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W’s Jewelry and Accessories Director, Claudia Mata, swoons over the ultimate holiday gifts.


Stephen Webster’s Forget Me Knot ring looks sweet, thanks to the bow, but the barbed-wire detail says otherwise. (Sterling silver with sapphire pavé ring, $650, Stephen Webster, Beverly Hills, 310.246.9500)


I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect shade of gray and finally found it in Monique Péan’s gorgeous rings (left). They feature a rare variety of jade from Guatemala that is sustainably mined by local artisans. (From left: 18k recycled white gold, conflict-free diamond pavé, and jade rings, $6,260 and $6,130,


In the late-18th century, the Prince of Wales (and future King George IV) started a trend when he and his mistress exchanged tokens—each adorned with a painting of one of their eyes. That gesture was the subject of the exhibit “Look of Love” at Alabama’s Birmingham Museum of Art earlier this year. The show, in turn, inspired Cathy Waterman’s latest Eye of Love collection of pendants (above, left), rings, and cuffs. (22k gold, mammoth ivory, and cognac and white diamond hand-painted pendant, $7,230, and 22k gold and diamond chain, $7,140, by special order, Barneys New York, New York, 212.826.8900)


I’ve just discovered these quirky earrings from Elena Votsi’s Eros line. The cupid arrows are a traditional romantic motif, but the twisted knots suggest that love can be complicated. (18k yellow gold and diamond arrow earrings, $10,400, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, 212.753.7300)


Fans of costume jeweler Paige Novick can now invest in her debut fine-jewelry line, Phyne, which glams up her architectural aesthetic with precious materials. I adore these delicately boned cuffs (center). (14k yellow and rose gold cuffs with diamonds, $15,640 each, Louis, Boston, 617.262.6100)


Fashion designer Thakoon Panichgul’s pearl detail makes the standard key-and-lock pendant (left) extra feminine. (Thakoon for Tasaki 18k yellow gold, pearl, and diamond necklace, $4,400, the Webster, Miami, 305.674.7899)


The gift that can keep on growing: a Harry Winston bracelet that you can decorate with various charms, including a lucky eight, an HW logo, a peony, and a loop. (18k yellow gold bracelet, $3,300, and 18k gold and diamond charms, from $2,300 each, Harry Winston, 800.988.4110)


Parulina’s two-finger Knight Sarcophagus ring (left) may have been inspired by the medieval period, but it would go just as well with black leather leggings as with chain mail armor. (14k pink gold, silver, and diamond ring, $7,900,


Putting on Kimberly McDonald’s cuffs (left) is like wearing primordial pieces of the planet on your wrists. (Opal and brown diamond cuffs, $88,300 for the pair, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, 212.753.7300)