I know Valentine's Day is two weeks away, but I am already in the mood...


M Pearl, (401) 295-6565
Double-row, 17-inch necklace with cranberry-colored keshi pearls, sage-colored freshwater coin pearls and smokey quartz briolettes.

I love the bold colors and size of this necklace, which could easily dress up a T-shirt and jeans or serve as a nighttime accent to a simple black dress.

Though based in Rhode Island, designer Monique Sousa is a Netherlands native and travels to Europe extensively. She finds design inspiration in her travel experiences.

Suggested retail price is $395.

Milus
"Apiana" watch in 18-karat rose gold with diamonds totaling 1.34 carats, including one diamond in the dial. The Swiss-made timepiece has a mother-of-pearl dial with Arabic numerals set with 72 diamonds and a red leather strap. 

Though incredibly diamond-intensive, this versatile watch manages to appear more sophisticated than ostentatious and could appeal to a move conservative clientele.

Milus entered the American market a few months ago through a retail arrangement with Tourneau, but the company expects to expand further into the United States through 2007. Milus has enjoyed distribution in Europe since 1919.

Suggested retail price is $19,650.



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