We think the best kind of jewellery to give is not necessarily the most expensive pieces, but those more individual designs that are chosen super-carefully with the recipient firmly in mind. We’ve put together a collection of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, bangles and rings by both established and emerging designers and makers to help make Valentine’s Day gifting that bit easier.
When choosing the right piece, consider a few questions: does she like chunky or delicate jewellery? Is she a silver or gold kind of girl? Or is she more about the shape or colour? Are you looking for a piece she can wear every day? Or something more statement? When it comes to colour, ask yourself what would work with her skin-tone, eye and hair colour, as well as the shades she loves.
Really, it’s the thought that counts and if you’ve got this far, then you’re probably onto a winner whatever you go for.
1. Latelita London Circle and Hammer Earrings: £39, Wolf and Badger
British brand Latelita’s collections have both eastern and European influences and use semi-precious natural stones. Its circle and hammer earrings are available in different metals with a variety of jewels. There are bright colours, but for Valentine’s Day, our pick is this pretty gold and rose quartz combination.
2. W&M X CoppaFeel! Necklace: £15, Wolf and Moon
If you’re on a budget but still want to buy an unusual, memorable creation, try east London-based Wolf and Moon. This pretty pendant in wood and pink and silver perspex is part of a collaboration with breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! 50 per cent of each sale goes to the cause, so she can get an extra feel-good factor from wearing it.
3. Maria Black long monocle necklace: £125, Liberty
One for girls who like their jewellery understated, Danish-Irish Jewellery designer Maria Black’s signature style is clean lines and uncluttered pieces. The monocles from her classic collection will suit everyone and come in black, gold and rose gold, as well as silver. Added bonus: the circle is a symbol of eternal love, so it’s a fitting choice.
4. Kastur Jewels Victorian White Sapphire Tear Drop Earrings: £160, Kastur Jewels
Many of Kastur Jewels founder Rajvi Vora’s designs are inspired by fourteenth and fifteenth century Indian and Persian jewellery. In practice that means ornate, decorative pieces that are classic but eye-catching. Her white sapphire collection will satisfy girls who like their jewels sparkly. We fell in love with these tear drop-shaped beauties encrusted with zirconia, set on silver with 22-carat gold plating. For those who don’t do bling, there are plenty of options with coloured stones and gold elsewhere in the collection.
5. Nyumbani Endelea Bangle: £62, Darkroom London
Buy your beloved a piece of “wearable art” this year from Tanzania-based jewellery brand Nyumbani. They are certainly some of the most striking pieces we’ve seen in a while. There are chunky necklaces, bangles and rings in bold geometric shapes. This bracelet’s made from African blackwood, pod mahogany and bloodwood, all sourced near the brand’s workshop.
6. Henriette Lofstrom Golden Spark Earrings: £110, Henriette Lofstrom
Girls who stick to studs can still be treated to a special pair, and we don’t mean diamonds. Get her something less obvious, like these by Danish-born designer Henriette Lofstrom. The name and shape of these gold-plated silver earrings reflects an essential ingredient in every successful relationship. Henriette Lofstrom is currently offering 20 per cent off any first purchase from the website.
7. Laura Lee “Love Unites Us” Signet Ring: From £210, Laura Lee Jewellery
Laura Lee’s designs are a playful take on classic pieces, like a signet ring. This one’s engraved with the words “Love Unites Us” in the language of romance: French, as well as a pair of flaming hearts. It’s cool, kitsch and available in rose gold, silver or the more affordable (but no less gorgeous-looking) gold plate.
8. Monica Vinader Havana Friendship Bracelet: £75, Monica Vinader
Hopefully your Valentine is your best mate as well as everything else, so a luxe version of a classic friendship bracelet is an apt way to show how your feel. Monica Vinader’s have a hammered rectangle of metal–choose from silver, gold-plated and rose gold-plated– and they are available in a range of colours from Valentine-appropriate fuchsia to emerald green. You can add an engraving for free to make it extra-special and it comes gift-wrapped.
9. Jennifer Loiselle Diamonds Are Forever: £40, Jennifer Loiselle
We’re big Jennifer Loiselle fans at IndyBest. Her almost cartoonesque creations are real conversation-starters. If your Valentine likes stand-out jewellery, and you can’t quite stretch to diamonds this year, we reckon this pair from the Viva Las Vegas collection is an excellent compromise. The drop is 7cm, so be clear before you buy: these are statement pieces.
10. Lee Renee Double-Sided Shell and Freshwater Pearl Necklace: £89, Etsy
For girls who prefer small, delicate pieces, Lee Renee has some sweet designs. This doubled-sided, gold-plated shell has a pearl nestled between the sides and is one she can wear every day and layer-up with other necklaces. Also comes in silver.
11. Sol One We Made Earlier: £55, One We Made Earlier
One We Made Earlier’s accessories feature bold but minimalist geometric shapes made from corian (you might have a kitchen worktop made from the same stuff) and resin. The pieces can be arranged to sit in whatever way works, and with a wooden ball at the back, the cord’s adjustable. It sounds heavy, but it’s actually comfy to wear and just has a pleasing weight that helps it stay in position. The Sol comes with a red or yellow ball. We reckon the red’s just the thing for 14 February.
12. Missoma Gold Pink Tourmaline Arc Jackets: £130, Missoma
This is really two presents in one: she’s get a pair of pretty amethyst studs, then if she wants to go for something bolder, she can add the pink tourmaline ear jackets that attach behind the ear onto the stud post (there are three holes so they should work for any size ear lobe). These come in a range of stones, but we like the romantic pink and purples.
13. Karin Large Point Ring: £83, karinandreassonjewellery.com
Karin’s delicate, minimalist pieces are for girls who like their jewellery pared down. This angular ring comes in a sterling silver or gold-plated version and is available in sizes K-N. Hint: make sure you check her ring size before buying.
14. Tatty Devine Cupid’s Arrow: £65, Tatty Devine
Even if you’ve already won her heart, she’ll appreciate this statement gold and black acrylic necklace from Tatty Devine’s latest collection. There’s only a 150 of these made, and each one comes with a certificate of authenticity.
If you want to play it relatively safe, Latelita London’s pieces comes in loads of different colour and metal combinations and are really pretty, without being in-your-face. Or if you have a bit more to spend, Missoma’s ear jackets are really unusual and she’ll get two pairs of earrings in one pressie. For girls who favour pared-down, understated stuff, we’d recommend looking at Maria Black or Karin Andreasson’s collections. If it’s statement you’re after, try Jennifer Loiselle or One We Made Earlier.
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