You might not be ready to pop the big question, but a Valentine’s Day gift is the perfect opportunity to show your girl some love with a little bling. The implication of jewelry, as serious as it sounds, doesn’t need to get you freaked out. If it comes from a genuine place (your, uh, heart), then it can be something small and casual, and still feel special.
Just like there’s a range of relationship types, the spectrum of jewelry (and accompanying prices) can be navigated to choose just the right piece for the occasion. You don’t need to spend a grand to offer her something she’ll want to wear everyday — actually, you can find great options under $50. From rings to necklaces, cuffs and earrings, you can relax knowing you can be ballin' on a budget.
Depending on her personality and style, she might prefer something discrete or bold, colorful or classic. As far as playing it safe goes, picking something subtle is guaranteed to fall within her comfort zone, but you can also inspire your choice by thinking about what you’ve seen her wear (i.e. what you know she likes). And if you’re really stuck, surely she’s got a girlfriend or two who would be more than happy to nudge you in the right direction or help you narrow down your choices.
As it turns out, you don’t have to spend a lot to get a lot. These are just as special as “fancier” options, but feature more casual designs, making them great gift options regardless of how long or short you’ve been together. Unique and playful, these are about the thought behind the gift just as much as they are a personal way to spice up her accessory game.
Kate Spade "Heart Of Gold" Bangle
A simple gold bangle can go a long way — especially one with secret messages inside. A classic from the New York designer, the "heart of gold" bangle will look great by itself, stacked with other bracelets or even paired with an equally delicate watch.
$32.00 at Amazon.com
For the style-savvy woman who likes to accessorize boldly, these earrings from Baublebar are a fun way to show her you pay attention. With their playful navy pom poms and threaded tufts, you’re paying for personality here, not precious materials.
$34.00 at Baublebar.com
Casio Retro Digital Watch
Here's a watch that's less glam and more girl-next-door. A classic from Casio's Retro collection, this gold-tone digital watch is a slim arm accessory with Quartz movement, mineral crystal glass and a link bracelet that's perfectly suited to complement all her style choices.
$45.00 at Amazon.com
This necklace is a minimalist’s dream. Embellished with glass beads and 14-karat gold plating on brass hardware, it’s a charming take on the usual chain. And of course, it can be worn on its own or among other necklaces for a bolder look.
$34.00 at Baublebar.com
Julia Szendrei Tiny Bridge Chain
The Bridge Chain from Julia Szendrei is a charming necklace that inspires youth and energy. Handset citrine stones on a 14-karat gold-filled 18.5-inch chain, it reflects its San Francisco origins with a vaguely 70s aesthetic.
$33.98 at Huckberry.com
While monogramming or inscribing a custom piece can run you high and dry, MantraBand offers minimal stainless steel cuffs that are engraved with encouraging and comforting phrases. This one reads, “She believed she could, so she did” — a nice reminder that you’ll be there to support her through all her endeavors. And considering the Mantra Cuff is plated with 18-karat gold, its $35 price tag makes it an awfully convincing option.
$35.00 at Nordstrom.com
Kate Spade Initial Necklace
This chain from Kate Spade New York allows you to add an extra touch with its engraved "initial" front. On the back, the charm reads "one in a million," a memo to make any girl feel special.
$58.00 at Amazon.com
Calavera Wire Ring
For the girl who knows what’s what, this delicate skull ring will add a little torque to her look. Made from sterling silver and 14-karat gold plating, its wiring is adjustable, meaning it will be a guaranteed fit. (Originally made to celebrate Mexico’s Day of the Dead, it’s a reminder to appreciate life and to hold dear ones close.)
$38.00 at AlexandAni.com
These definitely aren’t your found-at-the-pharmacy variety. Here, the style is slightly more sophisticated and the materials are a grade up from the previous category. Sterling silver, pearls and elegant designs make these options great for the romantic at heart. That said, you can still get away with spending less than $100 — this category is just about a style choice.
Featherweight Beaded Hoops
An interesting take on the usual hoops, April Soderstom has applied her bold aesthetic to create these extremely wearable earrings. Threaded with 14-karat rose gold wiring, they’re bestowed with high-gloss beads and a simple closure. They measure 1.25-inches wide, and are lightweight for all-day wear.
$44.98 at Huckberry.com
MVMT Gold Leather Watch
With a mother of pearl face and tan leather band, this is a first-rate timepiece at an affordable price. It has gold-plated hardware and an understated dial, which make it versatile without compromising originality. Thoughtful, useful, stylish — what more could you ask for?
$115.00 at MVMTWatches.com
Dogeared Pearls Of Love
Pearls automatically raise the bar with their old world style. And although a full string of pearls might be a bit much, a single pearl set on thin cable chain makes this necklace appropriate for everyday wear.
$50.00 at Amazon.com
Nadri Pave Hinged Crossover Bangle
A piece that can shine on its own or in combination with other arm accessories, the Nadri Crossover Bangle is a real stud. It comes in your choice of yellow gold, rose gold or silver — all with rhodium glass faux diamonds.
$90.00 at Nordstrom.com
Lulu Dk Love Code Charm
A romantic gift for a romantic occasion, the Love Code from Lulu is a sophisticated charm necklace. Anchored in a circular arch, the pendant is cryptically etched with the word “LOVE” — but it only becomes fully visible when spun. Plus, it comes gift wrapped in a fabric pouch and box — so you don’t have to do anything.
$68.00 at Nordstrom.com
Fitbit Flex 2 Bangle
If she's a fitness buff, getting her something that's not only useful but stylish too is a great gift idea. The Flex 2 from Fitbit will discretely monitor sleep and activity patterns throughout the day, and send personal stats to her phone, which she can then use to gain insights into her various energy and performance levels. And when she's off duty, the gold and silver bangle options sit pretty until re-activated.
$99.95 at Nordstrom.com
Simple Knot Bangle
Possibly the highlight of this price range, the Knot bangle perfectly embodies simplicity. Made from sterling silver, the wire ribbon twists unto itself to create a self-provided closure. Also available in gold.
$71.10 at Zales.com
Kate Spade Sailor's Knot Earrings
Not your typical nautical-themed piece of jewelry, these delicate earrings by Kate Spade combine the sweet sentiment of the sailor knot with the subtle elegance that accompanies a dainty copper stud.
$48.00 at Amazon.com
While charms and cutesy jewelry may have gotten you this far, it might be time to pull out the big guns. We’re talking precious stones and pure metals — fine jewelry for a fine woman. Of course, this means climbing up the price ladder as well, but if you feel ready to send a strong message, these will snag you a home run.
Monica Vinader Diamond Hoop Ring
A personal favorite, this ring is a certain win. Part of a set, you can take it with the bracelet and necklace, or on its own since each piece is sold separately. Made from 18-karat gold with intricate diamond detailing, this is a ring she’ll never want to take off.
$215.00 at Nordstrom.com
David Yurman Cable Bracelet
Introducing the Creuset or Birkin of the jewelry world. This cuff is a David Yurman icon — first created in 1983, it remains one of the brand's most sought-after designs. Formed from a twisted helix adorned with finial gemstones, it's a piece that does all the talking.
$395.00 at Nordstrom.com
Pearl Tassel Earrings
Thomas Laine may specialize in bridal jewelry, but it won’t count as bridal jewelry unless you've dropped to your knee and popped the question. Made for the debutant or high class woman in your life, these tassel earrings are silver-plated and feature strings of sparkling Swarovski crystal and simulated pearls.
$180.00 at ThomasLaine.com
CLUSE La Roche Watch
A watch with a slightly edgier look, this is an option for the powerhouse. Made in France, CLUSE has long left its mark on the European style scene and is becoming increasingly popular here in the States. And no wonder — cut from genuine marble with a buttery leather strap and blank dial, it's a sophisticated piece that's got a museum-appropriate look.
$179.00 at Nordstrom.com
Five Stone Front Ring
The most expensive item on the list, it’s also the most “special”. Made from solid 14-karat gold encrusted with five small diamonds (you can choose the type of diamond you want), it’s nearing the status of engagement or anniversary ring. Yet, the narrow band is still simple and delicate for the girl who likes to keep her bling under the radar.
$490.00 at Gemvara.com
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