Special Guest Post by Elephantine: Belissima and Koko Necklaces

If you're looking for sweetly simple jewelry perfect for everyday wear, made by a woman whom you instantly want to be bestest friends with, then Rachel of Elephantine (pieces range from $28-40) is your gal. Her blog is chockablock full of her quirky, inspiring online finds and scenes from life with her significant other, S., and pets Rufus and Bodhi.

I remember my first love affair with jewelry: I was eight years old, picking out a Christmas gift for my mom. "You choose," my dad offered, and drunk with power, I grabbed a pair of beautiful gold and pink pearl earrings. Did I say beautiful? I meant hideous. They looked like the kind of gaudy junk my Barbies wore.

Gift unwrapped, my mom feigned glee. "At least Rachel's good at math," she was probably thinking. "That will get her somewhere in life."

My new jewelry line, Elephantine, is in some ways an attempt to right my childhood fashion faux pax. The collection is simple, sweet, and has just the right amount of glimmer. Two of my personal favorites are the Bellissima necklace, ($36) adorned with small brass coins that seem to be in constant motion, and the Koko necklace, ($34) a single organic oval accented by a sangria-colored bead. They're both so delicate, easy to wear, and instant mood lifters. These necklaces are all about subtle beauty. They're the anti-Barbies. This time, I got it right.

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