Joie de Vivre jewelry
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Holiday shopping is upon us and that is a cause for celebration, alarm or both! As fun as it can be to hunt for the perfect gift, it can also be stressful, and I'm sympathetic to the shopper who would like to give personal and meaningful gifts but is running up against time. This page offers 20 jewelry items under $30 USD and the price includes free gift wrapping and shipping. Hooray! The popular trend of wearing thin, delicate chain paired with small charms or pendants continues, and I've gathered a group of sterling silver and 14kt gold-fill chains with extraordinary pendants. There's also some earrings and terrific pendants paired with soft silk ribbon or cord; hopefully there's a gift or two that one can check off the list.

The impression jasper beads in these 2" sterling silver earrings have been dyed a gorgeous powder blue, and these are paired with neutral, warm-hued calcite square beads and hematite for nice contrast. Sterling silver hook earwires.

Cost: $20.00 USD

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Azurite is a softer gemstone often found in arid copper-bearing areas along with malachite and copper. The gemstone is set in sterling silver, and the 1 1/2" pendant is strung from a 40" long 2mm silk cord that can be tied at a variety of lengths or wrapped as a bracelet.

Cost: $24.00 USD

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Azurite is a softer gemstone often found in arid copper-bearing areas along with malachite and copper. The gemstone is set in sterling silver, and the 1 1/2" pendant is strung from a 40" long 2mm silk cord that can be tied at a variety of lengths or wrapped as a bracelet.

Cost: $18.00 USD

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The 1/2" circle pendant is matte finish sterling silver with several heart cutouts paired with an 18" sterling silver 0.6mm chain with spring ring clasp.

Cost: $21.00 USD

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Green Girl Studios produces original and imaginative lead-free pewter charms and pendants such as the cheerful rotund potato fairy in this necklace. The 1" fairy is strung on a 28" long 1/4" deerskin leather lace.

Cost: $21.00 USD

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This delicate 16" 14kt gold-fill cable chain necklace with spring ring clasp features charm with an edge. The small 1/4" vermeil charm is a skull and crossbones. (Vermeil is 22kt gold-plate over sterling silver base metal)

Cost: $29.00 USD

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Large dyed red coral beads are the feature of these 1" 14kt gold-fill earrings with hook earwires.

Cost: $27.00 USD

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A 1 1/2" bronze rose pendant is the feature of this 40" long 2mm silk cord necklace. The silk can be tied a variety of lengths or wrapped as a bracelet.

Cost: $23.00 USD

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These 1" earrings with gold-plate spikes and 14kt gold-fill hook earwires are simple, lightweight and delightfully angular.

Cost: $12.00 USD

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The fluorite gemstone inset in a 1" sterling silver pendant has a much higher index of refraction, leading the gemstone to appear to magnify its surroundings. It shows characteristic purple and green banding and it's paired with a 36" silk ribbon.

Cost: $19.00 USD

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A small 1/2" bronze owl with heart rests on an 16" sterling silver 1mm cable chain with spring ring clasp.

Cost: $26.00 USD

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This small 1/4" sterling silver wishbone on a 16" sterling silver curb chain with spring ring clasp could be just the good luck token that a person needs!

Cost: $24.00 USD

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The front side of lead-free pewter heart pendant from Green Girl Studios shows a flower and the back side features a blossom of wisdom: "Some pursue happiness / others create it". The 1" pendant hangs from a 40" long 2mm silk cord.

Cost: $23.00 USD

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Hypersthene and zoisite beads give these 1 1/2" 14kt gold-fill earrings with hook earwires great color and sheen.

Cost: $20.00 USD

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This 1 1/2" mergirl lead-free pewter pendant is another quirky creation from Green Girl Studios. She greets the wearer from a 28" long 1/8" dyed green deerskin leather lace.

Cost: $25.00 USD

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A 3/8" bronze skull charm grins from a 16" 14kt gold-fill curb chain with spring ring clasp.

Cost: $30.00 USD

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This 16" sterling silver curb chain necklace with spring ring clasp features a sterling silver 1/4" "Om" symbol charm for calm focus and style.

Cost: $27.00 USD

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A nightingale perches in this small sterling silver 1/2" circular charm paired with an 18" sterling silver twist cable that has a bit of stiffness for a nice drape.

Cost: $29.00 USD

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This 16" 14kt gold-fill rope chain necklace with spring ring clasp features a small 3/8" bronze crown for local royalty.

Cost: $29.00 USD

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This 18" sterling silver square cable chain with spring ring clasp is perfect for supporting the 3/4" sterling silver angel charm, complete with heart and halo.

Cost: $27.00 USD

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The sterling silver and 14kt gold-fill chains are 16" or 18" in length with spring ring clasps. As a reminder: sterling silver is 92.5% silver with alloy metals to help resist tarnishing, and 14kt gold-fill is 20% gold per weight, which means a much thicker layer of 14kt gold over the base metal than gold-plating. All the gemstone, shell and pearl pendants are set in sterling silver, and the metal pendants are either sterling silver, bronze (an alloy of copper and tin), 14kt gold-fill, vermeil (22kt gold plating over sterling silver) or lead-free pewter. The gemstones are natural materials - no imitation or man-made items - though some like the red coral may be dyed. The silk ribbons and cords are 100% hand-dyed silk. The leather laces are natural or dyed deerskin leather, a tough but pliable water-resistant leather. Earwires are made from sterling silver or 14kt gold-fill wire.

Not finding quite what's needed? Interested in more selections? Try the sub sixty page for more gemstone pendants and other gift ideas under $60 USD.