Buying jewelry for someone special is always a challenging task for both men and women. Despite this, gifting jewelry remains a popular way to express love around the world!
Whether you’re planning to gift your partner something this Valentine’s Day or for any special occasion in the near future, this post is for you. Here are five tips to start for buying jewelry for men, followed by another five when shopping for women!
Buying Jewelry for Men
1) Consider His Style and Taste
Remember, you’re buying something for him, not for yourself! So as much as you love that glitzy bracelet, don’t give in to your desires and splurge on it. Your man is unlikely to tell you that he doesn’t quite like your gift, but that doesn’t mean you should force your likes or dislikes on him. Be sure to spend some time considering his style and taste before making any purchases.
2) Keep It Simple
Unless your man already wears elaborate jewelry, you should keep this really simple! If you’ve never seen your partner wear jewelry, chances are that he’ll be hesitant to start all of a sudden. To make this easy for both of you, think small. Instead of buying a necklace, gifting him a subtle bracelet or a pair of cufflinks will certainly help you charm your way into his heart.
3) Match His Environment
If you’re keen on buying jewelry that you’d like your man to sport at all times, do give thought to his usual daily environment. His workplace or the learning institution he attends might have a dress code in place that limits wearing jewelry. If he wears jewelry on a regular basis to work and other functions, buy something similar in fashion so it is situationally appropriate.
4) Regard His Skin Tone
All of us have different undertones in our skin, that make certain colors look particularly good on us. While women can usually pull off a range of colors, if you’re buying jewelry for a guy, it’s a good idea to purchase something in a color that will undoubtedly look good on him. Go for light metals like silver, white gold or platinum for cool skin tones, and then brass, yellow or rose gold for warm skin tones.
5) Think Proportion
Irrespective of the type of jewelry you consider buying for your partner, always make sure to buy something that is proportionate to his frame. For example, if he is a big guy, you can consider chunky rings or bracelets. On the other hand, big pieces will throw off the balance for a lean guy, so stick to delicate and minimal jewelry.
Buying Jewelry for Women
1) Say No to Imitation
This one is very important! If you know your girl loves gold or diamonds or designer jewelry, do NOT buy a cheap imitation piece for her, especially for a special occasion like Valentine’s Day. She is likely to tell apart real from fake, so needless to say, you shouldn’t try to pass imitation off as the real deal.
If you’ve got a low budget, you can still buy gold and diamond jewelry that is cheaper. Look for lower carat gold and diamond pieces and you’re sure to find something wonderful to fit your budget. Diamonds with slight inclusions are also cheaper, but if this option doesn’t appeal to you (rightly so), you can consider gifting a piece of jewelry with cluster diamonds to your girl!
2) Know What She Likes
Again, you’re buying something for her, not for yourself, so don’t purchase something you would like to see on your girl. It might be difficult to tell what she likes and dislikes when it comes to jewelry, in particular. However, if you pay attention to what she says and wears, that’s half the job done!
Perhaps she has told you she hates pearls. Or maybe she always wears her birthstone. If you can’t figure out anything, speak to one of her close friends and you’re sure to get the answers!
3) Favor Classics over Trends
Trends are temporary, but classics are forever! Even if your partner loves to try out all the latest trends, she is certainly going to love something timeless and elegant. So go through her jewelry box if you must, and get her something she doesn’t own yet!
A few ideas to consider would be a sparkly pair of diamond earrings or studs, a charm bracelet, a wrist watch, a gold chain, or a strand of pearls!
4) Go Matchy-Matchy
If you’ve seen your girl obsess over matching her handbag to her shoes and her eyeshadow to her clothes, you can be sure she’ll be delighted if you get her something she can wear with that purple skirt or those yellow boots!
If you’ve gifted her jewelry in the past, you might want to get her something that can go with it. For example, if you’d bought a pair of earrings for her, think of buying a matching necklace or pendant this time.
5) Don’t Do Extremes
If you’re unsure about your partner’s taste and there’s no way you can figure it out by yourself or with a friend’s help, just stick to middle ground. Refrain from going the girly way with Disney or Hello Kitty inspired jewelry. All the same, don’t aim for extremely heavy or masculine pieces either. Stick to neutral pieces that can be dressed up or down depending on how she prefers it!
Now that you’ve read these tips, you know exactly how to go about shopping for the man or woman in your life. So don’t wait any longer, get your partner something they’re sure to love dearly!
Swara S. // The Guide