Jewellery Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Earlier this week I started to look at gift ideas for Valentine’s day with a look at gifts that would work for the special man in your life. Today I am turning my attention to a gift that usually works well for both men and women, that is, the gift of jewellery. Jewellery is very much a gift that appeals to varied tastes, and whether you opt for beautiful costume pieces, or the real deal, you can be sure that the effort that has gone into choosing a piece of jewellery would be very much appreciated.

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Here I have put together a few jewellery gift ideas that I think should cover all bases and tastes.

A Watch

Giving a gift of time works well for both men and women. Brands like Rolex, Breitling and Cartier would be enough to put a smile on any face, but, of course, these do come with a high price tag. However, you could opt for a second hand design at a much more affordable price. Pre-Owned watches are now available with a guarantee of authenticity from companies like Xupes. Xupes also deal in pre-owned designer handbags which could be another gift idea, one which would definitely work for me.

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Costume Jewellery from Butler and Wilson

When it comes to costume jewellery, Butler and Wilson is my destination of choice. I’ve always loved the beautiful store on South Molton Street, which is how I imagine the jeweled cave from Aladdin would look, just so sparkling and pretty. If you can’t get to the London store, you can find Butler and Wilson pieces at super affordable prices at QVC.

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A designer piece

Buying a designer piece of jewellery can often be cheaper than opting for the designer bag or shoes. Selfridges have great pieces by Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen that come in at less than £150. These gifts come beautifully boxed and would be sure to be opened with appreciative gasps on February 14th.

 MARC JACOBS Enamel disc hinged bracelet £50.00 Click to visit Selfridges


MARC JACOBS Enamel disc hinged bracelet
£50.00 Click to visit Selfridges

 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Skull double wrap leather bracelet £135.00 Click to visit Selfrdiges


ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Skull double wrap leather bracelet
£135.00 Click to visit Selfridges

 VIVIENNE WESTWOOD JEWELLERY Kika stud earrings £95.00 Click to visit Selfridges


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Kika stud earrings
£95.00 Click to visit Selfridges

Valentine’s Day Ideas from Hotel Chocolat

If the way to a woman’s heart is via the stomach, you can pretty much guess that every signpost on route will be labelled ‘chocolate’. And so, with Valentine’s day now within walking distance, it seems like a box of choccies is a sensible, if safe option as a gift for you Valentine.

But if this is the option you are taking, make sure you do it in style. And by that, I mean with one of the sumptuous collections from leading British chocolatiers, Hotel Chocolat. Hotel Chocolat takes chocolate to the next level, with a range of unusual ingredients and flavours that are a gourmet’s delight.

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The Sleekster Valentine Selection £24 click to visit Hotel Chocolat

DSCN5921The lovely Beau-Jane from Hotel Chocolat was kind enough to send me a box of the ‘Sleekster Valentine selection’ for me to review, and I have to say this was one of the most pleasurable reviewing experiences I have ever had. (ahem!) The selection is made up of 28 chocolates, all filled with a range of delicious fillings. The flavours, in full, are Passion Fruit Truffle, Strawberry & Rose Truffle, Triple-Layer Praline, Salted Caramel Cheesecake, Balsamic Caramel, Pink Champagne Truffle, Lemon Berry Tart, Caramel Praline, Soft Caramel, Champagne Bellini, Chilli, Ginger & Almond Praline and Creamy Raspberry Truffle.

DSCN5932These are chocolate treats that look amazing, and taste just as good. There is truly something for every taste. I love caramel and strawberry flavours, and so was really taken with the balsamic caramels, a sort of mini whip shaped treat, and also the pink Champagne truffles (delicious – you could really taste the Champers.) For hubby, who enjoys nutty chocolates, the praline selections were a real hit. The flavours of all the chocolates were deep, this wasn’t a hint of Champagne Bellini, but a real hit of it, making the Sleekster collection a decadent treat. I can’t help but think the recipes for these chocolates were planned with Champagne flutes and a bubble bath in mind…

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Loving the wonderful colours.

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My favourite balsamic caramels in the foreground.

Everything about this selection of chocs screams luxury, and with the beautiful box covered in über romantic images, this is truly a wonderful Valentine’s gift that is good for giving, and for sharing.