How do you buy the perfect jewellery gift for a woman? It’s a daunting task. Get it right and she’ll love you forever. Buy the wrong thing, and this small item loaded with symbolism can put a real dampener on your special occasion. That’s why we’ve put together this expert guide, to help you get it right.
STEP 1: Knowing what to buy
1. Look at her existing jewellery for ideas
Pay attention to the jewellery she already wears. Does she wear small, simple items? Or big, sparkling, flashy ones? Is she classic, or trendy? Does she usually wear silvery-coloured metals or yellow gold? Does she have pierced ears? What she wears now, will tell you what she would like to receive as a gift.
Is her style more like classic Kate, luxurious Kim or cool Katy?
2. Add sentimental value
Apart from style, pick jewellery with personal meaning. For example, a birthstone to symbolise the month she was born. Heart-shaped items and initial necklaces are also great for adding a personalised touch.
3. Don’t try to change her style
You might think hoop earrings are sexy. But if you know she hates big earrings, buying her a pair for her birthday or Christmas won’t convince her to wear them, and will just end in disappointment for both of you.
4. Watch her window shop
Walk down through a department store together. Observe her to see what type of items make her eyes sparkle.
5. Ask her friends for advice
Her friends or sisters are closest to her in age. If in doubt, they’re the best people to advise you. Just make sure they can keep a secret!
6. NO RINGS… unless you’re already married or planning to propose!
In our culture, when a man gives a woman a ring, thoughts invariably turn to wedding and engagement rings. So unless you’re already married or actually planning to propose, during the early stages of a relationship it’s not a good idea to give your girlfriend a gift ring. Avoid misunderstandings and give her a beautiful bracelet, earrings or a necklace instead.
7. Hold on to the receipt
We can’t always get it right, so keep the receipt. All good jewellers have a refund policy, bar some custom made items (do check before you buy).
STEP 2: Set a budget without losing quality
Always have a budget in mind before you shop. If you can afford to buy her very expensive jewellery, and the occasion dictates it – a special anniversary, a big birthday, a wedding – get the best jewellery your money can buy.
However, sometimes the occasion dictates something smaller – yet you still don’t want to skimp on quality. For instance, for Christmas and Valentine’s Day treats, or gifts for young adults, you may want a beautiful item of jewellery, but not spend an absolute fortune.
The good news is that even if you’re on a tighter budget, you can still buy genuine gems or diamonds, with lasting beauty and value, at very low prices – when you know what to shop for. Here are some smart ways to buy her high quality jewellery at an affordable price:
1. Sterling silver
Fine sterling silver jewellery makes a perfect gift for a first Christmas together or a Valentine’s Day present. By investing in sterling silver you’ll get stunning hallmarked precious metal quality, yet the price will be much lower than gold.
Sterling silver jewellery is beautiful, genuine and affordable
2. Illusion setting
An illusion setting is made from a white metal (usually silver or white gold). It creates a seamless frame around diamonds, making them look much bigger than they actually are.
An illusion setting cleverly creates the effect of larger diamonds
3. White topaz instead of diamonds
If diamonds are out of your reach, don’t go for synthetic stones or glass! Choose white topaz instead. It’s a genuine gemstone and sparkles fabulously.
White topaz is a genuine gemstone, and sparkles like diamonds
4. Gold vermeil
Vermeil is a combination of sterling silver and gold plating. So you’re getting a beautiful gold look with the best possible silver quality.
Vermeil is a great option when your budget doesn’t require gold
STEP 3: Three items you cannot go wrong with
In our long experience, there are 3 jewellery gift items you cannot go wrong with:
1. Diamond stud earrings
If she doesn’t already have a pair, then this is the perfect gift she can wear any day of the week. (Just check she has pierced ears before buying!) Diamond studs go with any style and outfit, from evening gowns to jeans.
2. Diamond bracelet
This is an item she will get lifelong use out of. Because it’s a jewellery classic. Again, it goes with any outfit and suits any taste. A diamond bracelet nestled in a beautiful jewellery box is a gift that will make any girl very happy.
3. Diamond solitaire necklace
If she already has diamond earrings or a bracelet, then a diamond solitaire necklace is a perfect addition to her collection. A solitaire pendant is ideal because it’s versatile, suited to both casual and formal occasions, and suits any complexion.
When in doubt: jewellery vouchers
Jewellery gift vouchers are a great idea if you’re not sure what she’d like. If you know she’ll be happiest choosing her own item, a jewellery gift voucher definitely makes a stylish and luxurious alternative to an ordinary shop gift card.
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