If you’re buying gifts for a jewellery fanatic in your life, but aren’t confident about choosing the right piece, then check out my ideas for 6 gifts for jewellery lovers that aren’t jewellery…
1) First up, it’s these gorgeous porcelain ring cones from Jade Gallup Studio (pictured above). I mean, there’s no reason that your jewellery display can’t look as good as the pieces themselves, right?! Beautiful, practical and reasonably priced, Jade sells a number of different designs through her Etsy store, alongside her range of whimsical and quirky homeware, all made with love in her East London studio.
2) Still on the topic of jewellery display, trinket trays make a great addition to any well-heeled dressing table. I recently purchase a lovely hexagonal one from Calico Collective, who makes a fantastic range of Jesmonite terrazzo trays in different colours, sizes and styles and also sells via Etsy. Nice options from the high street include Anthropologie, Oliver Bonas and Arket (where I got the green one below from) who all usually have a good selection.
3) If you’re after an experience gift then what about a ticket for a jewellery making workshop? There’s nothing more satisfying than creating your own unique piece and as well as the fun of the session itself you get a beautiful piece of jewellery to treasure forever.
Of course, I’m going to be cheeky and recommend my own wax carving classes which take place at Kiln Workshop, Bristol and where you can create your own ring or pendant design which is then cast in silver. However, there are jewellers up and down the country who run similar events so check out Craft Courses for a whole range of options near to you.
4) If your jewellery lover is also a bit of a jet setter (well, when we’re allowed to travel freely again that is!) then a travel jewellery storage box is a brilliant gift. I have this one (pictured above) from Lisa Angel one which is perfect for avoiding tangles when you’re on the move and so much better than sticking your jewellery in a make-up bag which is what I used to do (the shame!) I also really like this sweet teal velvet version featuring a gold star print which feels kinda Christmassy.
Stackers make a great range of travel jewellery boxes too - from these tiny ones which are ideal for storing just a couple of pieces - through to some supersized versions if you’re suffering from indecision and need to take absolutely everything with you.
5) For those who like to read about jewellery as well as wear it, this sumptuous coffee table book In Vogue: The Jewellery is an absolute feast for the eyes. Edited by Carol Woolton, the book is grouped into five thematic chapters: Show-stoppers, Rock Chick, Minimalist, Exotic and Classica and includes pieces that have featured in nearly a cetnry of British Vogue. This one is most definitely on my Christmas list!
6) Every jewellery obsessive loves to keep their stash of jewels looking sparkly so if you’re after a little stocking filler then polishing cloths make a great gift. I swear by these ones (pictured above) from Town Talk Polish which really take the grime off tarnished silver. You use the side of the cloth that is impregnated with special anti-tarnish agents first and then the other side to buff your piece back to a high shine. Just a word of warning though, don’t use these cloths on gold plated or oxidised jewellery as they will remove the surface coating!
I hope I’ve given you some useful ideas to get you thinking, I’d love to know if you’ve got any suggestions too, so come and let me know in the comments below or come on over and connect with me on Instagtram
Elin Horgan is a designer & maker of beautifully simple handmade jewellery, crafted from sustainable materials in her Bristol studio.