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Milestone Birthday Gift Ideas: Jewelry Edition | GLDN

Written by GLDN Team — July 09, 2024

Milestone Birthday Gift Ideas: Jewelry Edition | GLDN

Every birthday is special…but some birthdays are pull-out-all-the-stops occasions that deserve to be celebrated to the highest degree. But how do you make their birthday gift feel unique, meaningful and one-of-a-kind? Enter: our top jewelry pieces for every big birthday on the calendar.


15th Birthday Gift Ideas

Quinceañera Jewelry Sets

The perfect age to transition from fast-fashion jewelry to pieces that’ll last. Most 15-year-olds have very few pieces of high-quality jewelry (if any at all!) and there’s no easier way to kick-start their collection than with a curated jewelry set. Our Signature Stacking Stud Set and GLDN Essentials Set are two of our favorites for getting someone started with classic, timeless basics they can build on in the future…though any of our jewelry sets will do the trick.


16th Birthday Gift Ideas

Flowers That Last Forever

For a sweet 16 gift that’s equally playful and symbolic (AKA jewelry a 16-year-old would love now and cherish later), you can’t go wrong with a piece from our Flora Collection: jewelry personalized with your choice of 25+ hand-illustrated flowers. Choose their birth flower, their favorite flower or a flower that reminds you of them, and have it hand-stamped on a necklace, ring or bracelet.

PS: We break down the symbolism behind each flower in this journal!


18th Birthday Gift Ideas

Modern Birthstones

Nothing against traditional birthstones…but some colors leave much to be desired. Enter: our range of modern, jewel-toned birthstones that an 18-year-old (or literally anyone) would actually want to wear. The tiny-but-mighty Aura Pendant Necklace is a fan favorite, as are the Aura Birthstone Hoops and Aura Gemstone Studs. These pieces are personal and special while still being wearable for everyday—the perfect compromise between quality for them…and cost for you.


21st Birthday Gift Ideas

Travel Jewelry Essentials

Of all the themes associated with 21st birthdays, a big one is freedom. And whether your giftee is a world traveler or local weekender, a special jewelry case is a thoughtful gift that doubles as an excuse to get out of town. Our Signature Jewelry Case is made with plant-fiber vegan leather, an anti-tarnish lining and all the storage they need whether they’re just starting their collection or if they’ve been collecting for years.


30th Birthday Gift Ideas

Solid Gold Heirlooms

We know you’re *technically* an adult when you turn 18…but 30 is, like, adult adult. And an adult adult deserves a piece of solid gold in their jewelry collection. From the herringbone Taiya Chain to the ever-shining Liquid Gold Chain to our collection of solid gold studs, there are hundreds of ways to surprise the 30-year-old in your life and stave off any of their existential dread with a luxe jewelry piece.


50th Birthday Gift Ideas

Graceful Pearls

Believed to be tears of the gods in ancient Greece and a manifestation of the moon in ancient China, pearls have a rich and storied history. They’re the only precious gemstone formed inside of a living thing and each pearl is truly one-of-a-kind, like a snowflake or fingerprint! There are few gifts as special as a piece of pearl jewelry—timeless, elegant and a truly iconic addiction to any jewelry collection. The Organic Pearl Strand Necklace, Baroque Pearl Necklace and Baroque Pearl Studs are a few of our favorites that feel especially luxurious…and a 50th anniversary calls for just that.


70th Birthday Gift Ideas

Custom Family Keepsakes

The sweetest way to celebrate a life well-lived: a piece of personalized jewelry that tells their story. Customize our best-selling Bennett Necklace with the names of their kids or grandkids, inscribe the initials of them and their partner on a Memoire Ring or choose a piece of symbolic jewelry that represents their passions, interests or personality. Our personalized pieces can be made in 14k gold fill, sterling silver or solid gold, so you can find the style that suits the rest of their collection (and your budget, too!).


100th Birthday Gift Ideas

Diamonds & White Sapphires

100 YEARS—now that’s something to celebrate. Show them what a gem they are with a piece that brings out their radiance, like the Prisma White Sapphire Necklace, the Grace Diamond Studs or the Sylvia White Sapphire Ring: all timeless classics that will make them feel seen, loved and celebrated in a whole new way. These pieces will fit seamlessly into the rest of their jewelry collection, and feel like an instant heirloom the second they unwrap it. Here’s to many more years. 💎


Milestone Birthday Gift Guide

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Bonus: every piece comes wrapped in our signature gift-ready box with a care card, polishing cloth and letterpress note inside!


Happy gifting, 

Team GLDN ✨

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