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Where to find meaningful jewelry for friends

Info Guru, Catalogs.com
Monday, September 25, 2017

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Wings and heart
Pick something truly symbolic for someone whose friendship you treasure.
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Meaningful jewelry isn't hard to find if you know where to look

Friendship is a powerful and important part of all our lives, and there are times when you really need to show a good friend just how much you appreciate them. Jewelry is a natural fit since it is timeless and often meaningful. Here are a few ideas of where to find that perfect symbolic piece for the person who lights up your life and keeps you hanging in there. 

The World Wide Web

The internet is a good place to start your search for jewelry for a special friend, especially if you already have an idea of what you want. Online jewelry shops are searchable and can have all sorts of unique gift ideas you may not have found just wandering through your local mall. Type in “angel wings,” for example, and you will see every version that store has to offer with angel wing jewelry.

Not only does this cut down on time by negating the need to sift through shelves and shelves of things that are definitely not “it,” but this also presents you with several options so you won’t feel you have to settle for the first thing you see. As an added bonus, if your soul sister or brother lives far away, you can usually have your gift shipped directly to them rather than having to fiddle with the postage yourself.

Some websites even have a gift option that allows you to attach a special message for your dear recipient. And isn’t there something magical about getting unexpected presents in the mail? Creating an air of mystery, even if it’s just for long enough for them to rip open the package, will give your sentiment an impact they’ll remember for years to come.





Off the Beaten Path

When hunting for a piece of jewelry that is truly meaningful, big box stores may not be the best option. Often, the very best finds are those one-of-a-kind items that you stumble upon, almost by accident. With your best bud in mind, start frequenting antiques shops, curiosity shops, art fairs, and farmers’ markets. Make the odd and unusual your place to be.

You never know what amazing, unique, exactly-the-thing thing you might find at that church bizarre or your town’s annual craft fair. And giving something that hasn’t been mass-marketed, is handmade, or comes from a time period beloved by your BFF will make this symbolic gift that much more important to them.
 
From Your Hands to Their Heart

The fact is, when it comes to symbolic, significant gifts, you can’t beat handmade. If you are at all creatively inclined, consider making that perfect piece of jewelry yourself. Jewelry making doesn’t have to be difficult. There are lots of books and how-to videos out there to show you the basics. This is a great option, too, if you have something special you want to incorporate into the piece.

Found items from locations you visited with your friend and confidante often make for great and unusual pieces of jewelry. Think a pretty stone you picked up on a walk you took with your friend, an autumn leaf you preserved in wax paper, or a particularly meaningful phrase you can transcribe into a bit of clay, which can then be turned into a pendant.

With handmade, the sky’s the limit – you pick the colors, materials, and general composition of the whole thing. This in turn will become a symbol of your enduring friendship which your go-to guy or gal will treasure for always. 

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