As the 14th rolls around, men and women around the world start stocking up on chocolates, roses, and a few other Hallmark-approved tchotchkes. But if you’re looking to up your gifting game, go for the good stuff: we’re talking precious metals, gemstones, and finely-wrought pieces that are sure to be treasured though time.
If you’re not a seasoned jewel connoisseur, no worries: the folks at Shane Co. have been in the game for four generations. Even better, the company’s been a longtime supporter of the LGBT community, so you can buy that bauble with a clear conscience: they’re not just a gay-friendly company —they design high quality pieces with pristine craftsmanship.
Here are some of our favorites.
From Emma Watson to Kim K, celebs with a high style IQ are have made engraved bling a major trend this year, and for good reason. If you’re giving a keepsake gift, why not personalize it? Pick your palette — Shane Co. offers yellow, white and rose gold pieces available as necklaces, bracelets, or a simple charm.
Engraved Necklaces, $60-$195
Cufflinks set off a well-tailored shirt to perfection, but they’re also a perfect conversation piece. There’s a style for everyone: the kid-at-heart might go for the Transformer designs (you decide whether you’ll align with the Decepticons or Autobots), while the diamond-studded links show you’re not afraid of some understated details.
Stainless Cufflinks, $50 and up
Looking for something high-voltage? This blue topaz pendant comes in at 1.2 karats and is laced in a 21-diamond setting — delivering the kind of show-stopping shine that’s sure to get plenty of jealous looks. As a romantic keepsake, it’s hard to top: blue topaz is also associated with love and relationships.
Besides a solid bench-press routine, nothing complements a V-neck better than a sleek necklace. This pendant from Shane Co. offers a minimalist update to that most classic piece of man-jewelry, the arrowhead (without the risky chiseled edges), and is threaded through a sturdy stainless steel chain.
Simple, sturdy, and timeless, rings aren’t just for the married couple — they look good any time, especially if you choose a minimal design. These options feature some shallow inset grooves and frosted finishes, but the real focus here is on precious metal, whether you’re looking for shining white gold, pitch-black cobalt, or ultra-tough titanium.
Men’s Everyday Rings, $70 and up
Simple rings are great, but the right guy, and the right occasion, demand something different. The woven mix of white, yellow and rose gold on this tritone band, set off by a coiled yellow gold border, adds an interplay of color and texture, while the five rounded diamonds on the ring at right bring on the shine factor. Whether they’re for an engagement, a wedding, or just a special someone, rings like these show you mean business.
Gold Tri-Tone Ring, $895