tips for men

Buying jewelry as a gift for your wife, girlfriend or significant other is one of the most thoughtful, meaningful and romantic gestures you can ever make. Few items can express your lasting love and devotion like a special ring, necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings.

Shopping for an appropriate piece of jewelry for your special someone doesn't have to be an agonizing and overwhelming experience. Here are some basic tips to help you in your jewelry buying decision:

look in her jewelry box

You can learn a lot about the kind of jewelry she likes by seeing what she already wears. You'll get clues about her individual style, her favorite gems, and what may be missing from her jewelry wardrobe. Look at lengths of pieces and overall size. Also look and see if she already owns a cherished pearl necklace, then she's sure to love a matching pair of pearl earrings.

consider her lifestyle and personality

If she's a conservative, casual type, stick to classic, everyday gold or diamond pieces like basic hoop earrings, diamond stud earrings, or link chains. You can also get charms representing virtually every profession, hobby or activity under the sun. But in general, remember that it's safer to stay away from cutting-edge designs or glitzy pieces that would only be appropriate for a night on the town unless you're absolutely sure she'd like them.

ask around

Her mother, sister, coworkers or best friend could definitely point you in the right direction about her jewelry taste.

do your homework

Nothing would be more embarrassing than buying your significant other a birthstone ring with the wrong birthstone! Make sure you know all the important dates in her life! Educate yourself about jewelry quality.

Last but certainly not least remember that jewelry is an emotional purchase. Maximize the impact of your gift by giving it to her in a romantic setting or in an unexpected way. The key is to be original, and you'll create a memory that she'll cherish forever.