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threads09.pngJewelry designer Asha Patel believes jewelry should mean something to both the designer and wearer. With this philosophy in mind, she launched her most recent collection, Threads, last month. Threads includes nine symbols that translate into different meanings from different parts of the world. The pendants are made of hand-cast sterling and hang on colored silk cords.

The necklaces ($45 each), including OM, Peace, Heart, Lotus, Clover and Ribbon are designed to bring the wearer luck, love, peace of mind and more. As if that’s not enough to ask from a piece of jewelry, a portion of sales from three of the styles, Ribbon, Peace and Lotus benefit charities of Patel’s choosing (the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Doctors Without Borders and Asha for Education, respectively).

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Dasha Boutique Amethyst Double Drop HoopsHandmade by San Francisco-based artisans, Dasha Boutique’s attention-grabbing jewelry is entirely customizable, so you can make each piece your own by selecting the elements of your choice. These delicate amethyst and textured sterling silver hoop earrings are a perfect of-the-moment option: they twinkle, sparkle and add a very necessary dash of purple to your fall wardrobe.

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Inspired by nature and the beauty of autumn, many Etsy designers have featured leaves in their jewelry and accessories. Here are our top picks from this trend:

il_430xN.98957585.jpgLittleWhiteDresser Golden Leaf Necklace ($28) - The contrast of white and gold is beautiful here, and this necklace would be just as chic paired with a t-shirt as it is with a formal dress.

il_430xN.86224333.jpgTheresaRose Hanging Leaf Necklace ($22.50) - This sterling silver necklace features a simple but elegant leaf pendant and a pearl bead.

il_430xN.98926951.jpgLiveInStyle Amber Headband ($20) - Deviate from the over-done bow and feather headbands with this shimmering leaf piece.

Peaches4me Lovely Leaf Earrings ($12) - These classic silver plated earrings are a great budget find.

This gold Keren cuff, named after the Egyptian sun goddess of strength and protection, is a beautiful additional to any outfit. While it is a splurge at $249, it is a very versatile piece that will be worn for years.

Keren Jewelry is an independent line of intricate creations inspired by designer Keren Peled’s travels around the world and ancient cultures. Keren Jewelry has been incorporated into several fashion week runway shows and featured in Harpers Bazaar,, InStyle and more.

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iddopolgara.jpg Twinkling cornflake pearls are the focal point of this luminous bracelet by Iddos. It’s just one of many masterful creations by designer Aden Angier, who draws inspiration from an eclectic blend of sources - think science fiction and Peranakan art. The results are impressive: This exquisite piece of arm candy, for example, is so versatile - bold enough for a dressy party, understated enough for low-key affairs. You can’t go wrong.

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