jewelry-heirlooms-fineThe necklace I purchased over a decade ago

With my first paycheck deposited in the bank, I stared at the ripped magazine page, creases from being folded stored for future reference. I picked up the phone, dialed the New York phone number listed on the magazine page, and placed an order for the 14K gold chain necklace spaced with turquoise beads.

The price tag was a bit of a splurge for a dainty necklace, but I landed my first job in the Hollywood television industry and I wanted to mark the occasion. That was a decade ago and since then, I’ve collected fine jewelry pieces, some I buy while traveling, others have been gifts for an anniversary or birthday celebration from my husband, my best friend gave me pearls for a past birthday, and my parents who enjoy passing down family heirlooms or marking celebrations in life.

I curated a few of my favorite pieces from American Diamonds Jewelry perfect to mark special occasions, gifts for loved ones, and even yourself – because why not? Monthly payment plans are available and free shipping on all orders and veterans receive an extra 10% off.

Under $100

jewelry-american-diamonds-under-100Polished Cross 14K, $89 / Infinity Ring Love 14K, $98 / Sterling Silver Gold Plated Bangle, $94

Just Because

just-because-jewelry-fine-14k Diamond Bar in 14K, $512 / Diamond 14K Twist band, $559 / Sterling Silver Gold Plated CZ Braided Bangle, $199

New Mom

new-mom-jewelry-ideasDiamond Foot Pendant 14K, $319 / Engravable name plate, 14K, $250 / CZ Bow Bracelet 14K, $205

Graduation, new job

graduation-jewelry-ideasDiamond Arrow in 10K, $210 /Diamond Bar Bracelet 14K, $480 /  Diamond X-Crossover Ring 14K, $640

Baptism or Dedication

baptism-cross-necklace-rings-communion-dedicationDiamond Cross Ring in 14K, $363 / Diamond Cross Bracelet 14K, $483 / Diamond Cross charm 14K, $837

For your Trendy best friend, sister, mother

trendy-girlfriend-mom-jewelry-giftsDiamond Infinity Pendant in 10K, $225 / 40mm Wire Hoops in 14K, $150 / Diamond Studs 14K, $150

Bridal or Anniversary

bridal-anniversary-fine-jewelry-ideasSapphire band in 14K, $840 / Marquise Diamond Eternity, $8,469 / Diamond Micro-Pave 14K ring, $904

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