Is your valentine crazy for ceramics? Or wild about cast iron? Perhaps the perfect Valentine's Day gift would be jewelry made from a material more often found in the kitchen than around the neck.
1. Let's start with the ceramics, as there are a lot of beautiful pieces out there — and a few hilarious ones, like Blue Willow Ware Ceramic Knuckles! My dear grandma had a full set of blue willow dishes, and I can't even imagine what she would say if she saw these. The willow set is actually sold (it never hurts to ask the designer nicely to make more) but there are plenty more pretty-but-useless-in-a-fight china knuckle options from The Broken Plate.
2. + 3. These next two were a collaboration between Madalina Andronic and The Awesome Project, and are so lovely — they remind me of those Polish pottery cheese ladies that I adore. There are lots of bracelets, chokers, and collars available from The Awesome Project, just scroll through to see which ones haven't sold yet, and then send them an email.
4. Oh Joy! featured the work of ceramicist Anne Black. This little ring would be so sweet for Valentine's Day.
5. Cross-stitch is usually seen on pillows or hanging on the wall, but charming cross-stitch necklaces have been everywhere lately. Rare Device has a great selection, including this one by Gamma Folk.
6. Sure, lace is commonly used in dresses and lingerie, but this necklace is LACE. It is statement lace, sculptural lace, stand-alone lace, and White Owl has a ton of beautiful pieces.
7. A locket is definitely a romantic thing to wear, but why settle for one or two photographs when you can have a 2GB flash drive full of precious photos? Emily Rothschild's Mini USB Necklace is available at Rare Device.
8. Mollaspace carries 22 Design Studio's concrete rings. They are custom-made, in a variety of 6 styles.
9. I'll leave you with a tease: I did a bit of searching for modern cast iron jewelry, but have so far come up empty. This remarkable necklace is from c.1820, and Stalking The Belle Epoque has the full, fascinating history of cast iron jewelry. If you know of any pieces actually for sale, please share with the class!
(All images as credited above.)