Buying jewelry for your girlfriend can seem overwhelming and stressful.
There are so many options and opinions about what you should buy that it can be hard to decide on the perfect gift.
It may seem like you have to become a jewelry expert just to give your girlfriend a piece of jewelry, or that you have to spend a fortune to buy the right gift.
Those are pretty unrealistic expectations. I mean, who has time to spend hours researching a single gift? And maybe you just aren’t able to drop a couple thousand dollars for a piece of jewelry.
There’s no shame in that.
Keep reading for helpful guidance on how to buy your girlfriend the perfect (and budget-friendly) jewelry.
Introduction to Jewelry Gifts
Before we dive in, let’s look at and compare three basic categories of jewelry. Figuring out which category you want to buy from will help you narrow your options.
Fine, fashion, and demi-fine: What’s the difference?
Fine jewelry is made of precious metals, such as gold and silver, and costly jewels such as diamonds, emeralds, rubies, etc. They vary in price but are generally the most expensive and valuable of the three types of jewelry.
Fashion jewelry (also called costume jewelry) is made using cost-effective base metals like tin, brass or copper and synthetic gems. These cheaper alternatives can look almost identical to the precious metals and gems they’re imitating. They’re far less expensive than fine jewelry and are great for everyday wear.
Demi-fine jewelry is in-between fashion and fine jewelry as far as cost and quality goes. It is usually made from a base metal (like tin, silver, etc.) and is coated in gold vermeil. The price for demi-fine jewelry will be somewhat higher than fashion jewelry but not as much as fine jewelry.
Meaning and significance
Women appreciate a gift that shows you paid attention to the little details and put thought into the purchase. You can show your girlfriend how much thought you put into your gift by paying attention to the significance of the jewelry you buy.
Jewelry is rich with symbolism and meaning, which is helpful to keep in mind.
For example, rings are generally associated with a promise of commitment (like a promise ring or engagement and wedding rings). If your relationship isn’t that serious yet, think twice about giving her a ring.
Gemstones also have different meanings.
Rubies symbolize friendship, love, life, and royalty. Sapphires symbolize trust and honesty. Diamonds symbolize strength and power and represent eternal love.
If you give your girlfriend a gemstone, you may want to do a quick Google search to see what it symbolizes.
Another way to show your girlfriend how much thought you put into buying her a special gift is by giving her jewelry with her birthstone. You can find a list of birthstones by month here.
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If your girlfriend wears necklaces, this might be the perfect gift for her.
Necklaces come in many styles. If you’re not sure exactly what style necklace your girlfriend might like, it is probably best to buy her something dainty and elegant.
Small necklaces with a single charm can be lovely, especially if the charm has some significance (such as her initials, birthstone, or represents something she loves).
Another excellent option is a layered necklace. These come in a wide range of sizes and lengths, so try to buy a necklace that matches her style.
Some necklaces have a lot of symbolism. For example, a Tree of Life necklace symbolizes health and hope. It tells your girlfriend that you value her and care about her well-being.
As we mentioned earlier, be aware that rings are generally associated with promises of commitment. Of course, if your girlfriend wears multiple rings on her fingers all the time, it may not be seen as that. Trust your gut instinct on what’s right for your significant other.
If you give her a ring, it’s probably best if it doesn’t resemble an engagement ring at all. Colored stones, her birthstone, or a cute shape/design might be a safe option!
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Earrings are a nice option for a gift. They are classy and versatile and can go with almost anything.
There are three main styles of earrings: stud, hoop, or dangles.
If you’re not sure what style to get her, it’s best to stay with something classic and elegant, like a diamond (or diamond look-alike) stud. Small- to medium-sized hoops are a sleek earring style that would make a thoughtful gift.
Keep in mind that your girlfriend’s activities may affect what style earring she wears. For example, dangling earrings may get in the way or get caught on her hair if she is very active or sporty.
Bracelets tend to be more specialized than other jewelry pieces, mainly because they are less common as gifts than other types of jewelry. They make a great gift for your girlfriend and can be especially personal.
Certain bracelet styles are rich in symbolism, which may be a nice touch.
Beaded bracelets are stylish and colorful. They have many meanings such as good luck, health, love, passion, etc.
If your girlfriend owns a charm bracelet, you could consider giving her a special charm that is significant to her. A locket charm with a photo of the two of you is a sweet gift and would mean the world to any girlfriend.
If you’re not sure exactly what her style is, it’s better not to buy anything too flashy. A simple gold or silver band may be the best option. They’re classy, elegant, and beautiful.
Creative jewelry gifts
There are non-traditional jewelry pieces and jewelry accessories that could make great gifts, too.
Maybe your girlfriend isn’t into traditional jewelry pieces. If so, then you could consider some alternatives, like ankle bracelets or certain body piercing rings. Make sure your girlfriend is the right type for these, though.
Some accessories that would be great gifts as well are jewelry boxes, trees, or organizers.
You could also consider travel cases for jewelry … and for an added romantic touch, plane tickets to a surprise getaway.
If your girlfriend prefers to choose her own jewelry, then a jewelry gift card might be the right choice.
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One of the most important things to keep in mind when buying jewelry for your girlfriend is that it really isn’t that complicated. Don’t overthink it too much.
Start broad (like deciding between the three main categories at the beginning of the article), and narrow your choices as you go. Start by eliminating options you know she wouldn’t wear.
When you have about three choices, choose what you think is the best of the three.
Remember—you’ve got this! You can buy your girlfriend the perfect piece of jewelry that she will love.