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 first thing to do is take a look at the product choices and choose between a ring, earrings or a necklace or pendant. Of the choices, a necklace or pendant may be your safest bet and here’s why:
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.