Gift Guide: Valentine’s Day

Giordano Earrings

$324

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Designed by Elizabeth Whitcomb in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, these elegant Giordano Earrings from TAPLEY feature squiggly-shaped pieces that recall whimsical, abstract foliage. Available in small or large, the earrings are made from recycled sterling silver and can be moved around for slight changes to the look. Price reflects a size small.

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“Danger!” Sleeping Mask

$22

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From Intoart, a Peckham-based collective of artists and designers with learning disabilities, this sleep mask was created by Andre Williams. The soft velvet fabric features vibrant orange and pink letters spelling out “Danger!” (perhaps a warning not to wake the snoozer). With a satin headband, this playful accessory measures 20 by 10cm. Price is in Pounds.

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Handblown by a local artisan in Brooklyn, these glass earrings from contemporary jewelry designer Annika Inez are a playful take on classic hoops. Available in five colors (blue, aqua, mauve, purple or clear) these  borosilicate glass pieces are fastened to a solid 14K solid gold post and catch light, adding to their shine.

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Evoking the liquified, amorphous shape of molten lava, these striking earrings from Seattle-based jewelry line FARIS drip and shine across the lobe. Handmade to order, the Lava studs are a study in wearable sculptures and abstractionism. They are available in sterling silver or bronze.

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Wibbly Wobbly Rope Tote

$68

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Founded by Irish textile designer Hannah Whelan, Brooklyn-based MÁLA focuses on playful but long-lasting bags. Every item is designed, hand-stitched and shipped by Whelan—and the Wibbly Wobbly Rope Tote is no exception. This twist on the classic tote bag is named after the Irish treat (an ice cream filled with banana, strawberry and lemon jelly) from the ’70s, and comes in various colorways. Our favorite …

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“Dream A Little Dream” Necklace

$142

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From Jessica Tse’s NOTTE Jewelry, the “Dream A Little Dream” pearl necklace is part of the MEZZANOTTE collection which exists as a “love letter to the magical hours that birthed the brand.” It’s a playful take on the classic string of pearls, comprising freshwater pearls and gold-filled beads. Each piece is handmade, and no two are identical.

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Jade Beads Chain Bracelet

$218

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An innovative Beijing-based brand known for uncovering connections between jewelry and the body, YVMIN teamed up with luxury fashion brand XU ZHI to create this striking jade and silver bracelet. Pairing a modern chunky chain with delicate, traditional jade beads, this piece accentuates the endurance and strength found in both materials.

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Lab-Grown Diamond Cushion Cut Studs

$1600

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Available in different sizes, metals and colors, these lab-grown diamond studs bring a sparkle to your ears. Also available loose and in other settings, Lightbox Jewelry’s stones are unlike other diamonds. Natural diamonds are unique and formed some 100 miles below ground one to three billion years ago, due to unique temperature and pressure conditions, and eventually pushed toward the ground through volcanic activity, but …

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Smiley Flower Necklace

$160

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For her eponymous jewelry brand, designer Aeri Go finds inspiration in the Korean virtue of inner peace connecting with harmony in the physical world (a concept traced to Confucianism). Soft curves and minimalist design reflect this equilibrium, as well as a resonance with nature. For the Smiley Flower Necklace, Go crafted a bulbous floral (sculpted with wax and then cast in sterling silver) to craft …

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Coming in several fun shapes, DOIY’s collection of “Mystic” ceramic boxes provides playful ways to store jewelry and trinkets. Available in various shapes—including this heart, as well as a sun, moon and crystal ball—these vessels are practical but offer a touch of magic. Price is in Euros.

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Natasha Ghosn’s jewelry and fragrance line, MONDO MONDO, blends mythological inspiration and traditional craft with contemporary charm to make timeless pieces. The brand’s 14k yellow gold Mini Daisy studs are dainty (measuring about 6.5mm) with a vintage feel. The handcrafted pieces are sold as singles or in pairs.

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From Justine Clenquet’s eponymous brand (which she founded when she was 18, in 2010) comes the Honey Necklace, a brass piece dipped in palladium and pale 24k gold, designed and handmade in France. Contrasting traditionally masculine and feminine elements, silver and gold and chunky and loose chains, this 46cm necklace is a subversive take on a classic style. Price is in Euros.

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