Jewelry easily ranks as the most sentimental gift to give your partner this (and any) holiday season. However, if you’re looking for a piece of jewelry with an even deeper and heartfelt meaning, we explore some of the most romantic jewelry collections, beloved for their touching history and symbolism.
1. David Yurman Cable Classics
We’ve always loved the Yurman Cable Classic bangles for their cool look and stack-friendly appeal. However, this iconic design has a remarkably romantic backstory: designer David Yurman met his wife Sybil while the two were working in a sculptor’s studio in 1969. Their romance blossomed and Yurman began designing sculpturally-inspired jewelry for her. As Yurman’s homemade pieces began catching the eye of some in the fashion circle, Yurman and Sybil married and launched their namesake brand. Today, Yurman still considers Sybil his muse and the two closely collaborate on his designs, some of which are based on those early designs Yurman created just for her.
2. Roberto Coin Jewelry
Italian jewelry brand Roberto Coin is known for its elegantly feminine fine jewelry, but the true signature of the brand is a hidden inset ruby. The concealed ruby that appears on every Roberto Coin piece is meant to be worn close to the skin to bestow the wearer with a long, happy, and healthy life. This secret detail makes a gift of Roberto Coin jewelry immediately feel personal and heightens its romantic appeal.
3. Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Open Heart Pendant Necklace
Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti drew inspiration from lots of organic and fluid shapes—think leaves and tear drops—in developing her elegantly curved jewelry designs. One of her standout pieces is the Open Heart Pendant which features a delicate and slightly abstract heart shape. We love this artful heart-shaped piece as an alternative to a more obvious heart pendant, which can feel too young for some wearers.
4. Chopard Happy Diamonds Collection
The Happy Diamonds collection is a signature of the French jewelry powerhouse Chopard. Happy Diamonds are free-floating, gold bezel-set diamonds that are placed in between two sapphire crystals so the wearer can see the stones glide back and forth and beautifully catch and reflect light. This is a delightfully sweet gift to surprise your loved one with, and it is sure to make them smile.
5. Cartier Love Bracelet
Aldo Cipullo, the original designer of the Cartier Love Bracelet, said he drew inspiration for his signature design from the folkloric chastity belt. However, Cipullo’s interest was focused more on the symbolism of the (admittedly less-than-romantic) chastity belt and considered it a symbol of intimacy and devotion. In turn, we’ve come to associate the Cartier Love Bracelet—which features a screw closure that only your partner can unlock—with this much more sentimental meaning, making it a surprisingly sweet gift to give.