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The Versant 12 Days of Christmas- Our Top 12 Gifts to Bring Joy this Holiday

The Christmas countdown is on!  In between baking cookies and ugly sweater parties, there is always the difficult task of finding the perfect gift for all of the people on your list.  This year we have done some of the hard work for you by searching through piles of possible presents to pick out our top 12 favorite gift ideas this holiday season.

This year, as a thank-you to our loyal customers, we are offering 10% off all of our gift idea items that are available in our online store with coupon code 12DAYS!

#1 – A Statement Bracelet

There is no denying it- bracelets are one of our favorite things.  Unlike necklaces and earrings, which we put on for others to see, we get to look down at our wrists all day and get a smile from seeing that touch of sparkle.

For those rushed days when we have to grab our jewelry and go, we need a signature piece that makes a bold and beautiful wrist statement without the effort of crafting the perfect stack.  A good statement bracelet is a must-have piece, and the first of our 12 gifts picks this Christmas- here are some of our favorites!

For the girl who likes to mix her metals, Julie Vos and Freida Rothman have some great contemporary pieces-

Freida Rothman Two-Tone Star Raindrop Wide Hinged Bracelet ($585) styled with Julie Vos Medici Gold Bangle ($85), Labradorite and Mother of Pearl Milano 6-Stone Bangle ($85); Julie Vos Caspian Two-Tone Cuff ($245)

Sparkle in bright silver and mother of pearl-

Make old treasures new with these gorgeous 14k estate bangles-

Customize your look with the Pandora open bangle-

Pandora Wintry Holiday Open Bangle Gift Set (Includes bangle and Pavé Sphere charm- $129) finished with two Galaxy spacers ($40/each) and two Pavé Lights Clear charms ($70/each). Worn with Pandora Sparkling Strand bracelet ($50)

#2 – Be the Star of Bethlehem

We love showing off our hometown pride with the beautiful Star of Bethlehem and Moravian Star emblems.  Whether the star is cut from simple silver or adorned with sparkling stones, these pieces remind us of our roots here in the Christmas City.

For the girl who likes to stack complementary styles-

Gabriel & Co White Sapphire Star of Bethlehem Delicate Cuff ($225) and Katie Loxton Be Brilliant Sterling Chain Bracelet ($65); WinterLemon Oxidized Sterling Silver and Diamond Stella Hoop ($199) and Stud ($99) Earrings

For the necklace lover-

To remember where you are anchored- one side is the latitude and longitude of Bethlehem and the other is engraved “Bethlehem” with the star emblem-

#3 – Accessorize in the Colors of the Season

We may not love the cold and the snow of winter, but we do love the colors of the season!  Fun accessories in dark grey, winter white, and wine reds add a stylish touch to any outfit.  Our new Katie Loxton Florrie bags are a must-have on our list this year- we love the side tassel!

Katie Loxton Florrie Bag in Black, Mulberry, Charcoal, and Stone ($62)

You can also never go wrong with a beautiful scarf- a pop of color adds some fun to your basic black coat!

#4 – Lockets Filled with Love

The locket is a classic way to give someone a gift that keeps their loved ones close to their heart.  We love the new Brighton Love Lockets collection for a meaningful gift this Christmas.  Available in a variety of styles, we are equipped with a special printer to print out a picture from your phone in-store in the exact size needed for each locket!

Brighton Love Lockets- starting at $52

Pandora also has a beautiful locket concept- the Floating Memory Locket.  Made with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, the open window of these lockets show off a grouping of petite charms.  With initials, birthstones, and other love and family related charms, it is easy to make a locket the represents your love and family.

Pandora Floating Lockets- starting at $65 for locket, $10 for petite charms

#5 – Celestial Stylings

Jewelry inspired by the cosmos is everywhere this year! We love the dreamy feel of this jewelry, studded with sparkle and starry symbols.

Our locally designed WinterLemon jewelry has a wide variety of beautiful celestial pieces- from dainty layering pieces to bold statement designs-

Waxing Poetic has made some gorgeous Limited Edition celestial-themed charms this year- we love the Dark Halo charm on the Hematite Ensemble necklace!

Small Be the Light ($52) and Found Again Starburst ($55) on 28″ Bright Silver Ensemble ($106), Dark Halo ($69) and Stardancer ($53) on 28″ Hematite Ensemble ($106)

For the girl who is looking for something other than a necklace, there are plenty of options as well!  We love Pandora’s celestial themed jewelry this year.  Our North Star ring is another one of our favorites!

Pandora Glacial Beauty Drop Earrings ($90) and Lunar Light Stud earrings ($50); North Star Sterling Ring with Diamond ($165)

#6 – Something for the Boys

Tucked in amongst all the sparkle, we have some wonderful gifts for the men in your life too!  Our new line of jewelry, Pyrrha talismans, is a favorite among celebrity men.  Designed from antique wax seals with a rustic, hand finished feel, these sterling and bronze talismans each have a meaning taken from heraldry.

Richard Madden and Jeremy Renner wearing their Pyrrha talismans ; New Beginnings Sterling Talisman ($154)

The Fatherhood talisman is a particularly meaningful gift for the new dad!

Crossed Daggers ($194) and Cross ($174) Bronze Talismans; Fatherhood Sterling Talisman ($173)

Our locally made Men’s Collection Wellness bracelets are also a great gift for your guy.  Made from natural gemstones, each 8″ stretch bracelet comes with a card describing the properties of the stone- such as giving strength to relieving stress.

Men’s Collection Wellness Bracelets (from $24)

For the man who won’t venture into the jewelry world, we have some great gifts upstairs in Haven, too!  Our large map prints are great for decorating his office or den- choose a place that is meaningful or memorable for both of you for an extra layer of love!

 

#7 – Stay Warm with Rose Gold

We love the way rose gold warms up any palette.  You can mix it with your silver jewelry to add a touch of blush or go all rose for a statement look.  In recent years rose gold has become the “it” metal to have- get in on the trend this holiday!

Ti Sento Milano Rose Necklace with Pink Cabochon ($139) and Double Drop Rose Necklace ($139); Rose Gold, Diamond, & Morganite Ring ($1534), White Gold & Diamond Leaf Ring ($570)

Pandora Rose reimagines some of our favorite charms and jewelry in the rose gold tone.  We love the new Pandora Rose open bangle!

Pandora Rose Open Bangle ($200), Vintage Allure Earrings ($100), Essence Bracelet & Charms

For the girl with a more dainty style, we love this labradorite and rose gold star bracelet from WinterLemon.

#8 – Make it Mean Something

A gift meant to express a particular sentiment is always a good idea because it shows that time and thought were put into choosing something significant.

Our Talisman collection necklaces use expressive words and images to symbolize different attributes.  Each Talisman comes with a card that explains the meaning behind the piece. We love the Oak Tree talisman, meaning strength & family roots, and the Seraphim, a messenger of light.

Our Compass Rose collection is also a wonderful way to bring meaning to your gift this year.  A symbol of guidance, the Compass Rose encourages us to remember that “we are not just travelers, but navigators of our future.”  It is the perfect gift for someone taking on new responsibilities or directions in their life.  It is also perfect for the people in our life who love to explore the world!

Our WinterLemon Wellness Necklaces bring beautiful meaning to the trend of natural gemstones. Each delicate necklace comes displayed on a card that describes the metaphysical properties of the gemstone that adorns the necklace.

#9 – Get Cozy

Winter is here- the season for cushy blankets and warm fires.  Joy is found in things that are soft and comforting.  Bring some of that cozy spirit under the tree this year!

Soft knit scarves and other cold-weather accessories (starting at $24)

We love our coat/cardigan hybrids! Densely woven, they are well insulated and really keep out the chill.

Collared Basic Coat-igan ($84)

Our locally-made Essential Oil Soy Candles will help turn your home into a cozy haven.  Each candle comes with a small booklet explaining the benefits of the essential oils used.

#10 – Delicate Diamonds

Nothing brings the sparkle on Christmas morning like a touch of diamonds.  This year’s trend is a dainty look perfect for layering.

For an heirloom quality piece to really cherish, 14k will let your investment last for years to come. Unlike silver, which is a soft material that will wear down over time and risk losing stones, 14k gold is durable and can hold up to everyday wear. Some of our favorite delicate diamond pieces are the infinity and anchor.  Simple, beautiful, and meaningful- what’s not to love?

If you are on a tight budget but still want to bring the sparkle, sterling silver set necklaces are a good option.  While not as durable as 14k gold, when treated with care they are a beautiful alternative. We love the look of oxidized sterling silver to make the diamond’s brilliance stand out.

#11 – Make a Statement with Color

Nothing adds some excitement to a boring outfit like a pop of color. Bring some new energy into her jewelry by choosing a piece that makes a statement with color.

For a minimalist style, keep a simple palette, like her favorite color or the color of her birthstone.

For a more organic look, use natural gemstones to bring some color into her life.

For the experts in both color and sparkle, look to Sorrelli Jewelry.  Their gorgeous pieces exhibit a range of complementary colors- we love the plums, tiger’s eye, and sage greens of their Mahogany collection!

#12 – The Gift of Choice

While some people say that gift cards lack the emotion of a thought-out gift, sometimes what a girl really wants is an excuse to go get herself something she loves without worrying if she should really be treating herself.  Want to really wow her? Hide it in one of our adorable Katie Loxton clutch pouches!

An extra bonus for those who are last-minute shoppers- in addition to getting a physical gift card at Versant, you can get a Digital Gift Certificate in our online shop! Digital Gift Certificates can be used both online and in-store at Versant.

 

We hope this year’s 12 Gifts of Christmas guide has helped take some of the stress out of this year’s shopping!  Don’t forget that you can use coupon code 12DAYS until 12/20 to get 10% off any of the items pictured in this guide that are available in our online shop!  Looking for a way to leave some hints this holiday?  Check out the Wish List function of our eStore- add items to your wish list and then share with friends and family through email or Facebook!

Gift Guides, Helpful Hints, Holiday

It’s Your Time to Shine- Our 10 Favorite Gifts for Grads

It’s graduation party season! Hats off to the new graduates for all of their hard work and achievements. 🎓  Finding the perfect gift to celebrate these accomplishments can be a struggle- so we have assembled a list of our top ten favorite graduation gifts to take the stress out of graduation shopping.

Navigate Your Own Future

One of our favorite gifts for milestone occasions is our Compass Rose necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.  Starting at $85, these beautiful pieces feature the symbol of the compass, representing direction, guidance, and trailblazing.

Compass Rose with Sapphires $220, 14k Compass Rose Stud Earrings $75

Each Compass Rose piece comes with a card connecting the compass symbol to the occasion.  One of the standard cards expresses that we are not just travelers, but navigators of our future. This is a great way to remind the graduate that they have been instilled with the tools that will help them journey towards success and the achievement of their dreams.  There is also a graduation themed card that uses a quote by Emerson that tells the graduate “do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

The Compass Rose collection includes sterling silver, two-tone, and 14k gold versions. Several of the sterling silver necklaces are available with gemstone accents to add a little color or sparkle to this beautiful symbol.

You can find our Compass Rose collection here.

Symbols of Success

Another great way to symbolize the achievements of the new graduate is our Talisman collection necklaces.  These dainty necklaces feature either a meaningful symbol or phrase and come packaged with a card that explains the meaning of that symbol.

Star of Bethlehem Sterling Talisman with Oxidized Chain ($69), Dragonfly Large Sterling Talisman ($85), Snake Antique Book Talisman ($69), Going Places and Explore Dream Discover Talisman ($65)

We particularly love the Star of Bethlehem, Dragonfly, and Snake symbols for the graduate, symbolizing an inspiring path forward and the pursuit of new dreams.  The Going Places and Explore Dream Discover word talismans are also great choices!

You can explore all of the Talisman Collection here.

Because She’s a Gem

One of our newest favorite things are our WinterLemon Wellness necklaces.  These dainty necklaces, which are handmade locally in Bethlehem, each feature a set of three natural gemstones.

Lapis Wellness Necklace, Pyrite Wellness Necklace, Tiger’s Eye Wellness Necklace, Aventurine Wellness Necklace (all $49)

Each necklace is packaged on a card that talks about the properties of the gemstone.

We love the “She Believed She Could, So She Did” Lapis Necklace, “Make It Happen” Pyrite Necklace, and “Carpe Diem” Apatite necklace for the new graduate!

Thanks for the Memories

A new Pandora bracelet is always a great gift for a big occasion.  With their ever-expanding repertoire of both meaningful and beautiful charms, it is easy to start a stunning bracelet that captures the graduation moment.  Starting a new Pandora bracelet gives your graduate a piece of jewelry that she can use to memorialize the next big steps in her life- whether it be finding her dream career, continuing her education, or creating her own home and family.

Essence Open Bangle ($65) with Dedication ($55), Strength ($45), and Strength ($60) charms. Pandora Moments Bangle ($65) with Dreamcatcher ($50), Light Blue Petite Facets ($50 each), Pave Lights ($70 each), and Ribbed Clips ($30 each)

We love the new Dreamcatcher charm, inscribed on the top with “Follow Your Dreams” as the centerpiece of a new bracelet.  For the girl who prefers more of a fashion look to the traditional charm bracelet, the Essence collection is the perfect solution.  The Essence Collection features a daintier bracelet with smaller charms that are more uniform in size and shape. Each charm is associated with a different attribute, such as wisdom or dedication, which is engraved on the side of the charm.

Find out more about the Pandora brand here.

Reach for the Stars

Next on our top 10 picks for the recent graduate is our celestial-themed jewelry from WinterLemon.  These diamond accented pieces are a wonderful way to tell your graduate to keep reaching for the stars.

Polaris Star Necklace ($175), Rose Gold Vermeil Star of Bethlehem Necklace ($99), Soleil Sunburst Necklace ($175)

Handmade locally in Bethlehem, these pieces stand out from tired old styles of mass-produced jewelry.  We love the use of oxidized sterling silver and rose gold to add a different style to a common symbol.

Andromeda Star & Moon Necklace ($320), Diamond Starburst Compass Necklace ($115), Black Spinel Moravian Star Silhouette Necklace ($115), Lyra Star Necklace ($205)

Many of our WinterLemon celestial necklaces feature starbursts that remind us of the Moravian Star- a perfect way for the graduate to honor her time in Bethlehem.

You can see more of our WinterLemon collection here.

Turn the Tassel

One of the biggest symbols of graduation is the graduate turning the tassel at the end of the ceremony.  We think a great way to honor that moment is with tassel themed jewelry!

Cometa Tassel Necklace ($275), Pink Sapphire Long Tassel Necklace ($149)

Many of our brands include tassel jewelry within their offerings- from fashion jewelry such as Sorrelli and Brighton to sterling silver offerings from Pandora, WinterLemon, and Officina Bernardi.

Watch Over Her

Graduation is an exciting and life changing event.  Much of the time, it means that the graduate is going to be going off into the world and leaving home.  We love the idea of an Angel Whisperer necklace as a gift that reminds them that they will always be watched over with love.

Each Thortiuda necklace opens to reveal a colored chime.  This chime is meant to “call your angel” to watch over you.  This representation is very symbolic for the graduate, who may be spreading her wings and living on their own for the first time. Each color is representative of a different value and has a slightly different sound.  Grey symbolizes wisdom and decisions, great for the new graduate!

The Thortiuda pendant comes in sterling silver, dark ruthenium plated, rose gold plated, and yellow gold plated styles.  In addition to being meaningful it is very stylish- it is one of the jewelry items in our store that our customers come back to tell us they get the most compliments on!

You can explore our Thortiuda collection here.

Make Her Shine

The classic gift for the graduate is an heirloom piece of jewelry that they can cherish their whole life as a symbol of their great accomplishment.  For a piece that will last a lifetime and never go out of style, there is no match for fine jewelry.  Gold jewelry, either yellow, white, or rose, is much more durable than silver fashion jewelry and can stand everyday wear and years of love.  Fine jewelry also holds its value and will be something that your graduate can someday gift to her children.

Yellow Gold and Diamond Clover Necklace ($350), White Gold and Diamond Starburst Necklace ($539), Delicate Rose Gold Necklace with Single Diamond ($380), Diamond Stud Earrings ($450), Rose Gold Pave Diamond Stud Earrings ($425)

We love simple gold and diamond necklaces or studs as a graduation gift.  While stylish, they are not overly trendy and will never go out of style.

You can explore more of our fine jewelry here.

Remind Her of Home

For the graduate leaving home to go to college or a new job, a reminder of where she is anchored is a unique graduation gift.  Our Lat & Lo latitude and longitude bar necklaces and cuff bracelets have the location of Bethlehem on the front and are engraved “Bethlehem” with the Star of Bethlehem symbol on the back.

Available in both sterling silver ($64) and gold filled ($69), they are a visible reminder of the graduates roots.

For the graduate who went to school at Moravian or Lehigh, it is a great way to celebrate the special place where she got her education!

Celebrate Her Alma Mater

Our last graduation gift pick is for the local college graduate.  Upstairs in Haven, we have a lot of local art celebrating the historic landmarks and locations in the Lehigh Valley.  In addition to our maps and photo prints, we have several antique postcard reproductions featuring our local colleges!

Pardee Hall Framed

Lafayette College 8×10″ Print ($12 unframed)

 

Comenius Hall

Moravian College Comenius Hall 8×10″ Print ($12 unframed)

 

Lehigh University Bird’s Eye View 8×10″ Print ($12 unframed)

You can explore more of our local art here.

 

We hope you found our Top 10 Picks for the Graduate helpful to survive the graduation gift season with some unique and meaningful gifts!  You can browse our new online store here to find some more of our unique gift items. Just as in store, we offer complimentary gift wrapping of all jewelry items in our online shop and free shipping for jewelry orders over $50!  If you need a gift quickly, we also offer local pickup as an alternative to shipping through the mail so you can shop online and pick up- wrapped and ready- at Versant.

 

As always, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our wonderful customers who choose to #shopsmall with us.  We know you have a choice with where you shop and we are grateful that you choose to shop with our local small business.