If you are like me, you find that shopping for close family and friends can be a bit daunting, especially if that person wants and loves art jewelry.
So how do you go about finding that perfect one of a kind jewelry gift for that person? Where do you even begin?
When you think about it, jewelry is a very personal thing. When you are giving jewelry as a gift, it is usually because you really know a lot about that person. For example, you probably know their favorite colors, whether they are casual or formal, and how they live. Do they like to go out to events, or are they more the “stay at home” type? Where do they work? Is it an office job? Is it outdoor work? Or do they work with children? What about lifestyle? And of course, most importantly, personality?
The more you know someone, the better the chance that you will find just the right piece. So what are some ways you can be sure to pick the right piece of jewelry for a gift? Here is a checklist that should help you out.
- The best research you can do is to notice what jewelry a person already wears. If your friend or loved one wears silver all the time, buying a gold piece might be risky–he/she might not like the warm color of the gold metal and it will end up in the jewelry box.
- Look at their style of dress. A very casual person would probably not wear a high fashion gemstone piece with his/her wardrobe and might only have rare occasions to wear this fine piece (wedding or formal event). While everyone needs a piece like this, the jewelry will not get much wear time. On the other hand, a casual piece of jewelry won’t get much wear if the person works and lives in a formal environment.
- Take note of their day-to-day activities. A teacher of young children or infants may not find it wise to wear long earrings or necklaces, as they can easily be broken or actually cause harm. Did you ever have an earring ripped out of your ear by a baby???? OUCH!!]
- Do they like big showey jewelry, or small understated pieces? I myself love to have my jewelry noticed, but I have good friends that like their jewelry to be an accessory that lightly accents their wardrobes. You might also observe whether the person wears jewelry with textures or smooth metal.
- And finally, does the individual like a particular theme, or item? I think of charms that can be added to a necklace or bracelet, or perhaps a particular stone that is a favorite. If you are buying a ring–make sure you know the ring size!
Often times, it is your gut that will let you know if you found the right piece. Most importantly don’t fall into the trap of buying jewelry YOU would want—remember that the recipient IS NOT YOU!!!
Observing all of these things will go a long way in helping you to get started on selecting that wonderful piece of art jewelry. Google can be your best friend, and the more specifically you define the search, the closer you will get to selecting that perfect piece.