If you find yourself trying to pick a piece of jewelry for your girlfriend or wife but you just don’t have a clue where to start then you will need to discover the ‘how to’ before you actually do. It is not the easiest quest to go on but once you have pinpointed the stage you are at in your relationship, know her style and the kind of girl she is, then you will be well on your way to choosing the best jewelry gift for your girlfriend.

The thing about jewelry gifts is, that no matter what, it will carry a special sentimental value. Most women love jewelry. It is always going to be touching and meaningful but you can’t just buy any old thing – you must consider her style, coloring, and what she would love to receive, especially from you. The best thing you can do is to listen out for hints. When she is reading a magazine or shopping online, talking to her friends or straight out telling you about something she has forever longed for – make sure you are listening and taking ‘mental’ notes. Look at the jewelry that she has now, that will give you an idea about what her favorite category of jewelry is:

• Rings
• Necklaces
• Bracelets
• Earrings
• Sets

And the kind of style that she likes:

• Light or heavy
• Trendy fashion, boho or sparkly diamonds
• Statement or delicate
• Gold or silver (If she generally wears silver it is likely she would prefer the gift       to be silver, and the same vice versa.) Vintage or modern

There is a broad range of ideas that you have to work with. If you write down the answers, you may just find yourself with a description of the perfect piece of jewelry for your girlfriend.

There are different rules for different types of relationships. Here we have categorized how to determine an appropriate gift for your type of relationship.

Are You In A Fresh And New Relationship?  

Heat Name Necklace If you and your girl have only been together for a short time, let’s say a few months, then you don’t want to get anything too drastic as it may scare her or show that you are jumping in too deep, too soon.

That being said, she is your girlfriend and it may be her birthday or you may just want to treat her to show that you do care. In this situation it is suggested to get something that says ‘I care about you’ but NOT ‘I love you’. A simple style name necklace would be the perfect gift to make a point of how much she means to you.

Starting to Fall For Her – It’s time to get more serious!

Your relationship is getting stronger and time is passing, you’re not ready to get married you but you definitely know your feelings are going that way. This is the time to invest in something a little more special, something that doesn’t say ‘You’ but does say ‘Us’, boyfriend and girlfriend jewelry.

At this time in your relationship it begins to sink in how for real this is, how connected you are to each other and maybe you are ready to show her how much you love her. There is no better way to express this than with a piece of jewelry that fits with another, like a personalized love necklace, one for you and one for her.

Be Prepared For Those Special Moments  

It’s time for that special moment when you have been together long enough that your first anniversary is approaching and you HAVE to get her something that extra bit special – Now it’s time to get a piece of jewelry for your girlfriend that will prove to her your true, everlasting love. What better way to do this than with an infinity necklace with both your initials carved or engraved into the pendant.

This type of occasion also means that you can begin looking for jewelry with gems – something that includes precious stones or diamonds. This is definitely going to work your wallet a little harder, but it will be so worth it when you see her face light up at the sparkles shining out of the gift box you have given her. This is a time to invest in solid gold or white gold with a trimming of Cubic Zirconia diamond stones. A necklace that will last forever so that she will always remember your love for her.

Want Her To Marry You – Now It Is Time To Find The Perfect Ring…

The moment is approaching that you are ready to propose to her – This is big, and so must be the ring that you present to her. Not necessarily meaning big in physical size but you are making a statement of how much she means to you and how well you know her. You must consider all jewelry ideas for your girlfriend, ‘to be’ Fiance, and even look through her collection to see which stones and material she wears the most. It is very important to get this one right, do your research and make sure you choose the material she would most prefer, the type of stone that she would like and do not forget to find out her 4th finger, ring size – Left hand!

Every girl has her style and every couple has their own special relationship and meaning to that relationship. When looking for jewelry gifts for your girlfriend, don’t panic, I am sure whatever you get her she will love. It doesn’t matter how much you spend or what you end up choosing because it is the thought that counts the most- if you put a true effort into finding the perfect gift and making it personal for her, then that is what will really touch her heart.




The Guide To Buying Unique Friendship Gifts

You love her and you want to get her something you love. But ever been stuck in a brain block and can’t find the right present for your bestie’s birthday? Here’s our guide to buying the most unique and fun friendship gifts that we are sure she will love.

Why do we even give gifts?  Gift giving has been a favorite topic in the world of psychology for some time. But what I am about to tell you may come as a surprise. Psychologists have said that giving presents to friends is more for the giver than it is for the receiver. This means that we really give gifts for us! It is believed that the thrill we get from giving presents is the reason we continue to give. We like the feeling of kindness it leaves us with. More than this, human interaction in life is key, and by giving gifts we are thus closing the gap between our friends and us. This makes us even closer, and this is what psychology says makes us happier and feel more fulfilled. Gift giving to friends helps define relationships and strengthen bonds. Researchers have said “Whoever is on your gift lift is telling you who is important in your life” and I couldn’t agree more.

Key tips before buying gifts

Before you go running to the shops there are a few things, which in my opinion it is vital for you to think about. More than just knowing who you are buying for, you need to really KNOW them. What do they like? What are their hobbies? What will be useful to them? As well as this, other key issue such as your budget is key. I really believe that it’s not the price tag that matters, rather the thought put into the gift. Understanding your friend is key and will really help you to find the perfect present for them.

Ideas for unique friendship gifts

As easy as it is to say know your friend, sometimes you know your friend so well that you know that they don’t want and don’t really need anything. This is usually where all the problems begin: the stress, the hassle and the headaches of what to buy the person who doesn’t want and doesn’t need anything. Being one of those people myself, I can tell you the job at hand really isn’t easy. My friends joke with me that whenever they buy me a gift they know to put a gift receipt inside!

However, there are some fall back items that I would always love to receive from my friends and that I think make gorgeous, unique friendship gifts no matter who you are buying for.

Great gift options

  • Fixing something that is broken
    I once had a friend who came to my house and when I wasn’t looking attached clock hands and the relevant mechanism to my canvas that was hanging on the wall. For months I had spoken about how I needed a clock in the room and had never got round to getting one. I thought it was the most gorgeous present, so thoughtful and classic. And the best part was, instead of buying me a clock and having to guess my taste, he took something that he knew I already loved and made it even better. Fixing things is always useful.
  • Gifts to do together
    For most of us ladies, the times we ever really get to have fun with our girlfriends are so far and few between. I hate this! And so when it came to one of my good friend’s birthday, I organized for a small group of her closest friends to go to the spa and get treated for the day. We paid for her, as this was her present. This way she got to have time with her friends and it was a gift we knew she would love but wouldn’t necessarily buy for herself. Here it is the company and the atmosphere that matters more than the gift you buy.
  • Personalized gifts

    The one thing I never buy myself is something personalized. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I see them as things that I give to others as so they fall into my category of gifts. Because of this I am a fool for anything personal. I love the thought and detail put into it by someone else, the true meaning behind the phrase “it’s the thought that counts”. Over the years I have received some absolutely adorable personalized presents such as a photo calendar of me and my friends, my name as a keychain, a storybook of my life and engraved jewelry to name but a few things. But with them all, it is the engraved jewelry I am still using to this day.

Engraving jewelry for othersJewelry is such a personal gift already, but to me the best way of making something stand out is by having it engraved. It makes something go from being pretty to becoming so thoughtful and sentimental. Whether you are having it engraved with a private note, or simply with a name or initials, the jewelry becomes personal and solely for the receiver. I have found a small collection of some of the most gorgeous friendship gifts for her to love and cherish forever.

I love the idea of having your name and birthstone put together on jewelry. The Hamsa Name and Birthstone necklace is perfect for this, and will not only protect you in life but will give you fashion security too. Earrings are also a great choice as the are often very easy to wear. Just make sure she has her ears pierced first! The two initial earrings are so sweet and have an air of fun to them. If you wanted to go for something simple and classic, why not try the classic name ring. Instead of it being engraved, the letters are cut out from the band and it looks beautiful! All this being said, the one initial bar bracelet will always be a favorite of mine. Its simplicity and style make it easy to wear and elegant. Whatever you choose, make sure you have her in mind when you are buying to ensure that it is her taste and something that she will love to wear!


Caring For Your Gold Plated Jewelry


It is never easy to choose a piece of jewelry and it’s also not that easy to buy one. As much as we wanted to always get the finest quality gold jewelry, our budget may not agree with us all the time. Buying gold plated jewelry is a great option when you’re looking for an accessory or a gift that doesn’t break your bank and this goes for any type of jewelry, may it be a ring, bracelet or your name necklace. Gold plating is a process where a thin layer of gold is placed on to coat the surface of another metal.

Nowadays, having gold plated jewelry is not only for those who can’t afford a full gold jewelry. They are very popular with fashionistas out there because of its practicality and because it’s available in various designs and styles that goes perfectly well with any piece of clothing. To decrease the chances of wearing out, here are easy ways on keeping the luster of your gold plated jewelry. As it is a thin layer of gold, extra care should be taken to maximize its lifespan.

  1. Do not spray on perfume or other sprays while wearing your gold plated jewelry. Wear your jewelry after you have sprayed on your favorite perfume so that chemicals on the spray or perfume does not interact with your jewelry’s metal.
  2. Wait until your lotion or cream is dry or has been absorbed by your skin before you wear your gold plated ring, bracelet or necklace.
  3. Substances like oil, nail polish, nail polish remover, chlorine, perfume and the like may react with metal/plated jewelry and will cause it to tarnish easily. This also goes with sweat, so make sure you don’t forget to remove your gold plated jewelry when you exercise or anything that would require heavy physical work, and also when swimming.
  4. Every after use, clean your plated jewelry with a cotton ball or a very soft cloth to remove any dust and dirt it has acquired. Gently rubbing the surface of your gold plated jewelry using a soft jewelry cloth also helps restore shine.
  5. If your jewelry needs more cleaning you may clean it with warm, soapy water. Soak it for a few minutes and you may clean it with a soft brush. Stay away from jewelry cleaners and antibacterial soaps which may have certain components that will just make your gold plated jewelry tarnish more quickly.
  6. To avoid scratches, wrap your jewelry in a soft cloth after cleaning or keep it in a jewelry box separate from other types of jewelry you have.


Can You Wear Gold and Silver Together?


The big question of mixing gold and silver jewelry in one outfit – The answer is yes. We are in a time where fashion and style is so limitless that mixing silver and gold has now developed into an incredible trend. That being said there is a fine line between fashionable and ridiculous. So having this in mind you must make sure you mix your jewelry in the right way. It was once a rule not to mix metals but now that fashion law is over! – There is, however, no need to overstep the mark.

Here are some tips on how to dress your mixed jewelry:

Does the mixed metal jewelry compliment your clothing?
When accessorizing your outfit with mixed metal jewelry you must consider if it is the appropriate type of jewelry for the outfit and occasion. For example, is it a daytime, funky type of outfit
or are you dressing a fine and elegant evening dress? A daytime look can afford a heavier, trendier and random style – For instance, a monogram necklaces mixed with other chunky chains would work great with a casual, quirky outfit. However, a special evening look will take a more sophisticated, finer twist. Once you have decided on the style of Jewelry you can then begin to piece your gold and silver necklaces together.

What are you mixing?
When mixing gold and silver accessories you only have to concern yourself with necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. It is not a fashion requirement to consider your other accessories, such as handbags or shoes. There is no need to worry and stress about it matching the zip on your handbag or the buckle on your shoes etc. If anything, this adds to the ‘mixing’ style and it shouldn’t compromise the whole look. You can also take the engagement/wedding ring factor out of the equation – this is no longer a decision you have to make, we’re living in a much freer world!

What to avoid
It is very important that you stick to mixing colors and not styles. You must look like you have thought about what you were doing and not just throwing any old thing on. Yes fashion has become much more modern and unrestricted but we still need to look purposeful and stylish. Pooling different styles and different colors is a no go.

Have at least one combined piece
You must decide on the shades of gold that you want to mix with your silver. It is best to have two shades – one silver and one tone of gold. For example yellow gold and silver or rose gold and silver. You should choose one piece that is combined within itself of different metal tones – this will take the edge of a bit so it is easier for you to choose your other individual pieces. In addition this technique makes the look seem much more organized.

Layer pieces of different colors – Stack necklaces one on top of the other, start from the longest and work your way up to the shortest. It is ok if they overlap, let them just fall naturally. Throw in a few gold bangles to your set of silver and mix up your rings. The fun is endless with this new trend – you can always dress a different look and a unique one at that.

Give it a twist
Add another color to the equation that will complement the two metal shades. For example, add one rose gold bar necklace to a full yellow gold and silver combination or even add a colored charm – this allows you to have fun mixing metals and to look well put together.

How to Layer Jewelry – the more the better or how not to over do it…

Do you ever get sick of having to pick out one piece of jewelry just wishing that you could wear them all? Now you can – Whoever started this trend must have just said, to hell with it and threw every piece they had on their body, they must have looked amazingly cool- because now we’re all doing it. And it is cool, why limit yourself when you can spontaneously embrace all your jewelry pieces in one go. That being said there is a right way to do it and of course, like anything, it could also go disastrously wrong, so here are some tips on how to layer your jewelry
How to layer jewelry

If you want to succeed in fitting into today’s most influential trend then you have to learn how to layer your jewelry. Layering is not just a seasonal idea that will pass, it is a development in fashion that is going to continue to flourish and stay as popular as it is today, tomorrow.  Today people are customizing and creating a personal, individual style for themselves, with layered jewelry. More often than not people have trouble picking out the right things and pairing items together correctly. There are a few points that need to be covered in order to get it right.

How to Layer Necklaces
First of all you must learn how to layer necklaces and consider some deal breaking factors. Just throwing any old thing on really doesn’t make the look (unless you get lucky – but in fashion we can’t rely on luck), the types of metals that you are mixing and the lengths that will suit your shape. There are a few different ways you can layer necklaces:
• A graduated effect is accomplished by taking delicate, short necklaces and combining those with slightly heavier, longer necklaces. For example you could take a short, delicate diamond necklace with a slightly longer, small pendant necklace and finishing with an even longer, heavier, medallion type necklace to give this soft elegant look a little more edge.
• A tailored look can be achieved by combining a custom made necklace with a couple of small charm necklaces and a longer pendant chain. Personalize your layering with a name necklace, initial charm or a meaningful date on a bar necklace. The pendant could be one of color to brighten up the look a little.
• You can create a collar effect to add to your clothing style. Let’s say with a button up shirt and denim jacket you can layer chunky necklaces one resting on top of the next. There’s not much room for delicacy in this look so try not to get over excited and stick to the theme.
Remember that large necklaces layer well with other large necklaces and small ones with small. Medium pieces work well with both small and large.
Bracelets and watches

Trendy Daytime
Begin with a colorful/multi colored bracelet, trimmed in gold. Add an eye-catching, colorful wrap bracelet. Then throw on a beaded bracelet right above a chunky bangle. Finish off with a simple yet colorful threaded bracelet – the kind you get at the market when you’re on vacation. To complete this look you should paint your nails to match one of the colors in the stack.

Start with a chunky cuff and work your way down to the hand adding beaded patterned and wrapping bracelets until your arm can take no more. You can even add another smaller cuff in there to compliment the large cuff and even add a soft dream catcher pendant on a delicate chain.

Feminine Delicate
This is more of an intricate style so you have to take a little more time to choose which bracelets to wear. Remember it has to go with the outfit you are wearing. Elegance comes with being well put together so any old thing will not do. For instance chunky chain links do not blend well into this look. Small chains and subtle charms go well together, you can mix the colors but not too busy. It is imperative that you do not take the focus away from your outfit, that the bracelet stack only compliments it further.

If you want to keep it low key and more reserved you will not want to wear too many bracelets or too much color, stick to the metals. Start at the top with a small silver cuff and complement it with a chunky, silver, chain link piece. Then add a bigger cuff, maybe of a different color like gold or rose gold. Finish the stack off with a dark, heavy metal either full circle or titan bracelet.

It may look easy but when you are mixing metals and different weights it does get more complex so there is definitely an art to stacking rings.  The key to wearing a ring on each finger is to play with different thicknesses and weights. You can also add a long ring to give the look some height making it a little more interesting.

If you double up you should do so only on one central finger with one ring on the fingers either side.
If you wear a hand piece you should definitely try to minimize the stacking – If the hand piece is thin and demure then play around with very dainty rings, adding at least one midi ring to the middle finger. If it is more of a statement hand piece then you can for sure feel free to play around or even just let it be to carry its own look.

Stack different colors of the same ring – it ends up looking like one ring. Mixing colors is super exciting which is why you can’t overdo it, two different matches in one look is enough – you could even throw in a combination piece.
One hand all gold and one hand all silver – Why not try this? It is fun and different – you can match the same design just in a different color giving the look a sense of symmetry.

Match your rings to your bracelets let the style flow through your jewelry stacking – don’t get lost in it and change the purpose of your stacking. You can even incorporate a matching set to the equation; there is something very elegant and chic about this.

What to avoid or common mistakes
• When in doubt, absolutely do not! If it doesn’t look right leave it out, you can wear it another time – you don’t have to use every single last piece in your jewelry box. Remember you are not dressing a tree for Christmas but maybe something a notch down from that.
• Try to stick to no more than two different metal textures – too many finishes can be distracting.
• Make sure your midi rings fit so they don’t go flying into lost space – try to ensure it fits well before you buy it.
• Consider if you are possibly overdoing it before you go anywhere. As famously quoted by Coco Chanel “Before you leave the house, a lady should stop, look in the mirror, and remove one piece of jewelry”. Yes times have changed and nowadays in general it seems we are trying to overdo it to a certain sense of the word, but the rule most definitely still stands – keep it chic and classy.