The traditional Christmas gift for the lady in your life is jewelry. Why? Because nothing says, “I love you,” like sparkling, shining baubles that cost a week’s salary (or at least that’s what DeBeers and Tiffany have made us believe). So if you’re planning to give the gift of jewelry this holiday season, here are some suggestions.
If I could add a fourth rule to the guidelines posted this morning, it would be this: Unless you are planning to propose, NEVER buy your significant other a ring for Christmas. Because the second she sees that ring box, whether you’ve been dating for two weeks or two years, engagement is going to be the first thing that pops into her mind. And once it does, you’re going wind up having “the talk.”
And who doesn’t want to spend their holiday have relationship defining conversations? Take it from me: spare yourself a lot of trouble by selecting another piece of jewelry.
- Tiffany Clover Pendant ($1,000)
Necklaces with key pendants are a hot trend this year. The pendant above is one of the myriad of choices available from Tiffany. If the thousand-dollar price tag is too rich for your blood, you can find other options in every price point and design imaginable.
To ensure that you select the right metal or style, look at the jewelry she wears every day. If it is yellow gold, get yellow gold. If it’s flashy and sparkly, get something with bling. Make this the necklace she’ll put on every morning by matching it to the jewelry she already wears. Key phrase here: be observant.
Mikimoto Akoya Pearl Studs (Nordstrom, $300-$1,420)
It is my personal belief that pearl stud earrings are a solid holiday gift for any woman (unless she already has a pair). And if pearls are what you are after, then Mikimoto is the gold standard. The studs above are cultured pearls set in white gold. If you want something in a lower price point, J.Crew sells a nice freshwater pearl and silver alternative for $50.
Elliott Vermeil Wrought Iron Cuff (Max&Chloe, $245)
If you’re not sure what to get her, a cuff bracelet is a solid choice. These pieces are very fashionable and easy to wear with almost any outfit. The piece above is a good gift for the lady who likes gold jewelry, wide leg jeans and a glass of spicey read wine. If you need something for boho chic woman who likes long flowy sundresses and iced coffees, try this feather cuff. And if she’s a preppy girl who likes classic shapes and designs, try a twisted metal bangle from David Yurman.
These are just a few of the many jewelry options available to the discerning gift giver. However, if you still need help and don’t know who to ask, feel free to email me at capitolhillstyle (at) gmail (dot) com and I will help you in any way that I can.