The Precious/ Gems for a red hot romance

May the best Valentine win! According to Forbes, love is an expensive business and nothing proves it better than Valentine’s Day. $4.8 billion will be splurged on jewelry, $3.6 billion will be spent on date nights while just over $2.1 billion will be set aside for flowers in the US only. “It is the highest amount seen since the retail trade association began tracking Valentine’s Day gift spending in 2010” commented on the trend America’s National Retail Federation survey.

Whilst cards and flowers are the two most popular presents for the day, buying jewelry for your loved one is a statement full of fashion and style. Gems, with their breadth of styles, materials and designs and these are some of our choices so whatever you do, please show your love by placing some thought behind the jewelry you want to hold for a lifetime.

“I know of only one duty, and that is to love” said Albert Camus. So where your best Valentino outfit, be a lover of bold style with a Mary Katrantzou piece, where your Sergio Rossi heels and accessorize your romance with precious sparkles and prove him right.

This Royal Collection necklace from Cartier’s newest high jewelry collection includes a center pear-shaped diamond that can be removed and set as a ring. By appointment only, at Cartier’s recently relocated Fifth Avenue outpost.

A cult favorite among the most fashionable Parisians and New Yorkers, Lydia Courteille is known for her whimsy, wit, and use of unusual stones. A self-described “biochemist, antiquitarian, collector, and traveler,” Courteille’s quirky designs are available in very limited U.S. distribution, including Manhattan’s Dennis Basso boutique.

Fred Leighton is heralded as the go-to for one-of-a-kind estate jewelry, as they pull from popular periods such as the Victorian, Art Deco, and mid-20th century. These 19th-century earrings are an exquisite example of the house’s extensive collection and perfectly suited for someone who loves jewelry with a story as much as she loves sparkle.

Graff, who is known for “the most beautiful jewels in the world,” does not disappoint with this sapphire and diamond-encrusted watch in one of the brand’s signature motifs—the butterfly—which represents transformation and symmetry.

From Harry Winston’s high jewelry collection comes this intricate diamond necklace with a drop emerald, perfect for special, formal occasions such as a night at the Opera, any Opera.

For those looking for a gift for the ultimate jewelry collector comes this white diamond and spinel bracelet from Tiffany & Co. Shop in store, or browse Tiffany’s slick new videos that flaunt pieces for Valentine’s Day and beyond.

Rows upon rows of pavé diamonds comprise this large bangle from Kwiat, who has been putting out spectacular pieces since its first storefront on Canal Street in the early 20th century. The brand is a red carpet favorite, but this bracelet would be just as welcome in some of Manhattan’s most esteemed restaurants and arts venues.

What started as a family-run jewelry boutique in Chicago is now a Manhattan mainstay thanks to Sidney Garber’s New York-based daughter, Brooke Garber Neidich. Garber Neidich, who is very involved in philanthropy, donates 100% of her profits from the organically designed jewelry to not-for-profits supporting children’s mental health and wellness, education, and the arts.

A champion of conflict-free diamonds, Leviev sources ethical, remarkable diamonds from their own mines. A relatively young house—they’ve only been around since 2006—Leviev is most certainly taking the 21st-century approach to luxury.

Van Cleef and Arpel’s Bals de Legende collection is inspired by the spectacular balls of the 20th century, including New York’s own Black and White Ball. Truman Capote would certainly approve of these onyx, diamond, and mother-of-pearl earrings for a modern-day swan.