Love Local for Your Lady's and Little Girl's Christmas Jewelry

Made of hand-tied vintage turquoise, reclaimed sterling silver and carrying a peacock pendant, the Le Paon Necklace ($350) from Parts by Heather will make her squeal with delight on Christmas morning.

So the countdown begins. You know what I’m talking about, the stout old man in the ruby and white mink, a dozen tanned reindeer on the wing, dancing across the night sky and all of that zealous shredding of glossy holly printed paper is (shock) next Friday. Yes, 7 days.

Panic begins ... right ... about ... NOW!

Sh*t, you’ve left the stocking filling to the last minute and have zip creativity on what the hell to do and what the heck to buy. 

Well take a deep breath and keep reading, because Santa’s little helper from the South in here to save you with last minute completely “Oh wow, thank you this is goooorrrgeous and sooo different, I love it!” gift ideas.

So let’s today start with the ladies opening of small boxes. Boys, take note.

Women + jewelry = happy cliché.

True, but woman + handcrafted beautiful individual jewelry = fashionista and individuality.

Don’t be bland and predictable with a diamond from that franchise jewelry store which clearly screams “Gulp! I just grabbed something,” instead go local, go handcrafted, go love!

Live with a Carrie Bradshaw (aka Sex and the City)? Get her the ‘Sherlock & Baited’ vintage chain by sustainable jewelry label Parts By Heather.

Sherlock & Baited pendants

Usually an appointment only affair, Heather Mandin is opening her studio at 214 / 119 West Pender to the public this weekend from 12 – 8pm on Saturday and Sunday the 19th and 20th of December with sales for last minute Christmas fashionistas on the lookout for high end accessories with flair.

“Inspired by the childhood whimsy that comes from exploring nature,” the Couture 2009 designs are eco-friendly utilizing high-end materials like silver, gold, pearls, feathers, intricate reworked chains, and stones.

There’s also something thoughtful for Grandma or that sweet-hearted woman in your life in the 22carat gold, smoky quartz, rose quartz and clear quartz ‘Hearts A Glow’ drop pendant necklace which is currently on sale with 40% off, saving your hip pocket.

Hearts A Glow

For the delicate, sentimental and simple jewelry lovers I’ve chosen the new ‘Beloved’ charm bracelet by KV BIJOU which features a double sided photo frame with two small charms of your choice made from sterling silver to provide "a creative way for moms to show off a picture of their kids/grandkids and keep them close".

Or if you're "inspired by the seasons" the lepidolite teardrop ‘Blossom’ earrings in plum and aubergine tones are perfect for holiday grace echoing the screen sirens of the 1950’s.

KV BIJOU

Located in Abbotsford, KV BIJOU will be hosting a Ladies Night out Christmas event on Sunday 20th of December at Fusion Hair Design with designs available at Scout 152 East 8th Vancouver.

But what about the littlest lady who is likely to want to play grown up, teen pop-queens and your hip girlfriends with kooky coolness?

Go Harajuku cute without breaking the bank with a little help from Baby Loves Pink, and her polymer clay handmade pieces.

For sweet tooth’s there are the Sweet Cupcake Earrings with silver-plated earring stoppers or for something just adorable check out the Panda Green Tea Hotspring Necklace in plastic with an 18” silver plated cable chain, both under $20.

BabyLovesPink

There’s even a home sake for me with a replicated Vegemite necklace in polymer clay (hmmm, memo to Santa to request that one!)

When it comes to advice what I’ll say is that most important thing about shopping for jewelry is thought and careful consideration of the person you’re shopping for.

By thinking outside the rudimentary square and supporting local designers, the ladies in your life will be appreciative of your nonce to put their tastes ahead of conventional stereotypes.

You also add the bonus value with a story to add to the memory of the present – everybody loves gifts that are sentimental as well as beautiful and with these designers you get both.

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