Always try jewellery on. It is easy to forget that jewellery is for wearing and that the most important thing is that it suits you. Check all fastenings. It is better to discover any faults in the shop than lose your precious bracelet, bangle or chain when you’re at home. Make sure rings fit comfortably. Most rings can be made larger or smaller by your jeweller quite easily without affecting its strength or value.

Drop earrings always look effective with long hair, while studs, large or small, suit shorter hair styles.

Try to find out your partner’s tastes in jewellery. Usually, items can be made to match existing pieces, creating a set, which always looks effective. Some people prefer more obvious jewellery while others may prefer subtle and discreet designs. Some may like traditional and old-fashioned styles and others prefer items that are modern and futuristic.

Items can be personalised by representing the receiver’s interest/hobby or initials with a monogram etc.

Remember, jewellery is a personal gift and that you can have what you want and not just what the shop has to offer.


Some men, after they have ‘popped the question’, begin looking for an engagement ring. They dream up all sorts of ways of surprising their intended with the ring. Others purchase one on their own and then surprise their fiancé with a proposal and an engagement ring. Some ladies wish to make a selection themselves. Whatever feels right to you is the right way.

When contemplating buying an engagement ring, give consideration to how a wedding ring will look worn beside it. Alternatively, shaped wedding bands can be made. Wear and tear can be reduced if both rings fit together. It is advisable that the wedding band is of the same carat as the engagement ring.

What you spend on an engagement ring is your decision. One month’s salary is a simple ‘rule-of-thumb’ to help you with this important purchase.


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