Graduation gift: Custom, versatile keepsake necklace

It’s that time of year! Celebrate your grad with a charming, versatile necklace that can be worn in a variety of ways.

It’s that time of year!  When stress turns to relief and students become graduates. Graduations signify the end of one chapter, but also the exciting start of a journey. It’s important to celebrate the occasion with a gift that is high quality, beautiful, and commemorative.

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Hand-crafted jewelry is the perfect gift for anyone about to set off on a new adventure. All my jewelry is made in Arizona from high grade materials like ancient bronze, pyrite, recycled sterling silver, freshwater pearls, and semi-precious stones.

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I strive to create real jewelry that is captivating and unique. This year I created a customizable stamp pendant necklace, so your graduate can always have a reminder of this exciting time.

adjustable ball chain

Your choice of stone:
Kingman Turquoise • White Pearl • Garnet • Labradorite • Amethyst • Chocolate Pearl

Your choice of monogram:
Sterling Silver • Ancient Bronze

Your choice of 2018 bar:
Sterling Silver • Ancient Bronze

The chain is sterling silver faceted ball chain. But here’s the great part: it’s fully adjustable! Not sure what size to get your grad? This necklace can be worn as long as 20 inches or as short as they like. It goes with just about every neckline and shirt style – who doesn’t love versatility?

Shown here at 16 inches.


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Whether it’s high school or college, your graduate worked hard to get that diploma. Congratulations, Class of 2018! The world is your oyster!

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Style v. Fashion: The Value of Investing in Your Jewelry

Don’t become a victim of the fast fashion cycle! Why slow fashion is the future.

Slowly but surely, people are realizing the perils of “fast fashion”. If you walk through a shopping mall, the majority of what you see is “fast fashion” — trends that will come and go in a month. Sequins, frills, ruffles, chokers, plastics, cheap fabrics, and cheap jewelry.

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Flamenco Hoop Earrings

These “fashion” items are made in foreign factories, by people who often have no other choice but to work for pennies. The quality of these pieces are poor because of the quick turnaround to meet the demands of flashy “trends”. That cheap bracelet and blouse will fall apart after 3 wears, perpetuating the cycle of consumerism and throw-away culture.

Jewelry is an especially worthwhile investment for any person of style. Cheap jewelry contains metals that irritate the skin, and the shoddy craftsmanship is apparent when fake jewels and stones fall out of your rings, earrings, etc.

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Sterling silver Tableau Necklace

Investing in “slow” fashion, pieces created by designers and artists, is not only a wise financial choice (the pieces will last much longer), but a moral one. Wouldn’t you rather support a small business, who takes pride in their work and products? Or a large corporation where all they care about is quarterly profits and trapping people in a vicious fashion cycle?

Each Rosa Kilgore piece is made in Arizona, where I live and where my inspiration originates. I take pride in using high quality materials like American turquoise, recycled sterling silver, semi-precious stones, ancient bronze, and freshwater pearls. As a metalsmith and silversmith, each piece has my own fingerprints all over it – this is personal to me.

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Tree Ring Bangle Bracelet


My pieces will not fall apart after a few wearings, they are made to last as long as you care for them. I make one-of-kind pieces of art that will withstand passing “trends”. I don’t believe in buying something trendy, only to toss it away soon after when the craze passes. True style is timeless — all you need is  high-quality, unique pieces and confidence.


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Mother’s Day gift ideas: beautiful, hand-crafted jewelry

This Mother’s Day, get her something special. While fashion trends may come and go, artisan jewelry is an investment worth making.

Mothers. They do it all: nurture, teach, comfort, inspire. They raise us up right, care for us when we’re sick, and support us. Moms are our first friends in the world, and the bond we form with them cannot be replicated. Though we should celebrate them all the time, there is one designated day of the year to highlight the importance of these wonderful women.

southwestern cross necklace
Plump Cross Necklace on Pearl Chain

This Mother’s Day, get her something special. While fashion trends may come and go, artisan jewelry is an investment worth making. The gift of handmade jewelry tells her you understand that she is special and worthy of wearable art.

rose quartz hoop earrings
Large Hoop Earrings with Faceted Rose Quartz

Rosa Kilgore jewelry is made by hand, one piece at a time with love and care, right here in Arizona. Each mama is unique – and so is each pair of my hoop earrings, each statement necklace. Hand crafted with classic elements like rose quartz, sterling silver, freshwater pearls, and ancient bronze – my jewelry is current, yet timeless.

long pyrite necklace
Double Dream Necklace on Pyrite

No two moms or step-moms are alike. If you’re lucky like me, you have the best of each. Thank you to Lele and T-Bird for being my inspiration, my mentors, and my friends. I love you both so much!

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