How To Choose A Jewelry Gift For Women?
Buying a jewelry gift for a woman can be a difficult task. Not only is it expensive, but very few men know anything about jewelry. Whether you’re buying it for a wife, a girlfriend, or a mother, it’s important to know how to choose the perfect jewelry gift for her. Otherwise, it’s far too easy for a greedy salesperson to take advantage of you. Before buying any jewelry for a woman, read our helpful guide.
What are the “Four C’s?”
While nobody expects you to learn everything you need to know about jewelry before making a purchase, there are certain important things to look out for. In terms of technical specifications, the cut, color, carat, and clarity of a diamond all play critical roles. These are known as the Four C’s, and they seem to be the one thing that most guys know about diamonds.
The funny thing about the Four C’s is that, aside from the carat count, most of these qualities are difficult to judge with the naked eye. As long as you’re not buying a bargain-basement diamond for your special woman, any diamond you choose will look about the same. This is where you have to trust your salesperson. Alternatively, you can fall back on the number one indicator of quality: price. At any reputable dealer, the more expensive a diamond is, the higher quality it will be.
So if we’ve moved past the Four C’s, what else can help us determine which jewelry to buy for the women in our lives? Well, this is where personal preferences become important.
Think about the recipient of your gift
In addition to the technical aspects, you have to consider the most important part: figuring out what the woman in your life truly wants.
With that in mind, the most important part of choosing a jewelry gift is to consider the preferences of your girlfriend, wife, or mother. First, what’s her favorite color? If she likes blue, look at getting her a piece of jewelry with a sapphire in it. Or, if she likes purple, look at some tanzanite gemstones.
In fact, you don’t even have to memorize the color of each gemstone. If you go into any jewelry outlet, there will be a number of expert salespeople who will eagerly assist you. If you mention your woman’s favorite color, they’ll guide you through their selection of that gemstone. Many jewelry websites will also have color guides and other helpful information.
Consider what kind of jewelry she wears. Does she tend to wear necklaces, earrings, bracelets, or rings? These can also factor into the cost. For example, pendant necklaces and earrings are generally less expensive than rings and bracelets.
With that in mind, determine your budget. Would she be insulted by a cheap gift, or embarrassed by an expensive gift? Does she like diamonds, sapphires, or some other stone? How much can you afford to spend?
What can you do to make the jewelry unique to your relationship?
This next step applies more to a gift for your girlfriend rather than a gift to your mother. Think about any ways to personalize your jewelry to your relationship. Is there a particular inside joke you share? Are you able to put a picture of the two of you inside the jewelry? If you can get something engraved on the piece, then try to think of something profound. Personalizing your jewelry can be a delicate choice: if you think that it sounds too cheesy, don’t do it.
However, if you think it will make that woman feel special, and will remind her of you every time she sees it (in a good way), then go for that personal touch. Women love to feel special, and personalized jewelry can be an easy way to tell her how much she means to you.
While it’s possible to choose jewelry based entirely on a woman’s personal characteristics, it’s also important to know some specific information about the product you’re buying. When you’re at a retail jewelry store, ask specific, quantifiable questions that prove you know something about jewelry. For example, ask how the stone is set, or how big a certain stone is.
At the very least, these questions show that you have an active interest in what you’re purchasing. The worst thing a girl wants to hear from you is, “I don’t know, the sales clerk picked it out for me.”
If you’re still completely clueless about what that special woman wants, consult with somebody she knows. Her mother and her best friends are great sources of information. However, if you’re preparing for a surprise announcement, like an engagement, you may want to keep that secret to yourself. No matter how sincerely somebody promises to keep a secret, it always has the chance to slip out.
Make the purchase and stop worrying
Eventually, you’ll reach a point where you have to stop researching and make the purchase. If you’re buying an engagement ring, this can be a momentous turning point in your life. While it’s important to understand the gravity of your decision, don’t get overwhelmed by it. At the end of the day, you’re buying a ring for the woman you love. Hopefully, she isn’t going to break up with you based on the carat level of the ring. And if she does, that’s something you want to know before you marry her.
No matter who you’re giving the gift to, don’t worry so much about your purchase. If you’re buying jewelry for a woman, then you probably have a strong relationship with her (unless you’re getting the jewelry to say sorry for something; that’s a different story). Above all, women respect men who can make a well thought out decision about jewelry. At the very least, they’ll know that you put effort into your gift. And, at the end of the day, that’s what matters to her. If it doesn’t, then you’re with the wrong woman.