Gift Guide – Jewelry.

Posted on December 11, 2009 in Accessories, Dating, Gifts, Tips.

Yesterday we covered clothing, and so now we move onto the accessory that needs a post all to itself: jewelry.

Yes, women like jewelry because it tends to sparkle, but I’m informed that there are more sentimental reasons that aren’t also shared in common with a cat: they like jewelry from you because it can often be worn daily so it reminds her of you every day. If y’all are dating/married I’m going to go ahead and assume that’s a good thing.

The message sent by jewelry is usually that of a more serious relationship, so tread carefully if this isn’t the signal you want to convey. It should go without saying that you ought to avoid giving rings unless it’s SUPER serious.

Necklaces and earrings are great buys, since all girls love them. The great thing is that if you shy away from the precious metals, you need not spend a ton on quality and unique jewelry.

Now for the ideas:

The answer to any question about jewelry typically can be made with one word: Tiffany’s. This is because every woman will tell you that if comes in a little turquoise box with a white ribbon, she’ll love it. If you’re not totally banking it, they have some surprisingly inexpensive items that still look great.

Tiffany’s stainless steel studs ($80):
Photo credit: Tiffany & Co.

This is a super cool necklace by Elsa Peretti ($195).

Photo credit: Tiffany & Co.

For independent designs, the website Etsy is a huge treasure trove of ideas. The site is jam-packed with a ton of items, so at times it can be difficult to sift through, but it’s often worth it for handmade, unique products. Utilize their search features, and keep in mind that large bold necklaces are in.

Here’s a really cool gold pendant from a designer out of Austin ($99):
Photo credit: Etsy.

You can’t go wrong with a simple, classic diamond pendant like below. I’m told you can find coupons and get it for $400.
Photo credit: Blue Nile.

Supermarket is another site similar to Etsy, where independent designers sell their wares. There’s less stuff there (and I think quality control is higher), so it’s a bit easier to find things. Here’s a cool set of jewelry made out of wood and handpainted ($75):

Photo credit: Supermarket.

Gold popout earrings ($50). The earrings come affixed to the gold sheet, so you get to popout the design.

Photo credit: Supermarket.

Necklace made out of reclaimed copper ($58.00).

Photo credit: Supermarket.

The benefit of items purchased through sites like Supermarket or Etsy are that not every single one of her girlfriends will have seen these before, either in a catalogue or in one of the big box retailers. That makes the gift infinitely more personal.

Topics for next week: gifts for the techie/design girl, pampering subset, thoughtful gifts (some that don’t cost $$), and other gifts that the Female Brain Trust has devised that you would never ever think of.

2 Responses to “Gift Guide – Jewelry.”

  1. jc says:

    i slightly disagree with the ring comment. it absolutely depends on the ring…costume (oversized, colorful) rings are big right now and don’t even come close to suggesting wedding bells. try this one for instance: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34586863&ref=sr_gallery_21&&ga_search_query=bijou&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=5&includes=tags&includes=title

    happy shopping boys!

  2. cesira says:

    I completely agree with this post. I had a bf give me a beautiful Tiffany’s bracelet about 3 years ago and I still wear it every day. Can’t go wrong with classic jewelry guys.

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