Oscar Wilde once said, “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance,” and as Valentine’s Day rolls around, this sentiment is, surprisingly, more relevant than ever. While Valentine’s Day for many means an overload of ruby red roses, diamond jewelry and gourmet chocolate, in today’s modern age it also raises questions about outdated customs, gender roles and self-empowerment. And though it may seem narcissistic to start thinking of yourself in the season of amour, at the end of the day, how can you love someone else if you can’t love yourself?
No matter what your feelings about the holiday, there’s no question that a little self-love (and self-gifting) is always in order. Fine jewelry holds the power to not only make a statement, but to help define your look; it only makes sense, then, to handpick the jewelry that can quickly showcase your best features and accentuate your personal style.
Why wait on tenterhooks to unbox a mystery gift that could, alternatively, express your current aesthetic? And if you’re single, who says you can’t take this as an opportunity to treat yourself? Whether you’re attached and looking to break from tradition or flying solo this Valentine’s Day, it’s time to make yourself a priority. Read on to discover our picks for the perfect fine jewelry pieces to gift yourself.
For The Classicist
Cartier LOVE Ring; Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra 3 Motifs Earrings; Hermès 18K Collier de Chien Bracelet
For those who opt for a timeless look, go for iconic jewelry pieces from established heritage brands that are instantly recognizable and effortlessly chic. From Hermès’ dog collar-inspired Collier de Chien bracelet to anything from Cartier’s LOVE collection, options abound for the woman with a refined sensibility. After all, classics are classics for a reason, and with their expert craftsmanship and high-grade materials, they’re guaranteed to last a lifetime with the proper upkeep.
“The Alhambra is a beautiful gift to give yourself, just like Princess Grace of Monaco, who collected the Van Cleef & Arpels icon,” says Katherine Ward, Senior Valuations Manager, Fine Jewelry & Watches. Reminiscent of a four-leaf clover, the motif represents luck, fortune, health and love, as designer Jacques Arpel was a firm believer in talismans. Superstitious or not, it’s a symbol that quickly conveys the confidence of a woman who knows what she wants.
For The Diamond-Obsessed
18K Diamond Pendant Necklace; Delfina Delettrez 18K Diamond Ring; Van Cleef & Arpels Classique Watch
Still convinced that diamonds are a girl’s best friend? We are too, but there’s no need to wait for “the one” to rock them. “If you’re looking for a ring and feeling self-conscious, choose a setting that won’t be confused for an engagement ring, like this modern piece by Delfina Delettrez,” says Ward. Delicate pendant necklaces are also a subtle yet luxe choice for those who prefer more understated bijoux.
If you’re dedicated to seeking out pieces that will perform double duty, a watch is the perfect wardrobe staple to invest in for February. Functional, finely-crafted and inherently personal, you can never go wrong with a tried-and-true timepiece — especially when it’s decorated with diamonds.
For The Minimalist
Céline Petal Cuff; Tiffany & Co. Bottle Open Bottle Pendant Necklace; Annie Costello Brown Masha Earrings
Those who eschew excess may be inclined to forego gifts altogether, but minimalists will be glad to know there exists a multitude of fine jewelry pieces featuring clean lines, fluid forms and unexpected shapes to enhance a pared-down look. Get graphic with elegant pieces from Céline (we miss you already, Phoebe!) or It jewelry from of-the-moment designer Annie Costello Brown, a cult favorite among millennials everywhere.
Our ultimate pick for this streamlined style? The classic Tiffany & Co. Bottle pendant necklace. “Elsa Peretti designed this bottle to hold a single blossom,” notes Ward. It’s the perfect expression of independence and embodiment of self-love, hands down.
Get ready to love yourself and shop our editors’ picks of luxe fine jewelry and watches now.