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December 9, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Holiday shopping: Make the season shimmer with the gift of jewelry


By Caitlin King / Special to Sunday Market

Christmas time is jewelry time. A single piece can be the ultimate gift that says “I love you,” or it can make your own holiday-party outfits pop. Either way, you’re sure to find something you love among these picks for men and women — because great things come in small packages.

For her

Add a rockin’ ring to her collection with the edgy brass K/LLER Scolecite Two Finger Ring ($154 at, available at locally run online shop Craft & Culture. No typical bar, this 2.5-inch cast crystal has added texture and dimension.

H&M’s Spiral Ring ($6), available in gold or silver, is a fun way to add a healthy dose of shimmer to an outfit. Or dress up her arm with a standout stackable piece, such as the Kate Spade New York Skinny Mini Bow Bangle (on sale for $66 at Nordstrom). The crystal-studded bow, in rose gold or silver, will make a chic addition to her bangle set.

The cool brass Quarry Mierle Cuff ($288 at Totokaelo, Capitol Hill) is sure to become her signature piece, with its simple but striking shape. The luxurious cuff looks equally at home with basics or formalwear.

Bring some bling to a bare arm with the Madewell Pavé Chevron Cuff ($32). The delicate piece features two rows of sparkling stones and an antiqued gold finish.

This season’s high-collared sweaters are practically begging to be drenched in jewels. Try the Art Deco Crystal Triangles Necklace ($135 at J.Crew) to achieve a sophisticated look that takes an office ensemble out for the night.

Take a risk by getting her a piece she might not buy for herself. The special-occasion Alexis Bittar Light Smoky Quartz Drop Earrings ($125 at Neiman Marcus) are stunning, with a timeless antique feel. For a more modern look, try the minimalist Isobel & Ezra Aga Earrings ($129 at, in sterling silver with a tiny crystal stud.

She’ll think of you every time she puts on the new necklace she’ll wear with everything. Two subtle but chic options are the engraved Charlene K Initial Pendant Necklace in 14K Gold Vermeil ($59 at Show Pony, Fremont), and the Alana Pendant Necklace ($155 at by local jewelry designer Joanna Morgan.

Upgrade her timepiece to the Michael Kors Rose Golden Stainless Steel Blair Chronograph Glitz Watch ($295 at Macy’s). The rose-gold hue and tortoise accents are classic, but they’re put together in a fresh, striking way.

For him

A bold time-teller, such as Nixon’s The 51-30 Bracelet Watch ($425 at Nordstrom), will become his new favorite accessory. The streamlined design and large face of this stainless steel watch pair nicely with both suits and casual wear.

For a more casual guy, opt for a field watch, such as the water-resistant Bertucci A-2S Field Watch ($120 at Hammer + Awl, Madrona). The durable titanium face comes with a nylon strap you can customize in a variety of classic colors.

Give the athlete in your life the Nike+ Fuelband SE ($149 at Niketown, downtown). The popular device tracks movement, intensity and sleep patterns and tells time.

Time to get serious? Take a look at the masculine, textured 6mm Men’s Wedding Band ($95 at Hammer + Awl) by Seattle jewelry designer Julie Stark of Point No Point Studio. The oxidized sterling silver ring is handcrafted using 100 percent recycled silver.

Men need a little bling in their arsenal as well. The heritage pattern on the Trafalgar Houndstooth Cuff Links ($75 at Nordstrom) lends a playful touch to his business suit, while the woven Scosha Arrow Bar Bracelet ($165 at Club Monaco, downtown) conveys casual cool.

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