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Add Some Sparkle to Your Valentine's Day These Jewelry Gifts Won’t Break the Bank

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Good things come in small packages. That old adage is never more true than when talking about jewelry. Whether the gift is earrings, a bracelet, or a necklace, jewelry is always a timeless (and popular) choice.

Best of all, with today’s manufactured stones such as cubic zirconia at near diamond likeness in quality or colored gemstones that rival the real thing, you can give the gift of jewelry for much less than you might expect.

“When you’re buying Valentine's jewelry, it’s all about giving a gift that stands out without breaking the bank,” says Claire Kiecker, a trend buyer of fine jewelry at ShopNBC, an upscale TV and Internet retailer known for its excellence in fine jewelry. “Color is big this year,” she says. “Our sterling silver multi-gemstone bracelet is a good example. It features gemstones including amethyst, blue topaz, citrine, peridot and garnet, making it the perfect complement to any outfit. And at $79.99, it’s a great deal.” If you’re looking for a necklace, ShopNBC offers a variety of choices, including a sterling sliver-platinum 4-flower pendant with cord that features blue topaz, citrine, rhodolite and peridot for $39.99.

But perhaps the most breathtaking colored stone deal is a set of 10 sterling silver gemstone studs, each individually boxed, for just $99.99. The set includes peridot, iolite, petalite, amethyst, heliodor, citrine, cultured pearl, sky blue topaz, smoky quartz and garnet.

Valentine's Day demands sparkle and dazzle, and cubic zirconia delivers. “Top quality cubic zirconia should be clear and look like very high quality diamonds,” says Kiecker. She notes that the setting is very important in a piece of cubic zirconia jewelry. “You don’t want a cheap, glued-in setting or a sloppy-looking setting,” she says. The setting should be pronged or bezeled as it would be for diamonds.

Two perfect Valentine's pieces are sterling silver cubic zirconia circle drop earrings with rhodium plating for $79.99 and a matching bracelet for $49.99. At the top of each earring is a circle shape with one square cut cubic zirconia; below the top circle is a string of four circle shapes made up of 77 round cut cubic zirconia stones for drop-dead glamour. The circle design bracelet includes 38 round cut cubic zirconia stones in bezel settings that come to a circle made up of 26 round cut stones in four-prong settings. The clasp is decorated with three round cut stones.

Chandelier earrings are all the rage this season, and you can get a great pair of sterling silver cubic zirconia chandelier earrings for just $39.99. Crafted with polished rhodium plated sterling silver, each earring features a total of 26 round cut cubic zirconia stones in bezel and pave settings. The stones are placed in circle and teardrop shapes and feature graduated edges for a dynamic style.

Watches are a practical gift that never goes out of style. The ShopNBC holiday gift catalog features a Genevex by Croton 7-in-1 watch set that any woman will love. The watch face is set with Austrian crystals and the set includes seven different colors of leather straps, which can be changed to fit any mod. The entire set retails for $300 but ShopNBC’s price is $99.99.

To view all the great jewelry selections, visit www.shopnbc.com or call (800) 474-6762 to request a catalog.

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