Perfect Jewelry for Her

In the movies, when a man wants to buy a piece of jewelry for his wife or girlfriend, he confidently steps into a jewelry store and effortlessly picks out the perfect item. In the real world, however, choosing jewelry for another person, especially one of a different gender, is tougher.

Even if you already have an idea of what you want to buy for the special woman in your life, the moment you face the hundreds of look-alike rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, charms and other items on display inside your local jewelry store, the task of choosing the right one can seem a bit daunting. At that point, you might be tempted to just go ahead and buy that vacuum cleaner you saw in the building supply store and be done with it.

Before you take this drastic step, relax and take a deep breath. You can do this. Men have been buying jewelry for their wives and girlfriends for thousands of years. The only thing that has changed is the way people buy jewelry. A hundred years ago, if a man wanted a nice sapphire necklace to match his wife’s eyes, he simply went to visit her personal jeweler.

A personal jeweler knows his or her clients’ ring sizes and preferences. Personal jewelers often even know what jewelry their clients already have and are aware of the pieces they would like to own in the future. If your significant other already has a personal jeweler, your job will be much easier. If she doesn’t have a personal jeweler yet, this is the perfect time to find one for her.

In the absence of a personal jeweler who knows just what your wife or girlfriend would like to have, you have two courses of action. You can talk to your lady love and find out what stones, precious metals and styles she likes. You could even ask her for specific suggestions. If you were hoping to surprise her, unless you are able to somehow work the dinner conversation around to diamond cuts, you will have to use your best judgment. You can hedge your bets, however, by choosing a pair of earrings, an 18-inch necklace or a ring that can be easily sized to fit at a later date and making sure your jeweler agrees to let your partner exchange the item, if necessary. When you present her with your gift, make sure she understands that you wanted to surprise her with jewelry, but you want her to be happy with it, so she is free to exchange it if she likes.

Regardless of which route you choose, your best bet is to forgo the jewelry store and head straight to a jeweler who can help you make your decision. This is the perfect time to begin building a relationship with your own personal jeweler. It’s also a good time to remember to share your personal jeweler with the woman in your life. It’ll make your next gift-shopping experience much easier.

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