By Alison McGill
I like to think of the holidays as the Superbowl season of jewelry. Famous as being the busiest time for engagements (how many diamond ring selfies have you seen on your socials?), this is also peak time to buy yourself something sparkly and new to grow your personal collection of fine jewelry. Think of self-gifting fine jewelry not only as a special treat for yourself, but also as an important self-care ritual.
“People mark their most intimate and memorable moments with jewelry, and we’re telling bespoke stories through the collections we wear,” shares Maggie Aurocco, co-founder of Canadian jewelry brand Bluboho. “In recent years there has been a change in this narrative in that people are not only gifted these pieces, but also self-purchasing. We have so many customers who come in to mark their moments and add to their collections while they tell their unfolding story in real time.”
Aurocco says, for her, there’s no personal possession more intimate than jewelry. It tells our most meaningful stories, sits on our bodies for decades, and is passed down through generations. “It holds the energy of commitments, heart break, grief, and achievement. Being able to choose the fine jewelry pieces that holding meaning, treat them with reverence, and enjoy them every day is a deep act of self-care.”
What’s trending as the most popular pieces for self-gifting? Aurocco reports rings and earrings top the list because you can shape your own stacks and stories. Mood rings, delicate stacking rings and sculptural pieces are currently self-gifting best sellers at Bluboho. Aurocco also loves a statement gold bangle because it’s a stunning investment piece to mark your relationship to yourself.
Here’s our pick of seven shiny, fine jewelry pieces to treat yourself to now—you’re worth it!
The Mood Ring
This is a beautiful reinvention of the ‘70s trend which at the time was marketed as an accessory for the “Me Decade,” the era when people first began to actively explore their feelings. Bluboho’s beautiful new lineup of mood rings has a precious stone to fit every energy.
BUY: Bluboho mood rings, from $398, bluboho.com
The Lab Diamond Earrings
Taylor Swift was recently spotted wearing the dramatic linked tennis earrings from beloved lab diamond brand VRAI. These are a classic you will treasure forever, and this bling looks equally dazzling worn with sweats or sequins.
BUY: VRAI earrings, from $1,309, vrai.com
The Tennis Necklace
Mejuri just dropped this instantly iconic tennis necklace, which is part of the brands first drop of lab grown diamond pieces. Available in white or yellow gold, this necklace will become your daily go-to piece.
BUY: Mejuri necklace, from $1,100, mejuri.com
The Sweet Signet Ring
This darling heart shaped 10K gold ring is perfect for stacking or wearing solo as pinky ring. We love that it can be engraved with your initial, or one of someone especially close to your heart.
BUY: Paris Jewellers ring, $289, parisjewellers.com
The Vintage Vibes Pearl Earrings
We love our pearls done with a modern twist on a classic and these amazing Ziegfeld Collection pearl pieces from Tiffany & Co. are a top pick. Inspired by archival designs from the 1920s, these elegant deco drops feature a sterling silver chain and freshwater cultured pearls.
BUY: Tiffany & Co. earrings, $505, tiffany.ca
The Otherworldly Bracelet
The Cosmetic Love Bangle from Bluboho is made from 14-carat recycled gold and is set with a twinkling array of baguette and round diamonds. “The diamonds set in a celestial sky motif are a reminder of the powder, beauty and enormity of love in all forms,” Aurocco says.
BUY: Bluboho braclet, $4,998, bluboho.com
The Architectural Diamond Ring
This whimsical Cigar Diamond Confetti Band 14K gold ring is set with almost half a carat of diamonds which means it has incredible sparkle. If you prefer coloured gemstones, there is also a confetti design set with multi-colour sapphires including tones of blue, pink, yellow green and orange.
BUY: Jared Brown Designs ring, $2,195, jaredbrowndesigns.com