Joie de Vivre jewelry
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Whether it's holiday shopping or searching for a good birthday gift, 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 use for Valentine's day or anyday.

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.