It is a brave gentleman indeed who decides to buy a woman jewellery for Christmas. Pick the wrong accessory and be faced with the withering disappointment usually reserved for the relative who gets a little too tipsy at the annual family party.
Choose wisely, however, and it might just score you enough brownie points to make you the envy of all your less successful, gift-buying contemporaries (not to mention their partners).
Highly subjective, and devilishly difficult to get right, buying jewellery this season can make even the most amorous of men break out in a cold sweat. But it doesn’t have to be that way anymore.
With thanks to the expert team at the city’s most romantic store, Liberty London, Gentleman’s Journal can now present the ultimate jewellery gift-buying guide for the modern man looking to make all the right impressions — no matter how particular or unpredictable his recipient’s taste.
For when she hasn’t dropped any hints
There can be few two-word instructions quite so capable of sinking a gift-buying gentleman’s heart than “surprise me”. However, rather than panicking that this might be a thinly-veiled attempt at a personality test — take some tried-and-tested advice that will serve you well forever: you can never go wrong with diamonds.
Whether set in pavé earrings, threaded along a rose-gold chain, or (dare we say it) clustered and embedded around a molten gold ring — a diamond, quite simply, will always be a good idea.
Andrea Fohrman Rose Gold White Diamond Luna Necklace
Polly Wales Gold Frosty Diamond Lotus Ring
Maria Tash Diamond Five Row Pave Earring
For when you don’t want to give the wrong impression...
OK, we take back what we said before, there is something worse than buying jewellery that she simply doesn’t like and will never wear: buying her a ring that she assumes marks a proposal.
To be frank, we’d advise that you avoid a wrapped-ring-box-scenario around this time of year if you want to steer completely clear of any calamitous festive fall-outs. However, if she’s dropped a few hints that it’s definitely a ring that she’s hoping to find beneath the tree — then why not invest in a statement piece to see her through the party season in style.
Polly Wales Gold Plum Blossom Sapphire River Ring
Melissa Joy Manning Gold Rapunzel Harlequin Rainbow Sapphire Ring
Polly Wales Gold Rainbow Sapphire Pinched Eternity Ring
For the woman who stays on trend
Gone are the days when pearls were confined to your grandmother’s jewellery box. Thanks to cult fashion-favourite brands like Shrimps taking the spotlight in Autumn and Winter collections this year, pearls are now the perfect accessory for the woman who likes to keep on trend.
And, thanks to exciting new, modern approaches to jewellery design — a pair of pearl earrings can be an unexpected head turner, for all the right reasons. We love sculptural or misshapen designs for a contemporary feel — and more importantly, she will, too.
Melissa Joy Manning Gold Rainbow Moonstone Hoop Drop Earrings
Melissa Joy Manning Gold Pearl Swoop Earrings
Maria Tash Pearl Coronet Hoop Earring
For the lady who likes to layer her jewellery
Investing in jewellery that can compliment her existing pieces is a great way of showing that you’ve noticed what she already wears, whilst choosing pared-back items to compliment her collection. It also sets you up nicely to invest in future gifts that work nicely and layer well with your choice.
If you’re looking to layer up this Christmas, then stacking rings, textured necklaces and skinny bracelets will all make for nice additions to her existing catalogue.
Astley Clarke Rose Gold Icon Nova Opal Bracelet
Alex Monroe Gold-Plated Floral Letter A Alphabet Necklace
Annoushka Classic Saturn Chain
For keeping things simple
There’s something very important to note about a woman whose taste in jewellery is minimalistic, which is that she doesn’t want you to go rogue on your gift-buying and invest in an extravagant piece of cocktail jewellery. A minimalist, by and large, is happiest finding beauty in simplicity.
Inasmuch, this is the perfect opportunity for you to buy something that she can wear every day and really cherish. Seek out pieces which work nicely with casual or office wear, but which can be layered upon for an evening look.
Dinny Hall Gold-Plated Bamboo Small Hoop Earrings
Dinny Hall Gold Vermeil Almaz Pendant Necklace
Anna Sheffield White Gold White Diamond Chevron Ring
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