I have always loved the range of cool Valentine’s Day jewelry for women, like me, who aren’t quite into the traditional stuff. Nothing wrong with a solid sterling Tiffany heart necklace of course! But if you’re shopping for Valentine’s Day jewelry for a woman who likes her jewelry a little edgier, a little more original, a little out of the ordinary, I had the best time finding these creative alternatives to the same-old.
I’ve got you covered with all kinds of pieces — brooches, necklaces, bracelets, rings — and all kinds of prices.
One thing you won’t find here? Vials of blood or painful spiked rings. Just call me a traditionalist. Ha.
Cool Valentine’s Day jewelry for women that’s more funky than traditional
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This post has been updated for 2023.
Small Black Pave Heart Pendant Necklace | $80, Nordstrom
These gorgeous pendants from SHYMI reminds me of one I’ve had for years and adore. It also comes in hot pink and white, but I think the black is the perfect Valentine’s Day jewelry for a woman who is a little meh about traditional Valentine’s Day colors. Also available as a stunning ring.
Red Leather Heart Earrings | $50, Amber Poitier
I wasn’t kidding when I wrote about my newest jewelry obsession: Amber Poitier, and now I have these cool leather heart earrings to long for as well. In four sizes, I love how these are perfect for Valentine’s Day but will look gorgeous any other day of the year as well.
Gold Dipped Lace Heart Necklace by Tulianna and Alejandra Garces | $42, Uncommon Goods
Made from actual vintage lace hand-sewn by Colombian artisans for fair wages, the heart is then dipped in copper and 24K gold. I am smitten. And I can never resist a gift that gives back in meaningful ways. Just note that this heart won’t ship until March, but sometimes good things are worth the wait.
Related: 16 truly special Valentine’s gifts for best friends who could use a little extra love right now.
Chained Stud and Ear Cuff Heart Earrings | $28, Bauble Bar
I love how this chained heart and ear cuff dresses up an ear in such a cool and pretty way for Valentine’s Day. . .and the price is pretty terrific—great for that teen who is itching for more (and more) piercings.
Single Diamond Chain and Red Enamel Heart Earring | $785, The Last Line LA
Love the chain earring idea above but want to go all out with real diamonds? This single earring from one of my favorite indie jewelry labels, The Last Line La, is pretty special. Okay, very special.
Anatomical Human Heart Necklace | $82, Chinook Hugs
It takes a special kind of Valentine to want a heart that looks like…an actual heart. This one is meticulously hand-carved in wax, then cast with solid bronze in LA. Also available in an oxidized dark noir finish. Just check with the artist to be sure it can arrive in time for February 14th.
Gold Plated Resin Gummy Bear Necklace | $200, Net a Porter
Can’t choose between candy and jewelry for Valentine’s Day? How about both! I am in love with this piece from up-and-coming Oslo-based designer, Crystal Haze Jewelry. We could all use a little more fun in our lives — and maybe around our necks.
PS You can also grab a single gummy bear pendant in resin and zirconia, to hang on an existing chain — just $70.
Red Technogel Bracelet by Laura Santi | $40, Sarasota Art Museum
Valentine’s Day jewelry for women certainly doesn’t have to be about hearts and candy? This cool, modern pop of red will look amazing on her wrist all year long — and can be layered with others in different shapes and colors.
Frayed Silk and Silver Heart Brooch | $222.28, Maisolorzano
This Mexican artist is getting raves on Etsy for all her pieces, but for Valentine’s Day jewelry, I am so taken with this cool brooch inspired by the traditional milagritos (“little miracles”) that you see in Mexican folk art. It would be stunning on a shirt, coat, or even a jeans jacket
Adjustable Arrow Ring | $49, Peggy Li
Made by longtime CMP favorite Peggy Li, I think this is another cool, affordable piece of Valentine’s Day jewelry for women who prefer something beyond the traditional. Subtle.
14k Moonstone Hourglass Ring by Nichole McIver | $785, Uncommon Goods
Yes, it’s a splurge. But if you’re looking for Valentine’s Day jewelry that’s a keepsake for life, I cannot get this one off my mind. Just think of all the wonderful associations of an hourglass, and the reminder of how precious our time is together. Oof. So special.
Retro Rainbow Heart Necklace | $79, Peggy Li
We’ve shared these heart necklaces before as cool gifts for teens and I’m so happy to see they’re still in Peggy’s shop. Because adults like them too! Cool blend of that 70s retro feel in a design that also feels totally modern.
Related: Exceptional chocolates from Black-owned chocolate companies. For Valentine’s Day and beyond!
Oxytocin Molecule Necklace | $24.30, Biolojewlery
If your Valentine is a science fan, how clever is this necklace, that’s made to look like the molecular structure of Oxytocin, A.K.A. the love hormone. Great price too, and the shop gets raves.
Pink Scarlett Kiss Earrings by Roxanne First | $470, Net-a-Porter
Finally, I couldn’t resist sharing this single rose gold earring featuring .13 karats of pink sapphires, made by the hot London designer whose work is in posh spots like Selfridges and Browns. This feels a little Studio 54, a little Fiorucci, and a lot of playfulness, making it a fun option for someone who’s not into traditional Valentine’s jewelry.
Click through to see the details in close-up photos and…yes, please. Wish-list item for sure.