Whether you’re shopping for an anniversary gift, a birthday present, or simply a kind gesture to let someone know you care for them, jewelry can make a fantastic gift.
From necklaces and pendants to watches and rings, few things light us up more than a fine piece of jewelry. And receiving a jewelry gift can really go a long way, both in romantic and platonic relationships.
But gifting jewelry can also be difficult. You have to understand what styles the recipient might like, as well as their size and other preferences.
This guide goes over how to gift jewelry, from selecting the right kind of pieces to estimating the recipient’s sizing needs.
So you want to give someone the gift of jewelry. Great! But where do you get started?
Here are the main things to consider:
We’ll break each of these questions down in its own section below.
The type of jewelry you purchase depends on a.) the recipients preferences, b.) what you know about their current jewelry selection, and c.) what your budget is.
Some of the easiest types of jewelry to buy as gifts include earrings, pendants, and necklaces. These don’t typically require sizing information (though necklaces come in different lengths, but it’s more of a preference than a true sizing requirement).
The more difficult items to gift include rings and bracelets, which require detailed sizing information.
For jewelry that is sized (rings, bracelets, watches, etc.), knowing the gift recipient’s size is important.
If you have access to their existing jewelry (for instance, if you’re buying for your partner), the easiest way is to simply bring a few of their existing items into the jewelry store that you plan to buy from. The staff can easily check the sizing for you to match any new pieces to their size.
Alternatively, you can simply ask them their size – but this of course might ruin the surprise. You could ask someone else for help, for instance by asking your partner’s mother to ask your partner what her ring size is.
Rings and other jewelry items can be resized after the purchase, but this adds cost and complexity to your gift.
Another tricky component to gifting jewelry is determining the style of jewelry that the recipient will enjoy.
This includes the actual type of piece, as well as the design, color, gemstone selection, metal content, etc. etc.
This is another step that is made easier by having access to the recipient’s existing jewelry collection. If this isn’t possible, try to pay attention to the styles they wear frequently, or ask close friends and family of the recipient what styles they prefer.
Jewelry has one of the widest ranges of available price-points of any category of gift. Beautiful pieces are available for as little as $100, and as much as $10,000 or more.
The main factors that influence the cost of jewelry are their precious metal and gemstone content. A pair of 24k gold earrings with real diamonds could cost a pretty penny, while cheaper alloy earrings with a more affordable gemstone, like rubies, would be much more affordable.
Browsing a jewelry store is a good way to gauge how much you might need to spend to get a quality gift.
At Bellevue Rare Coins, we offer one of the Northwest’s most stunning selections of beautiful jewelry – all at very competitive prices. Our friendly team can help you find the perfect gift, whether you’re looking to splurge or shopping on a budget.
Now it’s time to start shopping! Here are some general tips:
If you’re shopping in the greater Seattle area, come on in to Bellevue Rare Coins. We have locations in Bellevue, Issaquah, Lynnwood and Tacoma, with a stunning rotating jewelery selection at each store.