Jewelry is a staple gift for any woman, but that does not mean that any old gem will do for the woman in your life. She has a unique style that needs to be considered, and you are most likely working within a budget. Fear not! By following these five tips, you will be able to pick out the perfect piece of jewelry for that special woman.
1. Give Silver a Chance
While many people will instinctively reach for gold jewelry as a present, silver is actually much more “in” right now. Of course, this only applies to sterling silver, which is 92.5% silver. Any other kind of silver is fake and, in addition to insulting the woman you are buying for, will only waste your money.
2. Get a Consultation
Do not be afraid to ask of her friends for advice. Chances are, one of her best friends is going to have a much better idea of her taste in jewelry than you do. Take her close friend with you when you are looking around; she will keep your secret and will know exactly what to look for.
3. Know the Value
Unfortunately, you simply cannot trust every jeweler that promises you the best quality. If you make a purchase and want to make sure of the value, take the jewelry in for an appraisal. They will consider exactly what that piece is worth and, if you kept the receipt, you can likely return it and buy something better if you are not happy with its value. Stores will usually offer their own appraisal services, but it is safest to consult a third party like Fortuna Auction.
4. Avoid Brand Names
If you are made of money and can afford an extravagantly priced piece of jewelry, then please feel free to disregard this advice. However, brand names offer a spike in prices for similar quality. Chances are, your local jeweler can give you a bracelet just as beautiful as anything at Cartier.
5. Consider Pearls
Not many people consider pearls as an option, but that has only made them a more unique piece. If you want the woman in your life to feel unique, give her a piece with a nice, lustrous pearl. She will look far more unique than with a run-of-the-mill gemstone.
Selecting jewelry can be a complicated process, so choose your gift carefully. By following these tips, you can be confident that you are buying the perfect piece of jewelry for that special woman.