Since 2010, Galentine’s Day is celebrated as the time to commemorate platonic love and girl power. So, what is Galentine’s Day?

Well – it is a day to celebrate your friends and yourself! Unlike Valentine’s Day (the day you are either celebrating your significant others or hosting another “I Hate Valentine’s Day” dinner with your fellow single, independent girlfriends), Galentine’s Day is universally adored and can be celebrated by anyone and everyone regardless of relationship status. Show yourself and your friends some love this February 13th with some precious jewelry.

Struggling to find the perfect piece of jewelry for them? Well, ShopLC has a line of exclusive, low-cost rings that could help you find your friends and family their next go-to jewelry piece.

EVERYTHING IS ROSEY WITH ROSE GOLD

Why Rose Gold?

Rose gold has come and gone in style for the last hundreds of years. Traditionally, it is an alloy of gold with added copper for the warm blush tone. When yellow gold started to become too gaudy and flashy, many elites would rock the rose gold as an alternative. However, it went out of style again as the rose gold did not ooze as much luxuriousness as the upper class wanted.

Flash forward to today, where everything is in rose gold. In fact, when major gadget companies began to sell their electronics in the limited edition rose gold color, it is the solid proof that the rose gold color has taken over the 21st Century. But why the craze?

People love rose gold because it transcends gender boundaries, feels classy yet peaceful. When gadget companies came out with the salmon color edition, no one wanted to buy the gadgets. However, since rose gold is essentially metallic salmon, everyone goes crazy because “rose gold” does not have the feminine undertones “salmon” does. As gadget companies often increase their prices on anything rose gold, people often associate rose gold with a higher elite status. Finally, looking at anything rose gold is said to make a person feel calmer, which is an ideal way to unwind in this increasingly hectic world.

Why should you get it for yourself?

Rose gold goes with everything and is for everyone. What makes rose gold unique is that it has a cool warm tone, complimenting everyone’s skin tone. On cooler skin tones, the rose gold will bring warmth back to the outfit subtly. On warmer skin tone, the rose gold’s cool tone will not make the skin look orange that other colors (such as yellower gold) will.

The rose gold color is the color of girl power – it’s fierce yet feminine. The pinkish hues evoke a girly vibe but is very edgy as it pairs well with black. It also feels formal, as rose gold items are associated with luxury. However, it is still casual as it is not the gaudy yellow gold. The list just goes on!

Rose gold also does not tarnish quickly, so you can wear it every day as a tangible symbol of promise to love and take care of yourself.

Natural pink diamond criss-cross ring in 14K rose gold.

Stuck with which ring to gift yourself? Try going for this cross-cross ring with pink diamonds! The pink diamonds add a very girly vibe to the ring by adding a subtle glow, but the crisscross feature contrasts the pink diamond by adding edge to the piece as well. The duality between the edginess and the girly makes the ring a great daily wear ring since it can go with all outfits, regardless of how you are feeling that day. Plus, the crisscross feature adds a slimming illusion to your finger.

SHOW SOME LOVE FOR YOUR GIRL SQUAD WITH HEART JEWELRY

Why is the heart a love symbol?

Since the 13th Century, the human heart is thought to process a human’s love. In fact, legend says that the human heart is the person’s book of memories. Early Romantic French poetry started the idea that you could “give your heart to someone” as a metaphor for being in love with someone else.

The origin of the heart shape symbol has continuously been challenged. Some say that the heart shape came from the ivy leaves, as the leaves represented fidelity and loyalty. Others say that the heart is inspired by silphium – an early form of a medicinal plant that was heavily harvested during the 13th Century. It is believed to be an effective cough syrup and served as the world’s first birth control. Therefore, silphium was the symbol of the physical act of loving someone.

The most common lore is that the heart comes from human anatomy. While some say the heart comes from the general silhouette of breasts and buttocks, the more popular origin story is that human heart inspired the heart symbol. If the heart is correctly cut open, it will look like the heart symbols (with chambers coming off of it).

Why should you get this for your squad?

The heart is very delicate, feminine and universally accepted as the symbol of love. You can match with all of your friends with a heart-shaped ring to show solidarity between yourself and your friends. The ring is a perfect daily piece to show girl power.

Minimalistic heart-shaped ring in sterling silver.

If you have a diverse group of friends, chances are – you have both super feminine and super edgy friends in one group, try finding some monotone rings like this – where it is simple enough to please everyone. Silver is an elegant color, matching the girly girl’s aesthetics. The edgy friend would also love it because silver also looks tough and pairs well with her darker closet.

PERFECT GIFT FOR YOUR BEST GUY FRIEND

We cannot forget to include your platonic guy friends either in the fun. We all have or know someone who will eventually have a bridesman, or even a man of honor, to be part of the bridesmaid squad. However, we recognize that it may be hard to find the perfect ring for a guy (without it looking like a wedding band).

Sterling silver men's ring with barbwire motif.

If the guy is new to wearing rings, try going for a casual sterling silver band ring. The sterling silver will survive most wears and tears, and silver goes with everything in his closet. Plus, the simple lace details in the design makes this every guy’s dream as it is not “too feminine” nor “too plain.”

SEND FLOWERS TO YOUR SISTERS WITH FLORAL JEWELRY

Significance of Flowers

Floriography, or the language of flowers, has been a fascination across all cultures for centuries. However, since the origin of flower-giving was only through the tradition of orally passing stories, the beginning of the flower giving tradition has been very fuzzy. In Western cultures, flowers were often paired with ivy to represent a man’s fidelity to the woman. In East Asian cultures, pink cherry blossom flowers were often given to welcome a new year.

However, everyone around the world can agree that giving flowers is extremely sentimental yet emotionally impactful.

Why is floral jewelry perfect for your sister?

Flowers are often given to show love to the recipient. Flowers are also given to prove that you appreciate and respect the recipient, whether it is romantic, platonic, or even familial kind of love. It is the perfect Valentine’s Day themed accessory that would encompass your appreciation for them. Flowers often mean youth, perfect for those in your same generation line.

Floral ring with tanzanite in sterling silver.

If you are stuck on giving floral jewelry to your edgy, fashionista sister, try giving them a floral statement ring just like this. As the official color of 2018 is Ultra Violet, this flash of purple from the Tanzanite is perfect for showcasing their trendiness. The purple also matches with a lot of their spring closet. The silver offsets the purple, showing your sister’s edginess that makes them look strong.

PEARL GIFTS FOR MOMS, AUNTS, AND GRANDMAS

Significance

Like flowers, the importance of pearls has transcended cultures worldwide. Pearls are associated with wisdom acquired through experiences. In Asian culture, pearls are believed to attract wealth, luck and prosperity. They also believe that the pearl is from the mighty dragon. There are different colors of pearls that would represent many other things:

  • Blue: love
  • Black or Gold: monetary wealth
  • Pink: Success, fame, luck
  • Brown: masculinity, dependability
  • White: innocence, beauty, purity

Why are the pearls perfect for your mom?

Pearls often showcase a woman’s elegance, grace, and maturity. They are a statement piece without being too wacky or intimidating, as pearls are super effortless to pair with outfits. Giving a woman a pearl ring is simple, yet thoughtful. It is an excellent spin on the traditionally pearl necklace, without being too out of character.

Tahitian pearl solitaire ring in sterling silver.

If you are scared of giving a dated pearl ring, try gifting her a unique dark pearl instead. The dark pearl could bring a sense of edge, thus making the piece a lot more youthful. However, the fine detail on the band still showcases the elegance that is perfect for any mature woman.

 

The fundamental importance of celebrating Galentine’s Day is to celebrate non-romantic love, the often-overlooked version of love. A jewelry piece is a perfect way to give people a tangible and durable reminder that you love, and support them.