All Is Bright

Jewelry is one of my favourite Christmas gifts. Just ask my friends / family – most years, at least a handful of them will nab some sparkly thing I’ve spotted somewhere. And for good reason. Any gal will tell you she can never have enough of the shiny stuff, and there are so many talented designers out there, it’s nearly impossible to get bored with the selection. Today’s featured brand, Jewelry by Andrea, is one such talented designer. Working out of her studio in Calgary, Alberta, Andrea hand makes each of her pieces using exotic and interesting fair trade materials from far-flung destinations like Nepal, Tibet, Thailand and Ghana. Many of her pieces have a spiritual, soothing vibe to them, yet they blend in seamlessly with everyone from a corporate queen’s daytime look to a busy mom-on-the-go’s daily ensembles to your boho best friend’s chic festival wear. And with that, I’ve handpicked a few of my most fave ideas for gift-giving this season! Jewelry by Andrea Crystal Hamsa Zen DropCrystal Hamsa Zen Drop Necklace – $45
I love hamsas and always will – I’ve probably written about various hamsa-related items on this blog a half-dozen times by now. For the uninitiated, a hamsa is an ancient symbol of protection and good will, designed to ward off evil spirits. With Middle Eastern / African origins, it’s a cool way to bring a little ethnic flair to your wardrobe. That’s why this simple silver necklace tops my own wish list (and makes a nifty pick for anyone that’s into yoga). However, if you’re looking for something a little different, Jewelry by Andrea carries a range of pretty hamsa gem-embedded pieces. And if hamsas aren’t your thing like they are mine, you can also search by symbol to pull up options representing everything from a straightforward cross to the zen-inducing tree of life to the super trendy infinity symbol. Jewelry by Andrea Simply Stunning Zen EarringsSimply Stunning Zen Earrings – $45 each
Speaking of Middle Eastern flair, you’ll see a lot of pieces with an exotic vibe to them in Jewelry by Andrea’s line. Case in point? These delicate, fretwork-laden earrings that manage to be light and detailed at the same time. Pieces like these amp up the eye-catching factor whether your daily outfit consists of a tee and jeans or a corporate suit, and given they’re available in both gold and silver, you can buy whichever pair best matches with the rest of your accessories. Also awesome? They ship worldwide, for free. So if you’re shopping for a far away friend, consider this a great destination to save on shipping. Jewelry by Andrea Garnet Moon NecklaceGarnet Moon Necklace – $99
How’s this for a mighty big accomplishment from a one-woman shop? Jewelry by Andrea has actually been featured on The CW’s smash hit The Vampire Diaries. In many ways, it’s a perfect pairing – as I mentioned, a lot of the pieces from Jewelry by Andrea have a slightly mystical, ethereal vibe to them, making them blend seamlessly into the style of TVD’s Elena. This particular piece packs a lot of wow into a streamlined package, with January’s garnet birthstone taking centre stage and a half-moon pendant from Bali symbolizing gratitude and enthusiasm. It’s a winning pick whether you’re a TVD fan, interested in moon cycles, or simply wanting to add a chic piece to your jewelry wardrobe. Jewelry by Andrea Athena EarringsAthena Earrings – $35 each
Although many pieces in the Jewelry by Andrea line are made of metal, there’s also a heavy integration of gem-hued stones, including a prevalence of that holy trinity: rubies, sapphires and emeralds (not real, of course). If you’re looking for a fantastic gift under $40, may I point you in the direction of the line’s Athena Earrings, which come in all three of the aforementioned shades, plus a dusky grey. These simple danglers catch the light beautifully and won’t drag down your earlobes, making them comfortable to wear all day. They’re an ideal choice for your best friend, sister, or mother-in-law – especially because, like all Jewelry by Andrea items, they come pre-packaged in their own convenient little pouch inspired by lands far, far away. Jewelry by Andrea Feather & Leather NecklaceFeather & Leather Necklace – $85
If I’m going to do boho – this is how I do it. Namely that edgy, sort of festival-chic look, with dangling pendants and nods to classic hippie motifs, all of which are present in this funky necklace. Strands of chain are interspersed with a sweet feather charm, leather tassel, and sparkly crystals. It’s the kind of piece that’ll go with anything from an oversized sweater for a lazy weekend brunch to a tank and cut-offs for a weekend spent at a music festival. And it’s a wonderful choice for your girlfriend, sibling, or very most bestest gal pal in the world. Love it!

These are just five of the wonderful picks from a pretty extensive range over at Jewelry by Andrea. There are tons more spiritual, zen-influenced jewelry, as well as more subtle picks that’ll add a bit of sparkle and shine to your look. Like I said, the brand does ship worldwide, but knowing that they’re in Canada should give you peace-of-mind that you can peruse and place an order till pretty close to Christmas. And speaking of that, I’ve got a gift for you all! I’m giving away two $75 Jewelry by Andrea gift codes for you to shop to your heart’s content. Want to score one?

Here’s how to enter:

1) First off, pay a visit to the Jewelry by Andrea website and do some browsing. Then, leave me a comment by midnight on November 24, 2014 with a link back to your favourite piece(s) for gifting or getting. There you go – you’ve got an entry!

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around November 25, 2014 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entries: You can nab two extra entries into this awesome draw. For each bonus entry, be sure to leave proof of your activity in a separate comment. That means if you do the base entry + the bonus entries for this giveaway, you’ll have three separate comments total.

Like Jewelry by Andrea on Facebook and leave a comment noting your favourite piece from the collection. Link back to your comment below.

Sign up for the Jewelry by Andrea email newsletter and tell me you’ve done so below (your email address will be verified based on whatever email you’re leaving a comment with, as a heads up). As a special bonus, you’ll score a 20% discount to Jewelry by Andrea, just for signing up!

95 Responses to “All Is Bright”
  1. dorcontest says:

    I adore the Emeral hoops here: Beautiful
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  2. dorcontest says:

    I subscribed to their newsletter.
    dorcontest@gmail dot com

  3. aly3360 says:

    I like her page on FB and I commented.

  4. aly3360 says:

    I also subscribed to their mailing list. ayoung3360 (at) gmail (dot) com

    I would choose the crystal moon necklace – thanks! It will make a great Christmas gift for my daughter!

  6. Thanks Brittany for such a wonderful review. I love the pieces you highlighted.

  7. Reblogged this on Jewelry by Andrea and commented:
    Want to win a $75 gift certificate? Check out the Canadian Gift Guide top jewelry picks & enter for your chance to win. Huge thanks to Brittany for such a wonderful post.

  8. Cahley Tod-Tims says:

    I love the Bear Spirit Necklace

  9. Shelley N says:

    I tend to love earrings so my favourites would be Eternity-Zen since it would go with anything and can be dressed up or down and Elegant -Aqua since it is a lovely blue green

  10. S.Hirano says:

    I like these Elegant Aqua earrings since I would wear them with everythng. I really like her necklaces too, and I like that the pieces are made in Canada. Good prices too.

  11. Cairine says:

    I liked the blue pendant, very pretty colour, the plum one was also very nice.

  12. Susan says:

    I would like the Aqua Dew Drop necklace for myself.

  13. Bonnie says:

    I would love to win the hamsa

  14. Angela Mitchell says:

    I love the Feather and Leather necklace for myself:

  15. Donna L. says:

    I like the cleo capri earrings for myself.

  16. Alison K says:

    Visited Jewelry by Andrea website and my favourite pieces for getting or giving would be The South Seas, Goddess Eternity Knot, and Nepali Tourmaline

  17. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry: Signed up for the Jewelry by Andrea email newsletter and just waiting for the email confirmation. Thanks

  18. Renee Lacasse says:

    i like the earrings

  19. Janina Kraus says:

    The earrings are the bomb!

  20. Taps says:

    I like the crystal moon necklace fro my sister in law.

  21. Maryanne says:

    Subscribed to the email!

  22. Maggie Davidson says:

    The EMERALD DROPS are my favourite. Its my mothers birthstone so it would be a fab gift for her!

  23. Victoria Ess says:

    Subscribed to the newsletter

  24. janicour says:

    Signed up and used my 20% discount Thanks!!!

  25. nicolthepickle says:
    I like these baroque Earrings. They’re so feminine.

  26. nicolthepickle says:

    Fb comment

  27. CLC says:

    A beautiful selection. Too difficult to choose just one.

  28. mcmc says:

    This would be a fantastic gift for someone I consider very special

  29. beewbedard says:

    Signed up for the newsletter brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  30. Pat B (@bcgirll) says:

    love this quartz medallion

  31. SueSueper says:

    I would love to gift the ENLIGHTENED BUDDHA earrings.

  32. SueSueper says:

    Here is my comment on Jewelry by Andrea facebook page.

  33. Trevor Matychuk says:

    My daughter would love the Coin Medallion. She loves necklaces.

  34. Erin McSweeney says:

    i love this beautiful necklace…

  35. Elaine R says:

    Love the Crystal Moon Necklace!

  36. Cheryl says:
    This one is one of my favourites. I love the bead colour and the pendant.

    I’m also fascinated with this Buddha necklace with it’s double chain. Very unique.

  37. katydidit21 says:

    So hard to choose. I love the Japanese Maple necklace.

  38. Janice Lewis says:

    Love the colours in this bracelet. Totally unique!!

  39. Janet says:

    I love the Tribal Turquoise Bracelet-so beautiful. In fact everything on this page is beautiful!

  40. I love this one,I would love to gift or receive this!

  41. Jason Quarrie says:

    I love the intricacy of these earrings – I’d totally get them for my girlfriend!

  42. Valerie Gibson says:

    I commented on my favourite piece on Facebook:

  43. Valerie Gibson says:

    I signed up for the newletter

  44. Joan G. says:

    I really like the Black Peacock Earring.

  45. joyce s. says: I think this necklace is cute.

  46. Julia H says:

    My favourite for gifting is the Crystal Tree of Life Necklace.

  47. Shelley N says:

    Liked Jewellery by Andrea on FB and commented re my favourite piece

  48. Tracy says:

    I love this: it would be for me for sure -maybe wrapped and under the tree though LOL!

  49. Karen Daniel says:

    Hawiian Market Mother of Pearl is gorgeous! Would love to give this to a friend

  50. Evren Ay says:

    Beautiful jewelry, I love the aqua dew drop, something to show off to my friends!

  51. Evren Ay says:

    Liked on facebook, very stylish jewelry!

  52. Evren Ay says:

    Joined the email list! Thanks for introducing this great line!

  53. Susan T. says:

    I would love this necklace for myself:

  54. Grace says:

    My favourite piece is this necklace:

  55. Grace says:

    I’ve also signed up for the email list!

  56. darci p says:

    This is super cool jewellery I love: because I am big on stones and this with the talon holding the gem…wow!

  57. Shelley N says:

    signed up for Andrea’s newsletter

  58. Brenda Penton says:

    My favourite piece is the Eternal True Love

  59. Tani says:

    This piece is beautiful, my mother would love it

    I happily subscribed to the newsletter, all these pieces are so pretty!

  60. Francine says:

    I love the (just wish it was MY birthstone)

  61. kim heintz says:

    So many beautiful pieces. This is my favorite.

  62. Sarah N. says:

    This is a beauty for giving or getting:

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