5. Timing is Everything: Along with giving the wrong gift for apparently the wrong reason, the other pitfall with jewelry is giving the right gift at the wrong time. Using the flowers and aftershave analogy again, while these gifts can be given pretty much anywhere at any time and be well received, jewelry pretty much demands an occasion. While the basic rule of thumb is that the more impressive the jewelry the more elaborate the occasion, the thing to keep in mind is that occasions come with strategic advantages for taking relationships to the next level. For example, if that third date has gone really well and you feel that more will follow, a small token of admiration presented appropriately can’t help but improve your chances of prolonging the relationship. And if things are already moving forward in the seriousness department, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, or the observance of a 90 day dating anniversary provide the perfect excuse to give a more personal or extravagant gift and have it be well received. Giving the same gift with the same intentions but out of the context of a special occasion may end up creating an awkward moment, especially if the gift is perceived to be too expensive.
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7. Refuse The Urge to Splurge: It may sound like a cliché’ but just because an item of jewelry costs more doesn’t make it mean more. Once you’ve determined the right gift for the right occasion pick a reasonable price range and stick to it. Don’t let the emotional factor in your purchase give you permission to spend more than you should. Doing so may actually cause your gift giving to backfire when the recipient of your extravagance recognizes that, although the item is very nice and desirable to own, it’s obviously beyond your budget.
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9. Quality Counts: Although the affordability of a gift of jewelry should always be considered, that doesn’t mean that quality needs to be sacrificed. Once you have an item in mind and a price range, do some serious comparison shopping. Many fine jewelry stores carry very nice items at competitive prices. You should also consider previously owned pieces that, although every bit as nice as their new counterparts, come with a much lower price tag. More often than not, the recipient of your gift will appreciate your efforts to select a reasonably priced item without compromising on quality. Remember, if you’ve been true to your means and the measure of your relationship, the real value of the gift is in the giving. And if all else fails, it’s a good idea to…
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About the Author: Cameron Harris is a freelance writer for Since 1910. Since 1910 is a family owned, fifth generation couture retail Jewelry business, established in downtown Brooklyn, New York in the year 1910. They provide consumers with a variety of jewelry from eternity rings to diamond engagement rings.