The Year’s Best Jewelry Gifts (If You’re Shopping for Me)

We can start with a reminder that my birthstone is ruby, and I’m here for it at all times.

Talon ruby rings
From left: Margaux ring with 0.14 cts. t.w. pavé rubies in 14k gold, $910; Ines ring with emerald-cut ruby and marquise diamonds in 14k gold, $1,920; and Julienne ring with pear-shape ruby and pear-shape diamonds in 14k gold, $2,510; all Talon

That said,  I would totally settle for a ruby-inspired candle from a line that jeweler Alexis Kletjian turned me on to—the candles sell like crazy in her Pennsylvania gallery boutique.

Birthstone scents candle
Ruby candle scented with raspberry, black currant, and violet, $42; Birthstone Scents

I‘ve been madly in love with malachite since I first started blogging for JCK. I still can’t get enough.

Omega malachite watch
Seamaster 300 with malachite dial, green leather strap, and 18k yellow gold case and bezel, $26,500; Omega

As such, I loved the Africa Boules pieces Marco Bicego showed among many other new collections at Couture 2019. Not just in malachite, but also in coral. Plus, they’re perfectly priced for gifting.

Maro Bicego boules necklace
Africa Boules necklaces with coral, $1,100, and malachite, $1,290, both in 18k gold, Marco Bicego

I learned this year that my heart aches for a bold, hefty, and crazy-glamorous gold bracelet from the 1940s more than anything else in existence. Macklowe Gallery let me know the particular look I like is called a tank bracelet. Tanks for the tip!

Macklowe Gallery tank bracelet
French Retro tank track link bracelet in 18k gold, circa 1940s, $13,500; Macklowe Gallery

Also spotted at Macklowe (but not for sale; the vessel was being used to store pens on a presentation table): the beguiling curio below. The maker is based in Paris, and I’ve seen the porcelain at ABC Carpet & Home, but the mugs have been more elusive. I think you can get them only at John Derian.

Astier de Villate mug
Serena Blue Flower Ring cup, $272, Astier de Villatte (available at John Derian)

I love the rich, regal quality of this watch. Yasss, queen, indeed.

Michele deco chateau watch
Deco Château gold diamond watch with cabernet-colored detailing, 1.1 cts. t.w. diamonds, and 18k gold-plated case and strap, $3,895; Michele

Now this is a holiday party. And the opulence of ’90s-era Versace is something we should be anticipating as a 2020 trend.

Versace watches
Palazzo Empire Greca watches  $1,395 each; Versace

I wrote a lot about pearls this year. And pearls by Mikimoto always have my attention. Especially at this price.

Mikimoto bracelet
Clover charm bracelet with akoya pearls and diamonds in 18k gold, $800; Mikimoto

I tried these on when I visited the Reinstein Ross boutique in New York City’s Meatpacking District in August. The blue of these opals is super vivid, and the diamonds pop like crazy.

Reinstein Ross Sahara opal studs
Sahara earrings with opal and diamonds in 20k peach gold, $2,600; Reinstein Ross

I met Leiva designer Mandy Carroll this fall up in Connecticut where I live. There’s something very chic and giftable about this long, swingy heart necklace. Especially since my JCK colleague Brittany Siminitz says heart jewelry is cool now. And it would look so good layered with other pieces.

Leiva Tumbling Hearts necklace
Tumbling Hearts necklace in sterling silver and 18k yellow gold, $240; Leiva

My husband and his family are from Australia. I saw this at the 1st Dibs presentation during NYC Jewelry Week and while it’s not this necklace, it certainly is adorable.

1st Dibs kangaroo charm
Circa-1970s kangaroo charm pendant in 18k gold, $1,000; 1st Dibs

You know what? I had a jeweled bunny ring on my wish list last year. The one I’m coveting this year is so incredible I don’t mind that I’m being repetitive. It also means my yearning has yet to be fulfilled. Or maybe I’m being too subtle? Wait, don’t answer that.

Lydia Courteille rabbit ring
Lapin Rose ring with pink tourmaline, pink sapphires, and diamonds, price on request; Lydia Courteille

I don’t have a signet ring, and I want one from Heavenly Vices because, along with every editor I know, I’m a big fan. I also think this will come in handy in 2020—election year—and if I’m wearing this it’s a built-in apology for when the junkyard dog in me comes out.

Heavenly Vices signet ring
Excuse Me signet ring with sapphire in 14k gold, $1,125; Heavenly Vices

And last but not least, something practical—a place to jot down all the jewels and collections that catch my eye in 2020.

Julers Row journal
Gemstone Rainbow Sky journal, $25; Juler’s Row

See you out and about, and Happy Holidays!

Top: Circa-1920 pair of carved snowflake rock crystal Saddle cuffs with 12 cts. t.w. old mine–cut diamonds and baguette-cut diamonds set in antique white gold, $64,000; Belperron. No explanation needed. They’re beyond.


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Amy Elliott

JCK Contributing Editor

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