Love is the driving force behind most sales in our industry, and it’s most certainly the inspiration for acts of affection on Valentine’s Day. And when it comes to the business of love, author Nicholas Sparks—The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, and now Safe Haven, whose film adaptation is being released this week—is an expert in how to package it: a likable heroine; a passionate love story; and usually, a movie deal to entice fans to relive the tale (or at least a version of it) on the big screen.
As my colleague Stephanie Schaefer, reveals in “Nicholas Sparkles: How to Accessorize Like Your Favorite Sparks Heroine,” we see the roles that jewelry plays in a few of Sparks’ hits, as well as a peek at the soon-to-be-released flick and the role jewelry plays there (personalized bracelets are made by the hero’s kids). Consider these tips to make the looks part of personal collections.
The single strand of white pearls is a classic, but it’s also a look that many in industry are desperately trying to make over for a new generation of jewelry shoppers. For a fresh take, consider a strand of carved pearls à la Galatea, pearls mixed with gemstones, or a strand of baroque-shape South Sea or freshwaters that speak to enthusiasts of organic looks.
Queen III necklace with 11 mm–16 mm white freshwater pearls; $4,200; Galatea
Bohemian beaded bracelets—simple styles that range widely in price—are a staple in many jewelry lovers’ collections. Often strung on either elastic or nylon cord, the baubles are easy to layer and gift (no sizing required) and the beads themselves can range from inexpensive numbers like malachite or quartz to diamond-studded, metal-intense investment orbs.
Kabuddha Hematite Love bracelet in hematite, silver, white topaz, and sapphire; $240; Mary Margrill
A simple yellow gold pendant could be the perfect gift: From its perch above the heart, it catches the eye of passersby and is within reach of those who like to keep tactile reminders of their lovers near. Plus, tiny tokens are easy on the wallet, making them a democratic choice for buyers who’re rich and poor. See options from Alex Woo and Doves, which recently released styles retailing for $630 each in 14k gold.
Pendant necklace in 14k gold with 0.05 ct. t.w. diamonds; $630; Doves
Name bracelets worn by Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough in Safe Haven
Two of its stars sport personalized bracelets in the about-to-be-released film. The trinkets are costume pieces made by one of the character’s kids, but fine jewelry versions are abundant in real life. For example, look to Carelle for its newest karat gold version below.
Name bracelets in karat gold from Carelle
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