Look, I’ve never been one to turn down candy. Or flowers. But as a wise woman named Janet (Miss Jackson if ya nasty) once sang, diamonds—and their less expensive but just-as-pretty costume counterparts—are a girl’s best friend.
Luckily, we’ve reached a time when well-made fashion jewelry is just as covetable as a classic tennis bracelet. Even luckier, there are plenty of local shops that stock Valentine’s-worthy gifts, all sure to please. Here’s our guide to finding the perfect piece:
For the Classic Prep: The Fig Leaf
It will be difficult NOT to find the perfect gift among the selection of face-framing earrings, cool gemstone rings, and dreamy pendant necklaces.
The Fig Leaf, 3438 Edwards Rd, Hyde Park, thefigleaf.com
For the Minimalist: Sloane Boutique
This OTR hotspot is the place to pick up locally made jewelry by Hark + Hark and Rock Salt Vintage, as well as unusual Cemoka rings owner Duru Armagan brings back directly from her trips to Turkey.
Sloane Boutique, 1216 Vine Street, Over-the-Rhine, sloaneboutique.com
For the Fashionista: Atelier by AdornUSA
Statement earrings, statement necklaces, statement rings—this is jewelry for the bold woman who wants to make a, well, statement. Look for edgy collar necklaces by designer Ken Samudio and funky geometric pieces from in-house line Konstantin.
2716 Erie Avenue, 2nd Floor, Hyde Park, ateliercincinnati.com
For the Glamour Girl: Pomegranate & Lime
From brightly colored faux gem earrings to bling-y rhinestone bracelets, this Mariemont boutique is a favorite for sparkle and shine.
Pomegranate & Lime, 6804 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, (513) 271-1012
For the Trendsetter: Peek of Chic
It’s a little pricey, but totally worth it—look for real gemstone jewelry by lines like Meira T and Elizabeth and James, and necklaces perfect for layering.
Peek of Chic, 3451 Edwards Road, Hyde Park, shop.peekofchic.com
For the Hippie Chick: Toko Baru
Don’t be fooled by the rocks that they got: Clifton’s go-to shop for spiritually enhanced jewelry is a wonderland of druzy and agate and quartz (oh my!). Get something chakra-friendly and get ready to say “om.”
Toko Baru, 325 Ludlow Avenue, Clifton, (513) 751-3338