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 pendants paired with soft silk ribbon or cord that can be worn as a necklace or wound around the wrist as an on trend wrap bracelet. Hopefully there's a gift or two that one can use for the next holiday or anyday.

Deep blue lapis lazuli beads are wrapped around thin hoops of sterling silver and spaced with sterling silver beads in these 1" earrings.

Cost: $18.00 USD

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Give a gift of literal kindness with this 18" sterling silver cable chain necklace with a smooth domed "Kindness" sterling silver charm and rose quartz bead.

Cost: $30.00 USD

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Handsome blue and white sodalite is nestled in a sterling silver setting and hangs from a rich burgundy satin doubled cord in this 22" necklace. White bronze hook and eye clasp.

Cost: $25.00 USD

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The handsome sky blue globes in these 1" earrings are handblown Murano glass. These lightweight beads hang from sterling silver earwires with plated silver beads.

Cost: $18.00 USD

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Who couldn't use an astromech droid to make the day go a little easier? This 18" sterling silver ball chain necklace features an orange botswana agate and rainbow moonstone "droid", ready to tackle (or at least share) life's mishaps. Spring ring clasp.

Cost: $17.00 USD

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For those thinking a darker astromech droid might be just what is needed, there is this gemstone pendant of matte druzy agate and labradorite on an 18" sterling silver square chain with spring ring clasp.

Cost: $19.00 USD

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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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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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A helpful hand is the feature of this 16" sterling silver cable chain necklace. The sterling silver charm is shaped like a small 3/8" hand stamped with "Hope".

Cost: $22.00 USD

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This bea-oo-tiful lampwork glass owl is handcrafted by Grace Ma, the talented lampworker of Grace Lampwork Beads. The owl rests atop wood and copper beads on this 42" bright magenta silk cord with a sterling silver link to adjust length.

Cost: $30.00 USD

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Warm, golden antiqued brass is like honey in homage to the marvelous bee in this 18" brass rope chain necklace with a honeycomb-shaped hexagon home for the vintage style bee charm. Spring ring clasp.

Cost: $15.00 USD

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A single snaggletooth shaped glass drop is the feature in this 18" matte gold-plate link necklace with gold-fill magnetic clasp for easy wear.

Cost: $21.00 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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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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This colorful 1" lampwork glass pendant hangs from an 18" open figure eight sterling silver-fill chain.

Cost: $17.00 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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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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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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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.