Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Self Love and Self-Purchase
Each Year when Valentine’s Day rolls around I write about purchasing your own jewelry. Since we are almost two years into the pandemic I believe in it even more. If we are single, even though we are vaxed and have ventured out, we are still somewhat isolated. For those in a relationship who are hoping for something more enduring that a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers, this Valentine’s Day guide is dedicated to the jewels we can gift ourselves, pieces that celebrate who we are and speak to our independence, strength, resilience and individual style. We hope you find the jewel that is perfect for you and one which will bring you happiness and joy!
Please find a curation of jewels that will update your collection with color, meaning, or pieces you can throw on everyday:
K8 Jewelry: 18K Juicy Gems Stackable Rings
Kate Hubley for K8 Jewelry’s stack of 18K gold gemstone rings are designed to bring a smile to your face as you look down at your hand. They can also be customized if you prefer the jelly bean spinels and sorbet colored sapphires to go from east to west or north to south. And you can mix them with patterned gold or diamond and gemstone eternity bands. Start your K8 stack with one ring and add as time goes on or splurge on all three. You can’t go wrong!
Pamela Zamore: Star and Stone Huggies
Pamela Zamore’s 18K yellow gold star and diamond huggies are the perfect size hoop that offers a little more style and soulfulness to your everyday rotation of jewels. The celestial motifs are on trend yet are timeless in their design. These huggies lend a natural glow around the face and tap into your inner radiance. They are easy to wear–the type of jewels that are easy to grab, put on and go!
Linda Hoj: The Sun King Ring
Linda Hoj’s Sun King Ring glows in 22k gold with a center six-carat Rubellite. This is a jewel that calls to a collector of one-of-kind, handmade jewelry. The mix of old world workmanship with a lovely feminine stone is just the juxtaposition that creates a special vibe that radiates warmth and an artistic flair.
Circa 1700: Diamond Arrow
Susan Cohen for Circa 1700’s 18K gold arrow pendant features custom cuts of gemstones to fit the deisign which include baguettes and a trillion cut at the bottom. Although Susan has created the pendant in sapphires and rubies (yes it can be customized) it is the diamond style that has been most popular. Perhaps the gold and diamonds create a style that goes with any color and for any time of the day. It represents directions and guidance and in these times what could be a more befitting gift to yourself?
Borgioni: Diamond Handcuff Chain Necklace
Borgioni’s 18K gold diamond handcuff chain necklace is edgy and has a delicate rock and roll vibe. Its size offers a feminine and ultra wearable version of the brand’s handcuff bracelet designs. This is the type of jewel that is ripe for self purchasing as it can have so many different meanings. Here the cuffs are interlocked for love in friendship, romantic relationships, or just because you are a fan of this more daring yet uber chic motifs.
Karen Karch : Studded Snake Ring
Karen Karch’s Studded Snake Ring embodies mystical meaning. Her thin ouroboros ring in which the snake is eating his tail represents the cycle of life as snakes repeatedly shed their skin in order to grow and transform. This version is in rose gold, dappled with black diamonds halfway around the band. It can be worn alone or also can be stacked with other thin bands. In 14K gold, it could represent your own growth or new beginnings.
Kaylin Hertel: 14K Gold Open Fan Earrings
Kaylin Hertel says, “I have always gravitated towards fabrics as inspiration and Japanese textiles in particular. It is the high level of craft and refinement thoughtfully mingled with whimsy and the delicate and natural world that attract me,” says Kaylin. These are the same characteristics that define her jewelry — a balance between the feminine elegance and a tactile feeling of engraved floral designs and more graphic three-dimensional fan shapes. These are beautifully crafted and feel weightless in the ear which is a compelling combination for everyday wear.
Kathryn Giarratano: Horizontal Bar Pendant
Kathryn Giarratano for Layla G’s 14K gold Horizontal Bar Pendant sits high on the neck and looks equally at home peeking out from a white shirt or with a summer tank top. It can be customized with more or less diamonds or for a truly personalized touch the birthstones of family members. It can also turn into an acrostic pendant, with the first letter of each gemstone spelling out a term of endearment or a name of loved one. It’s one of those pieces that offers numerous options and ideas for you to consider before you decide on the final purchase.
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