Men's guide to Jewelry
So...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?) 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
Knowing what to buy, however, is another matter
entirely. If you wouldn't know a gold hoop from a hula hoop or if your gift of choice has
ever been -- ahem -- underappreciated, read on. We'll help you make some of the most
important buying decisions of your social life. We will fill you in on just what jewelry
gifts are appropriate at each stage of the relationship game, and how to buy the jewel
that best matches your partner's style. 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
Stage of the Game
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? Here, find out how to buy the perfect gift that matches the relationship stage
you're in. She'll feel like you know what you're doing and you'll be grateful you don't
have to head back to "returns and exchanges."
Unless you're Donald Trump, don't buy jewelry on the first date. It makes you look eager
and needy, not rich.
Try: Chocolate or flowers. And don't be
late, for heaven's sake.
Okay, now you're 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). If you want to give a gift of jewelry during this heady
time, try something small and sweet, but tasteful. It shows you care but she'll look
forward to more.
Six-Month Dating Anniversary
So you've made it to 180 days! Things are probably getting more serious now with your
partner, 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.
One-Year Dating Anniversary (or Two-Year, Three-Year,
These anniversaries are big milestones, whether you realize it or not. By the time your
relationship marks an annual event, 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.
Yes, she already has the diamond engagement ring and the wedding band. But a gift of
jewelry on this special day shows her just how much she means to you.
Married for More than Ten Years ... 20 years ... 30
You've been together for 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 special ring.
Now you are ready to shop!
If you are still in the first year, go to Gifts for Women for more holiday gift ideas.
And if you are visiting her parents, it is imperative that you bring a gift! Unless
you are prepared for the possibility of a lifetime of my-son-in-law-the-lush stories. But,
never fear, we can help you out at Hostess Gifts.
If you have passed the one year relationship mark, do
not pass go, head directly to
Or if we have inspired you to dive right in the deep
end, go ahead and plunge into our