Blossoms and butterflies, bright blues and romantic rose hues- the Pandora Garden collection is here! The spring collection always evokes the sunny days to come with its whimsical nature-related pieces. This year’s spring collection has four main themes- Wings to Fly, Lucky Styles, Matte Brilliance, and Blossoming Styles. There are also a few new Disney pieces that were released! Read on for our full review of the Pandora Garden charms and jewelry.
A Charmed Garden
One of the main themes of this year’s spring collection is butterflies.
All jewelry categories got some beautiful new winged editions- some a literal take on the butterfly image and others, like the Butterfly Wing charm, an abstract use of the butterfly outline.
We love the use of enamel in this year’s butterfly-themed pieces. Not only do we have the usual soft pinks and vibrant blues- there are some new pieces that mix in emerald greens and marigold yellows in a fun new way!
We think the new Decorative Butterfly statement charm makes a great centerpiece to a spring themed bracelet. We also love the way the spring pinks and cobalt blue colors are complemented by the bright gold of Pandora Shine!
You can’t have a magical garden without flowers! The Blossom portion of the Pandora Garden collection features both bright enamel flowers and classic monotone silver styles.
We love the Blue Sparkle Flower charm with its soft blue tones. It goes really well with last year’s Blue Enchanted Pavé charm.
There is even a new Limited Edition Bella Bot- Floral Bella Bot! She is so charming with her flower crown and moveable butterfly wings!
The last theme in the Pandora Garden silver charms is Lucky Styles, featuring the Four-Leaf clover- all grown up!
The majority of this part of the collections centers around a beautiful bright silver oversized clover.
There are also some more colorful charms that mix emerald greens and light pink for a dazzling effect.
We love the adjustability of the Lucky Four Leaf Clover Y-Style necklace- pull on the bottom leaf to change the length of the bottom chain!
There are only a few Pandora Rose charm editions this season (but a lot of beautiful jewelry!). The all-Pandora Rose charms include the Rose Gleaming Ladybird Heart charm ($100), Matte Brilliance Heart Charm ($55), and Pink Sparkle Flower charm ($115).
Have any travels planned for this spring? Pandora has a new mini-collection of travel charms!
Celebrate your wanderlust with these fun new pieces. Whether you are backpacking through Europe, setting out on a road trip in your camper van, or just packing your bag for a weekend trip, there is something new for you!
We love this trio of charms celebrating Latin destinations. The bright red enamel on the Spanish fan is so striking in person!
Spring Jewelry Styles
The Pandora Garden collection includes a lot of fun new earrings, necklaces, and rings- and a new bracelet design!
The new bracelet uses the sliding closure with a hard bangle bracelet. This is a great style for those who like the more natural shape of the oval open bangle but worry about not having a safety closure.
The earrings, rings, and necklaces all follow closely with the Pandora Garden themes of butterflies, blossoms, and lucky clovers.
We love the four-petal blossom styles as a new classic look with a spring twist. Not overly flowery, they pack a good amount of sparkle in a small stud!
Most of the new necklaces keep with the Pandora Garden theme, but there is one notable addition that stands on its own. The Joined Hearts chain necklace has a statement heart link. At 24″ length, it is a great chain to create a layered look with your other Pandora pieces!
New Pandora Petite charms for the Floating Lockets have also been released with the spring collection. We love the sparkling green clover!
The new ring additions include classic pieces, like the Four-Petal flower rings, and sparkling garden statements, like the Bedazzling Butterflies ring.
The new stackable Flower Crown ring is a great addition to the Enchanted Crown collection. Like the Enchanted Crown, the Flower Crown rings can be stack back-to-back or intertwined for a two-tone look.
One of our favorite rings this season is the Sparkling Elegance ring released in the Pandora Rose finish- it is so elegant!
The Rose Garden
We love rose gold tones for spring- they are so soft and romantic! Luckily, there are some gorgeous new jewelry releases in the Pandora Rose finish.
Some of the new Pandora Rose spring pieces are a reimagining of popular silver styles in the Rose finish.
The Sparkling Elegance ring and earrings have both been released in Pandora Rose. We love the simple sparkle of these pieces- they would make great prom accessories!
The majority of the Pandora Rose pieces that were released for spring show off a new finish- Matte Brilliance. Using a velvety new texture, Matte Brilliance tones down the shine of Pandora Rose and brings out the color.
One of our absolute favorite pieces in the Pandora Garden collection is the Pandora Rose Ladybird pendant.
We love the soft pink against the Pandora Rose and the touch of sparkle underneath the wings.
This lucky ladybird is ready to fly home with us!
Necklace additions in the Pandora Rose also include a Matte Brilliance Heart pendant and the Joined Hearts chain in the Pandora Rose finish.
In preparation for the new Timothy Burton directed Dumbo live-action film, two new Disney charms are being released! We love the dangling Dumbo charm with his blue eyes and adorable oversized ears. The back of the Dumbo & Mrs. Jumbo charm has engraved “My Precious Love”
We hope you enjoyed our review of the new spring collection! Stop by Versant to see all of these beautiful new charms in person.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and love is in the air! The new Pandora Valentine’s Day collection has arrived and features a fun mix of new colors, textures, and innovations. This year’s collection has some unique new focuses- the path to love, asymmetric hearts, cupid and his arrow, and being LOVED. Read on for our review of all the new products!
The charms in this year’s Pandora Valentine’s Day Collection really stand out in bright two-tone silver and Pandora Shine, soft pinks, and fuchsias.
For Pandora Rose lovers, there is a beautiful new light pink enamel and Pandora Rose two-tone charm that really stands out. We also love the new Loved Heart clip for two-tone silver and Pandora Rose bracelets! If you are enamored of the new Pandora Shine finish, you are in luck as well! Both the LOVED and cupid themed charms are accented with the bright gold of Pandora Shine. We particularly love the Arrow of Cupid Shine charm- it looks great on the choker!
We also love the new whimsical Love Dice and Love Notes charms. Letting the bright sterling silver take center stage, they are a great choice for the collector who wants just a touch of color on their bracelet.
For those who want to embrace the colors of the season, the reds and fuchsias of the Asymmetric Hearts charms offer stylish choices studded in sparkling CZs or accented with bright enamel.
Other charms in the Pandora Valentine’s Day collection in silver and include the Sparkling Arrow & Heart charm ($55) and all silver Path to Love charm ($35).
Additional charms in the two-tone Pandora Shine and sterling silver include Loved Script charm ($65).
For the Jewelry Lover
In addition to this year’s fantastic charm selections, there are are some exciting new jewelry pieces. We love the new Sparkling Arrow collection- especially that amazing ring!
The Loved Script pieces in two-tone sterling silver and Pandora Shine are also fun new additions. The necklace makes a stunning layering piece. We are tempted to buy this one for ourselves- you need to love yourself, too! 🥰
Other jewelry items include the You are Loved Heart Padlock bracelet ($75), which can be used for charms, the Small Heart of Love Hoop Earrings ($55), the Asymmetric Hearts Earrings ($50) and necklace ($75), and the Medallion of Love Ring ($55).
For the Love of Minnie
The Pandora Valentine’s Day collection also includes a mini Minnie-themed collection from Pandora Disney!
The new additions include a bracelet with a Minnie portrait clasp- a great way to wear all of your Disney charms! We love the Minnie and Mickey With Love charm with its bright fuchsia enamel background. The Minnie’s Polka Dots pendant is also adorable!
Get Gifting with Limited Edition Sets
As always, Pandora has released some great value sets with their Valentine’s Day collection. The beauty of their gift sets is that you get all the pieces you need to start your set at a lower price than the items would be individually!
This year’s bracelet gift set includes the new two-tone silver and Pandora Rose Path to Love charm, a Pandora Rose heart clasp bracelet, and two Shining Path clips. It is packaged in a beautiful light pink travel jewelry box- great for storing all of your Pandora treasures!
The jewelry gift set this year includes the Asymmetric Hearts of Love stud earrings and necklace. The necklace is adjustable in length, making it perfect for any outfit!
There is also a Limited Edition collector’s charm this year, the Arrow of Love charm ($80). This charm is shaped to look like a heart pierced by cupid’s arrow. Open the locket-style charm to let the arrow dangle down and reveal a secret message inside!
This year’s Pandora Valentine’s Day collection also introduces the 2019 Club Charm and a new Pandora Friend. The club charm is the first two-tone silver and Pandora Rose addition to the club collection. Shaped like a treasure chest, it opens to reveal the message “Be Yourself.” As always, the club charm has a 0.1ct diamond.
Our newest Pandora Friend is Rob Bot, faithful boyfriend to everyone’s favorite robot, Bella Bot! Rob Bot is ready for Valentine’s Day in his finest formal attire with a rose in his hand.
We hope you have enjoyed our overview of this year’s Pandora Valentine’s Day collection and found some fun new items to add to your wish list! Did you find something you need to have? Send us an email or give us a call at 610-691-2270 and we can check our stock and hold it for you!
We can also ship any item for you and offer free shipping in the continental US for orders over $50.
While anxiously awaiting the new arrivals from Waxing Poetic, it is time to say goodbye to some old favorites.
The 2019 Waxing Poetic retired items list has just been released, and there are a lot of surprises. Read on to see which pieces are being left behind in 2018.
Among the retiring charms are some of our favorite nature-inspired pieces. We will miss the beautiful Natural Beauty petite two-tone charms with sparkling crystals.
While the large white pearl Moon Daisies are staying for now, the smaller black pearl Moon Daisy is no longer going to be available.
The petite Honey Love necklace is also being retired.
We love this sweet two-tone bee! 🐝 It is a great way to unify your silver and gold-toned pieces in a layered necklace look.
Celebrate Your Story
The Quatrefoil and Petite Poetic Insignia initial collections are also being retired. This leaves only the Chancery and Century Insignia for those who collect the initials. Luckily we still have a lot of the other retired styles available at Versant. We love mixing the different styles!
The Waxing Poetic retired list this year includes some standard personalization pieces that have been around for a very long time. A lot of people collect the retiring birthstone foundation stones to celebrate family members. Make sure to pick yours up for any pending arrivals before they are gone!
The Heartlock charms are also part of the Waxing Poetic retired list. Each of these lock-shaped charms is engraved with a different relationship.
We love using these charms to symbolize the special people we have locked within our hearts.
Strength & Protection
This year’s Waxing Poetic retired charms also includes some powerful symbols of strength and protection.
One of our favorite statement pieces- the Eye of the World pendant- is being retired in the aquamarine, citrine, and sapphire stones.
We love this thick mother-of-pearl slice captured within a brass cage and emblazoned with the protective eye!
The Seppo Star Plate Choker is also being retired this year. Engraved with the North Star, it makes a bold statement in a minimalist way.
The Supernaturals Hand of Fatima charm is also being retired this year. The reverse of this charm is engraved “GOOD FORTUNE,” capturing the symbolism of abundance and protection associated with the hamsa.
Aside from the many charms being retired, we are also saying goodbye to several chain styles.
The ever-popular twisted link chain in sterling silver and brass is being put to rest 😢. We love the texture of this chain. Still available in limited quantities in 18″, 24″, and 30″- this is one you should grab before it is gone!
We are also losing the Denso black leather necklace. This relatively new style is great to give your charms a more casual look. The contrast with the black leather lets the beauty of the metal charms really stand out.
The Denso necklace is available in both a choker length and a longer 28″ version.
The gold-plated baby ball chain is also set to be retired. This has been a staple for our petite two-tone charms for many years!
The baby ball chain is made in 16″ and 18″ versions. The 16″ length is great for layering your smaller charms.
We are sad to see all of these Waxing Poetic retired pieces go, but it means that they are making room for some great new collections! See something on the list that you must have? Make sure to snap it up before it is gone forever! We always offer free shipping on jewelry purchases over $50!
Shop small with us this Black Friday weekend and enjoy exclusive discounts as our thank you to our customers for supporting their local small businesses!
All weekend long, we will have:
20% off entire store, excluding Brighton
25% off all Pandora jewelry
30% off all Alex and Ani jewelry
Free jewelry box with Brighton purchase of $50 or more
In addition to our weekend-long specials, on Small Business Saturday will have:
Free Pandora card holder with Pandora purchase of $125 or more
Free Alex and Ani tote bag with Alex and Ani purchase of $50 or more
On Cyber Monday, we will be offering 20% off our website with coupon code MONDAY2018, excluding Sale items, Gift Certificates, and Pyrrha jewelry. We always offer free shipping on jewelry purchases $50 or more and you can opt to pick up your online purchase (wrapped and ready!) in store if you prefer.
Take a break from the chaos of big-store holiday shopping! We will have fresh cookies, friendly staff, and a relaxed environment to help you enjoy the start of the Christmas season.
Fall is the season for layers- and we don’t just mean clothing! We love the look of layered necklaces- it’s a great way to stay on-trend while showcasing more than one of your favorite pieces. Find out how to achieve that layered look with our Layering 101 how-to guide!
Pick a Focus Piece or Theme
You want your layered pieces to form a cohesive group. Picking a theme, such as a color, metal, or symbol, can help pull all of your pieces together. Alternatively, start out with one of your favorite pieces you would like to be a focus and find pieces that are natural complements to this piece.
For our example, we chose to focus on one of our WinterLemon natural sapphire necklaces. We love the raw gemstone set in gold vermeil for our fall wardrobe!
The necklace we chose as our focus contrasts warm yellow gold with a cool grey tone in the gem. To pair with this, we chose some pieces in various lengths that feature the same yellow gold and grey contrast.
We like to start with our longest piece first. A long necklaces anchors your grouping, helps center your focus, and keeps your look from being too top heavy. We like to choose our heavier pendants and chains for our longer necklaces.
For this layered look we chose one of our large yellow gold Thortiuda pendants on an anchor chain with a light grey chime. We love the versatility of the Thortiuda line- the colored interior chime is interchangeable, making it customizable to a wide range of looks.
Add Your Focus
After we anchor our look with a long piece, we like to add our focus piece. Your focus piece is the piece that you can’t live without. Adding it in early helps make sure that you choose pieces that don’t have a similar length or overpower it. We like our focus piece to be between 16-20″ in chain length, as this is the piece that is usually most noticeable at first glance.
We chose our raw sapphire necklace to be the focus piece for this look. On a 16″ bar chain, it is a good length and has an interesting chain that helps set it apart without being too heavy.
Fill in Space with Varied Shapes & Textures
The next step is to fill in some of the space between your anchor and focus pieces with a new variation on your theme. Choose a piece that complements your theme in one way but adds something different in another- this can be an added color, new texture, or unique chain.
For this look, we chose the Freida Rothman Maltese Marquise necklace. At 18-20″ with a longer pendant, it was a good length to bridge the gap between our raw sapphire and Thortiuda necklaces. The yellow gold and dark grey rhodium fit into our theme, but the hammered texture and use of metal to bring in color as compared to stone kept our layers from being identical to the point of being uninteresting.
Keep it Light
We like to finish off our layered look with a feather-light short necklace. This can be a simple chain or delicate piece with a small pendant. Choosing a daintier top piece helps keep a natural look by placing the heavier pieces low and the lighter pieces on top.
For this look we chose one of our WinterLemon Wellness necklaces with a pyrite gemstone. The pyrite has a natural look similar in color to the raw sapphire of our focus piece. Set in a very light chain with small stones, it adheres to the look of our theme without competing with the focus piece or bringing too much attention away from our face.
Don’t Be Afraid to Break the Rules
Now that we have set out or guidelines on how to create the perfect layered look, there is only one more piece of advice– don’t be afraid to step outside of the box! Different outfits, pieces, and themes may ask you to be more or less adventurous. A busy pattern or button down shirt may not call for a longer piece. You may want less (or more!) layers. You may want to try layering groupings of chains without pendants.
At the end of the day, the only rule that you need to follow is this: if you love it, rock it!
Check out some more of our layered looks below. Need a new piece to complete your fall jewelry wardrobe? Stop by our online store here and take 10% off your purchase until 10/31/18 with the code LAYERED.
Versant is operating with extended holiday hours from December 6th through December 25th. Check the schedule below for store hours in this time period or give us a call at 610-691-2270 for more information.
Compass Rose is a line of beautiful sterling silver and 14k gold jewelry that features the symbol of the compass rose. Wearing the compass rose reminds us that “we are not just travelers, but navigators of our futures.”
History of the Compass Rose
The compass rose, also called the windrose, is a navigational figure that is used to display the cardinal directions and their intermediate points. It is called a compass rose because all of the points look like rose petals. The inside of the rose is typically filled in with an ornate star that is believed to be symbolic of the North Star. This was the principle navigational tool people used for centuries to guide themselves from one point to another.
The compass rose has been used since the 14th century. There are various points on it that stand for different winds and directions. Before the development of the true compass rose, which gave the cardinal directions, a wind rose was included on maps. The wind rose let the reader know which directions the 8 major winds (and sometimes 8 half winds and 16 quarter winds) blew within the map view.
The compass rose is still found on most navigational tools today, and is the background for most compasses. As a symbol of direction and exploration, it is widely used by organization such as NATO and the CIA to exemplify their goals and values.
Compass Rose Jewelry
The cornerstone of Compass Rose jewelry is their beautiful pendants, available in sterling silver, 14k gold, or a two-tone mixture of both. The pendants are available in an array of sizes and designs, including some styles that are adorned with precious and semi-precious stones.
In addition to their pendants, they offer beautiful stud and drop earrings and some innovative bracelets. The bracelet consists of a “top” that can be used with either a silver bangle or a cord. This top can be swapped for different designs, allowing you to change the look while keeping the base bracelet! Like the pendants, the bracelet tops are available in silver, 14k, or a mix of both.
A Meaningful Gift
Not only is Compass Rose jewelry beautiful for yourself, it makes a great gift for a number of reasons. For graduates, retirees, and people starting a new job or making a big life change, the wearing Compass Rose is a great way of reminding them that they are navigating their own destiny. To commemorate momentous occasions, the Compass Rose is available with diamonds studding the outside circle.
For those needing encouragement as they get over a difficult time or find a fresh start in life, the compass rose is a great reminder to focus on the future and leave the past behind you where it belongs.
It is also a great birthday gift for the traveler overtaken by wanderlust to symbolize their continued journeys throughout the world. We also love that the Compass Rose symbol incorporates the North Star. Not only does this remind us of the Star of Bethlehem, but it is a great way to honor those people who are guiding lights in our life.
About the Company
Compass Rose jewelry is handmade in their studio in Massachusetts. What began with two best friends in a Boston basement is now an eclectic group of individuals working together to bring beautiful American-made jewelry into the world. Drawing inspiration from the maritime history of New England, they take pride in creating high quality pieces that are enriched by the cultural history of their hometown.
Are you as in love with the new Compass Rose jewelry as we are? Stop by Versant to see these pieces in person! Don’t live nearby? Give us a call- shipping is free for orders over $50!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and we have hand-selected some special treats to make mom’s day! Whether she is a sentimental soul or a trendsetter on-the-go, we have searched the world to find the perfect gift for every kind of mom. Check out all of our selections below in our Mother’s Day gift guide.
A few helpful hints before we start- plan to shop before the crowds arrive. The early bird really does get the worm- many of our promotions are the first week in May and the best selection is available when you get there first. If you are shopping for Pandora or Alex and Ani, take a peek or snap a pic of mom’s collection before you set out. That way you won’t have to fret over whether you have already given her that mom charm! And forget about buying wrapping paper and ribbon- gift wrapping is always complimentary at Versant! Got all that? Okay then- ready, set … shop!
If mom’s sense of style trends towards bright silvers, simple lines, and a touch of sparkle, she appreciates classic beauty. Giving a gift that will stand the test of time means going back to the classics. Clean styles in neutral colors are always a good idea. Mom will get the most wear out of a versatile piece she will be able to fancy up with a little black dress or dress down with a tee and jeans.
One of our favorite jewelry lines that creates classic styles with an updated aesthetic is Ti Sento Milano. Crafted from sterling silver, these pieces are rhodium plated to inhibit tarnishing and keep a bright, beautiful finish. Studded with sparkling, handset stones, they are great for transitioning from day into night.
Some of our favorite Ti Sento necklaces feature a round pendant with a pavé CZ or colored stone interior. We love the beautiful, soft colors of the stones. Ti Sento uses manmade crystals for their colored stones, ensuring that the color of each piece is consistent. This is a great feature for buying companion rings or earrings on future occasions!
If mom prefers bracelets and rings to necklaces, Ti Sento has some gorgeous hinged bangles. Made from heavy sterling silver, they really make a statement! We love the new spring design with entwined silver, pavé CZ, and mother of pearl strands.
Another great choice for the mom with the classic sense of style is Gabriel & Co’s fashion jewelry. Gabriel is primarily known for their high-end engagement rings, wedding bands, and fine jewelry. Their fashion line is constructed from sterling silver with precious and semi-precious stones. Using sterling allows for the same quality of design and construction at a lower price.
We love their quatrefoil necklace and earrings for mom. An iconic style with a slightly vintage feel, these pieces are feminine without being too delicate.
For the mom who likes the classics but wants something unique, Gabriel’s mother of pearl pieces are a great choice. These rings, earrings, and pendants use mother pearl with a piece of faceted quartz on top to give the piece more dimension. Although at first glance they look like a neutral grey, the iridescence of the dark mother of pearl picks up pretty pinks, greens, and other colors in the light.
Are you looking to really treat mom this Mother’s Day? (She deserves it!) Nothing is as classic or eternal as fine jewelry. While good fashion jewelry makes a beautiful statement, sterling silver does not have the strength for long-lasting wear the way that gold does. To give mom a classic piece that she will be able to wear for years and pass on to her children, gold is the way to go.
For a gift that mom can wear every day, stud earrings are an excellent choice. They have just the right amount of sparkle to be able to worn with any outfit. Studs are a great gift for new moms because they are a piece of jewelry that small hands can’t easily grab!
A dainty necklace is also a wonderful gift idea. These pieces add a touch of delicate sparkle and will never go out of style. We love the anchor necklace below. A symbol of stability and hope, the anchor holds fast and steady in both calm and stormy weather.
Let’s Get Personal
We love a gift that you can personalize to customize it to mom’s taste and represent your family and special memories that you share. Luckily, there are a lot of different types of jewelry that let you combine pieces to make mom a unique and thoughtful gift.
When talking about celebrating and creating unforgettable moments, Pandora is a great choice for someone looking for a wide range of styles. Not only do they have a vast selection of charms for their bracelets, but their jewelry is diverse, well-made, and affordable.
We love the new floating locket designs that have been introduced this season. The lockets themselves are a clean, classic design and use sapphire crystal found in high-end watches to provide a scratch-resistant surface. Sets of three petite charms can be used to personalize the lockets. We love the infinite love and the birthstone trios! The new heart lockets can be used with an insert plate in the back to add another dimension to the design.
For those looking to start a Pandora bracelet or add a new bracelet to their existing collection, the Tree of Hearts gift set is a great way to do so. This set includes a Limited Edition heart-clasp bangle with the inscription “You are so loved” and the new Tree of Hearts charm. The gift set is presented in a special light pink Pandora box. Personalize the set by adding spacers in the colors of family members’ birthstones or charms with their initials!
Pandora’s new stackable birthstone rings are another great option for giving mom a personalized gift. Make a stack with the birthstone of each family member to create a modern version of a mother’s ring.
Another great option for curating a personalized set for mom is Waxing Poetic jewelry. This line of charms, necklaces, and bracelets is inspired by vintage wax seals. Create a mother’s day collection using talismans representing family, meaningful words and phrases, and insignia with initials.
An added bonus to shopping the Waxing Poetic collection is the free charm promotion that will be going on from May 1-May 14. During this time, when you spend $100 in Waxing Poetic jewelry, you will get a Mom Birdsong charm for free. We love this charm paired with the Bundled with Love nest. Add symbols representing each family member to really personalize mom’s charms!
For the mom with a more casual style, Alex and Ani is a fun way to create a stack of bracelets to represent her family and what makes her stand out. This Mother’s Day, Alex and Ani has released several limited edition sets. These bangle and beaded styles only available for a limited time as part of each set. The I Love You Mom set of five and Mom set of three are great starter sets for a mom just beginning her Alex and Ani collection.
We particularly love the Infinite Connection set. With one bangle for mom and one bangle for daughter, it reminds us of the classic “give one, keep one” friendship sets. Add a beaded bangle in a birthstone color to personalize mom’s portion of the set!
Another way to create a personalized bracelet collection is with the updated birthstone bangles. These bangles are now available in the matte gold and silver finish and adorned with a teardrop shaped Swarovski crystal. Mix birthstones bangles, colored beaded bracelets, and initials for mom and her crew to create a varied stack.
Is mom the superhero of your family? Add one of the new Wonder Woman bangles or cuffs to her Mother’s Day stack! These new additions to the Alex and Ani world feature the iconic Wonder Woman logo and symbolize strength and the fight for love and justice.
The Trendsetter Mom
Is mom a style trendsetter who loves to be on the cutting edge of what is new and fashionable? Look for pieces that use different metals in innovative ways and go out of their way to make a statement. Bolder earrings in versatile designs, necklaces that are longer or shorter (think chokers!), and stacks of fun bangles are a great way to gift the trendsetter mom.
We love Julie Vos jewelry for a striking design in warm gold with pops of bold color. Her long layering necklaces and stackable bracelets have been very popular on the fashion blogs, and for good reason. With styles inspired by nature, architecture, and byzantine motifs, these pieces bridge the gap between classic and trendy. Julie Vos’ jewelry is constructed from 24K gold over brass, giving it a wonderful warm tone.
For the beach-loving mom that loves the summer sun, choose pieces where watery blues or bright turquoise are set against gold.
Many of Julie Vos’ long necklaces, like the bee below, include a special jump ring so that they can be doubled and worn at a shorter length.
Another great brand for the trendsetter mom is Freida Rothman. Based in New York, they combine a metropolitan style with a fun use of mixed metals and stone settings. For a brighter style, their yellow gold plated pieces set with amazonite are gorgeous. For a versatile piece, we love their pavé studs with amazonite ear jackets. Wear them as plaint studs without the jackets, or dress it up with a dangling pop of color!
For an edgier style, check out Freida Rothman’s mixed metal pieces. Using yellow gold plating and oxidized sterling silver gives a great contrast to these fashionable pieces. Pair them with some labradorite jewelry to complement the color combination.
Our store exclusive line, WinterLemon, also has some beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces that are well-suited for the fashionable mom. Handmade locally, they use a mix of cutting edge shapes and metals with semi-precious gemstones. As with Freida Rothman’s jewelry, the mix of yellow gold and oxidized silver takes a classic design and gives it a more contemporary edge.
For those that would like a statement piece without a heavy look, we love WinterLemon’s necklaces crafted from a delicate chain, freshwater pearls, and faceted gemstones.
Another way to make a statement without being too bulky is to use an unconventional necklace length or a adding bright colored stones set without a large amount of metal. We love this necklace with a slice of bright green chalcedony wrapped in a fine outline of gold vermeil.
Sweet and Sentimental
Is mom known for being softhearted and turns to mush over a gift with a story behind it? For the sentimental mom, we love pieces that have a romantic or nostalgic undertone.
Both beautiful and meaningful, Thortiuda pendants are a terrific gift for the sentimental mom. Thortiuda, meaning “angel” in Thai, are also known as angel whisperers. Each pendant cage encloses a colored chime. The delicate chime is meant to call our guardian angels to our side, so that they can protect us from all dangers.
Thortiuda is also the perfect gift for a mom-to-be celebrating her first mother’s day. The idea of the angel whisperer chime has been present across many cultures. It was worn during pregnancy to protect expectant mothers and their babies. After birth, it could be kept by the mother, or be given to the newborn baby to protect it in its sleep, to soothe it with the reassuring and familiar gentle chime, and to protect it by calling the invisible presence of its guardian angel.
Each chime insert color has an individual meaning and sound. On the fashion side, the interchangeable orbs allow the wearer to change the look of the necklace for different seasons and outfits.
Another wonderful way to surprise mom with a sentimental gift this Mother’s Day is through the Pandora Essence collection. Similar to the traditional Pandora charm bracelet, these pieces are personalized by choosing your bracelet and charms separately. However, unlike the Moments bracelet, the Essence charms celebrate different values and attributes of the people we love. Each charm is designed to reflect a chosen trait, such as loyalty or dedication, and this trait is engraved onto the side of the charm.
Pandora Essence is wonderful for moms just starting a charm bracelet because the charms themselves have silicon in the interior of the charm that allows the charm to stay in place on the bracelet. This lets mom style the bracelet by grouping charms together or separating them. Because the charms stay in place, the bracelet never looks empty or unfinished.
For moms with a distinct romantic side, we love jewelry accented with rose gold. The warm pink tones of rose gold make it a stand-out metal for the dreamy mom. Used widely in the Victorian era, it also has a touch of vintage fun that appeals to the nostalgic mom.
Pandora has recently expanded their collection to Pandora Rose. These pieces are made from a proprietary blend of copper and silver at the core with a layer of 14K rose gold plating on top. We love the pieces with some sparkle- the stones stand out so brightly against the rose! They have designed some of our favorite rings in Pandora Rose as well. Add a rose accent to a sterling stack, or create an all rose collection!
To gift mom a full set in Pandora Rose, we love the Timeless Elegance design. This classic style is given a twist with the warm rose gold hue and is available as stud earrings, ring, and pendant.
Many of our WinterLemon pieces are also available with rose gold plated accents. We love the mix of rose gold with the soft grey of labradorite- the iridescence in the labradorite gemstone picks up the warm pinks of the rose. We love the sweet bee necklace below as a dainty piece to honor the queen bee of the family!
For a more classic look in rose gold, Elle Jewelry’s rose gold plated sterling pieces feature iconic shapes updated in the rose gold metal. The fleur earrings and necklace are a beautiful romantic style. For a more modern feel, we love the sparkling bar necklace that mixes rose gold with shiny silver.
Another way to treat the sentimental mom this Mother’s Day is to feather her nest with some accents that reflect the love of her family. Upstairs in Haven, our locally-made burlap canvases feature a family tree and nostalgic phrases shared between mother and child.
We also love our Love You to the Moon and Back and This is my Happy Place pillows as a way to brighten up mom’s home with expressions of love.
Accessorize that Gift Card!
Everyone loves gift cards- they are versatile and let mom pick something you know she will like. But as fun as using a gift card is, opening a gift card on Mother’s Day is not very exciting. Luckily, there are some great creative ways to jazz up that gift with some small accessories that give a hint of the gift card being received!
Is mom a coffee lover? These new mugs from Chase and Wonder are a great way to accessorize a gift certificate to Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or your local coffee shop. When the gift card is spent, she will still think of you every time she has a cup.
For the mom that loves to travel, these travel bags and accessories made from upcycled military tarps are a great way to surprise mom with a fun trip. The adorable makeup are also a great way to present a gift card to Sephora or Ulta!
If mom loves the spa or getting a massage, add to her relaxation with these luxurious bath and body products from Blithe and Bonny. Hand-crafted in the USA, they smell amazing and they are beautifully presented. In store we have the Cedar & Sage, Grapefruit, and Herbes de Provence Scents available.
Does mom like to relax at the end of the day with a nice bottle of wine or craft beer? Get her a beer or wine caddy and fill it with her favorite bottle!
Do you want to give mom the gift of Pandora but are letting her choose her own charms? Bundle your Versant gift card with a Pandora Care Kit. The Care Kit is only $15 and contains 2 polishing cloths, 2 pouches, a soft brush for cleaning, and a sterling clip opener/keychain.
Another fun and affordable way to present any gift card is in a canvas pouch. Pouches are great for carrying essentials or using as a cute clutch. Hide your gift card inside to give mom a special surprise!
Whatever type of mom you are celebrating this Mother’s Day, we hope you found some ideas to help celebrate the wonderful woman she is. Stop by the store to see some of our suggestions in person (and so much more!). Our friendly staff would love to show you some of our personal favorites and work with you to find the perfect gift to make mom smile.
Found something in the guide that you have to have? Give us a call during store hours or send us a message via email or social media to have us hold it for you. We ship worldwide, and domestic shipping is free for any order over $50!
Waxing Poetic has announced their retired collections for the beginning of 2017. Check out which pieces are on their way out. See something you have had on your wish list? Make sure to snatch it up before it is gone forever!
Included in the retiring charms with meaningful symbols are the Vital Spark collection, Heart’s Content Silver charms, Lucky Chances charms, and large portion of the Wing and a Prayer collection. The Vital Spark collection is a staff favorite with its petite size and detailed symbols set against a textured background.
We are also very sad to see the Heart’s Content silver charms go! The two-tone versions of this collection will still be available, but these are a great buy for the collector who prefers the all silver variation.
The Lucky Chances charms are a great value for their size. Pick up the four leaf clover before St. Patrick’s Day arrives!
Word Adorned Charms
Inspired by their love for poetry, Waxing Poetic has a wide variety of charms decorated with meaningful words. The Circle of Life charms, which feature a powerful word set in brass surrounding a second word on a sterling medallion, are included in this year’s retirement.
The gorgeous Love All Providence medallion is also being retired. This large reversible pendant features a bright turquoise enamel on the front and a heart and cross motif with an embedded Swarovski crystal on the back.
The Providence Charms, which feature short phrases set in a shield-like charm, are also part of the retirement.
A wide selection of the Insignia charms, which are used to showcase letters, are being retired. The sterling shield-shaped Heroic charm is one of our favorites- we love the crisp shape and the large size. The two-tone Heartswell and Imprinted Oval charms are also being retired.
The all sterling version of the Square Insignia is being retired as well, although the brass and sterling version remains in the collection. The tiny Crest insignia is also part of this year’s retirement- this is accent piece because of its petite size.
On the colorful side of things, the Lux Vitae charms and the Tiny Lights charms are both being retired. These charms are a great way to add a pop of color seasonally to brighten up a collection.
The beautiful Melange charm, which has a great organic shape and nature-inspired texture, is also part of this year’s retirement.
On the bracelet side of things, the Terra colored Melange bracelet is going to be retired. We love using this bracelet as a way to showcase our charms on our wrists during the summer months!
As sad as we are to see these retired charms leaving the collection, we know that it is to make way for the new Waxing Poetic collections coming out in 2017. Want a peek at some of these new chars? Check out our previous post on the new arrivals for the Spring collection here: