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Selecting jewelry gifts: For women & men

 

A gift for yourself

Today, jewelry is available in a tremendous array of styles, materials, and price ranges, and absolutely anything goes - to an extent unparalleled in history. The wearer may unabashedly determine his or her favorite look: Traditional tribal jewelry, historic and period replica jewelry; gemstone, glass, beads, amber, natural or cultured pearls, dried flower jewelry; gold, silver, bronze, copper, tin, leather; fine, fashion, or costume jewelry; simple or wildly ornate, delicate or bold. Discover the look that most resonates with you (and - most importantly - enjoy!).

 

A gift for her

Jewelry is considered a precious, personal, important gift. Gifted by a loved one, it will be treasured and appreciated no matter the style, material, or cost. To insure that your gift receives plentiful use, the best rule of thumb is to give something you would expect to see her wear. Does she often wear chokers? Cuff bracelets? Bangles? Drop earrings? Choose a style you've seen on her before, and you'll be in safe territory! If she wears silver, choose silver. If she tends toward gold, try gold. If you haven't seen her wear much jewelry, a simple, elegant necklace is your best bet, perhaps featuring her birthstone - or a beautiful heart! It is always ideal to give what the recipient is most likely to desire, even if that is not necessarily what you are most eager to see the recipient wear! Do remember that rings carry with them tremendous implied significance, so be sure you're intending to seriously tantalize her with future possibilities before you gift her with even a pinky ring!

 

A gift for him

The trend regarding male jewelry remains: Manly and minimal. A classic watch has long been considered the essential item of jewelry for a man. Simple bracelets can also be quite manly and alluring. Cuff links, tie clips and pins, money clips, rings, necklaces, and perhaps an unadorned earring may also be considered for men, if they are already known to wear such jewelry.

When considering bracelets, simple silver links and natural fiber bracelets look handsome and masculine. Likewise, necklaces of basic natural materials are considered attractive today. Remember, the simpler the better when choosing a style for a man. Natural fiber necklaces, plain silver necklaces, bead, leather, shell, wood, or seed necklaces for an outdoorsman or surfer might be apropos - nothing lengthy, nor thin and dainty.

 

Anniversary Jewelry (contemporary standard)

  - 10th Anniversary: Diamonds
  - 11th Anniversary: Fashion jewelry
  - 12th Anniversary: Pearls
  - 14th Anniversary: Gold
  - 15th Anniversary: Watches
  - 20th Anniversary: Platinum
  - 25th Anniversary: Silver
  - 30th Anniversary: Diamond
  - 35th Anniversary: Jade
  - 40th Anniversary: Ruby
  - 45th Anniversary: Sapphire
  - 50th Anniversary: Gold
  - 55th Anniversary: Emerald
  - 60th Anniversary: Diamond

 

Birthstones

  - January: garnet
  - February: amethyst
  - March: aquamarine (alternately bloodstone)
  - April: diamond
  - May: emerald
  - June: pearl (alternately moonstone)
  - July: ruby
  - August: peridot (alternately carnelian)
  - September: sapphire
  - October: opal (alternately lapis lazuli)
  - November: topaz (alternately citrine)
  - December: turquoise, blue topaz (alternately tourmaline)

 

Zodiac Gems

  - Aquarius the Water Bearer (January 20 - February 18): garnet
  - Pisces the Fishes (January 20 - February 18): amethyst
  - Aries the Ram (March 21 - April 19): bloodstone
  - Taurus the Bull (April 20 - May 20): sapphire
  - Gemini the Twins (May 21 - June 21): agate
  - Cancer the Crab (June 22 - July 22): emerald
  - Leo the Lion (July 23 - August 22): onyx
  - Virgo the Virgin (August 23 - September 22): carnelian
  - Libra the Balance (September 23 - October 23): peridot
  - Scorpio the Scorpion (October 24 - November 21): aquamarine
  - Sagittarius the Archer (November 22 - December 21): topaz
  - Capricorn the Goat (December 22 - January 19): ruby

 

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