Jewellery Shopping For Men And Women: Which Is Easier?

Jewellery is an undeniably fantastic part of anyone’s wardrobe. Whether male or female; from earrings to bracelets to necklaces and rings; there is an endless plethora of options available that can finish of any outfit, make the perfect gift and even commemorate a special occasion. It was however, never always like this as women once dominated the industry that men have seemingly only recently put a stamp on.

The jewellery industry was always about women; from the engagement rings they wore to their earrings, necklaces and bracelets the options were and still are endless. Not just an accessory and an accompaniment to an outfit; for women jewellery has always been a necessity with many going so far as to say they feel ‘naked’ without it. For men however, jewellery was limited to watches, cufflinks and of course wedding rings but recently, as the industry has grown there is now just as much on offer.

Having said that; with both parties equally dominating the jewellery market and the sheer quantity of jewellery on offer it is actually now more than ever difficult to pick which one is easier to shop for. If anything whether you are shopping for jewellery for a man or a woman, the task at hand is difficult and overwhelming to say the least.

Whether you’ve purchased them an item of jewellery many times of this is the first time for you both there is a lot to consider. From high street brands to designers to local specialist jewellers; where do you go? What do you need to know and most importantly, how can you ensure you get it right?

Although I can’t come shopping with you all (no matter how much I dream it!) what I can do is provide you with some of my most useful tips that can help you whilst shopping for jewellery.

  1. Consider Habits – Whether a diamond engagement ring, wedding band or necklace; is the man or woman you are buying jewellery for, likely to easily damage the more ‘daintier’ settings? Men in particular are not exactly known for being the softest and whether as a result of hard labour, general rough housing or perhaps playing sports; there are many who are far more prone to scratching and even completing damaging their jewellery. This is something that should particularly be considered when shopping for an engagement ring or wedding band as these are items that are worn every day. Many jewellers offer a range of titanium and steel rings that are virtually indestructible but speak to your jeweller and do some research to ensure that when you do purchase your ring, you won’t be back the following week for repairs!
  2. Shop Around – The worst part of shopping for jewellery is the endless traipsing around, can’t we just go for the first thing we see? Unfortunately if you want to buy something good than the answer is probably no. With so many options available there are, as expected an increasing number of retailers to purchase from. Browse your options; is it an experienced jeweller? A new designer or an existing designer? can they answer any questions you might have on the quality, setting and different types of jewellery? Can they make suggestions on buying options? Can they give you a nudge in the right direction and what is their collection like? As with all industries you will have your long running experts, your unique one of kind designers and unfortunately your you will have your cowboys too so shop around and to ensure you’re in the right hands.
  3. Research – You know that old saying “It’s only easy if you know the answer” well that can pretty much be applied to jewellery shopping; it’s only easy if you know what they want. No jewellery shopping adventure is difficult if you have the right knowledge but unless you have been lucky and been told exactly what they want, it might not be such a bad idea to do some research. Drop some hints if you see the particular style/item on a TV advert or magazine or take them out and ask their opinion on a gift your buying for your mom and dad (a pretence of course!) but whatever you do, don’t go in blind or you’ll be trapped!

Whether you want something small and cheap from your favourite high street store, something upscale from your designer brand of choice or are even shopping for your wedding jewellery; although we can say which is easier, whoever you shop for, the above tips will at least ensure that it’s a stress free experience!