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Gifts that shine: Discover the best high quality graduation gifts in Silicon Valley

Stephen Silver graduation gift guide


As one of life’s biggest milestones, graduation is certainly an occasion that calls for a joyous celebration – and for some, a significant and memorable gift. Whether your graduate has just received their high school diploma, completed their bachelor’s degree or attained a doctorate, graduation is a momentous, hard-earned achievement that should be celebrated in style.

The best graduation gifts are those that can grow with the recipient over the years. A quality piece of jewelry or a fine mechanical wristwatch makes a perfectly appropriate gift for the new grad embarking on a professional career, and will last well beyond into the years to come. We specialize in distinctive and unique fine jewelry pieces and rare wristwatches that have been crafted with the utmost care, using only the finest materials. This level of quality and excellence in design ensures that these graduation gifts will endure, and with them, the memories of the special moment they were presented and received.

Set your new grad up for professional success with the gift of one of these fine timepieces or jewelry items from our online boutique, our Menlo Park, CA boutique, or our private Silicon Valley showroom in Redwood City, CA.

High-Quality Graduation Gifts for Her

Every graduate requires a professional wardrobe, and a fine timepiece, pearl of diamond earrings, pearl strand, beautiful bangle bracelet, or right-hand ring brings the finishing touch and professional polish they will need to carry them into a new career. As bright and shining as their prospects, give them one of these glittering graduation gifts that will put a sparkle in her eye.

Diamond and rose gold huggie earrings

diamond rose gold huggie hoop earrings

Perfectly polished with just enough sparkle, these diamond huggie earrings by Stephen Silver will be the most valuable player in her new professional wardrobe. The subtle huggie style is appropriate for all occasions, from job interviews and lunch meetings to everyday work attire.

Meanwhile, 3 rows of round brilliant cut diamonds (together weighing 2.02 carats) set in flattering 18 karat rose gold make these subtle sparklers she will enjoy now and later.


Bezel Set Diamond Bracelet

bezel set yellow gold diamond bracelet

Bracelets make ideal graduation gifts because, unlike rings, there is usually no need to have the piece fitted. It can be worn and enjoyed immediately, on graduation day, in college, on the job, or off-duty.

These are the perfect starter bracelets because of their bezel settings, which completely surround each diamond girdle for optimal security and worry-free wear for years to come.


Diamond inside-out hoop earrings

white gold inside out diamond hoop earrings

These inside-out diamond hoops will make a welcome graduation gift for any young woman. Lightweight and scintillating, the hoops are set inside and out with 1.86 total carats of round brilliant cut diamonds.

Available in 18 karat yellow or white gold, these inside-out diamond hoops make a stunning stand-alone gift or the perfect companion to our bezel set diamond bracelets.


Diamond cluster halo stud earrings

diamond cluster halo stud earrings

If you need a high-impact graduation gift, Stephen Silver’s cluster halo stud earrings make the perfect choice. These cushion-shaped diamond studs create the illusion of much larger center stones with an invisibly set mosaic and halo of round brilliant cut diamonds together weighing 2.03 carats.

The G-H color and VS-SI clarity stones offer all the brilliant sparkle of larger center stones, but at a more approachable price point.


Hermes Cape Cod with Double Tour Barenia Calfskin Strap with Ardillon Buckle

hermes cape cod double calfskin strap womens watch

For the young woman who is destined to become an icon, give her a piece that is bound to stand the test of time. The Hermes Cape Cod has remained one of the brand's most beloved models ever since its debut in 1991, and it became even more iconic with the introduction of the double tour leather strap in 1998.

Lovers of fashion history will appreciate the Cape Cod’s origin story about how Designer Henri d’Origny was tasked with creating a square watch, but a personal preference for rectangular watches led him to frame a square within a rectangle. The case shape and dial font are subtly inspired by the Hermes Chaîne d’ancre motif. It is the perfect gift for grads with an eye and appreciation for fashion.


Mechanical Watches for His Graduation Celebration

For those who are continuing to higher education, a mechanical timepiece will keep them on time for classes and commitments down the road.

Bell & Ross BR05 BLACK STEEL

bell and ross br05 steel black dial watch

Bell & Ross has consistently turned out appealing yet approachable mechanical timepieces that resonate with younger watch enthusiasts, which is why the gift of a Bell & Ross makes a safe bet for the young grad.

The Bell & Ross BR05 automatic watch intrigues with its circle within a square 40mm steel case and blue dial, complete with a stainless-steel bracelet with folding clasp. The mechanical model is buttoned-up enough for college or job interviews but can also withstand regular wear. For sportier options, visit our SF Bay Area boutique to shop one of the area’s largest collections of Bell & Ross timepieces.


Bell & Ross BR V2-92 HERITAGE

bell and ross heritage watch

A wave of nostalgia in recent years has driven young collectors to vintage-inspired wristwatches. Bell & Ross channels their own take on the trend with the BR V2-92 HERITAGE automatic watch, a classic-looking yet sporty timepiece that will make the perfect graduation gift for athletic young men.

The timepiece has serious wrist presence, with a 41mm satin-polished steel case, and features a black dial, luminous sand-colored numerals, and a woven black rubber strap with pin buckle. The screw-down crown and rotating bezel with 60-minute counter make this useful for watersports and diving, while the date window makes a practical addition.


BVLGARI Aluminum Chronograph

bulgari aluminum chronograph watch

This high-fashion Bvlgari Aluminum Chronograph will make a welcome addition to the stylish graduate’s wrist. The Aluminum Chrono carries the cache, cool, and dynamic styling of the Italian brand, yet offers an approachable price point that hits the sweet spot for graduation gifting.

The 40mm aluminum and titanium timepiece houses an automatic winding mechanical movement. The BVLGARI logo is employed as a design element, repeating on the black rubber bezel and again on the black rubber strap. More than a pretty panda face, this chronograph is ready for action, being light on the wrist and waterproof up to 100 meters.


BVLGARI Octo Finissimo Steel with Blue Dial

bulgari octo finissimo blue dial watch

When in doubt, opt for a classic three-hand watch. The BVLGARI Octo Finissimo Steel may appear minimalist, but the recipient of this gift will find plenty of visual interest with its octagonal steel case and integrated bracelet’s mix of brushed and polished surfaces and their play against the navy-blue dial.

Our Menlo Park, CA watch showroom also offers an extensive range of other BVLGARI watch options for graduation day gifting.





The SF Bay Area’s Destination for Unique, High Quality Gifts

For over 40 years, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry has specialized in helping San Francisco Bay Area clients and friends find the perfect gift to mark life’s biggest occasions, including graduation days. Some of our clients have been with us since their graduation day, and we have helped them select special pieces to mark their first job, promotions, and later, helping them select engagements and anniversaries.


Shop our Graduation Gift Collection here to find the perfect piece of jewelry or timepiece for your graduate.


If you do not know what kind of gift to choose, give the gift of choice. We will be pleased to welcome you both to our Silicon Valley boutique at the Rosewood Sand Hill resort, guiding your grad to choose something special that suits their style now and for years to come.