birthstone-ring-with-a-personalized-name Sapphires Shine in September

As any September baby will know, this month’s birthstone is the sapphire. This gorgeous gem is most often thought of as having a bright blue hue, but did you know that natural sapphires can come in a variety of colors? Sapphires can be nearly any color, ranging from a yellow-orange to a deep purple; they can even be colorless! The only color sapphires can’t be classified as is red, because if sapphires are red, they are called something else—rubies. That’s right, sapphire and ruby are actually the same variety of gemstone!

So what’s the meaning behind sapphire birthstones? In the olden days, sapphires were thought to protect wearers against evil and sickness. Some people even believed sapphires would protect you against poisoning, but we wouldn’t suggest testing that theory! Certain cultures also believed sapphires to be the purest of gems, representing honesty and heavenliness. Because of this, medieval clergymen often wore sapphires in their garments.

Sapphires might not carry the same meaning with them today, but they’re still very popular. The British royal engagement ring, worn by both Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, is a gorgeous 18-carat oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds. Many people may remember the boom in popularity of sapphire rings after the announcement of Will and Kate’s engagement just a few years ago, a trend that can still be seen today. Though the royal ring may contain a large sapphire, it’s far from the biggest one. The Star of India, currently on exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, is one of the largest known sapphires in the world at a whopping 563.35 carats! Other famous sapphires include the Rockefeller Sapphire, originally owned by the famously wealthy family, and the Alexandrovna Sapphire, which was worn in a brooch by some of the last surviving noblewomen of the Russian Empire.


The royal sapphire ring. Photo source:

Even if you weren’t born in September, sapphire jewelry looks great on everyone! Check out our selection of jewelry with sapphires on Nelle & Lizzy’s website, including our stackable birthstone ring. If you’re an Etsy shopper, look at our birthstone section, featuring items like the birthstone arrow necklace or the silver bar necklace! Which of our birthstone jewelry pieces do you like best? Let us know in the comments!


Stackable birthstone ring from Nelle & Lizzy’s website

Sorority Graduation and Gift Ideas

There are many phases that you go through during your college years…

College is a time of being on your own, learning who you are as a person, and gaining new experiences. Maybe it’s a time of taking chances and becoming the person you’ve always wanted to be. College experiences vary for everyone, and are particularly different for those who join fraternities or sororities.

Thanks to the girls in my sorority, I learned even more about myself than I thought I would in college. The girls I met through this process taught me the meaning of sisterhood and what it means to be a part of a different kind of family. Being involved in a sorority can be one of the most life changing parts of college. The girls you meet and bond with, along with all the crazy experiences you get into together are one of a kind, and forever remembered!

Sorority History

The history, traditions and long-lasting friendships is what makes me proud to be part of a sorority. Sororities and fraternities are social organizations that have been around for centuries. The first Greek letter organization was Phi Beta Kappa at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. in 1776. It was originally formed as a secret society that was literary and social in nature, but not Greek. This society had all of the same components as today’s fraternities and sororities: a motto, rituals, a badge, a bond of friendship, principals of high idealism, and an urge to share the organization’s values through expansion to other campuses (San Jose State University).

Fast forward to 1882 – after dozens of more chapters and fraternities fought to be formed and fraternity membership numbers reach nearly five million – to when the first women’s organization, Gamma Phi Beta, was named a “sorority.” Before this, all of the societies were called fraternities because that was the only word that existed for these organizations. Women were part of fraternities, also known as sisterhoods, but quickly noticed that a distinct organization for women was needed, and thus, “sororities” were born and I am so glad that they were!

Graduating With a Sorority

Being able to experience graduation with a few of my sisters made this momentous occasion even more special. Graduation, defined as “the receiving or conferring of an academic degree or diploma”, is really so much more than just that. Graduating college is a milestone in every 20-something’s’ life. This is the time of passage into adulthood and into the real world. Out the door goes the time of all-nighters and skipping class, and now enters the age of resume posting, interviewing and finding a dream job! (or any job, really)

Specifically for sororities, graduation is such a special event. Graduating is both a happy and sad occasion; it is happy because you are excited to move forward with your future, but also a little sad because you have to leave the girls who have been a big part of your life for the last couple years. Each sorority has their own rituals and traditions for graduation, and each one is unique to their chapter. Nonetheless, graduation traditions are something that each sorority celebrates and looks forwards to. Almost all of these ceremonies involve the sisters in the sorority giving each senior a memorable gift. These gifts are typically something nice and an item that they can keep forever – jewelry is a popular present.

Sorority Jewelry Gift Ideas

No matter what sorority, or for what occasion, jewelry will always be a classic gift for any woman. All of the Nelle and Lizzy collegiate jewelry are official licensed Greek products and I’ve picked out a few of my favorite pieces from their Sorority Collection to share with you. Each of these pieces are timeless, beautiful and a wonderful way to showcase your sorority pride – whether a current student, graduating senior, or proud alumni.

If you’re interested in shopping more of our Sorority Collection, you can browse the whole collection here.

Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority Jewelry

This dainty necklace comes with 3 different charms – an oval stamped with the ZTA Greek letters, a circle charm with the initial of your choosing, and a perfectly wrapped turquoise bead – the perfect addition for ZTA! This sterling silver piece of jewelry is simply designed, but will be the perfect reminder of all the great memories you have tied with Zeta Tau Alpha.


Pi Beta Phi Sorority Ring

This perfect piece of sorority jewelry would be a great gift for graduation, or really any other occasion. You are able to customize this double ring to say exactly what you’d like! As a gift, you could add that person’s name and the Pi Phi Greek letters or your name and your little’s name. This would even be a perfect gift for yourself, as the customizable options are endless!


Delta Delta Delta Sorority Ring

This Tri Delta Sorority ring is another perfect gift. It has a similar style to college rings and all the silver in this ring is sterling silver. The stamped plate (where the Greek letters show) is available in silver and gold bronze and the back of ring can be stamped with up to 12 characters! Typically names are put here, but you can add anything you’d like that fits within the character limit.


Ring Stack with Birthstones

This gift option isn’t particularly a “sorority” item but I just thought it was a different, yet subtle option for a sorority gift. With these customizable stacked ring set, you can make a stack that represents a sorority without having the Greek letters blatantly stamped on. June and August birthstones (pink and green) would be perfect for Delta Zeta, or September and June birthstones (blue and pink) on a gold ring stack would be ideal for Delta Gamma. Add another ring with the recipient’s initial and now you have a personalized ring stack with an understated message of sorority pride.

person making ring by hand with tools

With a special gift from Nelle and Lizzy, you will give a wonderful woman the chance to show off her sorority pride for years to come. It will be a present that will let her always remember and cherish the moments she had in college, and even more so with her sorority.

3 Perfect Gifts for National Grandparents Day

National Grandparents Day is less than two weeks away on September 13th! Don’t let this overlooked holiday pass you by without giving your grandmother the perfect gift.

Grandmothers are some of the most special women on earth. Their tender hearts and home cooked meals are always there for us when we need them most. Remind your grandmother how much she means to you with a sentimental gift from Nelle and Lizzy. Here are three of our items that would be perfect for Grandparents Day:

Personalized Grandbabies Bracelet

With this personalized bracelet, you are able to create a fun one-of-a-kind charm bracelet for your grandmother. With our unique customization system, you’ll be able to design this bracelet exactly how you want it! Available are letters, birthstones, and customized charms to choose from and you can add as many charms as the bracelet allows.


Grandmother’s Necklace Pride and Joy

This Pride and Joy Necklace is a timeless piece of jewelry that looks great with one stone or nine. Have your grandmother look fashionable and represent the birthstone colors of all of her grandchildren with this gorgeous heirloom piece!


Personalized to the Moon & Back Grandmother’s Ring

One of the most adorable grandmother presents we have is the “To The Moon & Back” ring. With this sterling silver double ring, your grandma will always know how much you mean to her! You can make it even more special by adding a personalized touch; add her name, your name, or an additional short message!


Grandmothers all over the world should be constantly reminded about how much their grandbabies love them, and what better way to do that than by surprising her with the perfect present on Grandparents Day? Every order purchased from Nelle and Lizzy comes with complimentary gift wrapping with our signature lavender and rosebud packaging so you can even send this gift right to Grandma and know that it will arrive beautifully.

August Birthstone Gift Ideas

Birthstone mementos are ones that will never go out of style. The color for August, peridot, is a lovely lime green color and symbolizes loyalty, success and good fortune. It also holds a special spot in our heart because it represents the month that one of our very own from the Nelle and Lizzy duo was brought into the world – Happy Birthday month, Lizzy!

Our August Birthstone Pick of the Month is the Mother’s Stamped Tag Charm Necklace.


Whether you’re considering giving a gift to someone special or ordering an item just for yourself, Nelle and Lizzy has what you are looking for. Here are a few meaningful August birthstone gift ideas that are perfect for any month:

  • Stackable rings to represent a mother’s children
  • Multi-charm bracelet for a grandmother to show off all of her grandbabies
  • Charm necklace as a gift to a sibling
  • Personalized birthstone ring to represent someone special who has deceased

Birthstones of Brothers

stacked birthstone rings in sterling silver“These are the birthstones of my four sons. I have three with the same birthday (twins were born on big brother’s birthday!) and one who’s birthday is only three days before that! It makes for a not-so-colorful ring, but a great story!! Love your jewelry!!” – Betsy H.