We’ve sussed out a handful of local jewelry designers who have some fresh and clever ideas on how to laud your loved ones, all for under $100. Have a look:
Sea glass rings from Robby Lane Design
Robby Lane Design owner Robin Ziegelbaum of Port Washington is an avid sea glass collector, and she weaves her finds into her rings and other jewelry, which are set in sculptural, non-tarnishing silver-plated wire coated in goldtone. Some are adjustable. She also hunts for vintage stones from the 1930s and '40s and includes baroque and freshwater pearls, lapis and turquoise in some of her designs. "They're all one-of-a-kind, just like your mother," says Ziegelbaum. Her jewelry is available for sale at Wit and Whim, Port Washington. The rings run from $30 to $60. Details at robbylanedesign.com.
Minimalist for mom from Humble and Spark
Laura Dulgerian of Long Beach has worked with her family at Zachary's Fine Jewelry, based in Huntington, for a long time, and she recently set off on her own to sell modern designs that she creates for her Etsy shop, Humble and Spark. For Mother's Day she likes dainty, clean-lined stacking rings with moonstones, which she says have soothing properties, $49 at etsy.com.
Thumbprint heart from HitchLI
Joseph DeBello of HitchLI in Babylon Village sells his wares out of 1964 Shasta camper that shows up at various locations, and you can buy them online as well. His top pick for a Mother's Day gift is a silver heart designed with the actual thumbprint of up to two kids engraved by laser. "You will be wearing something from the children you love," says DeBello who, himself, dons a silver oval version of this with his son's thumbprint on it. You can either visit DeBello at one of his events or send thumbprints via phone image (use a nontoxic ink pad and press onto paper). For Mother's Day, the heart, usually $145, is on special for $98. Each heart takes seven days for completion. Details at hitchli.com, @hitchli on Instagram or call 516-860-5543.
Ankle bracelets from Love, Lisa
Veteran jewelry designer Lisa Zampolin of Massapequa makes all her jewelry for her Love, Lisa collection by hand. It's sold online and in boutiques. For Mother's Day her picks include a trio of colorful ankle bracelets ($96) with heart and flower charms attached. Sold at lovelisa.com.
Hand-stamped messages from 24ave
Inspirational, hand-stamped jewelry is a specialty of 24ave, where partners Kerri Kahn, of Manhasset, and Gale Federman, of Sea Cliff, have a favorite loving message. "To this day, when I'm getting off the phone with my kids and they say, 'I love you,' I always say, 'Love you more.' " (Her kids are 20-somethings.) That saying, along with other good options for Mother's Day, appear on hand-stamped pewter rectangles (in gold or silvertone) attached to a vivid, multicolor seed bead necklace. Orders must be in by May 2 to have the necklaces ready for Mother's Day. Available for $58 at 24ave.com.