Monday, January 27, 2014

What's the Perfect Gift for a Writer?

Are you looking for the perfect present for the talented author or journalist in your life? Provided your wordsmith is of the feminine persuasion, a great gift might just be letterpress jewelry.

Made from old pieces of movable type that were once used for relief printing with ink, letterpress jewelry is a unique way to re-purpose these vintage materials.

My thoughtful fiance, Matt, gave me a letterpress necklace for my birthday last month from Etsy shop MIMAboutique. Shop owner Mi Ma uses authentic vintage letterpress pieces to create custom messages. Then, the text is printed once on a necklace card before it's cleaned and shipped. Mine says "Stret&Reamster," nicknames my fiance and I call each other.

After he saw how much I liked the necklace, Matt went a step further for Christmas and gifted me with a letterpress ring from Etsy shop Headcase Press. Shop owner Nicole Monforti creates collages of letters in varying sizes and typefaces. She offers rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, tie bars, cuff links and more. Nicole does custom orders, so you can pick which letters you'd like her to use. Matt asked her to incorporate my initials, AMR, into the piece.

When the ring ended up being too small for my ring finger, Nicole worked with Matt and ended up making a whole new ring with a larger band that now fits on my middle finger!

For this writer, these letterpress jewelry pieces are perfect. I absolutely love them!

Do you have letterpress jewelry or other re-purposed letterpress items? Tell me in the comments!

Outfit Details:
Letterpress Necklace from MIMAboutique
Letterpress Ring from Headcase Press
Urban Outfitters Dress (old, similar)
ModCloth Sweater (old)
Target Leggings
Payless Boots (old, similar)
Target Purse
ModCloth Scarf (old)
Anthropologie Leaf Necklace (old, similar on Etsy)
The Alchemy Shop Delicate Fox Ring

This post contains ModCloth and Urban Outfitters affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you click on them and make a purchase.