Choosing Jewellery as a Gift
When you are choosing jewellery as a gift, such as earrings, bracelets, necklaces, chains, or even looking at wedding rings, when selecting jewellery for another person there are some things you will need to think about carefully. Tastes in jewellery vary considerably and everyone has their own individual style and ideas of the type of jewellery they like to wear. If you have no idea about the other person's taste in jewellery, then it is probably better to go for something else..
Diamond Stud Earrings
Diamond studs are a very safe option if you are choosing earrings as a gift. Just about everyone likes stud earrings as they do not have to be the main adornment and can be worn along with something else more flamboyant. Compared to other gemstones diamonds are usually more expensive, but their elegance makes them a beautiful gift and an item that most people will treasure for a very long time.
Diamond studs are a very versatile item as they can be worn for everyday use as well as with more elegant evening wear. When choosing stud earrings you will have to also decide on the metal. Most jewellers will use yellow or white gold for diamond earrings, and it may be an idea to see what other types of jewellery the person who will receive your gift frequently wears. For example if she always wears a yellow gold chain around her neck, it is better that you opt for yellow gold diamond stud earrings.
Like diamond stud earrings, gold chains are a safe choice if you are choosing a jewellery item for another person as a gift. A plain gold chain is a simple yet classy piece of jewellery that adapts well to anyone's tastes. The receiver of your gift can add a pendent of their choice, and is able to change the pendant to adapt to any occasion. The only thing you will need to consider when buying a gold chain is the length and the thickness of the chain. If you're buying it for a man, a chunkier chain is advisable, whereas a woman is more likely to appreciate a fine dainty chain.
Silver necklace chains are also acceptable gifts, especially today as Silver is enjoying a renewed popularity, particularly among the young.
These days, couples often decide to shop for their wedding rings together, rather than leaving the groom to purchase the ring for the bride. However, if you have decided to go the more traditional route and will be buying a wedding ring for your bride-to-be, there are several things that you will need to take into consideration.
Firstly, the wedding ring must go well with the engagement ring. If she does not have an engagement ring this will make things somewhat easier for you, but you will also need to consider any other existing jewellery she customarily wears, and make sure the wedding ring is of a similar style and colour.
Although gold is still the most popular metal for wedding rings, many other metals are also being used and are rising in popularity; this is probably because of the cost of gold compared to some of the cheaper more contemporary metals such as tungsten or titanium; which are also much tougher and therefore more durable.
As well as deciding on what metal you would choose for the ring, you also need to decide if the ring will have a gemstone. Diamonds continue to be the most popular stones for a wedding ring, although as with high quality gold they may be outside your budget. In which case you can choose sapphires, rubies, or emeralds which are also very beautiful and add colour to the ring.
One thing that is very important to consider when buying a wedding ring for a bride, is that she should be wearing this ring for the rest of her life. Therefore, rather than following a trend or the latest fashion, look for a ring that will not become dated.
If you are unsure about the type of ring your bride would like, it is a good idea to take along a good friend of hers, or maybe her sister; as they are more likely to know exactly what type of jewellery she would choose for herself.