I realize that it might be a little cliche to give (or get) Valentine’s Day jewelry, though those of us jewelry lovers simply don’t care. And when you see the baubles I tracked down, you’ll see why. No blingy expensive pieces or Victorian inspired swirls and flourishes; just modern, cool jewelry you can wear all year long–without scorching your retinas or bankrupting your sweetheart.
I love this concept: A handmade card that comes with its own DIY paper heart earrings that you can unfold yourself. Not sure if that makes them the coolest earrings, or just the coolest Valentine’s Day card. ($26.78, Tartan Frog Shop)
For an affordable little bauble, I’m digging the Be Mine Necklace for modern take on the quintessential Valentine’s Day message. It’s sweet without being as sugary as those chalky valentine’s day hearts, especially in glossy black. ($80 at Fab.com; use our invite if you need!)
If you’re an earring wearer, but these edgy silver heart studs have come a long way from the dainty gold ones you may have owned as a little girl. They’re cast and faceted to look like real diamonds too which is a great touch. ($75 at Metalicious)
Instead of a heart, how about a twist on cupid’s arrow? This arrowhead necklace is so on trend right and so sweet and dainty. It’s a subtly cool sign of your love, plus rose gold adds a just the right amount of color. ($185 at Charm & Chain)
Here’s a hilarious silver cuff for your extra cool sweetheart, or even a single friend who needs a little pick me up on Valentine’s Day. Because really, everyone will need a trusted pal when the zombie apocalypse hits. ($18+ at Pure Impressions)
Even though a “love” necklace is pretty traditional, I think the script is such a sweet handmade twist. And if the heart charm isn’t your thing, you can personalize with initials or gem charms instead. ($34 at nelle & lizzy)
While this heart necklace is red, it’s definitely not flashing. Or even flashy. The red coral faceted with silver beads is simply beautiful, but no one would mistake it for something Grandma once wore. ($82 at Viv & Ingrid)
For more Valentine’s Day jewelry gift ideas, check our archives!