Top 6 Best Jewelry Gifts for a Graduate

Article by MiaDonna

Graduating from high school or college is a huge endeavor, but finding the perfect graduation gift for someone you love shouldn't be. It's a major milestone that requires celebration and calls for a meaningful and memorable gift. Let us help you! In this article, we identify the top six graduation gift jewelry pieces that are sure to delight the high school or college graduate in your life.

Pendant Necklaces

Known for their versatility and elegance, pendant necklaces have long been known as a premier graduate gift jewelry choice. Find an affordable but elegant lab grown diamond pendant necklace that will remind the wearer of the special occasion, which will make them treasure this piece for years to come.


Pendant necklaces come in varied styles, designs, and materials. Selecting a personalized birthstone or choosing something meaningful to engrave on a pendant necklace makes a great gift for any graduate.

Finally, personalized pendant necklaces can be styled for every occasion:


  • For a casual chic look, they can pair a minimalist pendant necklace with a basic tee or blouse, jeans, and ankle boots. Choose a simple piece, like a gold or a silver pendant necklace to keep the look understated.
  • To achieve evening glam, choose a statement pendant necklace that features a bold design or a larger gemstone. Pair it with a cocktail dress or a formal gown and add a touch of opulence.
  • When heading to work, opt for an engraved pendant necklace to attain a polished and sophisticated look. They can combine the pendant necklace with a tailored blouse, blazer, and trousers or a pencil skirt.

Diamond Stud Earrings

Often considered one of the most perfect graduation gift ideas, diamond stud earrings celebrate a graduate’s accomplishments and provide a lasting memento. Diamond stud earrings offer symbolism of achievement, versatility and practicality, long-lasting value, and timeless elegance.


As graduation gift jewelry, diamond stud earrings can be worn with varied outfits at different occasions. They can be dressed up or down, making them suitable for both formal and casual events. Wondering how to choose the perfect pair of diamond stud earrings as graduation gifts?

Here’s our advice:


  • Think beyond the 4 Cs: Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat weight. MiaDonna offers customers 2 additional Cs: Community and Certification. Every purchase gives back to Communities affected by diamond mining through our foundation The Greener Diamond. And we are the only lab grown diamond retailer who is B Corp Certified.
  • Consider the metal preference of the recipient. Do they own more yellow gold or white gold? Rest assured that no matter the metal color you choose, all of our jewelry is hand crafted using recycled precious metals, so your purchase doesn't cause harm to the environment or to gold-mining communities.
  • Decide on the lab grown diamond shape that the recipient will like the most—round, cushion, princess, emerald, and more. The most popular shape for diamond stud earrings is the classic round, so if you're feeling stuck picking out a shape, opt for round cut lab grown diamond studs.
  • Save money by exploring sustainable options, including lab grown diamond and diamond hybrids, which are 100% conflict free and good for the planet, which could be an ideal choice for an eco-minded graduate.

Finally, rest assured that even if your graduate’s tastes may change over time, MiaDonna offers a diamond upgrade program so that their earrings can grow with them.

Personalized Bracelets

A personalized bracelet is a fantastic jewelry graduation gift because it serves as a visible reminder of a very special day that they can admire any time they want. It can be worn during the graduation ceremony as well as at graduation-related events and can be a symbol of the recipient’s achievement.


What’s more is that personalized bracelets are available in a variety of types and styles and can reflect the graduate’s individuality. Personalized bracelets can be engraved with the recipient’s initials or graduation year. They can also feature a birthstone or different charms that align with the wearer’s hobbies, passions, and goals.

Of course, if you are looking for ways to personalize a bracelet as graduation gift jewelry, we would suggest the following:


Lab Grown Gemstone Jewelry

This generation of high school and college graduates are known for their commitment to the environment, human rights, and sustainable living; therefore, lab grown gemstone jewelry is an ethical graduation gift they are sure to appreciate.


Lab grown gemstone jewelry reduces harmful impact on the environment when compared to traditional gemstone mining.


Additionally, MiaDonna's lab grown gemstones eliminate ethical concerns over human rights violations and use only fair labor practices. And different types of lab grown gemstones are abundant! A gift giver can choose from lab grown emeralds, sapphires, rubies, alexandrite, and padparadscha. All exhibit the same vivid colors as their mined counterparts and have identical crystal structures, chemical compositions, and optical properties.

Looking to buy the perfect lab grown gemstone jewelry for your graduate?


  • Consider the graduate’s style. Think about their favorite colors, fashion choices, and personality. Do they like classic pieces? Or are they trendy in their style?
  • Choose a lab grown gemstone that has meaning. For instance, an emerald is often associated with new beginnings and a sapphire reputedly attracts abundance.
  • Focus on quality. The lab grown gemstone you choose should be visually stunning, have vibrant colors, and display excellent clarity and well-cut facets. Also, remember to evaluate the quality of the setting.
  • Ask about certification from a recognized gemological institute. Lab grown gemstones are held to the same quality and authenticity measures as mined gemstones.

Custom Rings

A custom ring allows a gift giver to create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry that is tailored to the recipient’s taste and personality. With a custom ring, you can choose the type of lab grown gemstone, the metal setting, design, and other details, which adds sentimentality to the gift and makes it truly unique and special. It will become a lasting reminder to the graduate of what they have achieved.

Some styles to consider when creating a custom ring for a graduation gift include:


  • Classic: Featuring timeless design elements such as a simple band or a single gemstone, this ring will be worn for years to come and never go out of style.
  • Modern: Usually centered around a sleek and minimalist design, it may incorporate unconventional materials or a unique setting that catches the eye.
  • Vintage: Inspired by designs of yesteryear, this ring might be reminiscent of the Art Deco, Edwardian, or Victorian eras. Oftentimes, intricate details abound, including filigree work and romantic motifs.

And when you consider the materials used in the ring, remember the following:


  • Precious Metals: This includes choosing from yellow, white, or rose gold, sterling silver, and platinum.
  • Gemstones: Choose a stone or stones to add color and sparkle to the ring. Lab grown diamonds are popular, but so are sapphires, rubies, or a recipient’s birthstone.
  • Mixed Metals: Another option is to mix different metals in a ring design, which can lend new meaning to creating a visually striking and unique piece.

Fashion Rings

Some other graduation gift ideas turn to the trend of fashion rings. For the graduate who truly loves to express themselves, a fashion ring creates a powerful statement.


There are multiple styles of fashion rings, including:


  • Statement Rings: Offering bold, eye-catching designs, these rings usually feature large gemstones, unique shapes, intricate designs, or distinctive metalwork. They are worn as a focal point of an outfit and are meant to draw attention.
  • Stackable Rings: Usually two or more rings that are designed to be worn together on the same finger, they are composed of varied metals, textures, and colors, and can be stacked in unique arrangements to create a personalized look.
  • Minimalist Rings: Sleek, modern, and sophisticated in design, these rings can be worn everyday and during special occasions. Their designs are uncluttered and clean and are made from all metals.
  • Midi Rings: Also known as a knuckle or mid-finger ring, this piece is worn on the middle section of the finger. They are smaller in size and can be either minimalistic in nature or make a bold and unconventional statement.

If you are looking to choose the best fashion ring for your graduate’s style and personality, you will want to consider multiple factors, including their approach to fashion, the type of jewelry they tend to buy, their favorite colors or metals, and if they prefer a special occasion ring or a piece that can be worn in all kinds of situations.

Learn About MiaDonna’s Graduation Gift Jewelry Options

No matter the type of graduation gift jewelry you desire, be it pendant necklaces, diamond stud earrings, personalized bracelets, lab grown gemstone jewelry, custom rings, or fashion rings, MiaDonna can deliver.


We will consider the nature of the gift, happily consult with you on your high school or college graduate’s style, and help you choose a graduation gift that is meaningful, ethical, and responsibly sourced.

For help choosing that perfect gift, we invite you to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment. Contact us today.