10 Adorable jewelry finds that aren't just silver and gold
Silver and gold are elegant and timeless. But creative jewelry artists are forever reinventing the wheel and coming up with unique new ways to incorporate wood, shells, feathers, brass and leather into their designs.
You can never go wrong with a Cartier Love bracelet or a Tiffany heart pendant. But on days when you aren't content wearing a piece owned by thousands of other women, your salvation from fashion monotony can be found in accessories that creatively push the envelope. Here are 10 gorgeous bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings that are not made from either gold or silver.
1. Hipanema Rainbow Bracelet
With colorful thread, shells, beads, two tassels and a Brazilian wish ribbon, this mystical bracelet matches everything in your wardrobe and — who knows? — might make you a luckier person (Ahalife.com, $98).
2. Kenneth Cole New York "Shell Brilliance" Shell Stick Necklace
If you love shells but expect them to look more polished than they did at the beach before you agree to wear them, this bold statement necklace packs a lime-green punch that will look amazing with your LBD (Amazon, $23).
3. Pearlz Ocean Abalone Shell Checkerboard Square Dangle Earrings
Abalone is a shell known for its powers to connect people and strengthen relationships. Deeper meaning aside, its iridescence and depth are so powerful you can't fault others if they lose themselves while staring at your ears (Overstock, $17).
4. MoJo's Jewelry Lava Rock, Rose Quartz & Pink Jade
Speaking of pieces that are mindful of body and soul, MoJo's bracelet is made from pink jade, which holds a "caring and calming energy that can help ease disruptive sleep," rose quartz, known as the "universal love, self love, and true love stone," and lava rock, which is said to "hold the Earth's healing mysteries and help the wearer realize her inner journey," according to founder and artist Josie Pavone. (MoJo's Jewelry, Bangles sold separately, $15-$35)
5. BurnedinBrooklyn Boho Style Wooden disk & Arrowhead 'Y' Necklace
Made from wood and birch, you can bet the farm no one will walk into the room wearing this same necklace because each pendant is burned by hand, meaning no two are ever identical. This beauty hangs from a 24-inch chain accented by bronze and coral beads and was made for layering (Etsy, $42).
6. Anni Jurgenson Green Dangle Feather Ear Cuff
What do you get when you take five goose wing feathers, dye them this rich shade of emerald, and let them dangle from an ear cuff? A luxe look that adds boho charm to everything you wear (Brazilian Bikini Shop, $50).
7. Ted Baker Kiah Metal Bow Bangle
This feminine, classy bangle bracelet stops short of being too precious, thanks to the fact that it's made from tough-as-nail metal (Ted Baker, $65).
8. '70s Chunky Modernist Copper Deity Panel Bracelet
We love accessories that tell a story and this vintage bronze charmer, which displays images of Siamese deities, could keep us talking (and inventing tales about it) for hours (Charish, $65).
9. "Burri" Leather Jabot Necklace
The best accessory is one that takes the place of clothing — and this sleek leather jabot necklace is the only thing you need to add to a white T-shirt and jeans to transform your entire look (Boticca, $135).
10. Maison Margiela Green Daisy Ring
Made from brass with an enameled finish in green, white and yellow, there is positively no way to wear this happy ring without feeling fresh as a — you know what (Luis Avia Roma, $450).