This post is sponsored by Gemvara

We are flying across the country today (leaving our sweet baby at home in the good hands of his grandparents) and I have one heck of a giveaway for you!


Gemvara is a company that offers handcrafted, customizable jewelry featuring more than 20 different natural gemstones and nine precious metals. Every piece is handcrafted by artisans in New York City and delivered within two weeks. There is always free shipping, and you have 101 days to consider a return to ensure you love everything you buy.


Pure Cushion Small Earrings // Pure Cushion Medium Earrings // Pure Double Earrings

To design a piece, simply chose your style, pick out a gemstone and select your metal type. There are so many pretty stone colors to choose from, and you can mix and match them all:


Gemvara sent me a collection of jewelry to photograph and showcase for this post. I was very nervous to have this much gorgeous and expensive jewelry in my possession! Of course they were all stunning.


Cushion-Cut Amethyst Garnet Candace Ring // Cushion-Cut Aquamarine Candace Ring // Oval Ballerina Ring

My favorite was the Cushion-Cut Candace ring with Aquamarine – so gorgeous it could be an engagement ring!


And this pendant necklace, the Pure Round Pendant, looked gorg in my grandmother’s vintage jewelry box. It wanted to staaaay!


To give me a taste of the customization experience, Gemvara offered to send me a piece to keep. Knowing my love for blue and aqua, I chose this set of Round-Cut Halo Earrings with a Blue Topaz center stone and Aquamarine accent stones as the halo.


I have already worn them every day for the past week!


Today might be your lucky day to win a $1,000 credit so you can customize your own Gemvara piece!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Visit Gemvara and enter your email

2. Browse around the site and comment back on this post with a piece of jewelry that caught your eye!

A random winner will be selected on September 4.

And for everyone, by clicking this link you’ll automatically get 15% off any purchase for the next 72 hours!


This post was sponsored by Gemvara. I have no incentive for you to purchase through any of the above links – enjoy the discount!



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