Few events in a person’s life match the importance of a graduation. And whether its high-school, college or doctoral, when it comes to celebrating and toasting the accomplishments, hard work and dedication of our students, the jewelry should reflect both the achievements made as well as the Grad’s goals and aspirations for the future. A fine timepiece has for decades been the go-to choice for the guys, but what to gift the female grad that conveys pride, support and well wishes? We suggest talismans that can be worn day-in, day-out, reminding the gifted of triumphs made and adversity overcome. You’ll want jewelry that feels special and reflective of her journey and a piece that is more expensive than you would gift for recurring occasions like birthdays and holidays. The jewelry should be long-lasting in terms of durability and style—something that she will love and enjoy wearing for decades to come. We’ve picked a few of our favorites—all under $5,000.
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The slim styling of the Fluted Flora Rondel Bangle in 18 karat bloomed yellow gold & platinum with diamonds or the simpler Fluted Flora Bangle in 18 karat bloomed yellow gold are perfect for everyday wear and pair well with watches and other bracelets.
For the independent thinkers, hand-carved floral gemstones make an inspired choice. The Aquamarine Carved Flower Pendant in platinum with an Old European cut diamond center looks lovely peeking out from a crisp white button down. The Green Tourmaline in our Carved Flower Drop Earrings set in 18 karat yellow gold might be an apt choice from someone whose chosen career path requires empathy as tourmaline is believed to bring joy, healing and compassion to its wearer.
For the grad foraging her own path, the “Owl Eyes” Necklace with Turquoise in 18 karat yellow gold may be an apt choice. Native American culture reveres owls as protectors from harm while the ancient Greeks believed the owl to be a symbol of wisdom, foresight and knowledge.
Looking for a twist on the classic (but predictable) diamond pendant? May we suggest our Spessartite Garnet Engraved Bezel Pendant in 18Kt Pink Gold, the ruddier colors of which are a bit less showy than its diamond counterpart.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, and perhaps for the grad that may need to go the battle in the boardroom, we suggest something a bit bolder to convey strength and power, like our 18 Karat Pink Gold Tesaro Earrings.
While earrings, necklaces and bracelets are all great choices, a ring is a more constant reminder of where they’ve been and where they want to go, as it is seen while they tap-tap-tap away at their computers. Our Honeycomb Ring features 24 karat Fairmined ™ Gold and its precise hexagonal shape may appear to a mathematician or scientist; the 10mm Pierced Flora Band is in 18 karat bloomed yellow gold meanwhile is a bit more feminine; and our 12mm Cane Ring is in 18 karat bloomed yellow gold hits the note in between the two.
Another break from the tradition of diamond solitaires would be in our Quadrille series, which is styled after the beautiful blooms of the dogwood tree. The drop earrings and pendant both feature bloomed 18 karat yellow gold with diamonds bezel set in platinum.
Whatever you choose, if you keep the age, life stage and the personal style of your graduate in mind, you’re sure to choose a gift that provides a meaningful and lasting memento of this very special occasion.
Images taken by Kari Giordano of Sundae Graphics and Photography