GET SENTIMENTAL: THE HUSBAND’S GUIDE TO BUYING THE RIGHT JEWELLERY
Whether it’s an anniversary, birthday, Christmas, or you just want to spoil her, jewellery is almost always a good gift for your wife.
The mission of finding something she loves can be tough, though. With this in mind, we’ve created a man’sguide to buying jewellery. Next time you undertake to surprise your better half with a present, she’ll be blown away by how well you’ve chosen.
Why jewellery? The reason behind the mission When lookingfor something special to give your wife, why shouldyou considerjewellery? The right piece can have a lot to say,communicating thelove and affection you bear for your spouse. Sentimental value A classic gift doesn’t mean boring, or thoughtless. There’s areason jewelleryis such a go-to for friends and partners alike. Theemotional valuethat gets attached to it is priceless. Why you picked thepiece out, what it signifies, and the memories she associates it all addvalue tothis present. For example, something you buy for her while on atrip togetherwill always remind her of the days spent exploring together, and the enjoyment that getaway brought. Or, if you’ve pickedsomething outbecause it reminds you of your wife, it will alwaysrepresent somethingyou love about her. Being able to wear something likethat bringshappiness, and builds confidence and love. If youchoose something that she loves, it shows the attention youpay her. It’s a quiet reminder that you care about what makes her happy,and how, even when she may not be aware of it, you still take note ofher preferences. That touch of romance will be with her every time shewears thejewellery you bought her, and she won’t forget it. Who can sayno toa success that just keeps giving? Pluswe’ll letyou in on a little secret … It may seem like just an adornmentto you, but quality pieces are also considered as investments. There’s a reason so many heists involve jewellery.
How to secure the right piece The lastpiece of jewellery you may have bought your wife may have beenher engagementring, and the wedding bands that followed. Don’t letbeing outof practice discourage you – it’s time to brush up on your skills. You willhave to do some reconnaissance if you really want to blow heraway andfind something she loves. Consider this time as an investment – once you have the information you need, you can use it again andagain asthe years go by.
Scout out the style of jewellery she likes When thecoast is clear, examine her jewellery box, and then watchwhat piecesshe wears most often from it. You’ll find out what sheloves,and canstart gathering some basic intelligence on what you need tobe lookingfor.Doesshe love bold jewellery? Is it on trend, or is it something that’s timeless? Simple andelegant, retro, or glitzy, there’s no end to the varietyof jewelleryout there. But once you know hers, you can eliminate the rest. Take noteof the colour of her jewellery as well. Does shewear semi-preciousjewels of certain colours? Most importantly, notewhether themetal she wears is gold, rose gold, or silver. If the answer isall ofthem, you can choose any of the precious metals. However, ifshe sticksto one, don’t deviate from it. She will often wear thatcolour becauseit matches her skin tone. If youare buyinga ring, take one that she doesn’t wear often to a jeweller toget thesize. For necklaces, check whether she wears a fine orchunky chain, and what length she prefers. Success is in the details, sogather asmany as you can.
Bring in reinforcements If you are still struggling to work out what to get her, don’t shy away from asking for help. Talk to people you trust to keep the mission a secret, and use them as a source of information. Send them in undercover if you need to, to get specific details.
Hone your observational skills When outshopping with her, give her time to stop and window shop.Observe whatshe lingers over, and anything she points out to you. Gettingher insidethe shop without arousing suspicion might be harder, buttry usingexcuses such as looking at a new watch, or cufflinks if theyare somethingyou would wear. This will give her time to browse further.
The next step When you have a strong idea of what to get her, it’s time tovisit a jeweller. Invest inquality as it will last and the difference will begin toshow quickly. If considering jewels, such as rubies or diamonds, youwill needto consider things like the four C’s, of which cut and caratweight tendto be the most important.Alsolook at the source. Buying Australian diamonds can add another special touch. Refer tothe experienceof the jeweller if you find yourself out of your depth. You don’thave to get her anything extravagant either. Sometimesday-to-day staplescan be perfect, and just what she needs for her collection. Think simple pearlearrings,or a bracelet that can go with any outfit. As long as it suits her style, basics allow her to enjoy your giftevery day.
Have a backup plan As much as you have prepared for this choice, back yourself up by keeping the receipt. There’s always a chance, with jewellery being so personal, that you’ve chosen something that’s not perfect for her. Knowing you are willing to have your gift returned just to make sure that she gets something she loves, is a gesture not to be underestimated. And who knows? The same jeweller might be there when you return with your wife, and they’ll be able to tell her about all the time and effort you’ve invested. Finding unique, crafted jewellerythat matches your wife’s personality may seem like a challenge, but with this guide you’ll be able to navigate the tricky terrain with ease. Amaze your wife with something perfect, and show her how much you adore her.