Holiday Gift Guide: Building Blocks For Her Jewelry Box

By Tanya Dukes, INSTORE Magazine, Guest Editor

’Tis the season for giving thanks to the people who mean the most to us. In a challenging year, which is unlike any in memory, focus on gifts that will make life easier and a little more beautiful, like jewelry essentials she’ll want to turn to every time she gets dressed. Better still, maybe she’ll never want to take them off. We’ve assembled ideas that will suit anyone’s style, whether her preference is ultra-classic, romantic or contemporary and minimal.

The Classic:

Are you shopping for someone who idolizes one of the Hepburns (Audrey or Katharine) and whose taste gravitates to little black dresses, navy blazers and timeless trench coats? Your best bet for holiday giving is classic jewelry that has the same eternal, trend-proof appeal.  She’ll want pieces she can rely on for decades to come and will lend a note of polish to anything she wears, whether working from home or out to dinner. Tried and true options like, diamond studs and bar necklaces are staples that go anywhere. Another bonus? They’ll provide a hit of sparkle to highlight her face. Give her a tennis bracelet and she’ll be able to dress up for a formal occasion without trying too hard. Lengths of diamonds set end-to-end are both elegant and as relaxed as can be.

14K Yellow Gold Curved Round Diamond Bar Necklace

14K White Gold Round Pavé Diamond Stud Earrings

18K White Gold Diamond Tennis Bracelet

The Romantic:

When there’s someone on your holiday shopping list who’s enamored of frills and lace and all the trimmings, satisfy her ethereal inclinations with jewelry that has intricate detail and a vintage-inspired character. Petite drop earrings with openwork or classic motifs, like florals and quatrefoils have the highly decorative elements she craves and their gentle movement will add a sense of playfulness to whatever she wears. They’re day-to-night pieces that will become indispensable parts of her wardrobe. The same can be said for a yellow gold necklace with a cascade of diamond charms. It’s a romantic alternative to a standard pendant necklace. Its layered silhouette and touch of sparkle feels like a contemporary interpretation of a Victorian style. And a diamond bracelet that combines both yellow and white gold is easy to layer with additional pieces in either metal. Who doesn’t love jewelry that offers lots of easy styling options?

925 Sterling Silver White Sapphire Vintage Inspired Floral Drop Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Layered Diamond Charm Drop Necklace

14K White-Yellow Gold Diamond Bangle

The Minimalist:

If there’s a person on your holiday gift list who has a pared down, modern style, you’re shopping for a minimalist. To please someone with a simple, sophisticated sensibility, steer clear of jewelry with lots of flourishes. Her no-fuss approach calls for everyday pieces that are easy to wear, like an elegant pendant with interlocking links or a ring that hugs the finger like a second skin and has dynamic, architectural lines. Subtle embellishment, like a hint of pavé-set diamonds or a touch of hammered texture, is the perfect finishing touch. For evening hours, the shape and style of a minimalist’s jewelry will remain the same, only with a higher carat count. Look for sleek, elegant jewels with sparkle to spare. A necklace that will dress up the front of an understated dress or plunging neckline is a can’t-miss gift that she’ll come back to again and again.

925 Sterling Silver and Black Spinel Interlocking Links Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Stacked Bar Cage Ring 

18K White Gold Diamond Station Y Necklace

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