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This holiday season we would like to showcase the Top 5 Holiday gifts for our customers. Each piece featured below invokes the holiday season in its own particular way. You can also think of this blog as a primer or Greenville Gift Guide for jewelry shopping this Christmas, as it provides a list of gemstones commonly bought as gifts for her over the holidays.

1. The Greenville Ornament Sphere

Given the popularity of the Greenville Sphere Pendant, released just last month, we decided to reinterpret this piece’s iconic design as a holiday keepsake. The Greenville Sphere Ornament, like our pendant, contains the original six figures representing the South Carolina Upstate—the Greenville Logo, the Liberty Bridge, the Peace Angel, the Poinsettia, Greenville’s Midtown “M,” and the Butterflies—but also adds one exclusive symbol (pictured below) in the “Swamp Rabbit.”

Each year, we will release a new Christmas ornament to adorn your tree with a different symbol and the year. 3-D printed in white, red, or green nylon and sprayed with gold glitter, the Greenville Ornament Sphere is a 50mm holiday treasure that you can hang from your tree on its ⅜ inch ribbon. The Greenville Ornament is also available in solid sterling silver – the perfect luxury gift for “the person who has everything”.

Iconic Greenville Ornaments
Iconic Greenville Ornaments in white, green and red nylon with gold glitter and in solid sterling silver

2. Diamond Loop Jackets

As Ms. Monroe breathlessly intoned, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Make your Christmas gift for her special with llyn strong’s Black Diamond Loop Jackets featured here with 18k white gold huggies and 25.52 carats of black diamonds.

We don’t know about you, but we’ve yet to hear a woman say, “yuck, I can’t believe you bought me diamonds this year.” As a Christmas surprise—this being the season for engagement things after all—you can never go wrong with diamonds. But, again, don’t take our word for it: Ms. Monroe is more than happy to set you men straight. 

18k White Gold Black Diamond Loop Jackets
18k White Gold Black Diamond Loop Jackets

3. 2021 “Heaven Sent Heart” Unbreakable Heart Necklace

Yet another custom jewelry design from llyn strong artisans, our “Heaven Sent Heart” makes an equally perfect gift for those celebrating their first Christmas together and those celebrating their fiftieth together.

This necklace features angel wings, which readers of our blog will know carries a special significance for us. No holiday Greenville Gift Guide would be complete without the mention of angels, which feature strongly as part of the landscape of downtown Greenville, flying above the lobby of the Peace Center.

This breathtaking necklace is adorned with rubies whose bright red hue make them a natural fit for the holiday season. Worn over a sweater, our “Heaven Sent Heart” necklace, is the perfect Christmas gift for her.

4. Blue Sapphire Halo Ring

This piece features the most recognizable and popular of sapphire colors—blue sapphires. With a tone that ranges from deep blue velvet to crisp cornflower, blue sapphires have a long history as an iconic Christmas gemstone given their association and meaning as a symbol of celestial faith and hope.

Interestingly, although many typically think engagement rings must be diamonds, blue sapphires have a longer history in nuptials. For instance, female members of the British Royal Family, namely Princess Diana and Kate, have often worn blue sapphires in place of diamonds.

Designed by llyn strong, our Blue Sapphire Halo Ring, encircled with diamonds, makes a gesture of commitment this holiday season. If you’re looking for a blue sapphire jewelry set, look no further than llyn strong.

5. Jubilee Butterfly Clasp

Last month, in introducing the Greenville Sphere Pendant, we wrote about the significance of butterflies to Greenville. Thanks to local artist Yuri Tsuzuki, the butterfly will forever be etched into the landscape of the Upstate.

The Jubilee Butterfly Clasp contains a number of stones sure to make holiday season bright—a rose cut sapphire head, white and champagne diamond body and hand carved druzy wings surrounded by multicolor sapphires. The clasp can be worn as a brooch as well as from a modullyn strand or chain.

Our full catalog of holiday designer jewelry is available at our website.

Wishing you and your family a peaceful holiday from llyn strong fine art jewelry.

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