All you need to know about giving jewellery as a gift. As it usually arrives with a hefty price tag, jewellery gifts should be chosen with extreme care!
Pondering over what gifts to give for special occasions can be a nightmare. Whatever the occasion everyone has different likes and tastes so a lot of careful thought has to go into gift choices. One sure way to impress is to buy that special someone in your life a fine piece of jewellery although even this is not without its risks. So follow our guide to make sure you get it right.
Jewellery for Special Anniversaries
Wikipedia explains that:
The names of some anniversaries provide guidance for appropriate or traditional gifts for the spouses to give each other.
Giving jewellery as a gift in celebration of special anniversaries is a very traditional way of showing your spouse how you feel about them.
- Silver – Traditionally 25th Wedding Anniversaries are commemorated with silver. What better gift could you get for your wife than a silver chain adorned with a beautiful gemstone? And have you considered buying a silver chain with commemorative engraved tags for your husband?
- Pearl – Pearls are the gift of choice for 30th Wedding Anniversaries. Pearls make beautiful earrings and chokers and your wife would no doubt appreciate a box containing this delightful gem. For your husband consider purchasing a single pearl as a tie pin.
- Ruby – 40th Wedding Anniversaries are celebrated in the giving of the beautiful gemstone Ruby. Rubies are one of the finest of all the precious gemstones and you can really treat your wife by buying her a fine set of ruby jewellery. Husbands can be treated to a stunning pair of ruby cufflinks with matching tie pins.
- Gold – A woman was traditionally presented with a gold wreath in celebration of The 50th Wedding Anniversary. Nowadays gold is traditionally given in the form of rings, necklaces, earrings and chains.
- Diamond – 60th Wedding Anniversaries are very special indeed and these are commemorated in the giving of the all-time most desirable of stones, the Diamond. Reaching 60 years of marriage together is a fantastic achievement and very worthy of the giving of Diamonds.
Anniversary Do’s and Don’ts
Whatever anniversary you are celebrating, whether it is your first anniversary or your 40th you should keep in mind the following do’s and don’ts.
- Spend the day together – Take a day off work and spend it with each other. You don’t need to spend a lot of money or do anything extravagant, just being with each other is enough.
- Cook Together – Strengthen your bond as a married couple by creating a special meal together, set the table with each other and spend the mealtime chatting as a couple.
- Give each other a gift – It is so easy to slip into the habit of not buying something for each other at anniversary time, but a gift can show your partner how much you truly love them. A thoughtful piece of jewellery is always a winner.
- Reflect on what you love about each other – And tell each other how much you love and care for one another.
- Spend the day working – Even if you are not physically at work, you could still spend the day taking phone calls and answering emails. This will not help your partner see how much you mean to them, so take a day off from working and focus entirely on your spouse.
- Forget – Whatever you do, do not forget your anniversary. If you do forget then a tatty card and a raggedy bunch of flowers from the petrol station just isn’t going to do it. Instead help your spouse to choose a special piece of jewellery together online.
- Bring the whole family with you – Your anniversary is your special date so make it just about the two of you. Parents, children, aunties and uncles can be great, just not on your special day.
- Buy unwanted gifts – Cookery books, vacuum cleaners, pots, pans and other household goods do not make good gifts. They are more likely to land you in hot water than get you in the good books. Instead, treat your spouse to a ring or necklace in her favourite gemstone.
Buying Jewellery as Gifts for Family and Friends
So if you are considering buying jewellery for your friends and family then where can you look and how much money should you spend? Follow our Top 5 Tips to buying Jewellery for Family and Friends:
- Consider buying pre-owned jewellery – Previously worn jewellery can be much cheaper than buying it brand new and can look just as good. Once a piece has been professionally cleaned and reconditioned you are never going to be able to tell the difference.
- Search Online – Buying your jewellery online can have many benefits, the main one being that it can save you money. Online jewellery stores have fewer overheads and so can pass these savings onto their customers.
- Make sure there is a returns policy – If, in the absolute worst scenario, you have bought the completely wrong piece of jewellery make sure you will be able to send it back or exchange it for a preferred piece.
- Ask for advice – If you want to buy a piece of jewellery as a gift but are unsure as to what exactly you should buy then don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask the person’s Mother, Sister or friends what they think would be the right piece to buy.
- Always buy from a trusted source – Online auctions and advertisement websites might sell very cheap pieces of jewellery but how can you be sure that what you are getting is the real deal? Always buy from a trusted jeweller who will know the type and quality of gemstone and will be honest with you about what you are buying.
Check out our jewellery gift ideas when buying for your:
- Girlfriend – As a man, you might be delighted if the love in your life chose to buy you a set of manly power tools as a gift. But never assume that, because you love to receive useful appliances, your girlfriend does too! Previously writing on 5 romantic gifts to avoid our article advised that Instead, put some thought into the types and colour of jewellery most worn by your girlfriend and buy her a stunning set of jewellery that isn’t going to fail to impress.
Romantic gifts are meant to convey romance and if they fail miserably, then your lady will have no option but to search for an underlying message.
- Mum –Mums probably endure more awful gifts than anyone else on Earth, and yet most will smile sweetly and appreciatively at the thought. So why not make Mum’s Special day even more memorable by buying her a beautiful gemstone pendant and earrings. Take a look at her jewellery box and make a note of what colours she likes to wear the most. It is important to buy a piece that she really likes otherwise your beautiful gift could spend years lying unworn in the bottom of the jewellery drawer. Use our useful guide to finding out what types of jewellery suit different people.
- Children – Buying your child their first piece of jewellery can be a magical moment, making their face light up with joy. But great care must be taken when buying jewellery for your child as children often misplace things or lend them to their friends. For this reason it is probably a good idea not to spend too much money on a ring or pendant for your child. Try buying them less expensive gemstones such as citrine and garnet.
Jewellery can make a wonderful gift for old and young alike, and is a sure way to express your love for your family and friends. Remember to keep in mind our Top 5 Tips when considering buying jewellery as a gift.