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Big-Ass Jewelry to Buy Yourself

Jewelry doesn’t have to be chill, and neither do you.

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The type of jewelry that’s usually given as a gift is often tiny, dainty, and delicate, like small diamond rings, thin necklaces, and little stud earrings. There are some exceptions, but for the most part, gift-givers don’t really go too wild when selecting a piece for someone else. And that’s just one of the reasons why buying jewelry for yourself is so much fun — you can buy whatever the hell you want, no matter how weird, wacky, gigantic, or just plain extra it might be.

In honor of the dozens of well-intentioned Valentine’s Day gift guides out there, we present you with some counter-programming: big-ass, over-the-top jewelry to buy for your damn self.


A model wearing big wooden hoop earrings
A model with freckles wearing big wooden hoop earrings

Nomia Asymmetrical Sweater ($350); Sophie Monet Bell Hoops ($144) and Bean Bracelet ($108). MAC Chromographic Eye Pencil in Pure White ($17); Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Schiap ($28); RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Promise ($36).

A model wearing big gold hoop earrings
A model wearing big gold hoop earrings

3.1 Phillip Lim Smocked Long-Sleeve Pullover ($350); Modern Weaving Brass Lobe Chandelier Earrings ($135); Jennifer Fisher Double Flat Band Pinky Ring ($205) and Pipe Pinky Ring ($165); Lady Grey Swerve Cuff in Gold ($360). MAC Lip Glass in Little Lovely ($10); Nars Audacious Mascara ($26); Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl ($27).

A model wearing gold hoop earrings
A model wearing gold earrings and a gold necklace

Halston Heritage Satin Cami in Dark Navy ($175); Laura Lombardi Ponte Choker ($260); Pendulum Earrings ($120); Miansai Half- Layered Ring, Gold ($115) and Tension Ring ($85); Lady Grey Crystal Silhouette Cuff in Gold ($288) (sold out, similar style here); By Boe Suspended Bar Necklace ($65). MAC Lip Mix in Orange and Yellow, worn on eyes ($17); Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara ($8.99); MAC Lipglass in Clear ($16).

A model wearing gold hoop earrings
A close up of a model wearing gold earrings, with black nails and a gold ring

Theory Turtleneck ($146) (sold out, similar style here); Noir Jewelry Loop Earrings ($56); Lizzie Fortunato Organic Knot Collar ($365); Escher Ring ($220). Urban Decay Razor Sharp Water Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Vegan ($22); Chanel Lipgloss in Coral ($37).


Creative director: Brenda Milis. Photographer: Lara Callahan. Shopping director: Tiffany Yannetta. Market editor: Tanisha Pina. Stylist: Victor Qunnnuell Vaughns. Model: Kyle Kellogg at Muse Models. Hair: Paul Warren. Makeup: Misuzu Miyake using Nars Cosmetics.

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