reply to post by smartbuddy
I learned this the hard way over 18 years of marriage & all that time dating her and living together several years. Women love good jewelry. It is
personal, it is classy, and when properly chosen it shows you took the time and that you care. Perhaps she favors a certain style or type of jewelry,
pieces you see her wear most often. You can get her something in the style she enjoys most. Maybe she likes pieces that have her birthstone. I'm sure
you know what she favors.
Get her better quality, tasteful jewelry. Cheap jewelry is poorly made, does not last, and can discolor the skin.
If you are not confident you can pick out something she will like then enlist the help of her sister/Mom/Aunt/friend, someone who knows her well. Let
them know your intention, I'll bet dollars to donuts they will be happy to help. And remember, you are shopping to suit her tastes, not your own.
Few things make as nice a gift as tasteful, subtle, elegant high-end jewelry. And if you can't afford better pieces then do what you can, nothing
wrong with that sir. Your post alone tells me you are head & shoulders above most husbands.
If your wife is a jewelry enthusiast she will welcome such gifts over & over for the years to come. If this is the case do yourself a favor and buy a
book on jewelry making. Read it, keep it handy. You will learn all about the world of jewelry and what all the different names mean. There is a lot of
poor jewelry out there and sellers use some impressive names to correctly identify pieces. You will also learn about the components, settings, gems,
and metallurgy. This is very important. If you are going to spend good money in a Jewelry Store you really should know what you are talking about,
because they do. You won't get taken and you will get the best values. You can buy a used book on jewelry making for cheap on eBay, half.com,
sometimes Amazon and abebooks - all are online sellers.
Things to avoid: mall/franchise jewelers, buying pieces advertised heavily on TV, unimaginative pieces that have been done to death like tennis
bracelets, pieces that are so severe they will be love it or hate it with no in-between. diamonds are still in with ladies who are seniors but have
fallen from fashion with younger women due to the exposure of violence and bloodshed in the diamond mining industry.
Small, local jewelry stores that have been serving their community for many years are a very safe way to go. They are there for the long haul, they
want you and your wife to be happy and they depend upon satisfied repeat customers.
Best of luck to you, and Happy Birthday to your beloved.