8 Things you need to know when gifting jewellery
Expert advice to help you choose the perfect jewellery gift.
Jewellery makes for the perfect gift and often goes on to become a treasured piece in a collection. Whether you’re looking to say ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Merry Christmas’ or just an ‘I love you’, a ring or a piece of jewellery is a timeless way to do just that.
When it comes to picking a special gift, it can be overwhelming at first... If you’re not sure where to start your jewellery search, or just need some advice on what to look out for, we have pulled together some of our most useful advice to make the process as joyful and stress-free as possible (because it should be).
Here are 9 questions you should ask yourself when gifting someone special a piece of gorgeous hand-picked jewellery:
1. What kind of jewellery do they already wear?
The first thing you should think about is what kind of jewellery the lucky gift recipient already wears. Big and bold or intricate detail? Delicate sparkle or chunky metal? Gold or silver? Are they a necklace or a ring person?
As with any gift, the overall aim is to get something they'll love and cherish. So, it’s important to think about their general style and the jewellery they typically wear. And if you’re unsure, why not ask for some help from a friend or family member who knows them well!
It's always handy to take screenshots or photographs of the jewellery they already wear. Bring this along to your Fenton appointment, or share it with us via email and our sales experts will be able to make recommendations tailored to you.
Top Tip: Have a scroll through their Instagram or Facebook and try and spot their most-worn jewellery pieces.
2. Which colours do they love?
Here is where you can really start to whittle it down. You have the general style of ring they will like - now let's hone in on the colour!
There are many options to choose from, but most people will find themselves some way inclined. Some prefer more classic colours, like Blue Sapphire, Emerald and Aquamarine, whereas others love the brighter hues of Pink and Yellow Sapphire. Another great choice are the fiery red tone of the Ruby or Garnet.
Skin colour, hair colour, and general fashion choices will all have a role to play here, so have a think and go with your gut!
3. Is there a particular meaning to your gift?
It isn’t just colour that plays a role when choosing a gemstone. Each stone also comes with its own incredible set of meanings. For example, Blue Sapphires are known to entice hope and harmony whereas Aquamarines stand for protection and fearlessness. Rubies are known to bring passion and wisdom to their wearer.
Next to this, if you are gifting for a birthday in particular, thinking about the birthstone is a really special and personal way you can decide on your gift. For someone born in January choose a Garnet or if their birthday falls into May, Emeralds are the perfect choice.
4. Are you looking for a durable piece or something delicate for special occasions?
This one's quite a clincher. Different gemstones have different properties and are more ‘forgiving’ when it comes to daily and hands-on wear, so it’s important to know which one will work best for them.
For example, Emeralds are slightly more brittle than Sapphires, meaning they are more prone to chipping. If the recipient has been known to break a few glasses in their time, consider a slightly more durable gemstone, like a Sapphire or Ruby.
For the clumsier ones amongst us, we would also recommend exploring a bezel setting (vs the traditional claw setting). The metal casing around the gemstone offers a little bit of extra protection.
Whereas if they are more of a delicate person who is looking to wear their jewellery piece less regularly - then an Emerald or Aquamarine may be the way to go. Consider opting for a design with some accent diamonds to really make your gemstone pop!
5. What does my instinct say?
Go with your gut... often we find people have more or less of an idea of what their gift recipient will want.
Our expert concierges will obviously always be on hand to provide some additional guidance, and ask you the right questions to help you make the perfect choice..but time and time again we see instinct playing a huge role in giftings choice - so don't be scared to listen to your inner voice - you might find you hit the jackpot.
6. Size matters?
If you're shopping for a ring - it’s best to try and find out their ring size. Whether for an engagement, birthday, anniversary, graduation or promotion, you’re going to want to make sure it fits!
If you need a little help with this you can check out our guide to measuring their ring size at home, or request a complimentary ring sizer to be sent out to you.
And finally, don’t panic too much - if you buy your ring from Fenton, we offer the 1st resizing as complimentary, so it’s not the end of the world if you get it wrong.
7. What is the returns policy?
As with any gift, there is always a small risk that they may not love the piece you’ve chosen. So just in case they want to make an exchange, make sure you know the returns policy of where you're buying from.
At Fenton, we offer a flexible 45 day returns or exchange policy, so long as your piece is in unworn and in perfect condition. This should give you that extra bit of reassurance when buying jewellery as a gift.
8. Can I get this gift-wrapped?
And finally - the packaging. If you live with your lucky gift recipient, this is definitely something you’re going to want to think about - you don’t want them to clock on too soon. Likewise if you're posting the gift to someone, you don't want to ruin the surprise before they have the opportunity to open it.
As such, it’s worth checking with the jeweller how they send out their orders, and if the outside of the packaging is branded. At Fenton, all of our orders are shipped in boxes which are plain externally, and beautifully gift wrapped on the inside.
Time to shop!
Now you’re all clued up, it’s time to get shopping. If you’re looking for a ring you can start creating here. Or if you’re thinking of opting for earrings, a necklace or bracelet you should check out our Bespoke offering.
Looking for some extra guidance? Speak to one of our jewellery experts or take our 'Find your Ring Quiz’ to discover which is the perfect ring for you!