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Six Memorable Jewelry Gift Ideas for New Graduates

Surprise the new graduate with a special, enduring token of everything that they’ve achieved.




AFTER YEARS of hard work and study, this year’s new graduates have earned a break from their books and the admiration of their family and friends. Gifts that help remind them of home, maintain memories of their beloved university or put them a stylish step ahead of their post-grad competition will be enduring tokens of all that they’ve achieved.

Graduation jewelry gifts for 2016


NECKLACE: Sterling silver college necklace with gold-plated heart and crystal ball accents

TELL ’EM THIS: Just because she’s leaving her alma mater behind doesn’t mean she can’t show school pride. She’ll be reminded of happy times when she wears this necklace. They’re made for a huge number of universities and sororities, too.

WHO’S IT FOR?: Outspoken alumnae

MSRP: $69

(248) 336-9347 |


necklace: Pearl necklace in 14K yellow gold and diamonds

TELL ’EM THIS: Pearl strands are iconic, elegant and a great gift for a rite of passage, but sometimes — especially to young people — they’re a little intimidating. This necklace, with its pearls of graduated sizes and off-center diamond accents that twinkle, is the ideal alternative.

WHO’S IT FOR?: Not-so-prim pearl fanciers

MSRP: $850

(212) 398-0606 |


BRACELET: Leather bracelet with sterling silver and gold-plated gemstone charms

TELL ’EM THIS: The chic leather bracelet is a contemporary foundation for a charm bracelet, whether wearing only one or a whole collection. Begin with a starter charm that celebrates something she loves and watch her bracelet evolve with time.

WHO’S IT FOR?: Someone who’s still discovering her style

MSRP: $270 (as shown)

(855) 665-8555 |



WATCH:38mm Movado Bold watch with quartz movement and stainless steel and yellow gold ion-plated case and link bracelet

TELL ’EM THIS: Watches might not be essential for keeping time as they once were but this sleek, unisex model is as much jewelry as it is a timepiece. Its shine adds an ultra modern, sophisticated element to getting dressed.

WHO’S IT FOR?: Punctual sticklers for style

MSRP: $795

(800) 810-2311 |


NECKLACE: State necklace on a 16-inch chain

TELL ’EM THIS: Even if she’s leaving her hometown, she can keep a reminder of it with her always. These state necklaces are available in sterling silver or gold (and with an optional diamond to mark the location of a city). They’re the perfect way to connect to others who are from the same part of the world.

WHO’S IT FOR?: The grad who’s moving far away

MSRP: $130 to $445

(213) 627-2756 |


STUDS: 14K Maddie white gold studs with moonstone (0.43 TCW) and diamonds (0.07 TCW)

TELL ’EM THIS: Studs never miss, but with moonstones they feel slightly less formal and have a hint of color, too. The pointed diamond details give the earrings an edge. She’ll wear them to work and stick with them after hours.

WHO’S IT FOR?: The grad who wants to look polished, minus the effort

MSRP: $370 

(310) 550-0716 |

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 edition of INSTORE.



When There’s No Succession Plan, Call Wilkerson

Bob Wesley, owner of Robert C. Wesley Jewelers in Scottsdale, Ariz., was a third-generation jeweler. When it was time to enjoy life on the other side of the counter, he weighed his options. His lease was nearing renewal time and with no succession plan, he decided it was time to call Wilkerson. There was plenty of inventory to sell and at first, says Wesley, he thought he might try to manage a sale himself. But he’s glad he didn’t. “There’s no way I could have done this as well as Wilkerson,” he says. Wilkerson took responsibility for the entire event, with every detail — from advertising to accounting — done, dusted and managed by the Wilkerson team. “It’s the complete package,” he says of the Wilkerson method of helping jewelers to easily go on to the next phase of their lives. “There’s no way any retailer can duplicate what they’ve done.”

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