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Archive for July, 2010
This is the third post in a series on How to Choose the Right Jewelry Gift.
The first part of the series was about Narrowing down your choices.
The second part of the series was about Choosing the right necklace length.
Choosing a gift that’s more than just a trinket can be easy with a little thought and consideration. First off, what occasion are you buying for? If it’s an anniversary, consider relating it to a ‘traditional’ wedding anniversary gift. Here’s a few of our anniversary gift suggestions that relate to ‘Traditional’ anniversary gifts, but with our own modern twist.
First wedding anniversary gift: ‘Paper’
Second anniversary is ‘Cotton’
Our suggestion? A pendant inlaid with Nepalese paper made from Lamali Lokta fibres. (Okay, so it’s not cotton, but it is a sustainable fibre made by co-ops in Nepal ;)
Third anniversary is ‘Crystal’
Our suggestion? ‘Solo’ Connection necklace with a single Swarovski crystal accent, or add a little more shine with three accents. Choose different colored accents — an easy choice is her birthstone month, the month you were married, or the birth months of your kids. Or if you’re really not sure what to do, just choose the April crystal to simply signify the tradition of the anniversary.
Fourth anniversary is ‘Flowers’
Our suggestion? A foliage necklace, because you can never go wrong with the gift of flowers, and when they’re in necklace form, they’ll never wilt or die. One husband bought his wife a necklace with blue hydrangeas — their wedding flower — for extra thoughtfulness points.
Fifth anniversary is ‘Wood’
Sixth anniversary is ‘Candy’
Our suggestion? Save the unnecessary calories and get her a candy-like sea fossil Torus necklace instead.
Seventh anniversary is ‘Copper’
Eighth and Ninth anniversary is ‘Pottery’
The traditional anniversary gift for the Tenth anniversary is ‘Tin’ or ‘Aluminium’ and while we don’t have any of that, we have many many suggestions for the traditional Eleventh anniversary gift of ‘Steel’ — every single one of our jewelry pieces is made from stainless steel! :) But, if you’re looking for a specific suggestion, I’d say a solid stainless steel pendant personalized with your own artwork or a phrase to express your love:
Or how about some sleek and simple stainless steel cufflinks that you can embellish with a monogram?
No matter what gift you choose to give your partner on your anniversary, make sure you take a little time to make it a thoughtful gift and it will be sure to be appreciated!
The most popular jewelry gifts from Blend Creations are usually in the form of a necklace or pendant. And even if the gift giver has been given specific instructions on the exact necklace to purchase, they’re often stuck when choosing the length. (So take that as a tip if you’re dropping hints about a gift: include the length of necklace you’d like!)
There are a few considerations when choosing the right necklace length (especially if it’s a gift for someone else).
- The person’s build and height – Generally a more petite/thin person will need a shorter necklace than someone who is a larger build or taller. This isn’t a hard and fast rule though, since you’re aiming to fit a necklace around a person’s neck and see where it sits on them. And — they may want the necklace to sit higher or lower depending on what they’re wearing (see next point). In the photos above, the female model wearing the necklace is of petite build, about 5’0″ tall and is wearing a 16″ length leather cord. The male model is of medium build, about 6’0″ tall and is wearing an 18″ length necklace. Both have the same pendant, but the larger person will need a longer necklace.
- What kind of necklines and collar styles do they usually wear? - Wearing a V-neck top or more open neckline will suit a longer necklace than a small, round collar. If they tend to wear higher collars and prefer to wear necklaces on top of their shirts, then it may be preferable to go longer.
- The shape and size of the necklace or pendant – Naturally, a larger or longer pendant or necklace accent will hang down lower on the neckline than a smaller one. As such, you’ll need to factor this in when choosing the appropriate length and see whether this interferes with the type of neckline. (Compare the two sets of photos above where both models are each wearing the same necklace length, but with pendants of different sizes).
- The tensility of the necklace, chain or cord – Our steel wires and our Connection necklaces keep their round shape when worn and will sit higher than our silver chains, rubber/leather cords tend to hang with the weight of the pendant. The torus necklaces and round necklaces will keep a V-shape. In both images below and in all images, the necklace length is 16″ — but the effect is different depending on the type of necklace/chain/cord.
- Compare with other necklaces they own – Again, a little bit of spying and comparison can help you decide the ideal length of their necklace gift. If you’re absolutely stuck or unsure, ask the person who’ll be wearing it! Or if it’s you, take a length of string and see where the length you’re considering sits on your neckline. Keep in mind the size of the pendant too — we put approximate sizes for all the pendants on each item page.
Our recommendation: Opt for an 18″ length as the ‘safe’ length if you’re really unsure, but choose 16″ if the intended wearer is female and of petite or thin in build. If the gift-recipient is male and/or larger, than opt for the 20″ length instead. No worries though because if the length is too short or too long, you can always exchange it for the right one too!
Stay tuned for the third part of our Choosing the Right Jewelry Gift series — Choosing a meaningful anniversary gift.
This is the first post in a series on How to choose the right jewelry gift.
One of the questions we get asked often is: “How do I choose the right jewelry gift for my wife? for my friend? for my daughter? etc. etc.” Typically, the (often male, sometimes female) asker has been told by someone that they’d like anything at Blend Creations, and while that may be true, it makes it hard for the potential gift-giver to narrow the choices down.
The hardest jewelry piece to buy for someone else is probably a ring, because you’ll need to know their ring size. If the gift is meant to be a surprise, then it will take some sneaky spy work to figure out the right ring size. If the giftee already wears rings, then all you need to ‘borrow’ one of their rings and compare it to a print-out of our ring-sizing guide. It’s a little harder if they don’t wear a ring already, since you’ll have to surreptitiously measure a finger and figure out the corresponding ring size. It may just be easiest to ask the person what their ring size is or make it part of their pre-gift-giving adventure.
With earrings — make sure that the intended recipient wears pierced earrings! Our stainless steel earrings have a variety of inlays are a great gift especially if they’re paired with a matching necklace. If you’ve got a particular pair of earrings in mind (like the washi earrings pictured), it’s a great idea to see if you can add a matching necklace or pendant to complete the gift, or save the necklace at a later date (for another occasion like an anniversary or Mother’s Day).
Hint: for each pair of earrings that we offer, we usually show similar items under the “You May Also Like” column on the right.
Keep in mind that some people consider earrings to be a very personal jewelry choice and may prefer certain types of earrings over others based on how their ears are pierced, how they wear their hair or if they wear other accessories (like necklaces or even glasses).
Choosing necklaces and pendants:
At Blend Creations, we differentiate between necklaces (top row) and pendants (bottom row) in that a pendant is a jewelry piece that does not include a chain or cord, and can actually be used on any chain or cord that can be strung through the 3.5mm diameter bale. Our necklaces differ in that the stainless steel pieces have a very small hole for the steel wire and are not removable. In this sense, the pendants can offer some versatility in looks by changing the cord or chain on which it’s worn, while the necklaces are complete in their simplicity (and don’t require you to figure out which chain or cord you need!).
Either necklaces or pendants are great gift ideas because they make a nice visual impact on an outfit, but you do have to consider the length of the necklace, which brings us to our next point, which we will address in tomorrow’s post on Choosing the right necklace length.
The entire staff of Blend Creations was featured in a 100 Strangers photo project on a blog called Le Mien (roughly translated means ‘here’s mine’). Le Mien is the work of Kym S. who really, truly does some beautiful portraits.
I feel much more stylish than I really am, just by being part of this project. Check us out:
If you’re in Ottawa and you see Kym and her camera, you might just be chic this week ;)
Make sure to check out Kym’s other blog, Relishing.ca.
Obviously, we have an affinity for things that are laser-cut (all of our engraved wood designs are made with our laser-cutter).
So color us impressed when we came across Fluid Forms‘ Streets Clock. While the laser-cut design is impressive in itself, what really pushed it over the edge for us, was being able to make a personalized clock on-the-fly using the street map of the city of your choice.
Or you can check out this neat little gallery below: