I’m in the Mood for Something Shiny…

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As much as I love picking out a great outfit, that’s only half the fun. Picking a top and bottom that look great together gets the process started, but I never feel like I’m full “dressed” until I add some great accessories — and that usually involves shiny things. And one can never really have too much jewelry, right? One of my favorite places to find unique pieces in Uncommon Goods.

As the name would imply, it’s not the kind of stuff you’d really find anywhere else. The reason for that is simple. Uncommon Goods is a company after my own heart. They strive to feature unique, handmade gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. This is the kind of company I love to support.

So hubby, if you’re reading, here’s what’s on my wish list.

Gold Dipped Lace Jewelry

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Hello! Lace. Dipped in gold. Do I even need to explain further why I’m craving at least one of these pieces? Just in case you need convincing, here’s the story: Colombian artisans make these stunning pieces entirely by hand. They cut and sew pieces of lace, dip them in wax, then in copper, and finally in 24k gold. Even better, it is produced through a Fair Trade organization, which means that this gorgeous handmade jewelry actually provides a stable income for Colombian artisans in struggling and displaced communities, 85% of whom are women and heads of households. Yeah. The pieces range in price from $42-225, but my favorite is the ruffled lace statement necklace.

“Diamond” Studs

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I’ve never been a big fan of real diamonds. Diamonds in vintage pieces? Sure, but the knowledge of how many diamonds are acquired sort of turns me off the whole thing. But I will rock some ironic “diamond” earrings made of sterling silver in a heartbeat. Handmade in Los Angeles, each cute little earring features a drawing of a princess cut diamond. Plus, there’s the whole cost factor. A pair of these costs just $28. And there are many more affordable choices where these came from. I bet you won’t find that at the jewelry store in the mall.

Blue Agate Cuff

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While I love jewelry, I’m not in the habit of wearing a ton of it at once. Of course there are exceptions, but for the most part, I prefer to stick with one statement piece, perhaps with a couple of more subtle supporting pieces. This blue agate cuff bracelet would undoubtedly be the star of the show. How gorgeous is this? Even better, it was handmade right here in Atlanta and it’s priced really well at just $58. May I have two, please?

Energy Circle Ring

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The more I read about the benefits of wearing natural stones, the more I want to try it. Plus, they’re just gorgeous to look at. This handcrafted beauty features chunks of aquamarine, amethyst, and moonstone harvested from around the world set in a recycled brass ring. At $165, it’s the most expensive item on my list, but it’s the type of showstopper that’s worth the price.

This list is all about me, but I’ll probably look around for something for my hubby while I’m at it. I’m not selfish. There are also lots of unique gift ideas here under $25, which I why I always look to Uncommon Goods for gifts that matter.

So what about you? Where do you shop when you’re trying to find unique gifts?

Disclosure: I have received compensation for sharing these gift ideas with you. However, as usual, all opinions are my own and 100% authentic.

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