The Discerning Gentleman’s Guide to Choosing Jewellery

For many ladies out there (myself included) Christmas is the most romantic time of year; cosy fires and twinkling lights, lie-ins and prosecco for a week straight, not to mention dashing men in cable knitwear. While she may have dropped heavy hints about clothing, shoes, the same perfume you buy her every year, jewellery is the perfect sentimental gift to really take her breath away. It will show you pay attention to what she wears and likes, she’ll know you have put thought into it, and it’s something she can wear and always think of you. So here are our top tips on getting it right…

1. Pay attention
Over the next few days note what jewellery she wears. Does she wear Silver, Gold or Rose Gold? Does she have a wrist full of bracelets, is she always wearing a necklace, or does she rarely wear any jewellery?

2. Work out the size and scale
We can help you with this, but all you need to know is how tall she is and what size boobs she has. We say this because if you are buying a necklace it will help us to help you choose what length of chain to buy.

3. What is her style?
Don’t worry we know this is a big question but we have loads of ways of helping you. From taking a quiz to just looking at photographs. Two or three photographs of your lovely lady should help us work out what kind of style she has, obviously your smart phone is fine, we don’t need print outs!

4. Come armed
We can judge the size and scale, her style too but we’re never going to know your relationship. Come armed with some special dates, where you met, the best presents you’ve bought her in the past, the special people in her life. All of these things will help us come up with a romantic and sentimental present for her, for all the right reasons.

5. Don’t be shy
We love jewellery and absolutely love the opportunity to talk about it. Don’t worry about asking us questions either in store, online or over the phone. It’s our passion and we’d love to get it just right for you.

6. Don’t wait
If you get too close to the big day you’re probably going to panic, spend twice as much and come away with something you haven’t put as much thought into because you’re in a rush. Put aside a day to have a good look around and a think. Shopping’s fun if you’re not under pressure (right?). At fabulous we extend our exchange policy so if you need to exchange anything you can do so up to 14 days after Christmas day so you don’t need to wait until closer to the day to buy.

7. It’s all in the final touches
Anna, our stock manager feels like Rowan Atkinson in Love Actually at Christmas time, but it is so worth it! A beautifully wrapped present is the icing on the cake – don’t worry, we provide free gift wrap*. (*FREE over £30 online)

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8. Spoil her
How about you pick up a little extra token to hand her as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve! If you’ve bought a composeable item, like a Nikki Lissoni necklace, Alex and Ani stack or Thomas Sabo bracelet you can add a charm, bangle or coin to bring in the New Year! (Her friends will be past themselves with jealousy at your foresight)

9. Cheat
If she is really, really hard to buy for, request a catalogue (you can email christmas@fabulouscollections.co.uk for your copy). Let her circle things she likes and you can choose from her selection.

10. Don’t worry
If you’ve put thought, time and effort into your gift she will be able to see that and she’ll love it and you for choosing it. It really is the thought that counts.

Have a fabulous Christmas and make it personal! Take our quiz for some hints at what she’d like, or give us a call on 0845 450 9334 for our personal shopping service.

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