With so much to choose from, shopping for that perfect gift can be an intimidating undertaking. This next installation of staff picks should help you narrow down your choices to find that one item that's really special. Elizabeth is a member of our web content department, and her preferences reflect the thought and care that often go into selecting a gift for that special someone. Enjoy!
Diamond Solitaire Ring
"The solitaire engagement ring is just classic. Customers can be overwhelmed by all the choices in ring design, but when all else fails the solitaire is a style that always works. Even with all its simplicity though, slight details in design like with the double prong motif in this engagement ring setting can reflect something special or meaningful in your relationship or to your partner. For me, it reminds me of the hair barettes that one of the female super heroes I loved when I was a child had in her hair, so it would be a detail not only in the ring, but a display of my partner's intimate knowledge of who I am as a person."
Peridot Diamond Necklace
"As an August baby, I of course adore peridots since it's my birthstone, but I also find it fascinating that it is also a volcanic rock. The imagery of a fierce volcano somehow making something this beautiful is pretty amazing to think about, but also seems fittingly appropriate to match the fiery nature of Leo. On top of that, the float setting just has a non-traditional halo look that is unique and attracts the attention that Leos crave."
Oval Halo Engagement Ring
"I am not usually a fan of halos because I'm pretty simple and boring, but this one was just pretty. The loops are also a unique touch that is lovely, delicate, and reminds me of a tied string around the finger showing a promise for commitment and eternal love. Oval shaped stones are also a great way to be just a little bit different with its elongated shape."
Diamond Solitaire Pendant
"A solitaire diamond pendant is just a simple and sweet gift idea that will pretty much go with anything. It's completely versatile and can work with any outfit, any occasion, and a person of any age making it an option that the receiver may always wear and cherish. It's a great choice if you do want to give them something that's nice, but also practical."
Pear Shaped Double Halo Engagement Ring
"This baby split double halo is just a beautiful ring with lots of sparkle, but also seems elegantly dainty because of the slight split in the band. The most charming thing about it is the pear shaped stone which is really distinct and combines the aesthetics of a rounded stone like an oval with the point of a marquise. It's a versatile look that's said to reflect ambition and high standards."
Amethyst and Diamond Ring
"Amethyst is really a stone that most probably wouldn't think of right away when they think of gemstone jewelry unless they're specifically looking for it as a birthstone, but it's a very pretty stone and has a really rich, sentimental history tied to St. Valentine, royalty, and devotion to your partner even in death. A five stone ring works as an engagement ring or an anniversary ring and the gemstone and diamond variety adds but a splash of color and meaning to it without being overwhelming."
Five Diamond Engagement Ring
"This ring is essentially a five stone ring, but it's different in that the side stones are tapered, and of course has the trellis setting. The trellis just has an interesting look that crisscrosses below the diamonds and cradles them delicately. The general appeal is almost like a tiara and makes it seem kind of princess-like."
Gold Aquamarine Necklace
"Blue is one of my favorite colors and I like water, places with water or are related to the ocean. That said, aquamarines are definitely something that I would fancy. It's also another practical gift because colored gemstones don't just represent someone's birthstone, but they provide extra pop and color to whatever you wear and are also a very personal expression of individuality. Each one has a distinct history, lore, and symbolism that is related to it that carries a heartfelt message that is very affectionate and thoughtful. The aquamarine specifically carries with it an enchanting mythos of mermaids and voyages and can remind a person of pristine blue water, but is also a sign of friendship and loyalty."
Twist Engagement Ring Setting
"My more simple side is showing itself again with this since it's essentially a solitaire with accents on the band. Being that I'm also a fan of crisscross patterns and twists, this setting is definitely one of my favorites. It has extra sparkle, but isn't too ostentatious and the twist is a nice unique touch of asymmetry. The added affect of the double shank just clearly seems symbolic of the union of two people and the defining step a couple makes when they decide to get married."
Diamond Wedding Ring
"Eternity rings are a great expression of love and devotion, but they're hard to resize since the stones go all the way around. A half eternity on the other hand is an excellent middle ground that gives you the same look as a full eternity from the top, but is more practical and resizable. The pave setting style also matches the style on many of our engagement rings allowing shopping for a wedding band to be a much more smooth process."