As the holidays approach, you may be considering a gift of fine jewelry for that special someone in your life. The good news is that jewelry is almost always an appreciated and well-loved gift, as long as you put time and thought into the specific purchase. The following tips can help you pick out the perfect jewelry gift for your loved one:
Tip #1: Check out what they are usually wearing
What pieces does your loved seem to wear the most? These are a good clue as to their overall taste. For example, if they always choose the rose gold over regular gold or silver, then rose gold is definitely the way to go. If they avoid overly ornate pieces for those with just solitaire stone or simple lines, then you probably want to avoid anything jewel-encrusted or with elaborate filigrees.
Tip #2: Consider their personal style
If your significant other has expressed a desire for jewelry but doesn't own much, determining what they like may seem impossible. The good news is you can determine their jewelry style from their personal style. Do they prefer classic, feminine styles? If so, then pearls would probably be a sure hit. On the other hand, do they prefer flashier, trendier styles? Consider a large birthstone pendant or a one-of-a-kind gold bracelet.
Tip #3: Pick the right type of jewelry
As a general rule, do not give rings as jewelry gifts until after you are married. It is very easy for the gift of a ring to be mistaken for an engagement ring, which can be very awkward if that is not the intent. Fitting a ring as a surprise can also be difficult. Bracelets and necklaces are generally the best options for a gift. Opt for a necklace if your loved one tends not to wear watches or bracelets. It is also important to consider their lifestyle. Is a bracelet or a necklace more likely to get damaged when they are pursuing hobbies or performing their job?
Work with a fine jewelry store to pick out the perfect piece. It's also a good idea to inquire about the exchange and return policies. Many jewelers will perform a free fitting after you have given the gift, and many will allow you to exchange the piece if it isn't quite right. This ensures your gift will be much loved by the person that receives it.