There is a scene in the fifth season of Friends when longtime vegetarian Phoebe Buffay inherits a family heirloom mink coat in horror…and then promptly falls in love with it when she sees her fur-swaddled reflection in a mirror. Indeed, there’s a reason people have been donning fur coats for millennia, and it has nothing to do with the perceived glamour: they are as warm in January as a Colorado 14er is cold. And like an old piece of quality jewelry, fur can often be restyled to suit today’s tastes—transformed from a clunky coat your great Aunt Gertrude wore into something you’d see on a Milan runway today.
BIGGER ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER. So when you see a small package beautifully wrapped under the tree, it’s no wonder your eyes widen with excitement. As the saying goes, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.ˮ But not all baubles are created equal, so make sure you work with a trusted jeweler who knows the four Cs as well as the trends and traditions when it comes to bling. To help you on your journey to find the perfect present your loved one will cherish for years to come, we visited some local jewelers with the crème de la crème in diamonds, gems, gold, platinum and other precious metals to make your holiday sparkle a little brighter.