Historians have traced the tradition of exchanging candy, flowers and gifts in mid-February to an ancient Roman fertility festival called Lupercalia. But regardless of its history, Valentine’s Day has its critics. If you earned $1 every time somebody described it as “a holiday manufactured by greeting card companies,” well, you’d have enough to pick up one of the lovely jewels featured below.
Whatever your perspective, we can all surely agree that a gift of jewelry never goes unappreciated. Hearts are the obvious—some might say conventional, or even old-fashioned—choice for Valentine’s Day, but we’ve come around to the shape. These are not your grandmother’s heart jewels! Stylized yet sweet, they come in all kinds of unexpected packages (a la Single Stone’s original take on the charm bracelet).
If you’re truly averse to the silhouette, however, consider a pair of icy earrings (Graff), fashionable hoops (Nina Runsdorf), a casual but luxe necklace (Roberto Coin) or an iconic bracelet (Cartier). If you’re truly gutsy, we might suggest a ring (Harry Winston or Jessica McCormack)—just be sure to set expectations accordingly.
Roberto Coin Diamonds By the Inch Necklace
Roberto Coin Diamonds By the Inch 3-station dangling necklace in 18-karat yellow gold with diamonds
Harry Winston Lily Cluster Ring
Harry Winston Lily Cluster ring Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Open Heart Pendant in 18-karat rose gold with diamonds
Graff Diamond Flower Motif Earrings
Graff Diamond Flower Motif earrings in 18-karat white gold with 17.80 cts. t.w. diamonds
Single Stone Adore Charm Bracelet
Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Open Heart Pendant
Rosa Van Parys Snow White 3.0 Earrings
Rosa Van Parys Snow White 3.0 earrings in 18-karat white, yellow and black gold with diamonds, pink sapphires and Australian South Sea pearls
Boghossian Kissing Necklace
Boghossian Kissing necklace in 18-karat gold with diamonds and rubellite
Cartier Panthère de Cartier Bracelet
Cartier Panthère de Cartier bracelet in 18-karat white gold with emeralds, onyx, diamonds, $54,500; available by appointment only at select Cartier boutiques nationwide, 1-800-CARTIER
Jessica McCormack Signature Heart Shape Ring
Jessica McCormack Signature Heart Shape Gold Button Back ring in 18-karat blackened gold with 0.30 ct. t.w. diamond
Nina Runsdorf Hoop Earrings
Nina Runsdorf hoop earrings in 18-karat blackened gold with diamonds and garnets