So you want to give someone special the gift of jewellery but where do you start ? What will they like ? Don't get overwhelmed and hand over money for something you aren't sure of. Use our useful guide to picking jewellery as a gift to avoid what starts out as a thoughtful gesture turning in to a costly nightmare.
Who is it for ?
This sounds like a simple question but always think about the individual person your buying for and never buy the same piece in mass for example all the lucky ladies in your life wearing the same earrings in different shades most definitely wont make them feel special.
Look for clues.
Once you've decided who you have to buy for look for clues to make your life easier.
What jewellery do they wear just now ?
What colours are their favourite ?
What is their birthstone ? (Again don't panic just ask Uncle Google)
Don't forget to borrow a current ring for sizing.
If your able to its always a great idea to try and take them in to the store your thinking of buying from or any jewellery shop for that matter just to get a further idea of what they like and don't like. If you cant do this bring along a picture of the person you would be surprised how much it helps us to pick out something that suits once we can put a face to the product.
Time is of the essence.
If your choosing a ready to wear piece it's not really an issue unless its got to be re-sized to suit or engraved with a personal message which can be done within the week or if its really important on the day. However if you choose to make up a bespoke piece for them it can take between 2-3 weeks from design to finished product. So always think ahead on timescales.
You made it ! see it wasn't to bad was it?Now all you have to do is watch them open and enjoy a piece they can keep and cherish forever no more dusty cookbooks and bundles of socks.
Today's Diamond of the Day is the Graff Pink Diamond a rare 24.78 carat pink diamond, once owned by American celebrity jeweler Harry Winston, has been described as "one of the greatest diamonds ever discovered". The diamond, mounted in a ring, was sold by Sotheby's auctioneers. Before its sale, the stone was expected to enter the list of the top ten most expensive diamonds in the world on selling for £29 million.
In at number 38 of our Celebrity Engagement Countdown is Zara Phillips.
The Queen’s oldest grand-daughter, was given a bespoke ring by rugby-playing hubby-to-be Mike Tindall. The sparkling circle solitaire is set in a beautiful band of pavé diamonds, but the value and carat count of the engagement ring has so far been kept schtum.