Breakfast at Tiffany's - for the older set
January 22, 2017 5:01 PM   Subscribe

I'd like to get my mom a really nice/fancy/pricey piece of jewelry for her 70th birthday. The only high-end jeweler I know is Tiffany's and their stuff seems quite young to me. Where does one go for something high-end for a more mature woman with a slightly artsy/eccentric taste?

The cost will be shared amongst several relatives, so we can go probably up to $1,000-$1,500 in price, and ideally it would be someplace in the US that we can order from online and can ship.

posted by Toddles to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (21 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Sundance Catalog
posted by veery at 5:08 PM on January 22, 2017 [1 favorite]

What kind of thing does your mom like? Passage des Perles, a blog whose approach is totally different than mine, is written by a woman with some connections and experience about jewelry. Her posts tagged 'buying jewelry' might be of interest.

She is also very big on getting old pieces reworked (if you have an outdated ring or necklace you can get it remade in a new design and/or incorporating some new materials) if that would be of interest to your mother - that would be a more collaborative project but might be a lot of fun.

She is Canadian but works with various North American and online vendors.
posted by Frowner at 5:09 PM on January 22, 2017

I think fine jewelry (that's the phrase you want) is difficult to buy online without seeing any in person - do you have Saks or Neiman Marcus nearby? Those are good places to at least establish a baseline of designers you think would appeal to your mom and then you can order online once you've seen what's available. From quickly scanning the Saks site, she might like Ivy, Piaget, and Nikos Koulis.
posted by tatiana wishbone at 5:22 PM on January 22, 2017 [2 favorites]

Ted Muehling (at Bergdorf Goodman, but available elsewhere).
posted by mchorn at 5:22 PM on January 22, 2017 [1 favorite]

Seconding Sundance Catalog. What a really nice thing to do for your mom!
posted by mulcahy at 5:24 PM on January 22, 2017

Birks is the "Canadian Tiffany's" and they ship, generally free, to the US. Plus, your dollar will go a lot farther in Canada.
posted by angiep at 5:34 PM on January 22, 2017

Check out Blue Nile. They have elegant pieces at various prices. Free shipping and 30-day returns.
posted by Clotilde at 6:06 PM on January 22, 2017

Satomi Kawakita ( makes amazing jewelry priced from $200 up to maybe $3000. Ethical diamonds, astonishing designs. On my list for when ... someone offers me expensive jewelry.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 6:08 PM on January 22, 2017

I can't say enough good things about Miner's Den. We deal with them in person, but they have also shipped for us. If you call them or email them with what you are looking for they would be delighted to help you find just the right piece. They have a huge array of different styles, some of which aren't on their website. I got my mom a set of blue diamond marcasiste earrings and necklace there for her 80th birthday.
posted by dpx.mfx at 6:17 PM on January 22, 2017 [1 favorite]

There is also The Real Real which is a consignment website of high-end designer fashion and jewellery... One-of-a-kind pieces, some very nice necklaces and more.
posted by Clotilde at 6:31 PM on January 22, 2017

How do you feel about heirloom jewelry? Sometimes you can pick up stuff with really classic designs for lower than new prices. Here's one example, there are others you can find from that website.
posted by jessamyn at 6:33 PM on January 22, 2017 [1 favorite]

I think Joseph's is worth a look.
posted by raccoon409 at 7:08 PM on January 22, 2017

My mother is fond of Ehinger-Schwarz jewelry. Much of it comes as interchangeable pieces, so you can put together your own looks. They also have some nice-looking sets.
posted by that girl at 7:33 PM on January 22, 2017

Seconding Ted Muehling...
posted by Charity Garfein at 7:52 PM on January 22, 2017

Also came in to recommend Birks, which I think is currently having their post-Xmas sale.
posted by kmennie at 8:10 PM on January 22, 2017

Cross Jewelers has a mix of styles, from more to less traditional.
posted by gudrun at 6:45 AM on January 23, 2017

Ross Simons
posted by smokyjoe at 10:07 AM on January 23, 2017

An art gallery or juried art show.
posted by MexicanYenta at 10:42 AM on January 23, 2017

Depending on how her tastes sway, I think any mature age woman would be DELIGHTED with a Cartier anything. In that price range you could get any number from their very classic ranges.

If you're looking at Tiffany, I suspect you're also thinking about the branding at least a little. Other jewellery that would be suitable would include Herm├ęs, Bvlgari.
posted by shazzam! at 2:30 AM on January 24, 2017

If she's artsy and eccentric, a huge vote for the jewelry designer Mociun.
posted by amaire at 12:04 PM on January 24, 2017

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