Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts: Marco Polo Designs

by Jaime on February 13, 2012

There is something so special about these pieces – you can just see the love and soul within them.

Marco Polo Designs is based in Portland, OR, where owners Penny and Claude hand-select pieces from Venice – they travel there twice a year to develop new designs – and use them to create jewelry that stuns and stimulates the senses.

We were lucky enough to get two pieces from their collections – one from the Couture Hearts and one from the Dark Chocolate. Girls like me – who don’t really want something fleeting for Valentine’s Day – will fall in love with these options. I love roses and chocolate is fine enough, but I always want something that will last longer than a few days, and can provide years of beauty and joy.

First up: the Dark Chocolate Bracelet, created from 24k gold hand-made Venetian glass, Swarovski crystals, Czech and Japanese glass, 24k gold plated sterling silver.

I have literally stared at this piece over and over again for hours, marveling at the gold and copper swirls, the caramel-colored glass and the rich chocolate color that looks good enough to eat. It oozes beauty and taste – the delicate glass stands out against the gold hardware, making the bracelet a beautiful addition to any evening look.

The Couture Hearts collection has just as much beauty and elegance, and you can see that beauty in the Heartbeat Heart Pendant. According to the site, the handmade glass red pendant from Murano is made with 24k gold foil and molten glass in the ‘rubino oro’ color, meaning ‘ruby gold’.  It is the most valuable and beautiful of all the glass colors, since pure 24k gold is mixed into the molten glass itself, to add irresistible luster.

You can see the gold swirls above, and it’s amazing how they catch the sunlight. The pendant sparkles and dances, looking perfect with a little black dress.

If you are still looking for the perfect gift, these are two that we cannot help but recommend (especially since Marco Polo Designs is currently having a 20% off sale on the site!) – and, if you are looking for a way to dazzle on your nights out, you cannot go wrong with these pieces. We also love the Mermaid Necklace, Tahiti Jewel Drops Necklace and the Supernova Necklace Set.


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