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Gifting Jewelry: How to Find the Perfect Gift

Gifting jewelry

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.

Gifting Jewelry 101

So you want to give someone the gift of jewelry. Great! But where do you get started?

Here are the main things to consider:

  • What type of piece are you going to get? What type of jewelry would they like?
  • Do you know their size (for sized jewelry, like rings and watches)?
  • Do you know their preferences for color, metal type, etc.?
  • Do you have a budget in mind?
  • Can you take a look at their existing jewelry for ideas and sizing info?
  • Do you know where to buy jewelry in your area?

We’ll break each of these questions down in its own section below.

Selecting a Type of Jewelry

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.

Figuring out the recipient’s size

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.

Figuring out the recipient’s preferences

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.

Setting your budget

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.

Shopping around

Now it’s time to start shopping! Here are some general tips:

  • Ask the jewelry store about their policies, including returns, resizing, gift receipts/exchanges, etc.
  • Make sure you’re shopping at a reputable jewelry dealer. Read online reviews, check the business’ BBB profile, etc.
  • Find a jewelry store with GIA certified experts.
  • If you shop online, make sure you allow enough time for the items to ship to you in time to give your gift! Shipping can be slow with many online jewelers.
  • Price compare as best you can to get a good deal.

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.

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    321 Bellevue Way NE
    Bellevue, WA 98004
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    Phone: 425-454-1283
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    Lynnwood, WA 98037
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    Issaquah, WA 98027
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    Phone: 425-392-0450
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    Tacoma, WA 98402
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