A Two-Minute Guide To Gifting Fine Jewelry
There are few gifts in life we can receive that are quite as unique as fine jewelry — it’s the kind of thing you can literally keep forever, and give to your future grandbabies to cherish and think of you fondly.
It’s romantic, sentimental, and interestingly enough, versatile, too. For all those reasons (and more) it’s a worthy gift to invest in.
I should also note that jewelry makes for a great gift to give or get pre-owned because jewelry often wears so well — it’s likely to look new even a few years in. With that said, you can enjoy a bit of savings while still giving a gift that’s jaw-dropping, and they’ll never know the difference.
So there’s just one really important question that you’ve probably already considered: which piece is the perfect one?
This article gives recommendations by type of jewelry, but you can just as easily browse our jewelry tab to shop by brand, price, material, hardware color, and even the condition of the item.
Let’s Begin With Necklaces
First, the Pendant necklace from Bulgari. From diamond-studded to Mother of pearl — there are an array of options with the Pendant necklace. One of the (many) beautiful things about Bulgari jewelry is that they’re so recognizable. No one will mistake it for anything less than what it is.
The Cartier Hearts & Symbols Necklace is quite stunning. You can’t bring up fine jewelry without at least mentioning Cartier (in this case, more than once). When it comes to fine jewelry gifts, there are very few pieces that compare to the symbolism of the Hearts & Symbols line. Whether a spiritual symbol speaks to her soul, or a simple mini heart feels most appropriate, each piece carries deep meaning in the form of an understated, yet elegant pendant.
Earrings Mean Double The Luxury
My go-to: Alhambra earrings from Van Cleef & Arpels. This famous jewelry house is one of the best in the world and it really can’t get more luxurious than this. What I love about Van Cleef & Arpels is not only their fascinating history but their intricate cut designs and attention to detail. Their pieces are so wearable and so unique, that you’ll always feel like a million bucks.
Another style that is high on the gifting list: Open Heart earrings. Anything from Tiffany is a reliable gift option that anyone would recognize for its sentimentality. I feel like Tiffany has mastered the art of open heart jewelry in a way that no one else has. The Elsa Perretti Open Heart earrings have a gorgeous luxury feel that always makes me look twice. Though in all honesty, the entire collection is noteworthy.
When In Doubt, Choose Bracelets
Like the Hermes Enamel Clic Clac H Bracelet. It doesn’t really get more haute couture than Hermes. So if you need to outdo your litany of impressive gifts (good for you!), the Hermes Enamel Clic Clac H Bracelet is the way to go. With a range of enamel color and width options, you can choose the exact piece they’d love most. (Step #1: what’s their favorite color?)
A good second is the David Yurman Cable Classics Bracelet. For the one who loves distinctive pieces — or just loves David Yurman. Whether she’d prefer a statement cuff with black onyx, a subtle Fleur de Lis, or a playful diamond starburst, David Yurman offers an impressive amount of latitude within the Cable Classics style. If you’re not familiar with the brand, it’s definitely time to get familiar.
Gift The Best For The Best: Rings
The Cartier Love Ring. If you know high fashion at all, you likely know the Love Bracelet. Think of the Cartier Love Ring as its more affordable, arguably more romantic younger sibling. And it’s much easier to take off if you prefer a more modern level of affection that includes practicality. Personal opinion: the rose gold might be my favorite. And if you haven’t already, you need to read our post on everything to know before locking in a Cartier Love bracelet.
Lastly, the Tiffany’s 1837 Interlocking Circles Ring. You can’t go wrong with rings from Tiffany. I’m particularly struck by the 1837 interlocking circles ring because they emanate intimacy but subtle symbolism. It’s a different approach from the heart, but equally sweet. I also adore the color options: silver on silver, silver on gold, or silver on rose gold.