It’s nearly February, which means you’ve probably started seeing plenty of Valentine’s Day campaigns everywhere — and will see even more in the weeks to come. Whether you love it or hate it, think it’s sweet or it’s lame, it’s definitely hard not to get caught-up in all the marketing.
For us, that’s especially true when it comes to jewelry. Call us magpies, but we love anything sparkly, so even if you’re not shopping for a Valentine’s Day gift or piece to wear, per se, check out these five lovely baubles, as showcased by Rebecca Tay:
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PONT DES ARTS
For years, lovers in Paris have been hanging padlocks onto Pont des Arts and other bridges in the city as a symbol of their commitment and love — until about 7.5 tonnes of locks actually caused one side of the railing to actually fall off. Whether you would eschew the rules or err on the side of safety, this gorgeous 14-karat gold vermeil padlock necklace by Vancouver designer Melanie Auld is a nod to the tradition. We love it layered over a mix of other chains, though it’s also a stunning piece on its own.
Melanie Auld, melanieauld.ca | $295
BLUE FOR YOU
Something new, something old, something blue? Or perhaps you just love the flashy purplish blue of labradorite. Either way, this 10-k solid gold ‘Selena’ ring by Canadian designer Leah Alexandra has plenty of wow factor, thanks to its slightly oval, 10-millimetres-by-14-millimetres centrepiece. We don’t blame you if it becomes your favourite everyday piece.
Leah Alexandra, leahalexandra.com | $455
Founded in Vancouver in 1994, Bloodline Design has seen its share of ups-and-downs but the brand has never wavered from its roots as a family owned company specializing in classic jewelry designs with historic appeal, made using centuries-old techniques. Case in point: ‘The Eternal Vine’ double band ring, whose design represents an unbreakable and ever-growing vine. First carved in the brand’s founding year, it features the word ‘Amor’, and is made to order right here in the city. It’s a brilliant gift for yourself or anyone who shies away from oh-so-delicate styles.
Bloodline Design, bloodlinedesign.com | $790
You would recognize Pyrrha’s wax seal pendants anywhere, but have you ever seen one on a colourful braided hemp bracelet? Available exclusively online or at the brand’s Los Angeles flagship, US$100 from the purchase of each Rainbow Braided Bracelet, with a minimum contribution of US$25,000, goes to The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention group for LGBTQ-plus youth. We also love the bracelet’s name, New Beginnings — a nod to its crescent moon motif, which symbolizes the turning of dreams into reality.
Pyrrha, pyrrha.com | US$194
If you haven’t tried anything by Canadian brand Mejuri — whose brand mission, ‘fine jewelry for every day, for our damn selves’ is something we can really get behind — perhaps it’s time. May we suggest these Bold Pearl Huggies? Made from 18-k gold vermeil and freshwater pearls, they’re pretty special, but not so special that you’ll only wear them once or twice a year.
Mejuri, mejuri.com | $95