If there’s anything this pandemic taught us, it’s that life is too short to not celebrate even the small joys in life.
Whether it’s being able to wake up beside your loved ones every morning, tying the knot with all your family and friends watching with a virtual celebration, or just taking a deep breath free from a ventilator, this CoViD-19 crisis and all the hardships and uncertainties associated with it have thankfully offered us the gift of gratitude — the silver lining here is the realisation that there is always room to celebrate any cause no matter how big or small.
There are plenty of ways to show your appreciation to the ones you love, but if little precious gifts are your love language, you might want to take it up a notch by gifting that special someone — be it your partner, your best friend, or even yourself — a little bit of shimmer: A lasting jewellery piece that will be a reminder of your love and appreciation, or of a particular hurdle you have conquered in life.
Perfect for any occasion, jewellery houses from Boucheron to De Beers to Chaumet have recently been launching entry-level pieces that are excellent for gifting. These accessible creations feature timeless, wearable designs that exude a sense of sophisticated glamour. We’ve picked out a few examples for you below, so scroll down to find our list of nine jewellery gifts that are perfect for all kinds of celebrations.
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This pendant set by Boucheron is an exquisite piece for any sophisticated lady. The Serpent Bohème line, with its droplet shape pendant crowned with gold beads, has been one of the classics of the jewellery house since 1968. This one in particular, is beautifully set with rhodolite on pink gold, dropped on a delicate twisted chain with a small round-set diamond for that extra shimmer. Another great thing is that you’ll find three adjustment rings on the chain, which allows the recipient to adjust it to the perfect length that works for her.
Even those who are not fashion-savvy would know that Chanel is famed for its quilted 2.55 bag. The house has transformed the iconic motif into fine jewellery with the Coco Crush collection, and has recently released a series of updated, slimmer versions that are perfect for stacking and everyday wear. We love this sophisticated 18K white gold iteration set with diamonds.
For something more distinctive, Bulgari’s Divas’ Dream collection is a favourite of ours. The iconic fan-shaped motif is inspired by the mosaics found at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome (Bulgari’s home town), which exudes the mysterious, unforgettable allure of the modern day diva. Made from 18k rose gold, this rings feature fan-shaped ends that wrap beautifully around your finger, topped with malachite insert and pavé diamonds for that sophisticated Italian glamour.
Looking for something in a more atypical hue? What about this Harmony pendant necklace in rose gold, brilliant-cut diamonds and onyx from Chaumet’s Jeux de Liens collection? The shape of the pendant symbolises unity, perfection and eternity, and the chain also comes with three adjustment rings, so you don’t have to worry about it being too long or short for the recipient, and you can also engrave the reverse of the circular medallion for an added personal touch.
Studs are very easy to carry and are no doubt the foundation of any jewellery collection, meaning they are the perfect gift for those looking for fail-safe choices. De Beers’ Aura diamond studs are beautifully composed with two 0.20 carat round brilliants — both prong-set for ultimate shine — and framed by a delicate halo of micropavé diamonds for that extra bling. Everything on this piece is responsibly sourced, adding extra value to the meaningful gift.
We’ve mentioned before how the chain link necklace is the hottest fashion accessory of the moment. Pair that with this Stax bracelet by David Yurman, a diamond-paved link silver chain that will drape beautifully along your wrist.
Part of Repossi’s Antifer collection inspired by Normandy’s cliffs, this ring features two 18k rose gold bands, one of which is traced with 0.13-carat white diamonds. Its minimal and sleek design makes it the perfect everyday piece, adding a subtle sparkle to any look
If you’re looking for something that’s more wallet-friendly, Piaget’s Possession line has some very pretty bracelets that would fit into relatively smaller budgets. Highlighted by a bright green malachite sphere that turns freely within a gold ring (a signature of the collection), this delicate piece features a rose gold chain with a diamond for that extra dose of shimmer.
Cartier’s Love collection is absolutely iconic, but its little sister Juste un Clou (both created by jewellery designer Aldo Cipullo) also has that instantly recognisable appeal — featuring a groundbreaking design inspired by the humble nail. This bracelet is a recently updated version of the 70s original, which has a 18k yellow gold band that is slimmer and bendable for easy wear, adorned with 20 brilliant-cut diamonds for added lustre.