Holiday 2018: Jewelry Ideas for the Toe of My Stocking



I had a Christmas stocking until I was 31 years old. No joke. And lucky me, my “Santa Claus” had very good taste in jewelry. The best gift was always the last to be opened and placed in the toe of the stocking accordingly.

I have no idea if this is Santa’s M.O. in general or what, but it sort of falls in line with the whole “good things come in small packages” proverb, which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is best understood in the context of giving and receiving jewelry.

I’ve been looking at my jewelry iPhone photos from this year—honestly there are thousands of them—to be reminded of the favorite things I saw at previews and trade shows (more than 400 snapped at JCK Las Vegas 2018 alone). I have professed my affinity for glamazons more than a few times on this blog, but you know what? Those guys have no hope of fitting in a stocking.

And that’s how I arrived at this edit of comparatively low-key, but infinitely wearable jewels that are at the top of my wish list. All could fit neatly in a little velvet or organza pouch or ring box. Okay, the matching Victorian gold cuffs from St. John & Myers in Lexington, Ky., might be pushing it. Ditto the Mio Harutaka bunnies and that astounding ruby and diamond cocktail ring from Etho Maria Haute Joaillerie. But the heart wants what it wants.

I don’t know who my Santa is these days, but if they’re (gender-neutral pronoun intended) reading this, I’m just going to say? You have 14 chances to get it right…

St John and Myers Victorian gold bracelets
St. John & Myers Victorian gold bracelets
Ri Noor fan stud earrings
Ri Noor Fan earrings with yellow and white diamonds and emeralds (left) and black diamonds and rubellites
Sandrine de Laage bracelets
Sandrine de Laage diamond and pink sapphire bracelets
Nikos Koulis ruby and enamel ring
Nikos Koulis Oui collection ruby, diamond, and enamel ring
Mio Harutaka bunny rings
Mio Harutaka bunny rings (I like Pinky but they’re all great)
Mia Medak firework brick spinel necklace
Mia Medak firework brick spinel necklace. This one went to a client, but I’m in love with all of them and her pics are better than mine (image courtesy of @miamedakjewelry).
Lulu and Shay white sapphire and ruby ring
Lulu & Shay white sapphire and ruby ring
Just Jules aquamarine ring
Just Jules aquamarine ring
Judi Powers anchor necklaces
Judi Powers anchor necklaces
Diana Mitchell diamond stud earrings
Diana Mitchell diamond stud earrings
Christopher Designs pink sapphire ring
Christopher Designs pink sapphire ring
Etho Maria ruby and diamond ring
Etho Maria ruby and diamond ring
Gigi Ferranti turquoise and diamond ring
Gigi Ferranti turquoise and diamond ring (also pictured at top)
Arman Sarkisyan stud earrings
Arman Sarkisyan stud earrings

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