One for you, one for me. Is that how is goes? This time of year of course is the best for gifting, taking time out of our busy lives to pour over options for how to best show what the people around us mean to us. Sometimes it comes easy, sometimes it's a stress. We know that the festivities can be tough on both your wellbeing and your wallet, so we've done some of the hard work for you by putting together the best kind of gift - jewellery. All ethical, all cruelty-free, all vegan. But most importantly, all seriously knock out, open-and-gasp kind of presents. No matter who they are for.
Whether you are gifting for others or treating yourself, nothing says it better than jewellery. We've lined up some of our best bling to get you started and why we love each piece, read on for festive shopping made simple. Go on, have a little scroll.
Hera and Ares • Crescent Moon Drop Earrings • £42
I mean, no words needed really. These new in, fresh from the workshop Crescent Moon Drop Earrings literally just got hand delivered in store by our wonderful local maker, Hera and Ares. She is fascinated by the phases of the moon and uses that passion as inspiration for her collections. Handcrafted from gold brass and made ethically in her studio, this pair are finished with a dangling crescent moons. Perfect for evening, these are a pair to cherish forever and maybe even hand down one day.
Hera and Ares • Face Necklace • £48.00
For those who love jewellery with literal personality. The sweet, statement Face Necklace is ideal for those wanting to add some shine to an everyday look, just layer this hand crafted brass pendant over a chunky knit to add some edge to simple styling. This one is cut from eco friendly brass (an alloy of copper and zinc, mainly produced from recycled scrap metal, which is pretty cool) and is easily cleaned with lemon juice. Top tip! One for those who love statement pieces with flair.
Hera and Ares • Mini Star Hoops • £38.00
Need some guidance for gifting someone who likes minimal styling but still loves the look of vintage? It's got to be the Mini Star Hoops. Perfect for everyday. This pair of handmade hoop earrings are stamped with star design, harking back to an older era. They feel lightweight to wear - great for those who hate fussy pieces - and have gold plated fastening making them easy to work with other styles. Another piece made from eco friendly brass, a great and affordable alternative to gold.
Edge of Ember • Step Cuff Pair • Gold • £55.00
Jewellery with an attitude. The ideal gift for someone who loves a contemporary edge, and is willing to give something new a go. But don't panic, these Step Cuffs don't involve any extra piercings - they simply slot over the edge of your ear and stay put. This pair of dainty ear cuffs look extra cool with other piercings or multiple earrings. Designed to sit at the middle of your ear, they are made from 18k gold plated on sterling silver. Wear together or alone stacked with some of the brand other styles.
Edge of Ember • Lumina Necklace • £130
A best-seller since day one. We've restocked on these simple yet powerful Lumina Necklaces ready for festive shopping and can safely say, they'll be a firm fave in store. A high-shine polished coin set with a black sapphire (we know!) hangs from a long adjustable chain and is a really, really special gift. Get for someone who loves elegant jewellery and you want to make feel incredible! The brand also believes that fashion should do good, each piece produced ethically in small-scale factories in Asia.
Edge of Ember • Cosmic Charm Necklace • £95
Another knock-out piece has entered the building. Celestial jewellery is back and here to stay with Edge of Ember's Cosmic Charm Necklace. Three pendants strung from a delicate 14k gold plated chain and sprinkled with white topaz stones? Um, yes please. This is a true treat yourself - or someone else - moment. Go for this one if you know they love anything astrological or just straight up pretty. Did we mention the catch-the-light topaz stones? Oh, wait - we are getting starry-eyed.
Edge of Ember • Mini Tube Hoops • Gold • £65.00
Been searching for that elusive perfect hooped earring? You know what's coming next. We found them. Hoops that go with everything. Add some edge to your look whilst keeping it simple with these Stirling Silver or 18k gold-plated hoop earrings. They are super lightweight meaning you can wear them all day long, plus their minimal shape and spot on thickness never gets old. Go with everything, yes, everything. Get as a fail-safe option for anyone! That's our kind of jewellery.
Ellen Catherine • Straight Textured Earrings • £30.00
Silver lovers? We've got you. The trends may be favouring gold right now but we all now how timeless silver is - these are going to be a wear daily option forever. Simple and classic is they way forward. This pair of textured studs from our other local maker are a wonderful addition to your jewellery box. Hand made from eco silver in Edinburgh, Scotland, these studs are designed to last and look good again, on everyone. wear straight down for simplicity and up your earlobe for edge.
Ellen Catherine • Textured Ring • £25
Another favourite in store, the Textured Ring from locally based Ellen Cathering has been charming you all with a balance of simple and hand-made aesthetic. With each tiny mark from the maker shown in its hammered effect finish, wear solo or stack with other styles for some texture in your collection (it's designed to stack just as well so get playing!). Made in Edinburgh from sterling silver, the ring band has texture that catches the light adding a fresh edge to your look.
Let's round things off with a memorable piece you'll want to buy two pairs of - one for you to keep. Delicate and dainty is Etta Collective's signature move, and these beautiful earrings have two gold cross charm dangles from the stud. Wear with your hair loosely pulled back to catch the light and movement, these are ideal for gifting someone who like minimal fuss but still wants to feel special. You're welcome.
As ever, here with the styling and materials guidance as you need it! Drop us an email, DM us on Instagram or come visit us in store to get up close with the real deal. Festive shopping stressful? Doesn't need to be.