Handcrafted jewelry

@BR Ednote:Editor’s Note: Each Christmas season, Bradenton Herald staff select their favorite gift selections from local businesses and nonprofits.

Gift suggestion: Handcrafted earrings, bracelets, necklaces

Description: All colors of stones, shells and beads, everything you can imagine

Cost: From $10 or $15

Why I like it: I don’t usually buy or wear jewelry, but I make an exception at this store because the jewelry is hand-crafted and gorgeous. A big plus for women who are allergic to the metal in most earrings: The store can accommodate you with special metals that do not itch or sting. I also had the store “fix” a number of pairs of my own earrings that I had been unable to wear because of a metal sensitivity. You can browse its extensive collection or order custom pieces.

Where you can buy it: Knot Awl Beads, 11161 S.R. 70 E., Lakewood Ranch, (941) 755-2323, Web site,

— Sara Kennedy, Herald staff writer