Celebrating New Beginnings

July 29th, 2022 by

*Sponsored by Champaign Jewelers

I’m trying to soak up these sweltering summer days, because right on the other side of this heat-wave is back to school mania. 

As a kid, August always felt like the real start of the new year (sorry January). It makes sense, this time of year is filled with new beginnings- it’s wedding season, graduation-party season, back to school season, new job season, and maybe even a new start just because. 

What better way to mark the occasion than with jewels? Our friends at Champaign Jewelers gave us their top tips for selecting jewelry as a gift to celebrate new beginnings!  


Stay classy, graduate. You can’t go wrong with tried and true classics. Think pearls, diamonds, and watches. Let’s start with pearls. Go for pearl stud earrings and necklaces. These classic pieces will be on repeat again and again.

Wearing pearl studs and necklace!

Diamonds. This is the gift in my opinion. Diamond stud earrings and diamond necklaces can be worn with anything. From a power suit, to a flowy dress for a summer wedding, to jeans and a t-shirt, diamond pieces will instantly elevate any outfit. We think your grad will get the most wear out of these pieces and BONUS, Champaign Jewelers has a trade in program on their diamond studs. Meaning, if you gift your grad diamond stud earrings, they can upgrade to larger carat earrings at any time and just pay the difference. What an awesome and meaningful gift that allows your grad to keep rewarding themself as they move through all of life’s milestones.

Watches. While sliding into your lecture hall late may have been ok in college, it just ain’t going to cut it in the workplace. Gift your grad a watch so they can always be on time and look super classy as they get spiffed up for the office. This is the perfect gift for graduates who might have to start dressing up on a regular basis for their jobs.


BIG Sparkles.  Why not go big when celebrating something as big as a new start to life together? These feather earrings pack a big, sparkly punch.

Something Blue. This bracelet is a wedding-day stunner that’ll help any bride complete her “something old, something new, something borrowed, something…..blue!”

Pearls with a POP. Pearls are a classic choice, but these pearls have a fun twist that elevates these earrings into wedding day WOW. We are big fans of earrings that are special enough for a wedding and can transition to your day-to-day life. These totally will.


Classics that transition. This diamond chain necklace is perfect for desk to drinks. It pairs so well with SO much. A gift that becomes a wardrobe work-horse is the best kind of gift.

Add to the stack. Nothing is more chic than a beautiful stack on your wrist. This modern take on a diamond bracelet will elevate any office outfit.

Pearl necklace. Look, classics are classics for a reason. This necklace can be worn for any work (or wedding) occasion. With a suit? Yes. With jeans and a blouse? Yes. No matter the outfit question, when it comes to pearls….it’s yes. 

We saved our TOP TIP for last- work with a local jeweler.  Here’s why- not only do most clean/ inspect your jewelry for free (and trust us, this will come in SUPER handy during the summer when jewelry is more prone to getting gunky from sunblock, lotions, oils, etc…) but they also take a really personalized approach to helping you find that just right piece that’ll fit your budget and the style of the person you’re gifting to. 
Cheers to all those starting new beginnings, and here’s to adding a bit of sparkle to the next chapter!
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