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The holiday season is going to be here before you know it, and savvy holiday shoppers are already thinking about big gifts before December rolls around. There are plenty of things to get the person you love, but jewelry is the classic romantic holiday gift that both men and women can appreciate. Buying anything to suit somebody else’s style can be difficult, and jewelry is no exception. While finding and buying jewelry online is easy enough, you’ll want to avoid getting anything run-of-the-mill – you don’t want to waste money on something that your loved one won’t even like! If you are really looking to surprise someone this holiday season, here are some tips that will help you get them a gift that they will love.
Observe their style
If you really want to get a feel for what your loved one will like, take a look at the jewelry that they already wear. For instance, if they tend to like simple pieces, don’t get them anything too flashy. If they tend to wear a lot of silver, stick with silver pieces or branch out and get them white gold. If you try to mimic the recipient’s style when shopping, you should be able to find something that’s distinctive, but similar enough to their existing collection that it will go well with their wardrobe.
Avoid rings (unless you’re already married)
Rings are in style right now, but they’re also a significant symbol of commitment in our culture. Even if you explicitly say that you aren’t getting your significant other a promise ring or an engagement ring, other people (and possibly even the person you’re giving it to) may not be convinced. There are plenty of other nice options like necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other pieces that don’t carry such heavy romantic symbolism. Of course, none of this applies if you are just getting a nice ring for your mother.
Think about a symbolic gift
Rings may be out of the question for some couples, but that doesn’t mean that your jewelry gift has to lack symbolism. Gemstones come in a variety of colors and cuts, and some have some significant characteristics that can make the gift more meaningful. Consider getting your loved one jewelry that highlights their birthstone or do a little research on the historical significance of certain gems and minerals. You could give them jewelry made with jade, as it used to be associated with royalty, or choose a lapis lazuli necklace, as this stone was believed to keep your body healthy and your soul at peace.
Ask for help
Are you truly stuck on what to get someone? Since you can’t ask them directly about what they want, do the next best thing: ask their friends or other loved ones for advice. Nobody is going to know this person’s style better than their friends and family. Take these people shopping or send them a few links to gifts you’re thinking about purchasing. Their input can be invaluable, and they could even get a little information from your recipient about what they really want for the holidays.
These are some of the best ways to get someone the perfect jewelry gift. Can you think of any other holiday jewelry buying hacks?
When it comes to the award ceremonies each year, the red carpet is where you will see what is trending in both fashion and jewelry. At this year’s 67th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on September 20th, it was definitely the “statement earring” that ruled the red carpet. There was so much emphasis placed on the earring that a lot of celebrity necklines remained bare, in order to let the earrings steal the show.
One example is Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who was stunning in a one-shoulder black gown. Not only was Julia a winner in the category of “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series”, but she also brought on the sparkle with her 28.78 carat white and colored diamond earrings by Chopard. They were like wearing an entire solar system of shining stars on your ears.
A similarly stunning look was worn by Sophia Vegara from Modern Family. To accessorize her curve loving, strapless metallic dress, she chose a large spiral pair of champagne diamond earrings, set in platinum, by a popular celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz. The spiral shape brought much interest up to her jaw-line and golden color of the diamonds was the perfect accompaniment to her shimmering golden gown.
Aside from the splash of all diamonds, there were also some great gemstone and vintage looking earrings on this year’s Emmy Awards red carpet. Julie Bowen, also a starring actress from the hit comedy show Modern family, had a pair of deep green, organically shaped drop earrings that dangled from a sparkly diamond hoop. These and Julie’s matching ring really infused some color to her fantastic mermaid style gown.
There were also several vintage- looking statement earrings that were worn at the 2015 Emmy red carpet. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal had on this gorgeous pair of diamond and gold lacy medallion drop earrings that were not overpowering, but still made a statement.
Adding the finishing touches to an outfit doesn’t just involve the proper belt, shoes or bag. Jewelry is just as important and the right pair of pearl earrings can add quiet sophistication to even the simplest of looks. But women often buy pearl accessories based on personal preference, color and overall style. There are many other factors included in the decision-making process, from face shape to hair length and ear shape. Each aspect needs to be taken into account when searching for the perfect pair of pearl earrings.
After all, it’s a pity to invest in a beautiful pair of earrings that will never see the light of day because you later come to the conclusion that they simply did not match your features.
Getting Acquainted with Face Shapes
Face shape and skin tone are important in the fashion choices we make, not just because of the fact that certain colors don’t go well with particular skin tones, but also because you want your jewelry to not overwhelm your features. There are six main face shapes:
- Heart Shaped: perhaps the most feminine out of all six possibilities, heart shaped faces feature wider foreheads and a narrow chin.
- Long: Long faces have features that are equally wide (forehead, cheekbones and jaws) and tend to work well with any types of accessories.
- Oval:Similar to heart-shaped faces, oval-shaped ones feature foreheads that are just as wide as the cheekbones. From the cheeks towards the chin, the face narrows.
- Triangle: Also referred to as diamond-shaped, women with a triangle-shaped face have very strong cheekbones, wider than the chin and the forehead.
- Square: In this situation, both the forehead, the cheeks and the jaw have approximately the same width, however, the jaw lines tend to be well represented.
- Round:Also referred to as a circular face, round faces present with wide cheekbones. These do not taper down towards the chin as in the cases of other face shapes.
Choosing in Accordance to Face Shape
When describing pearl earrings, designers and sellers refer to the design and the materials that have been used to produce a particular piece. As such, earrings can be classified according to shape. These include:
- teardrop earrings (or dewdrop, which are meant to dangle below the wearer’s earlobe),
- studs (classic pearl earrings, consisting of a single pearl sitting directly on the wearer’s earlobe),
- chandeliers (which combine stud earrings and teardrop earrings into a piece which sits on the earlobe and has an additional component which dangles below the earlobe),
- cluster earrings (this particular earring type sits atop the earlobe and features clusters of tiny pearls which may or may not extend beyond the earlobe),
- hoops (such designs feature longer pieces of metal running from the front of the wearer’s earlobe to the back and may feature one or multiple pearls depending on the design),
- Clip-earrings (this particular design resembles hoops and is excellent for wearer’s who haven’t gotten their earlobes pierced; the clip-on mechanism allows the earring to clamp onto the ear)
While studs work excellently regardless of face shape, there are other styles and shapes that may be tricky. Women with oval or narrow faces look stunning regardless of the style of earrings they choose. Oval-shaped dangling earrings or chandelier ones, however, will draw attention to the wearer’s features. Round faces are a bit trickier to accessorize. Choose to elongate your natural features with dangle earrings or teardrop styles.
Women with heart-shaped faces can balance out the features of their faces by going for teardrop, dangle or chandelier earrings while those with square faces should choose hoop earrings, which add a delicate note. If hoops extend a bit below the jaw line, they create the illusion of a smaller face. Diamond-shaped faces should be accessorized with long styles with soft curves. Avoid dangle earrings and choose studs instead.
In the jewelry world, handmade is a quality that makes it a unique piece that cannot be found in multiples out in the marketplace. At Meleona.com/, they have taken a selection of handcrafted jewelry from professional jewelers and put them on their website for the public to browse and purchase.
One piece that caught my eye was the Rose Lake Statement Necklace. The necklace is created in gold and has a dimensional, cast flower with the texture of grain across the surface. The petals are centered on a handmade mesh chain that is over one inch in diameter. The “statement necklace” is a hot trend for this season and this one certainly fits that category. It will flow over the neck and the collarbone with the individual links, helping it to lie flat and sparkle with movement. I see this piece matching nicely with the Poetic Radiance Unique Ring.
Another handmade jewelry piece that I thought was interesting was the Secret Side Lapislazzuli Gemstone Bracelet. The round beads of deep blue lapis with the flecks of gold give this bracelet an “earthy” quality. It is accented with crystallized Swarovski elements in Aurora Borealis and molded rose gold and silver plated brass charms that are placed equally between the stones and the flat envelope clasp completes the look. For 81 Euros, it has a nice natural presence; I can see it playfully matching the Graffiti Girl Hoop Earrings.
Lastly, to not leave the guys out, Meleona has a pair of Duel Stone Cufflinks in Onyx and Garnet. Created in solid sterling silver, one side has a 16mm pyramid shaped Onyx stone that is modern and geometric, while the other end has a 10mm round cabochon of red Garnet for a classic pop of color. At 141 Euros, it would make a great gift for any man in your life.
Diamond cluster earrings are stunning, elegant and adored additions to any woman’s jewelry collection, as many famous women can attest. In fact, some of the most expensive pieces of jewelry in the world are diamond cluster earrings.
Golconda Diamond Earrings?
Found on many lists of the most expensive pieces of jewelry in the world, the Golconda diamond earrings came from the mines of India and are also known as the Imperial Cushions due to the cushion-shaped diamonds that hang from the set of clusters attached to the posts. Each earring has over 23 carats of diamonds and were purchased at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Spring Sale in 2011 for $9.3 million. The purchaser at the Hong Kong sale remains anonymous.
Harry Winston Diamond Drop Earrings
Harry Winston designed the diamond drop earrings, which are considered the best and most expensive earrings ever made. Each earring consists of two pear-shaped diamonds, and the pair is estimated at 60 karats. Because Winston mounted the diamonds in platinum, the metal is invisible when the earrings are worn. Created for stars to wear at the Oscar’s, the earrings have an estimated worth of $8.5 million.
Although there are many more famous diamond earrings, these two examples show why diamond earrings are often some of the most loved pieces of jewelry any woman owns.
Special review post from our close and fabulous friend, Natasha:
This past summer, my bestest male friend, and the sartorial brain genius behind this blog you’re reading, dished me up quite the surprise. One day, while checking my mailbox, I encountered a(n) (unexpected) package from Shopbop. Inside was every girl’s dream: literally, The Perfect Little Black Dress, Blaque Label’s Halter Top Dress, accompanied by gold and turquoise bead drop earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane.
I was floored, utterly flabbergasted. I rushed into my apartment, threw my purse on the floor, and put on the dress. I looked at myself in the mirror, my lips curling into the biggest smile. And then I twirled.