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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.



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