Jewelry can be one of the most precious and personal gifts one can give. Yet many people are intimidated when it comes to selecting the right jewelry gift for friends — or even family members — because they’re not sure if the recipient will like the style they choose.
After establishing your budget, ask yourself a few key questions to determine what type of jewelry best suits your giftee. For instance, what is their personal fashion style? Do they usually wear silver or do they prefer gold? What are their favorite colors? And, finally (and perhaps most important), what jewelry pieces will mean the most to them?
By employing some simple powers of observation you can pick up on style signals your friends and family are sending, and match them to a piece of jewelry they’ll love.
To help you get started we’ve identified four key style categories and paired them with affordable jewelry gift suggestions. Happy hunting!
She knows her own look…it’s timeless, never too trendy. She collects versatile separates and good accessories (and she might have a closet full of LBDs).
For the Classic, you can’t go wrong with a gold or silver link-style bracelet. We show it here in sterling, but if you can afford the gold, and she’s a gold girl, by all means go for it! Andiamo Sterling Silver Oval Link Bracelet, $135, at ross-simons.com.
She’s the first one at the festival…and the last to leave. She favors long flowing skits, floppy hats, cut-offs, and off-the-shoulder tops (yes, even for fall).
Boho fashion girls love eclectic and colorful jewelry, including turquoise and coral beads, tassel chandelier earrings, and swinging pendants. We love Ettika’s fringe-style hoops for under $100 at ettika.com.
Retro fashion fans embrace an antique or vintage jewelry vibe, but they usually don’t limit themselves to any one decade or era. Check out 1stDibs or RubyLane for one-of-a-kind pieces they won’t see coming and going. We found this stunning 1920 Art Deco “Paste” Brooch, with the look of diamonds, for $545, on 1stdibs.com.
The Glamour Girl
You know the type: she’s the life of the party. She loves to dress up and understands the value of maximizing her dazzle. Give her a head start on the holidays with a bold statement necklace, shoulder-duster earrings, or a cocktail ring. This one from BaubleBar for only $48 is a steal!