Bring on the bling. The bees are buzzing, the butterflies are fluttering and hearts are on fire in this year's newest jewelry trends...just in time for Valentine's Day. Celebrate yourself or your sweetheart with these romantic treasures that will last long after the last chocolate strawberry is gone.
—Use your animal instincts. Whimsy is the name of this jewelry game. This spring, you'll see butterflies spreading their wings on rings, slinky serpents wrapping around arms and bees lighting on pins everywhere. Trust me, you will not want to shoo away these gorgeous little creatures who appear in colorful gemstones...just in time for spring.
—Go long and luxurious. Long necklaces are the way to go this spring. Chokers are still a favorite, but necklaces that go to longer lengths are making a comeback with lanyards and rope lariats that exude chic casual style. Pendants dripping with show-stopping baubles or charms are other ways to wear the long luxe looks.
—Play with pearls. Coco Chanel loved these timeless treasures and wove them into her everyday accessories. Pearls never go out of style, but now they are going out to breakfast, as well as to dinner. They can be worn with jean jackets, and with the fanciest ball gown. This spring, pearls are adorning large cocktail rings and dripping from ears in stunning designs. They mix it up with all kinds of precious metals, beads and stones for a modern twist. This is a romantic gift that will make a lasting impression anytime of the year.
—Make friends with diamonds. A little sparkle will brighten up anyone's day or night. Diamond stud earrings are basics that have always been a girl's best friend. While the traditional studs are still a classic, why not turn up the heat (and the romance) with heart-shaped studs this Valentine's Day?
—Get artsy with earrings. A girl (and some guys) can never have enough earrings...and this spring, the earrings that are stand-outs are the ones that make an artistic statement. They're bold and colorful in graphic designs. We're talking some serious bling, here. There's something for everyone in every price range.
—Supersize those bracelets. Whether it's a multiple stack of thin bangles or a very wide hammered cuff, the bracelets this spring and summer are getting more and more dramatic. Embellished with shimmering gemstones or vintage charms or laser cut with lacy filigree or even twisted into springy spirals, the bigger the better when it comes to this season's latest arm candy...a real treat for your Valentine.
—Rose gold. Lighten up the bronze golds of fall and winter with the pink glow of rose gold tones. You'll find this fresh hue in everything from smart watches to lockets and bracelets. Apple's rose gold watch with a sporty pink band includes a heart rate sensor...perfect for measuring those surprised heart-felt reactions.
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