One of the beauties of jewelry is that it can change the look of an entire outfit. Something that looked quite old can become either vintage, or retro, or gorgeously modern, with different pieces of jewelry. If you know someone who likes to chop and change their look with the fashion seasons, then you will be looking for a modern jewelry gift for their birthday this August. Or perhaps you just know someone who has a jam-packed wardrobe, and doesn’t need any more clothes … ! Read on for our suggestions for modern jewelry gifts this August.
Modern jewelry is all about color, explorations of different shapings and materials, and designs that are unique yet beautifully executed. The Pandora range has had a unique way of combining vintage charm with wonderfully modern designs for decades now, and they have recently branched out into creating normal jewelry pieces like necklaces, earrings and rings as well as their signature charm bracelets and necklaces. You can see a great example of their modern earrings at the beginning of the article. The criss-cross design piece is made from sterling silver and 14ct yellow gold, and is actually part of a set of Pandora jewelry, that includes beads for charm bracelets, a ring and alternative earrings. You can see the earrings just above.
Another way in which the Pandora designers are great at modernizing simple jewelry designs is through their use of unusual colored pearls. A good example is this rose p[earl necklace, which features not only an individual rose-colored pearl, but a non-traditional shape of that gemstone also – not a boring old round pearl, but a lovely modern freeform pearl shape. It is set on sterling silver and has a 14ct yellow gold panel. Again, this is part of a matching set of Pandora jewelry – you can buy matching charms, rings and earrings – the rose pearl earrings are shown below.
However, Gilletts range of modern jewelry goes well beyond the Pandora collection! This awesome iolite and peridot necklace has been a favorite for some time now. The iolite-threaded nacklace chain stands out for its color and individuality – no boring, same-same jewelry here! The peridot is actually the birthstone for August, so this piece is s good way to incorporate a little personlaiztion into your present purchases. The iolites are not perfectly shaped, they are left a little natural, so every necklace is slightly different. There is a large white cultured pearl hanging under the peridot. This is sure to become everyday-wear for every modern woman out there that is lucky enough to receive it this August!
This gorgeous peridot and white gold pendant is simple, yet stylish and modern. The peridot is 6mm across, and weighs .95 carats, and the setting is a stark and modern design. This pendant can be used on an existing chain, or you can buy one exactly to your preference, and the pendant is sold singly.
Unusual shapings, awesome color combinations and creating jewelry pieces that tell a story are some of the hallmarks of modern jewelry design. This piece incorporates all of these hallmarks beautifully, with its purple amethysts, red garnets, green peridots and white diamonds, set in the shape of a bouganvillea or other flowering vine. The gems are set on white gold, and cut with exquisite precision. It is quite a short chain that is included with the necklace, to allow the long pendant to hang and be seen when worn with most clothing … although this piece will be best suited to evening wear.
As far as men’s jewelry goes, tribal patterns have been a popular modern design in everything from clothing to tattoos, and this Inori brand pendant makes use of the popular contemporary motif. It sits on a cord necklace, for a unique attachment, and the actual pendant is stainless steel with black enamel designs. It is very budget-friendly, too, at only AU$49!
Even if you haven’t found the perfect present for your modern, up-to-the-minute friend here, you will have found some hints and inspiration. So keep browsing the mens gift finder and women’s gift finder, to discover what contemporary ‘gems’ await! If you need any help with either products or navigation, just click the Live Help link to the right of the screen and we’ll be right along to help you.