Somewhere between decking the halls and singing the yuletide carols – people still do those things, right? – you’ve got to find that special someone in your life a gift.
All too often, it turns out to be the case that the more important someone is to us, the harder it is to pin down the perfect present idea – but, as it has done for so many years, jewelry will always, always have your back. They say the best things come in the smallest packages, and we’re pretty sure that’s just a fact of life at this point.
Yes a gift of, jewelry is an excellent choice, and offers plenty of options that can be tailored to suit your budget, what the receiver means to you and, similarly, what stage your relationship is at.
A piece of fine jewelry, whether a ring, necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings, is something that can be cherished for years – or even generations – to come. Unlike clothes, with go out of style, or perfume, which is anyone’s guess, jewelry takes on a sentimental value that will only continue to increase over the years.
Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift for your wife, mother, or sister, here is some much needed inspiration…
The common phrase is ‘say it with diamonds’ – and, provided you steer clear of the ring department, you don’t need to worry about the diamond doing too much talking on your behalf.
For the wrist, we would recommend a tennis bracelet featuring a series of small Round Brilliant diamonds. Simple, versatile but not at all understated, the tennis bracelet is the ‘Little Black Dress’ of the fine jewelry world. The diamonds will follow the curve of her wrist and sparkle in a pretty mesmerizing sequence as she moves.
If the tennis bracelet is the ‘little black dress’ of the jewelry world, then diamond earrings are the equivalent of Chanel No. 5. Irreplaceable, luxurious, and suitable for any occasion, even the simplest solitaire studs are going to take pride of place in her jewelry box for many years to come.
Again, the Round Brilliant is the obvious choice for its high degree of sparkle – and we’d never steer you away from that. For a modern re-telling of this classic piece of jewelry, however, consider Princess cut diamonds for their incredible sparkle and large face-up appearance.
A single diamond is more than enough to win Christmas. While the Round Brilliant will generate the most sparkle, we’d also recommend considering some of the more unusual shapes for this piece, and saving the best until last (or, in other words, a potential engagement).
For something a little different, consider a Pear diamond pendant that will echo the dip of her collarbone. A simple diamond pendant is striking enough to be worn alone, but also minimalistic enough to be layered with other chains and pendants for a more bohemian vibe.
Stacking rings are very simple, relatively plain bands of gold, sterling silver, or platinum, often featuring a small gemstone such as a diamond or birthstone. Not to be confused with any bridal jewelry, they’re designed to add a little sparkle to any finger, and to sit comfortably alongside one another as her collection grows.
For this, you might consider a half-pavé or, alternatively, a twisted shank for something simple, yet special.
There’s no getting around the fact that, across the US, Christmas represents one of the most popular times of the year to propose. Whether it’s the roaring fires, the sparkling lights, the family gatherings or the sense of new beginnings, something about the month of December puts rings on fingers.
The engagement ring is, after all, the ultimate piece of jewelry – and you can click here for our guide to picking out the perfect ring for her.
If your palms are starting to sweat, however, then here are some alternatives for your girlfriend…
Depending on where you’re at in your relationship, a necklace, bracelet, or earrings is a safe bet, and keeping it simple means you don’t have to worry too much about messing up on the design. Here’s what you need to consider: