I’m obsessed with gift guides. Perusing online lists of things to buy my friends and family has become my favorite pastime. So I’ve attempted to make a gift guide of my own. In the interest of not paralyzing people with too many choices, I’ve kept it short. Keep these five styles in mind when you’re searching for last-minute items to fill your cases!
1. Statement earrings
Greece’s Nikos Koulis is the It Boy of designer jewelry. And it’s easy to see why. His work is striking both for its use of color and for its daring silhouettes. I’m besotted with his V collection—particularly these moody blue earrings. While they aren’t as large as the oversize statement pairs we saw on the runways this past fall, they are imminently more wearable.
V earrings by Nikos Koulis (photo courtesy of Nikos Koulis)
2. Pantone pastels
Never doubt the power of suggestion. I’m not typically a lover of pastels (I prefer bolder, more saturated colors), but now that Pantone has anointed Rose Quartz and a baby blue hue called Serenity the twin colors of the year for 2016, I can’t help but covet pieces in these perfectly jewel-toned shades. This lovely Caduceus ring from Brooklyn, N.Y.–based Baker & Black, brainchild of designer Megan Black, features a 1.8 ct. blue zircon in 18k rose gold, and even though it’s not a perfect match to Pantone’s Serenity, it’s close enough!
Caduceus elongated openwork ring in 18k rose gold with 1.7–1.85 ct. blue zircon, $2,700, Baker & Black, Brooklyn, N.Y., bakerandblack.com (photo courtesy of Baker & Black)
3. Signet style
For years, I’ve wanted a simple gold signet ring. Not only is it a jewelry staple on par with gold hoops or diamond studs, but it comes with built-in heirloom appeal. Your dad probably wore one! David Yurman has a tremendous selection of signet rings, but the style is getting so popular (Bloomberg devoted an entire article to it in August) that we’re seeing them crop up across the jewelry world.
Heirloom signet ring in 18k gold, $3,900, David Yurman, NYC, davidyurman.com (photo courtesy of David Yurman)
4. Chasing rainbows
There’s an art to combining multiple colors in a single piece of jewelry. A rainbow assortment of stones can either look tacky—or incredibly on point, as with this beguiling Metropolis pendant by London-based Yunus & Eliza (sculptors Yunus Ascott and Eliza Higginbottom). I spotted it on Instagram the other day; according to the caption, it was on its way to Puerto Rico’s fashion-forward Reinhold Jewelers. Owner Marie Helene Morrow knows a bestseller when she sees one!
The Metropolis pendant in 18k yellow gold with sapphires and tsavorite, $4,200, Yunus & Eliza Fine, London, yunus-eliza.co.uk (photo courtesy of Yunus & Eliza)
5. For a good timepiece…
Call Shinola. I’d be remiss in not touting The Gomelsky, my namesake watch from the Detroit-based lifestyle brand that’s revolutionized the made-in-America movement with its domestically produced leather bags and bicycles and assembled-in-Detroit watches. The Gomelsky, introduced in 2013 on a thin leather strap, made way earlier this year for a new moonphase version, available on a wider strap or on a bracelet. I’m still partial to the original—the pairing of the slightly oversize cushion-shape case with the thin strap, as shown below, is so distinctive—but it’s a chic model no matter which version you choose.
The Gomelsky watch in 36 mm stainless steel and rose gold-plated case, $545, Shinola, Detroit, shinola.com (photo courtesy of Shinola)