6 Shops We’re Loving for Birthstone Jewelry
Photo by Dani Barbe
Good news, gem lovers: Birthstone jewelry is having a major moment, and Etsy sellers are making the most of it with a range of beautifully reimagined twists on the classics. From fashion-forward ruby and garnet ombré bracelets to playful opal studs shaped like glittering giraffes, the unexpected pieces from these expert designers and curators encourage you to pile on any—and every—stone that suits your personal style, no matter where on the calendar your birthday falls. Read on to discover six unique birthstone jewelry collections we’re currently crushing on, and let their distinctive designs inspire your next gift idea, milestone marker, or one-of-a-kind keepsake meant just for you.
It’s no wonder Dani Barbe’s trendy pieces have a bit of edge to them—the Maryland-based designer hails from the rock ‘n’ roll world as a former singer-songwriter. “I originally designed for myself—the type of jewelry I wished I could find,” she says. From rings studded with multicolored gem clusters to bold, raw-stone ear climbers, Dani’s inventive collection offers a statement-making alternative to more traditional presentations. “My aesthetic is more playful and wearable,” Dani says. “I describe it as ‘imperfectly perfect.’” For a fresh take on sporting your signature stone, we’re loving her chunky, gem-encrusted hoops for their rocker-chic notice-me factor.
Nature-lovers will find plenty of pretty reasons to spring for an enchanting keepsake from Every Bear Jewel. Elegantly hand-carved with motifs of twigs and leaves—and even a whimsical assortment of four-legged wildlife—these outdoors-inspired stunners from Toronto-based designer Setsuko Sanagawa make natural conversation pieces. “I aim to give wearers peace of mind with my botanical designs and spread cheer with my animal line,” Setsuko says. With a variety of birthstone options and a charming selection of creatures to choose from (we’re partial to her two-toned cat rings and delightful giraffe posts), it’s easy to find a symbolic gift for the pet parent or wilderness explorer in your life.
Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect present for a loved one or for yourself, Nadirah Bostick’s layering-friendly line of bangles, necklaces, and rings promises something sparkly and special to suit every ensemble. Offering a veritable rainbow of dainty, modern pieces specifically designed for stacking, New Jersey-based Aquarian Thoughts has become a go-to for maximalists looking to build their own unique look with multiple stones at a time. Nadirah’s personal accessorizing approach? “The more the merrier. If you mix metals and styles, and each one is something you’re really attracted to, then it’s meaningful. It tells its own story,” she says.
If heirloom jewels aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when browsing for birthstones, one look at Maejean Vintage’s dazzling preloved pieces will convince you otherwise. Featuring a dramatic array of antique and upcycled gemstones—from southwestern-style turquoise all the way to engagement-ready aquamarines—this tastefully curated shop’s on-trend collection is proof that everything old becomes new again. “The most rewarding thing is that we’re giving all these exquisite pieces a chance to have another life with someone who cares about them,” says Amanda Hornberger, who runs the shop out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania with her sister Laura. Another built-in bonus? Choosing vintage is an Earth-friendly way to fill your jewelry box with personality.
Whether you’re celebrating the birth of your second child with a personalized multi-stone charm, commemorating graduation day with a popular pair of starburst posts, or popping the question with a sapphire haloed in diamonds, the brilliant cuts and radiant hues in Envero Jewelry’s gemstone collection are ideal for moments meant to be remembered. “I want my pieces to be an introduction to the world of fine jewelry,” says New York designer Kat Envero. And though her luxurious lineup includes plenty of classic shapes including solitaires and polished studs, birthstone hunters will also enjoy a mix of unorthodox yet timeless options, like a sculptural art deco opal ring or an open cuff diamond bangle.
“I love to use beads and stones to tell a little story that your eye can follow along the length of a piece of jewelry,” says Joanne Poore, owner of UK-based Artique Boutique. Using an unconventional pairing of organic silhouettes and slimline chains, Joanne has created a boho-luxe line filled with teardrop-shaped gemstone pendants, dangly multi-layered earrings, and showstopper ombré necklaces and bracelets. For an approachable place to dive in, we recommend her extensive collection of simple yet sophisticated studs, which spans the birthstone calendar. “Try a fresh stone or color as a way to update an outfit for the new season,” Joanne suggests. “Play is a great way to discover and express your own unique spirit.”
Rachel Mosely is an editor and writer living in Brooklyn, New York.