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Gifts for Grads: On top of the world

May 23, 2011 |  7:02 am

It’s graduation season, and while that sheepskin confirmation of work well done may be all the newly minted diploma-holder needs, we know you want to add your bravos in a tangible way too. This week, we’re sharing some ideas to inspire your gift-giving.

Maya-brenner Help the girl grad keep her homeland close at heart, even if she’s flown the coop, with Los Angeles jewelry designer Maya Brenner’s state necklaces. This one, decked out in pave diamonds, is worn by Katy Perry in her “Teenage Dream” video.

Necklaces are available in the shapes of all 50 states, and in a bicoastal design that couples our great state with a New York apple — just in case you’re shopping for a jet-setter. Prices span the spectrum including the custom 14k white or yellow gold Pave Diamond State ($1,040), and the 14k gold ($250- $300) or sterling silver ($130-$160) versions. The higher price point for gold and sterling includes a single diamond that is placed along the state’s border on the spot closest to the recipient’s hometown. While placing the order, you simply submit a city name. How cool is that?

Another gift idea: couple a home state necklace with another one representing the grad’s future destination. All at; non-custom pieces also at Nina at Fred Segal in Santa Monica, 310-458-8820.

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And here’s a little something for the globetrotter, who dreams of traveling the world and is destined to split the second he or she has a diploma in hand. Louis Vuitton’s silk Monogram Map Scarf Square is sure to spark wanderlust with its pattern play of world maps and Marc Jacob’s Tahitienne print, framed by steamer trunk nailheads and corner bumpers. $350 in six colors or $145 for bandeau in five colors, at Louis Vuitton in Beverly Hills, (310) 859-0457 or at louis

Map downloads and digital GPS systems aside, we’re still fans of the old-school globe, particularly when it’s made new-school in sleek silver and black. Why not put the whole world in their hands? $69.95 at  ZGallerie.

--Ingrid Schmidt

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Photos, from top: Maya Brenner California necklace (credit Maya Brenner); Louis Vuitton's Monogram Map Scarf Square (Louis Vuitton); globe (ZGallerie).