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Valentine’s Day: 16 frames for your sweetheart

Roses wilt. Chocolates get chomped. But the right picture frame? It lasts. With Feb. 14 approaching, we looked at a variety of options for a range of valentines.

Pictured here, a selection for the old-fashioned romantic: Actual red roses preserved in resin make for an unusual take on a traditional bouquet. The frame holds a 4-by-6-inch photo and costs $39.95 from Red Envelope(Red Envelope)
For the modern romantic: Frilly without being fussy, old-timey without being old-fashioned, West Elm’s Scalloped Bone frames are indeed made of natural bone. At last check, the round frame for a 3-inch photo and the rectangular frame for a 4-by-6 image were sold out online but available in limited quantities in some stores. Call your local store to check on availability. (West Elm)
For newlyweds: Z Gallerie’s Bamboo frame looks like it has wedding bands accenting the black enameled metal. It holds a 4-by-6 photo and sells for $19.95. (Z Gallerie)
For the nature lover, Part 1: Have a Mr. or Ms. Organic in your life? Crate & Barrel’s cork veneer fame accommodates a 5-by-7 photo and costs $29.95. A version for 4-by-6 images is $24.95. (Crate & Barrel)
For the nature lover, Part 2: The Slate photo frame has 4 inches of natural stone around a 5-by-7 photo. Personalize the piece with a piece of chalk (not included). Price: $19. (Home Decorators)
For the nature lover, Part 3: For an elegant take on organic beauty, there’s this from metalwork designer Michael Aram. He found inspiration for this frame in the decaying leaves of the cape gooseberries he sees when working in India. The lacy Gooseberry frame has a 3-inch border plated in gold. Price: $79. (Michael Aram)
For the glamour queen: With the kind of semi-precious stones and faceted crystals you’d find on a bracelet, these bedazzling frames are for platinum card carriers. The Siberia by Cloutier, left, is $1,950. The turquoise-laden Aurora frame by designer Cristina Ferrare is $1,540. Both are from 655 Home at Phyllis Morris in West Hollywood. (Greg Firlotte / Phyllis Morris)
For the Francophile: While we’re considering picture frames as fine jewelery, let’s turn briefly to Jay Strongwater, whose designs evoke Parisian couture. The Oksana frame has a distinctive Art Nouveau flourish. It is made in New York City with hand-set Swarovski crystals and can accommodate a 2-by-3 photo. It’s signed by Strongwater in a limited edition of five. Price: $795. (Jay Strongwater)
For bling for less ka-ching: Studded with clear plastic baubles, this duo of frames from HSN is just $19.95. (HSN)
For the retro girl (or guy): The Polaroid picture frame set from PB Teen has 3.5-inch windows to turn standard photos into pieces of old-school nostalgia. The plastic is actually a dry-erase surface, so each can be personalized with a marker (not included). The set of nine frames comes with wall-mounting hardware. Price: $19.99. (PB Teen)
For the girlie girl: Famed for paisley and floral fabric bags, Vera Bradley has added picture frames to its collection. The Sitting in a Tree frame, $22.99 through Distinctive Decor, is made of porcelain and will accommodate a 4-by-6 inch snapshot. (Vera Bradley)
For the guy’s guy: The Wyndham Tabletop frame line from Restoration Hardware is decidedly masculine, with a whiff of steampunk styling courtesy. Each is made from ebonized poplar and given rope-edged detailing. Generously sized for photos ranging from 4-by-6 to 8-by-10, the frames run from $69 to $89 apiece. The easel with fixed-wheel rollers is $89 apiece. (Restoration Hardware)
For the budget-minded: This Freasel frame by Alan Wisniewski for Umbra provides an easel effect at an easy price. It’s made from polished cast aluminum and holds a 4-by-6 photo. At $18, you might be tempted to buy a couple. (Umbra)
For the metal head: The northern Italian workshop Match offers bevel-edging, beading and other classic ornamentation on its heirloom-quality handcrafted pewter frames. The Piermonte collection has a low luster that works nicely in traditional interiors, but its minimalist form also could complement modern decor. Prices for the frames pictured here: $109 to $214 apiece. (Match)
For the tech head: Old-fashioned decoration meets new technology in the Antigua digital frame from Cambria Cove. The 8-inch-wide LCD frame has built-in speakers and 512 megabytes of memory; you can upload images and music from a computer, USB drive or digital camera to create a slideshow. The Baroque snap-on frame with silver- or gold-dipped embellishments is designed by Cheryl Finnegan of Virgins, Saints & Angels jewelry. Price: $180. (Cambria Cove)
For the true love: It may be tiny, but it’s Tiffany & Co. The 4-by-3-inch Elsa Peretti leather frame has the signature Tiffany open -heart motif painted on the leather with lacquer using a Japanese technique. The keepsake stands on its own or folds into a leather case for travel. Price: $225.

More home design: Photo galleries: Inside California houses, lofts and apartments (Tiffany & Co.)
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