A Guide to Buying the Right Piece of Jewellery as a Milestone Birthday Gift
So I may be a few years off my next big milestone birthday, (sadly my 21st is long-gone!) but it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead, right ladies? I’ll be honest, when it comes to buying gifts, my husband does often need (and appreciates) a little nod in the right direction. He is not an eager shopper by nature, so he’d much rather know beforehand what kind of ‘thing’ I’d like, just to narrow down his search. Some years I’m just happy to have a nice day out somewhere, or get a new outfit (with shoes to match…of course) but big birthdays just scream ‘new jewellery,’ don’t they? Whilst I don’t have a huge jewellery collection (I tend to keep it quite simple) the pieces that I do have are very dear to me. Jewellery is such a sentimental, long-lasting gift. A pair of earrings, a necklace or a ring, can have the power to illicit emotion and conjure up memories of the person that gave it to you when you wear it or take a moment to look at it and I love that!
But jewellery, by its very nature, can be quite a difficult thing to choose for someone else. Everyone has their own individual style and preferences, so if you are thinking of buying something for a loved one, it pays to keep a few things in mind. (Trust me, I once bought what I thought was a beautiful silver bracelet for someone, only to be told as they opened it that they only wear gold. I was gutted, and a little embarrassed, but I learnt a valuable lesson. When buying jewellery it pays to remember that you aren’t buying for yourself. What you are naturally drawn to may not be the intended recipients cup of tea. But don’t let that put you off. There are some things you can keep in mind to ensure you do pick the perfect gift.
Think about who it is for
Whether you are buying for your partner, child, parent or a friend, you need to have a clear idea in your mind of their individual style. By asking them some subtle questions or even just taking note of the accessories they normally wear you should be able to gauge whether they fall into the categories of simple, elegant, or a bit flashier. You want them fall in love with it, and want to wear it, rather than having to wear it out of polite obligation because they don’t want to hurt your feelings.
Have a clear idea of the type of jewellery you are looking for
Narrow down your search instantly by deciding whether you are looking for a ring, a necklace, a bracelet, or some other piece of jewellery. Maybe they have a necklace that they wear regularly that would look great with a pair of earrings to match. By observing what they wear already, knowing exactly what kind of piece to buy may be easier than you think.
Decide on an everyday piece or an occasional piece
If you are buying for somebody who loves to dress up and socialise regularly, and pair different jewellery with different outfits maybe buying something glitzy and fabulous is a great idea. However, if you are buying for someone who is more of a home bod that wears the same jewellery all the time, going for something that suits his or her everyday style is more appropriate. There is no point spending good money on something that will barely see the light of day.
Choosing their preferred precious metal is crucial
I know, I already mentioned this earlier, but I can’t stress this point enough. Most people have a preference when it comes to wearing precious metals, whether it’s gold, silver, white gold, platinum, etc., you have to get the one that they like to wear. There is a great section in the education section of the Blue Nile website that can bring you up to speed on precious metals in a few moments if you are unsure.
Knowing this will also help you narrow down the choice even more.
Diamonds, Pearls and Gemstones
As with precious metals, some people have a preference – particularly in the case of gemstones. Certain gemstones are associated with different birth months (referred to as birthstones) so these can be an excellent choice for a milestone birthday gift.
That makes my birthstone Topaz – which just so happens to be one of my favourites, behind diamonds (obviously) and sapphires.
If you are thinking of going down the birthstone route, take a look at some of these stunning pieces! I currently need to live until the age of 3080 to get all the ones that I want! Ha!
I love this Cushion Cut Sky Blue Topaz Diamond Ring 14k White Gold Ring.
Consider Engraveable Gifts
Jewellery engraved with a special message is also a great option for milestone birthdays to add that extra sentimental element. Lockets and bracelets are especially good option for those wanting to inscribe a few meaningful words onto their gift.
So there you have it! By following these few simple rules, the somewhat overwhelming task of selecting the perfect piece of jewellery as a milestone gift isn’t so daunting after all.