The Sparkle in Mom’s Eye

Unlike roses and chocolate, jewelry does last, it can be passed down and somehow, even though it is a material thing, it feels good to put on a beautiful piece of jewelry. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t have to be expensive, you just have to love it. I have pieces of jewelry that my aunt’s gave me when I was little and I’d open their jewelry boxes, like the biggest treasure chest I’d ever seen and pick up each piece admiring them all one by one. I have a necklace that my grandfather gave me from his jewelry shop in Peterborough England. I have my grandmother’s childhood bracelet engraved with her initial, my middle initial. I have my mother’s ring that she gave to my husband and he proposed with. I have my funky jewelry I bought in college and I have new old pieces I picked up at Brimfield recently.


I don’t know what their actual value “in the jewelry world” is but I don’t care.  They’re all just as valuable to me. Recently, I had the chance to learn about a new concept in jewelry shopping. At first I was a bit hesitant because it involved design and it was online but I was also excited to try something new. I got to play with the designs online, perhaps fantasize a bit about ruby-laden rings, fanciful cocktail rings, and elegant understated rings with fancy gems, but then have total control over what I wanted style-wise, price-wise, and meaningfulness. In fact, as I’m writing this I just remembered that I had my ring engraved. I pulled it off to look closely and there it is, just as I wrote it. Not only did I enjoy the process, I love my ring, and it just makes me happy.

I hesitated because I didn’t know what would happen if I didn’t use the fitting ruler thingy right, or I didn’t like my design. My worry was put at ease though because the ruler thingy is easy to use, but if for some reason something changes, Gemvara offers one free resizing within 101 days of delivery. They also have a great customer care team that can guide you through the process if you need someone to bounce ideas off of.

Gemvara is based in Boston and most of their jewelry is made in the United States. Some of their chains and findings are imported. They also do everything they can to use only recycled precious metals. Aside from some of the findings like earring posts and chains, their gold platinum, palladium and Argentium sterling silver are a minimum of 95% recycled in origin.  In addition, Gemvara sells only natural stones. Although it is difficult to trace where the gemstones originate after being cut and polished, but Gemvara chooses suppliers carefully and do their best to sell responsibly mined gems.

As a guest at Gemvara’s preview I was given a gift card to try out the site and order a ring. I loved the experience (Gemvara may be my new Pinterest when I need a little distraction).  There’s nothing I enjoy more than sharing the things I love, so now it’s your chance to try it out.

Whether you want to treat yourself to the perfect Mother’s Day gift made by you, for you, because you deserve it or you want it for your wife, your husband, your significant other, a friend who is like a mother, enter for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate for yourself or someone you love.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


13 Comments Add yours

  1. Dna says:

    The ring is beautiful! It doesn’t matter how much something costs, but what it means to you!


  2. I’ve been in love with Gemvara for ages! Love the ability to personalize jewelry.


  3. Love the design concept! Would love to try my hand…


  4. I’ve been wanting a ring with my birthstone, sapphire for ages, so would love to have that made!


  5. Sam says:

    It’s beautiful! I’ll have to give it a try!


  6. JohnZ says:

    A pendant


  7. Alex says:

    Great ring Leah! Happy mother’s day!!! Thanks Alex! Did you enter? Will I see you guys this weekend at The Art if Craft or are you doing your Mother’s Day getaway tradition?


  8. emily says:

    a ring.


  9. dave d says:

    ring 🙂


  10. leahklein says:

    Thank you all for entering the giveaway! A winner was chosen by Rafflecopter. Our winner is Megin Charner-Laird #51.


  11. mesmerize138 says:

    I have a couple heirloom pieces of jewelry that I truly treasure, but buying something new for myself isn’t ever in the budget (being a single mom and all). What a treat it would be to win this gift certificate!


    1. leahklein says:

      Oh I wish you had entered earlier! This giveaway is over. But I’m sure there will be others. google “Gemvara giveaway” periodically and see what comes up! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!


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