Jewelry as your travel souvenir for 2023

By Laura Novak-Roesgen

Even though I make jewelry myself, vacations are my favorite excuse to build up a collection of jewelry box staples. I love that I can connect it with a memory when I wear it and I have a piece with a story.

In fact, the majority of my jewelry pieces were either made by me or artists whose work I discovered while traveling. 

While my husband and I were on a summer vacation in Seattle in 2021, I couldn’t help but seek out the stall at Pike's Place Market for artist Twyla Dill and buy a pair of her one-of-a-kind hand-crocheted lace earrings.

Laura visiting Twyla Dill Jewelry at Pikes Place Market
Laura with Twyla at her stall at Pike's Place Market

But what really made that day special – and will forever be a memory tied to the Sunstone and Aqua Chalcedony earrings – is meeting Twyla in person. She’s a rock star in an online community we’re both members of, and now her jewelry is more than just a decoration – it’s a commemoration of our human connection.

Even if your travels only take you as far as a nearby town, visit the shops or open-air popup markets and see what pieces pull you in. What are you drawn to? What seems unique?

If you love it and it speaks to you, there’s always a way to make it work with your wardrobe. Many classic pieces like a single pearl on a gold chain have a simple elegance that can be dressed up or down throughout your life. A pearl necklace and earrings are timeless and go with pretty much everything.

Personally, I think it feels more special to have a piece from someone in your community than one that’s mass-produced overseas. What about you? 

Do you have a special piece of jewelry you bought on your travels or at a local market? 

Laura of Novaura Jewelry wearing her Twyla Dill earrings

Wearing the one-of-a kind earrings I bought from Twyla

Please send me an email at, and tell me about that piece, because I love hearing stories about jewelry that’s meaningful to you.

P.S. These classic, minimalist pearl & rose gold earrings are the latest in my collection that customers can’t get enough of when I take them to markets.