No other gift marks a special occasion quite like jewellery. Aside from being beautiful to look at and a constant reminder of the affection you share with someone, jewellery is a versatile gift that can be given at any occasion. Whether it’s for an anniversary, as a keepsake or a special treat for yourself, when it comes to jewellery, any excuse will do!
Christmas is the perfect time of year to delight your loved ones with a special gift of jewellery, that will stay close to the heart. Giving a gift of a classic pendant, or luxurious diamond earrings is a great reminder of the relationship you’ve shared over the year, especially for relatives and friends that you may only see at family gatherings around this time of year. The festive season can be a popular time of year for many couples to make a lifetime commitment together, so if you’re planning on popping the question, a sparkling diamond engagement ring can make a very special Christmas gift that can be cherished for a lifetime.
Romantic events, such as engagements and weddings, are the most common occasion for jewellery, with wedding anniversaries following in close second. Certain anniversaries carry certain traditions, most notably jewellery. For example, after 15 years of wedded bliss, it’s customary to receive a watch. Reach your 60th anniversary (the diamond anniversary) and it’s of course diamonds all the way. And those who are fortunate to make it to 100 years together can look forward to a 10-carat diamond and a special message from Her Majesty The Queen – such an occasion certainly calls for glamour and grandiose celebrations!
The birth of a new baby, especially the first born, is also a great occasion to mark with a special piece of jewellery. An eternity ring has become a popular gift at this time as the continuous line of gems symbolizes everlasting love. This is also a time to celebrate with charm bracelets, as new charms or birthstones can be added to mark the birth of siblings. Earrings can also be given, as Jennifer Lopez discovered on the birth of her twins when then-husband Marc Antony gave her a pair of diamonds engraved with the babies’ initials.
Then there are special birthdays –18th, 21st and 50th – when giving and receiving jewellery is customary. Bracelets, pendants, rings, earrings and even diamonds make great gifts to mark special birthdays, making the birthday boy or girl feel spoilt.
A gift of jewellery certainly doesn’t have to be just for women. There are some stunning pieces available to mark big occasions for the man in your life. Watches are a wonderful masculine gift and can often be used as heirlooms: a sentimental gift passed down from father to son.
Cufflinks are also a popular choice for men and come in a variety of styles to suit any budget. Rings made of tungsten have become very popular in men’s jewelry of late, especially in rings and bracelets, and is often finished with a brushed effect to make the ring scratch resistant.
Who said jewellery always has to be a gift given to others? Spending your hard-earned money on a gorgeous piece of jewellery for yourself is certainly money well spent. So the next time you receive that promotion, finish that race, or manage to drop those extra kilos, don’t forget to gift yourself with a glamorous sparkler.
Whatever piece you choose and for whatever occasion, you can guarantee that jewellery will be the most memorable gift from the pile.