The season to be merry is nearly upon us and that means the season to buy gifts is fast approaching too. To save you the hard work of trawling the internet looking for the perfect present for someone special, I've pulled together 6 unique pieces of handmade jewellery all for £75 and under to help you with your gift giving this Christmas.
Above: Silver meteorite necklace, £60 from Elin Horgan Jewellery
Why are handmade gifts so special?
When you buy something that's made by hand you know that it's been created with love and care. Every piece carries the maker's mark which shows it is something truly unique. To reflect the time and attention that goes into a handmade piece it will often cost more than something mass produced, but by investing in handmade you're buying something that you can treasure forever.
If you're looking for a thoughtful and considered present that shows how much you care, check out my top 6 handmade jewellery picks below.
Above: Maxilla Link Long Stud Earrings in 18ct gold plated silver by Rosie Kent
1) Maxilla Link Long Stud Earrings by Rosie Kent
For stud earrings with a difference, look o further than Rosie Kent's beautifully textured pieces. The Maxilla Link Long Stud Earrings are a great gift option. Easy to wear, but with a bit of sparkle and oomph that elevates them from your normal everyday studs, they come in recycled silver or Fairmined 18ct yellow gold plate over a silver base and you can buy them eiher singly or as a pair.
2) Bronze Little Om Ring by May Hofman
Bold minimalism is the cornerstone of May Hofman's beautiful unisex designs, handmade in Stroud from recycled silver, bronze and Fairmined gold. The Little Om is an understated, but pretty little ring made from bronze which would make the perfect addition to any finger stack. Do check out her other stacking ring designs too as there are lots of shapes and textures to play around to help you create your perfect set.
Above: Personalised Silver Nugget Necklaces by Honey Bee Design
3) Silver Nugget Necklace by Honey Bee Design
If you're on the look out for something unqiue and personalised then do take a peek at Honey Bee Design's gorgeously tactile Silver Nugget Necklace. Costing £40 and made from recycled silver, it comes on a 45cm belcher chain and you can make it extra special by getting the recipient's initial stamped into it. This necklace is one of those pieces that you'll wear forever and will become a true jewellery box favourite.
4) Silver Ceres Small Circle Earrings by Elin Horgan
Oh come on now, you didn't think I wasn't going to include some of my own pieces in this list did you?! The Silver Ceres Small Circle Earrings are one of the styles from my new Arco collection and defintely fit the bill if you're looking for an elevated, but classic design. They're 1mm diameter which makes them perfect for everyday wear, but the stepped concentric circle design and lightly textured finish adds interest. Handmade from recycled silver, these simple stud earrings cost £70 and also come in gold plated recycled silver.
5) Silver Zodiac Charms by This Story Jewellery
Anna from This Story Jewellery creates beautiful handmade designs with meaning to make you feel powerful, lucky and protected. Her Silver Zodiac charms, like this cute little crab for Cancerians would make a beautiful gift for someone special. You can buy the charms seperately or choose to to buy a chain to hang them from for a small additional cost.
6) Silver Meteorite Necklace by Elin Horgan Jewellery
Yeah, I know, I know, I'm finishing with another one of my designs, but this Silver Meteorite Necklace is one of my most popular pieces and makes a brilliant gift for the jewellery lover in your life. Hand carved from wax and then cast in recycled silver it costs £60 and is eyecatching enough to be worn on it's own or layered up with other necklaces.
I hope that my round up of handmade jewellery designs has giving you some present ideas this Christmas. I'll be publishing more gift guides in the next few weeks, focusing on small independent brands, so do come back and take a look if you need some more inspiration for your festive gifting.
Elin Horgan is a British jewellery designer & maker of beautifully simple handmade pieces crafted from sustainable materials in her Bristol studio. You can read more about her work and the ethos behind her understated jewellery brand HERE.