By Emma Sarran Webster | February 9, 2016 | Style & Beauty
We’re all for exploring unique gift ideas for birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays—but it’s hard to deny that jewelry is the perfect present, especially on Valentine’s Day. This year, wow your valentine with a piece of jewelry that fits his or her style and personality.
Exquisite Diamond Ear Cuffs in White, Graziela Gems ($8,600). 800-961-1170
These show-stopping, cascading diamond ear cuffs by Chicago-based Graziela Gems are a celebrity favorite, and have been worn by the likes of Charlize Theron, Julianne Hough, and Miranda Lambert. No doubt they’ll look just as stunning on your valentine.
‘Moto 360 2nd Gen' Smart Watch - 42mm, Motorola ($350). Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand Ave., 312-464-1515
It’s hard to believe so much technology can be packed into a slender, minimalist piece of jewelry, but this watch is proof. The classic-looking timepiece makes a perfect gift based on aesthetics alone, and the built-in fitness tracker and Bluetooth technology for pairing with iOS or Android devices are the icing on the cake.
Blue Lapis Globe Cufflinks, Tateossian ($399). Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-5900
Any guy who’s been bitten by the travel bug will swoon over these killer cufflinks, featuring blue lapis globes with golden enamel and surrounded by sterling silver.
Initial Ring, Dana Rebecca Designs ($660). 312-751-1773
Personalized jewelry always manages to pull on the heart strings. These dainty-but-standout initial rings from Chicago-based Dana Rebecca Designs are a perfect, sentimental gift that she can wear every day and everywhere.
'Model One Black' Bracelet Smart Watch, 47mm, Olio Devices ($795). Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand Ave., 312-464-1515
Not all smart watches have to look like smart watches—and Olio’s collection is evidence of that. This sleek, stainless steel timepiece has the look of a luxe watch that can be paired with everything from jeans to a suit, plus it comes with technology that connects its wearer to his smart phone and other connected devices, as well as Olio’s cloud-based personal assistant.
Big Snake Pendant Necklace, Ileana Makri ($2,870). Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak St., 312-587-1700
This unique and edgy necklace, complete with a diamond-embellished slithering snake pendant, is the ultimate accessory for any woman who likes to stand out.
Tiffany Bow Cuff, Tiffany & Co. ($7,500). 730 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-7500
The sweet symbolism of a bow that’s evocative of the thread you might tie around your finger to remember someone—or perhaps of recently tying the knot with your loved one—only adds to the beauty of this dainty, 18-karat rose-gold and diamond cuff.
Cufflinks with Meteorite, David Yurman ($1,200). Bloomingdale’s, 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-440-4460
It’s not often we can refer to something as subtle as cufflinks as show-stoppers. Faceted meteorite combines with sterling silver to make these cufflinks timeless, edgy, and professional all at once.
She won’t have to keep her phone out on the table during meals or meetings with this platinum-and-ceramic smart ring. Once she programs the Bluetooth-enabled jewelry to subtly vibrate when she wants to be alerted of calls, messages, and the like—from specific people, even—she can keep her focus where it needs to be, when it needs to be, all while looking completely chic.
Colleen Earrings, Deepa Gurnani ($325). 212-221-1007
Not only are these earrings eye-catching and beautiful, but they’re also good for the soul. Deepa Gurnani pieces (the luxury headbands have been worn by everyone from Nene Leakes to the Kardashians), are handcrafted in India by artisans using embroidery techniques passed down through the generations, and the brand places a high importance on the welfare of its employees worldwide, as well as charitable giving. The company is even working on building a foundation to support orphaned children.
Half-Cylinder Bar Tie, Lanvin ($170). Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-5900
This tie bar is simple enough to be classic, but with a stylish and unique twist: the mother-of-pearl detail. It promises to elevate any guy’s suit-and-tie ensemble to an utterly dashing level.
White Gold Diamond Pendant Fashion Necklace, Gabriel & Co. ($440). Gage Diamonds, 165 W. Chicago Ave., 312-624-9052
This pendant is perfectly understated while still managing to have a wow factor, thanks to the cluster of diamonds that sit front and center.
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