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Sloths, snitches, and fingerprints: Shiny and sparkly things for your Valentine

We've taken a peek into the inventory of some of our favorite jewelry vendors to see what gifts are new, shiny, and going to make your partner swoon this Valentine's Day. Mark Poulin'sThey ♥ OBB; we ♥ them Little Sloth Necklace (shown above) is like a hug in jewelry form. And that's not all Mark has in the way of ultra-adorable animal whimsies. He's got dinosaurs, hearts, kitties, cupcakes, robots… it's a circus that will make your heart grow three sizes.

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Old world style and delicate details in Brilliant Earth's Belle Époque Collection (plus a free necklace offer!)

Valentine's Day is a heady time for lusty lovers of velvet boxes filled with shiny gems (and also candy!). Even if you're not a fan of Valentine's Day, you can't deny that it's a super-nice excuse to spoil your sweetie. Thankfully, longtime sponsors and friends of the Empire, Brilliant EarthThey ♥ OBB; we ♥ them, are here to show us some of the sparkly-y goodness that will melt any heart this Valentine's Day.

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A heart-themed reader photo round-up in honor of Valentine's Day

Every Monday we usually feature reader photos that have been recently uploaded to our Flickr pool. This week I decided to mix it up and search our reader photo archives for a very special heart-themed edition to get us all in the mood for Valentine's Day. And ooh boy did I hit the jackpot. There are hearts made of hands, stone, wood, LEGO, and even fire.

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Wedding invitations with heart

Since I can't send you all personal Valentine's Day cards to show you how much I love you all (and I do!), I thought I'd share some of my favorite heart-themed wedding invitations instead. So here we go… let's check out some heartsy fartsy wedding invites…

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There's something for every one of your Valentines (even the darkest of hearts) from Gemvara

Valentine's Day is coming up, and you know what that means — HEARTS GALORE and people expressing their lurve! Ok yeah: the assumption is that the manly dude is going to buy these for his bling-loving ladyfriend. But this is Offbeat Bride, so let's talk about who ELSE might love these things… Ladies, does your girlfriend love the sparkly shit? What about showing a little love for your femmey bottom boyfriend? Do we have some stuff for you guys to check out!