You and your partner have been together for several years now. You’ve shared countless fond memories and you look forward to creating many more in the years to come. You want to celebrate the special occasion with a stunning necklace or timeless bracelet, but you don’t know where to start.
Fortunately, you can find the perfect anniversary gift with the following tips.
1. Know Your Partner’s Favorite Style
Your partner has a unique style and personality, and your gift should reflect that! As you shop around for the perfect piece of jewelry, keep his or her style in mind and pay attention to what he or she regularly wears. For example, does she always wear gold or white gold? Does he prefer simple or fancy? Do you often see him or her wearing smaller, nostalgic items or bigger, eye-catching pieces?
If you don’t feel confident shopping alone, bring along his or her friend or mother to discuss options with you. If your partner seems particularly difficult to please, take him or her when you shop-this may spoil the surprise, but you’ll rest easy knowing you have the perfect present.
2. Think Outside the Box
Not everyone likes diamonds in their jewelry. In fact, some people prefer more colorful pieces or want jewelry that stands out in a crowd. If you think you partner would enjoy a more unique, one-of-a-kind bracelet or watch, consider the following alternatives:
- Moissanite. Moissonate looks like diamond but it ranks slightly lower on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. This stone exhibits a different kind of brilliance, which many describe as “fiery.” Under certain lighting, moissanite may project a faint green or yellow hue.
- Colored Gemstones. Different gemstones convey certain sentiments. Aquamarine, for example, indicates courage to overcome fears. Opal, on the other hand, symbolizes passion, love, and inspiration. Find a gemstone that describes your relationship.
- Knots, Claddaghs, and Other Symbols. Gemstones and diamonds can look flashy and gaudy, which may seem a bit much for those with simple tastes. Knotted bands, claddaghs, and similar bands can represent your commitment to each other without spending a fortune in stones.
Once you’ve settled on a design, you can then pick the metal that supports your gemstones.
3. Select the Metal
The metal that surrounds your gemstones needs to complement the overall design. The most common types include:
- Platinum. This white metal exhibits a cool luster. Its elegant sheen will not fade or change color over time, and it offers a secure setting for diamonds or gemstones. As a hypoallergenic metal, it remains a great choice for those with sensitive skin. White Gold. White gold is more contemporary than yellow gold. It achieves its silvery character from a combination of yellow gold and copper, zinc, or nickel. Most white gold jewelry comes plated with a hard element called rhodium, which resists scratches and tarnishing. But this plating may wear away over time.
- Yellow Gold. Yellow gold has a warm patina from its mix of copper and silver. It’s the classic yet fashionable choice for most rings and chains.
- Rose Gold. Rose gold has a warm, pink huge due to its combination of yellow gold and copper alloy. Its unique color makes for a more romantic and passionate stone setting.
But don’t stop there! If you have a vintage or heirloom piece in mind, you may end up with silver, copper, or brass.
4. Don’t Feel Obligated to Go to a Jeweler’s
Although you can find multiple brand names and options at your local jewelry store, don’t feel obligated to spend a fortune creating a custom-cut ring or necklace. Often times you can find one-of-a-kind pieces and high quality stones for a fraction of the price at a Pawn Shop or jewelry reseller. Just be sure to ask about any return policies in case your partner prefers a different stone or setting.
5. Look Out for Ugly Ducklings
Many rings, bracelets, and necklaces sit in pawn shop shelves because they have a poor setting or dated design. But if you looked closer, you’d see that many of these pieces feature high quality stones that your spouse or partner will love. Better still, they often come with a lower price tag because so many other customers have passed by these pieces. Don’t be afraid to purchase these hidden gems, as you can always take them to a professional jeweler for a new setting.
Just be sure to ask your jeweler for an estimate of stone removal. Some companies offer discounts for removing and reusing stones, while others may charge extra fees for their efforts. You may try to remove the stone yourself, but be aware that pliers, pins, and knives may scratch or even chip the gemstone.
With these 5 tips, you can find the perfect earrings, necklaces, or rings for that special occasion.