Valentine’s Day is the most romantic holiday — learn how to choose a gift that she’ll love, and which pitfalls to avoid.
The approach of Valentine’s Day can be nerve-racking for the jewelry-gifting novice. If you think it’s time you bestow a special Valentine’s Day jewelry gift upon your sweetheart, it probably is.
Giving that first special piece of jewelry can be exciting, but it can also be a landmine of potential mistakes. Take rings, for instance. If you’re not ready to get engaged, then presenting her with a ring box on the most romantic holiday of the year could be problematic (you might actually make her mad if she’s expecting a proposal!). You may want to steer clear of rings unless you are ready to get engaged; but if it feels right for you as a couple, then Valentine’s Day is a great day to do it.
Necklaces are a great choice for almost any Valentine’s Day situation.
If you feel committed to her but aren’t quite ready to get engaged, consider a piece of jewelry that says just that — like a promise ring. Other ways to show her you plan to be around for a while include giving a charm bracelet you plan on augmenting year after year.
Necklaces are nice
Necklaces are an excellent choice for almost any Valentine’s Day situation. Married for a while and getting the feeling she’s long overdue for a really special Valentine’s Day gift? Go all out with a classic strand of cultured pearls. There are many different styles and lengths available, and really, if she doesn’t yet have some pearls in her jewelry box, it’s high time she (or you!) made the addition. Pearls also make a lovely heirloom that can be passed down from generation to generation.
Necklaces are also a great gift for a girl you haven’t been seeing for very long — it feels less “important” than a ring, and beautiful necklaces come in a large range of prices and styles — it will be easy to find something she’ll love. You can find simple pendants with words like “Love” or “Faith,” a delicate charm with her birthstone or the stone of the month you met her, a single charm that holds meaning for her such as a cross, angel wings or a flower motif — choose something special to you as a couple. Initials or names (hers or yours and hers together) are of course personalized and therefore that much more significant. For a truly memorable Valentine’s Day gift, consider a diamond solitaire necklace. Available in an endless array of carat weights and styles, the traditionalist in her will love it and she’ll be able to wear it with any outfit.
Charmed, I’m sure
A charm bracelet or charm necklace is a wonderful gift that you can add to year after year; a perfect way to express your commitment if you aren’t quite ready to get engaged yet.
A traditional charm bracelet is one way to go, in gold or sterling silver. You can start by giving her the link bracelet with a single charm added. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, a simple heart charm engraved with “I Love You,” the date or a saying or phrase that’s special to you both is a wonderful way to get her charm collecting started. And not only can you add charms every year or a few times a year to mark special occasions (holidays, anniversaries, special trips, meaningful dates, etc.), she can add to the bracelet as well, commemorating travel, hobbies or her faith.
A more recent variation on this theme is the beaded charm bracelet, like PANDORA® or Charmed Memories®. They feature beads strung on a sterling silver, gold or leather bracelet, rather than a traditional link charm bracelet. However, like traditional charms, each bead can tell a story about the wearer’s life and personality.
A charm bracelet makes a wonderful gift to pass down to a daughter or granddaughter, because it depicts the history of the original owner in its charms, which are full of personal meaning and the commemoration of events in the wearer’s life. Aside from the charm bracelet, consider a charm necklace — either with a single romantic charm to celebrate this Valentine’s Day together or many meaningful charms you both add over time to mark special holidays and events that tell the story of your life together.
If your girl is the romantic type, she’s sure to love jewelry with a heart theme. A heart necklace, bracelet or earrings ensure your message of love is unmistakable. Whether her taste runs to clean, modern design, or is more Victorian in nature, there is a heart motif to make her own heart beat faster. Consider heart-shaped stud earrings encrusted in black and white diamonds for a graphic look that will enhance almost any outfit, or a delicate wristwatch with a heart-themed bracelet-band, or a necklace featuring a heart-shaped charm with a dangling pearl drop — the possibilities are really endless.