifting oneself or to a lucky duck friend, is her ear cuff... Now also available in diamond pave, the cuff lights up your face and can be worn stacked (like me, because I'm a maximalist) orrr solo, can't lose! $5,800
The OAK chain was always my favorite of Christen's incredible handmade chains. Each link is sculpted in clay first and then cast in gold, which gives the final patina the most beautiful finish... Christen just launched the Lariat version, and I'm trying to manifest this for myself. $19,580
One of Beck's new staples, her Ripple Ring, go shop this one on muse, people! This ring can be made in any custom stone, but originally launched with an aquamarine, it's so timeless and substantial, and totally Beck... I just had one made in my daughter's birthstone, peridot, to wear and hand down to her one day. $6,350
I'm a major fan of Danielle's work, and I'm slowly building a collection, her pieces have that je ne sais quoi, the buzz term "quiet luxury" comes to mind, but her work is also sentimental, stemming from her late Father's cartier barre lighter, and I just can't get enough. I'm currently flirting with getting one of her Triple Tassel Emerald Rondelles Pendant to add to my chain for a holiday lewk, ORR THIS new and super stunning Jade and Diamond Pendant.
I recently discovered this brand after meeting the awesome founder in LA... She's London based and beyond fab and has launched this super cool jewelry brand, I immediately loved her Fireworks bracelet, and the price points are great for gifting/shopping over the holidays and more. $585
I'm a major fan of Alice's work... All so painterly, with a wide range of color and motifs, all meaningful, I've been besotted by Alice from day one. I'm recently wearing her memphis dot bands stacked on my ring finger and I get stopped constantly with people asking me where/what they are, and they're super giftable and collectible, win win! ~$900
If you've ever met Octavia, she has the best ear stack going, I love how she layers it all with her own beautiful hoops... I'm currently jonesing for a pair of her Yellow Sapphire Charm Hoops... This color! $5,500
I'm a biggg Daniela Villegas enthusiast, and already have my own little collection going. I recently bought one of her crab rings for my pinky, and I wear it daily for protection and good luck, and my husband's a cancer zodiac as well as my father, so I feel it brings me a sense of security and love too. $2,450
I recently met up with Dina in her London showroom, she is one in a trillion, so learned and enchanting, all of her pieces are so dynamic and feel like silk on the skin, she is a true artist and architect when it comes to her incredible jewelry. I just got the Ra pinky ring, I love how minimalist yet substantial it is... DinaKamal.com
I'm a major fan of Jewelry Slang, soul sisters on the DM, and she has this brilliant beaded brand, Elderly Child,: "handmade jewelry made with an unapologetic sense of humor by an editor/writer". Check out her instagram for drops!
There we go! Chelsea Baken, most brilliant follow on IG, funniest girl, most creative everything coming next.