A Man's Guide to Buying Jewelry
Valentine's Day is just around the corner
and you know what that means, right? It means you better
not forget to buy the special lady in your life a gift or
you'll be regretting it the rest of the year. But what to
buy? Forget perfume (too bourgeois). Chocolates? (Do you
really want her to gain a few MORE pounds?) Flowers die
within a few days. No, no, no! The way to a woman's heart
is not through her stomach. Buy her jewelry!
Okay...you don't wear jewelry. You know nothing about
jewelry. You don't even particularly LIKE jewelry (though
a sexy pair of earrings brushing against a woman's hair,
a necklace dripping into cleavage or a strategically
placed belly-button ring doesn't sound too bad, right?)
You probably don't know a gold hoop from a hula hoop. But
none of that matters when it comes time to buy the woman
in your life what you know she really wants: a shiny,
glimmering, sparkling piece of relationship-enhancing
jewelry -- preferably including some gold, platinum,
diamonds or gems.
Whether you're dating, living together or married,
relationships can be as complicated as they are exciting.
So why make it more confusing by buying the wrong gift at
the wrong time? Whether it's Valentine's Day, a birthday
or an anniversary, here's a guide to picking out the
right piece of jewelry.
If you're just starting out, steer
clear of jewelry and stick to one of the more
conventional gifts above. Unless you're Donald
Trump, jewelry will make you look eager and
needy, not rich.
If you've been dating a couple of
months, you're now getting into
"relationship" territory. But it's
still pretty early on, so don't go crazy. A
diamond ring at this point might scare her off
(though she'd probably keep the ring). Try
something small and sweet, but tasteful, like a
cute pin or a pair of pearl studs.
If you've passed the 6-month mark
things are probably getting more serious, which
calls for a more serious gift. Try something more
personal than a pin but less so than a ring --
like a pendant or necklace -- and consider upping
the dollar ante a bit. Sneaking in a diamond here
or there will melt some hearts, too.
By the time your relationship makes
it past a year, if you're not shopping for a
diamond ring, you'd better come up with something
just as good. But avoid those ring size boxes! So
splurge on something meaningful, and substantial.
Try a tennis bracelet, a gemstone choker or a
heart-shaped diamond charm.
If you're married for more than ten
years, you've been together a long time! Think
about it: your wife may not have received a gift
of a ring since she received her wedding band, so
her hand will appreciate something new, right?
Whether it's an anniversary ring or some knockout
gemstones, show her how you really feel with a
Now you're ready to start shopping! By the
time you're through, you'll be giving advice to your
hapless friends who still don't know that diamonds are a
girl's best friend!
If you've read this far, you've earned a
special prize. Here's a way to get a jump start on your
shopping without breaking the bank. BuyJewel will
send you a free pearl necklace (there are 2 choices) just
for registering on their website. My personal choice is
the floating one they have pictured. It's a modern twist
on the more traditional string of pearls and the latest HOT rage right now.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!