The Ultimate Jewelry Gifting Guide
In this guide, we will give you some practical tips on how to
successfully give jewelry as a gift. The guide is based on our
experience of providing service to thousands of customers who
purchased jewelry as gifts from us over the past 15 years.
Before we dive into the specifics we like to start with a
definition of what we believe is a successful jewelry gift - "a successful jewelry gift is one that is worn
often and the wearer likes it very much as well as remembers
who gave it to them and for what occasion. It is a gift that
strengthens the bond between the giver and the recipient.
With this definition in mind lets discuss the different
considerations you should make in the process of buying a Jewelry
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Define your Price Range
Your price range should reflect your financial abilities
Going way too high or way too low can both be found grating to the
recipient. For example, if you are a millionaire and you bring
your wife a $10 silver pendant, she may feel insulted by it. On
the other hand, if you are a student with big student loans and
you bring your mother a $4000 bracelet she might go nuts... the
reasonable range where most people will not complain is quite big
and adhere to common sense.
Another consideration for your budget is the preference of your
gift recipient in terms of metals. If they only wear gold, you
will have to up your budget or go for smaller lightweight designs.
The final consideration for the budget is to think of what type of
budget the recipient would want you to spend. Some people feel
comfortable wearing expensive jewelry and some people don't. You
should aim is to try to understand their preferences and go with
Material and Gemstones
Some people wear both gold and silver jewelry but others have a
very distinct preference. For many, the preference is directly
related to metal allergies. Pure gold and Pure Silver are normally
considered hypoallergenic but the problem starts with the metals
added to sterling silver and lower gold karat (like 14k or even
worse gold plated). The most common metal allergy is Nickel so it
is best to make sure that you don't buy jewelry that contains
Nickel in it or that is manufactured in unknown places. Other
hypoallergenic (generally safe) metals are Platinum, Rhodium, and
David works with Gold, Silver as the base metals and additional
metals are Copper and Zinc. So it will work like that:
- Sterling Silver - 92.5% Pure Silver + Zinc and
- 14K Gold - 58.3% Pure Gold + Zinc, Copper and Pure
- 18K - 75% Pure Gold + Zinc, Copper and Pure Silver.
- 22K - 91.6% Pure Gold + Zinc, Copper and Pure
There are metal preferences that are unrelated to allergies but
simply a matter of taste and personal feel. It is much more common
to prefer only Gold but some people like only Silver. You can look
at what type of jewelry your recipient is wearing or casually
raise the subject and get the information.
As for Gemstone, it is a bit more complicated. You can go with the
basic which will be the stone that fits according to birthdate.
Alternatively, you can choose a stone according to the meaning and
energy of it. Another helpful strategy is to somehow check your
recipient jewelry box (easy when you are a couple) and see if they
are hooked up on a specific stone.
Sizing a Jewelry Gift
There are two types of sizing issues when buying jewelry:
- including the size of rings based on
the recipient's finger size, size of bracelet based on recipient
hand circumference and the size of the chain that pendant comes
Design size preference
- what type of jewelry size the
recipient prefers to wear.
When you come to buy a jewelry gift you have to find a way to get
the correct sizing that fits the recipient. This can often be
complicated if you want to surprise your recipient. It may require
you to be a little sneaky and find a way to peak into your
recipient Jewelry box, manipulate them through conversion to give
you the information or have one of their friends do the work. For
a ring, you are looking for the size of the specific fingers (each
one will a different size). If you got a hold of one of the
recipient's rings, you can measure the internal diameter or take
the ring to a jeweler and have them measure for you. For a
bracelet, you want to get the circumference of the hand and add
about a 1/2 an inch to it. For a pendant chain, you can simply
measure the chain length.
Design Size Preference
When it comes to design size you need to look at what jewelry the
recipient normally wears. Are the big or small and delicate. Your
best bet is to go with something that is not bigger than what the
recipient normally wears and smaller than the smallest thing they
Choosing a Gift the Recipient will Love
Up to now, we have dealt with all the easy stuff. Now we come to
the part where you have to choose a design that the recipient will
actually like. This is harder but we have some insights that might
- Identify symbolism that speaks to the recipient. Many
jewelry designs are based on symbolism. If the recipient has
symbols that they like and use in other ways in their life
like Tattoo, shirts, posters, drawings or other design
elements, this is a clear sign that they will be happy to get
a jewel that is based on that symbol.
- Birthdate and astrology sign - another safe way is to look
for jewelry that is related to their astrology sign.
- Motto in life - if the recipient has a clear motto in life
then you can search for a jewel that complements this motto
and strengthen it. For example, a person who is very driven
for success will most likely find jewelry like the Five Metals
Ring very intriguing.
- Symbolism for something the recipient is lacking in their
life - in this case, we are looking for a jewel with that has
meaning and symbolism of a trait we think the recipient would
like to support in themself. With this type of selection, you
need to be careful not to push your own agenda but to
carefully examine the recipient and assess what would inspire
- A certain style that speaks to them - if you wish to use
this indicator you should be very confident in your ability to
understand what style they like. It requires an ability to
understand style that some people have but most don't.
The Meaning Behind the Gift
If you want your loved ones to cherish their gift and appreciate
it you need to relate it to something meaningful. With David's
designs, you already went most of the way as each and every one of
them has a deep meaning behind it. Still, you have to communicate
this meaning and connect it to the recipient in a way that they
can relate to that meaning. A good way to do it is by
communicating the idea behind the jewelry and why you have chosen
it for this recipient. Doing so makes it personal and helps the
recipient to develop the right mindset for the specific jewel. In
some cases, you can also connect your relationship with the
recipient to the meaning behind the jewel.
If you are planning a surprise on a specific date you need to make
sure jewelry will arrive on time. If you buy at a local store,
this is usually less of a problem but if you buy from an artist
then take into consideration it may take some time. It is better
to check with the customer service that it can arrive on time.
A common mistake people do is to assume all online shops work like
Amazon. But it is not true. Amazon stock up products in warehouses
(normally produced in China and shipped directly to Amazon
warehouses). But many jewelry artists make the item to order or
customize the size, stone and other options according to each
order. This takes time especially in the Holiday season when there
are a lot of other orders to make.
Our recommendation is to communicate with the artist or company
you buy from.
Wrap and Greeting Card
If this is a surprise using a wrap helps extend the excitement and
is most recommended. You can use a recycling paper which is better
for mother earth.
A greeting card is not always necessary but can help with giving
meaning and communicate the idea behind the gift. We believe It is
better to have a nice designed card from recycled paper that
doesn't have any text on it and write your own blessings. It just
makes it more personal and memorable.
Although you have done everything right there is still a chance
that the Recipient will not like it. That is ok and it is much
better to acknowledge that and do what needed so they end up with
something they like. Give them the option to replace for a
different design or return and get something else altogether.
Remember, we defined success as a jewelry gift that is worn often
and the wearer likes it. So you can still achieve that even if
your choice was incorrect. Sit down together with the recipient
and identify a replacement. Alternatively, return it for a refund
and go to select a different jewel somewhere else with the
About David's designs - Before deciding on returning the item ask
the recipient to try to wear the item for 2-3 days and get a feel
of the item's energy. We had people that would not part with their
items after trying them and wore them for many years after!
Here is a nice video on the subject (not made by Ka Gold)
About the Author
The jewelry artist David Weitzman combines ancient and sacred knowledge into a unique line of jewelry designed to bring people both beauty and inspiration. David's artwork harnesses the power of spiritual symbols and sacred geometry from around the world to bring those wearing this sacred jewelry happiness, vitality, excitement, and love.