A guide to buying jewellery as a gift
- February 6, 2017
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Jewellery can be the perfect gift when you get it right. It is personal, timeless and a great way to mark a special occasion. However, it can be difficult to pick the right piece, so I have made a list of a few things to consider to steer you in the right direction when gifting jewellery to that special someone.
Her Fashion Style
Look at their style. For instance, does she tend to layer up small pieces of dainty jewellery like stacking rings, fine chain pendants or wear large statement pieces like a cuff bracelet and modern neck-piece? Or is she more classic and simple ie. diamond stud earrings or pearl necklace. Think about what she likes and what she really doesn’t. Is there something in her jewellery collection or wardrobe that she loves and never takes off that would give you a window into her style? Style and fashion choices she makes are expressions of her inner self, her attempt to express to the world what she finds sexy, comfortable and highlights her personality. Think about what she wears casually or when she is going out and what jewellery would compliment it.
Most of us have something on our wish list and if you pay attention you may pick up on subtle or not so subtle hints to steer you in the right direction. Keep an eye on her reactions to what she sees online, on TV and in magazines. Note the style and appearance of pieces she likes. This will help you tie in a potential Jewellery choice with her overall style.
Choice of precious metal Colour
Does she predominately wear gold, silver or rose gold? It has become more popular to mix your metal colours when it comes to jewellery and a lot of jewellery will now encompass silver and gold in the one piece. However, if she tends to stick with one colour, go with that, there may be certain tones that don’t suit her colouring that she is avoiding.
Would you like to personalize the piece by having in engraved? If so, the piece needs to have enough space for whatever message or date you would like to have inscribed. It is a lovely thing to do, especially if you want to mark an occasion. She will forever associate that piece with that time and place. So an engraving will make gifting jewellery even more timeless and unique. Just make sure you allow for engraving time, generally 2-5 days depending on the item, the engraving and time of year.
Now that you’ve an idea of style, you need to decide on what category of jewellery to buy, with each category comes its own set of questions:
First things first, does she have her ears pierced? Although most women do, there are a few that don’t if you are unsure, go for a bracelet or necklace instead.
If earrings are her thing, there are a few different types of earring to consider; stud earrings, short drop earrings, long drop earrings or modern on the ear earrings. Again here you can defer to her general fashion style, hints you’ve noticed and the style and shape of her existing earrings.
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If you are buying for your girlfriend, I would avoid rings completely. The sight of a ring box immediately brings one thought to mind and there is a big chance that she will be either disappointed or a bit freaked out and either way, it will be awkward. If you are engaged or married to the person in question, you are in safer territory when it comes to rings.
If you’ve decided that a ring is the way to go, ask yourself the following;
- Do you know her size? (Which finger and which hand will come into the equation if you are trying to figure out her size. Fingers on your left hand are generally smaller than those on your right.)
- Can the ring be exchanged for her size if it doesn’t fit?
- Can you borrow one of her rings and have it sized? (It takes a minute to check the size of a ring, most jewelers will check the size of it for you, even if you aren’t buying anything in their shop.) But remember to take note of which finger she wears it on.
- Different styles of rings can make your fingers look longer or slimmer depending on their shape. Consider what the rings she wears look like as she will be wearing rings that compliment the shape of her finger.
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Be it casual or special occasions, different bracelets can lend distinction, they allow you to stand out in the simplest of ways. Bracelets usually come in sizes small, medium or large and you can take a guess at what will fit. There is also the option of the Cuff Bracelet which has an open back an can be adjusted to fit most sizes, making it an ideal gift. Most importantly, a great simple cuff won’t date.
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A pendant or necklace is also a perfect Valentine’s Day gift idea as it allows you to make that romantic gesture of draping it around her neck for the first time.
Although most women have a few necklaces, if you get this one right it’s likely she’ll wear it all the time.
The standard necklace length is 18” and I would stick with it, it’s a size that fits most and if she would prefer a different length, it can be changed afterward.
If you think she would like pieces to layer up, something like the Drift Pendant and Stalactite Pendant below are a great option as their chains are very slim and the pendant itself is unobtrusive. This style also looks great worn alone as an everyday piece as it so simple that it will co-exist well with her existing wardrobe. If you are looking for a statement piece, the Plexus Neck-piece or Linear Pendant are unique and modern and make a special gift.
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Good luck & happy shopping!