The Christmas season is one of the most festive occurrences of the year, the time when people get together to spend time with friends and families and bask in the cosy atmosphere and warm glow of the holidays. And while there’s much more to the Christmas spirit than giving gifts, there’s no denying the beauty of buying something beautiful for the special people in your life. Jewellery is one of the most beautiful things you could get since it isn’t just a thoughtful gesture but an opportunity to give someone an item that is truly beautiful and high-quality.
Here are some of the things you should consider when buying a piece, either for others or as a little treat for yourself.
You don’t have to choose anything big when it comes to jewellery. Small items can leave deep impressions as well. Moreover, you don’t have to worry that the items will cost a fortune. For instance, you can get an elegant cocktail ring that will suit every outfit. Stick to a simple design and a more minimalist colour palette, such as gold and crystals. For something that can be worn on a daily basis, a chic pair of hoop earrings will do the trick perfectly.
Earrings shaped like croissants have become particularly popular among fashion lovers. Their playful but elegant design is easy to style and match. For something a little more ornate, you can also look for something inspired by nature motifs.
Estate and Antiques
When shopping for a remarkable item, you know you’ll have to take your time and browse many options to find the perfect thing. That means you have to be in excellent health and have your energy levels up. If you’ve become injured as a result of an accident, get in touch with legal solicitors who can help you file a compensation claim that sees you receive the maximum amount of compensation you deserve to support your recovery.
Some of the pieces that are most difficult to find are estate or antique items. While both typically come under a single name and are known as “vintage”, the former refers to previously owned pieces, while the latter means that the items are at least a century old. Older items were typically handmade, so they are unique, making them even more special. However, you should know that the pieces are more likely to come with an elevated price tag as well.
Each era has its defining characteristics, so there’s a lot to choose from. Jewellery made during the Georgian era tends to be quite ornate and colourful, creating items that are downright artistic. Flowers, bows, ribbons or feathers are common motifs. Victorian jewellery was also quite ornate, and diamonds, sapphires, amethysts, emeralds and rubies were all very popular. Turquoise brooches were very popular at the time. Edwardian jewellery tends to be less vibrant, focused instead on pearls, diamonds and platinum. White and silver are the preferred shades.
There are many interesting designs out there, so don’t just grab the first thing you see at the store. It’s worth doing in-depth research and looking for something more impressive that will stand out. It means that your present will stand out in the mind of the person receiving it. Moreover, it’s always lovely to receive a gift that has more character and personality, rather than something standard you could see everywhere.
Unique items with more special designs also tend to have better craftsmanship overall so that they last much longer and maintain their lustre. For instance, you can get a pair of gold and pearl earrings that are completely handcrafted. Look for baroque pearls with a non-spherical shape, as the irregularities make the piece far more charming. Such a piece can even become an heirloom and be passed down to the next generation.
Keshi pearls are similar. They tend to be relatively small and are the result of pearl cultivation. You can find them in necklaces, where they make uniquely beautiful pendants. Look for something that can be adjusted to different lengths for a practical piece that can be worn during both formal occasions and as part of a daily look.
As fast fashion becomes faster, many people have started to appreciate the importance of investing in high-quality pieces that are made well and will last a long time. While the upfront costs tend to be higher, payoff comes in time since you don’t need a new wardrobe every season. Fast fashion tends to focus quite a lot on trends and even micro-trends, meaning that the pieces tend to become obsolete after a couple of months and can sometimes be worn only as part of very specific pieces.
Investment pieces have one thing in common: they are timeless. You can mix and match them to create endless combinations. Their designs are typically understated, and the colour palettes tend to focus on neutral tones. A simple, thin necklace and one with a chain design, ear cuffs and hoops, an elegant bracelet and a ring are the quintessential pieces anyone should have in their wardrobe. If you know someone who’s missing any of them now’s the chance to bring them one.
There’s something timelessly elegant about a classic watch that looks good with any ensemble. It is the ultimate everyday-luxury piece that everyone is talking about at the moment when quiet wealth has become a trend, and many are attempting to emulate it. Everyone should own a watch not just for its practical aspects but for the design considerations as well.
Ideally, you should get something in a colour scheme that matches what the other person wears daily. So, if they tend to be more minimalistic and love simple styles, stainless steel with a dark blue, black or brown watch strap is the perfect design. However, if you want to buy from someone who prefers colourful styles, look for a rose gold design with a watch strap in vibrant green and an alligator design.
When you’re looking for Christmas presents to buy, there’s no way you could ever go wrong by choosing jewellery.