Finding the perfect gift for the Mom in your life can be a challenge. Jewelry is almost always a winner, but it can be super-stressful for the buyer. What is the right style? Will it go with their clothes? Will they wear it?
All great questions!
To help you choose wisely, I’ve put together a short gift guide with some questions that will help you choose the right thing for the lucky recipient. I have to admit, I’m rather partial to golden grass jewelry as a gift, so have included suggestions to it throughout the guide. But if for some reason you don’t want to buy golden grass jewelry, the questions and guidance apply to jewelry of all types of materials, so read on!
3 Reasons Golden Grass Jewelry is Awesome
- Golden Grass is unique. This plant grows almost exclusively in the Jalpão region of Tocatins state in Brazil. Your gift recipient won’t find everyone else (or likely anyone else) wearing the same thing.
- Golden Grass is sustainable. The region where golden grass (capim dourado) grows has gone through tremendous effort to ensure that the plant is sustainably harvested so it can continue to be an economic engine for the region for years to come. You’ll win major points by buying something that is environmentally-friendly.
- Golden Grass is lightweight. Some of the earrings are so light that they literally do not register on the scale when I weigh for shipping. Yes, they are THAT lightweight. Wearing big, statement pieces isn’t a challenge when it’s that lightweight. I have some earrings that I love that the first time I do when I get home is take them off because the weight is bothering me. With golden grass earrings, it simply doesn’t happen.
Good stuff, huh? Read on for specific advice about necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings…
Your Guide to Picking the Right Piece
Choosing the Perfect Necklace
If you use the two simple questions below as your guide, you should have jewelry-purchasing success.
- What kinds of necklaces do they already wear? You don’t want to wander too far from what they already wear — there is a reason they wear what they do and you are much more likely to hit it out of the park if you stay consistent.
- What kind of dresses and tops do they wear? A button-up dress shirt requires a different type of necklace than a casual t-shirt or busily-patterned dress. If they wear a lot of scarves, they probably don’t rock necklaces at all.
Take a look below at some common styles of necklaces and what they are worn with:
A choker is a style of necklace that is worn close to the neck, as if it is choking the wearer — hence the name. They are typically 13-15” long.
Commonly worn with:
- A button-up dress blouse. This allows the front of the choker to just peep through the front of the blouse. This is a classic office pairing.
- A cocktail dress without a high neckline. In this case, the choker is a highlight of the outfit, as the wearer won’t have any fabric competing with the choker.
Think a choker might be right? Check out our selection below.
Long Pendant Necklace
Another very common necklace style is the long pendant. A long pendant necklace is generally 22-24”long, with a relatively simple chain, and large, decorative pendant hanging at the bottom.
Commonly worn with:
- Anything with a high(ish) neckline. This could be a turtleneck, boat neck, or t-shirt style neckline. Because the pendant and chain are going to draw the eye down, something with a deep v or scoop neck generally don’t work because you end up with competing lines that don’t go together.
- Either casual or dressy clothes. There are no general rules here — the style of necklace influences the clothes. I will also put a dressy necklace (like I have here on the site) with a casual top to up my game, but I won’t go the other way around.
- Avoid competing patterns. If you are buying a heavily adorned, busy-looking necklace (a statement necklace), you need a plain-colored top underneath it.
Browse our long pendants:
A statement necklace is a style of necklace that is meant to be the center of attention — to make a statement.
This style of necklace doesn’t refer to a specific necklace length or type of chain. They are typically big and bulky and busy in an oh-so-wonderful way. It’s definitely a “you know it when you see it” type of necklace.
In the case of a statement necklace, it’s almost like the clothes are secondary and you do not want to wear anything that is going to compete with the necklace. Statement necklaces are almost always worn with a solid colored top or dress and either with a really high or a really low neckline. The NECKLACE is the focus here — lots of color, patterns, or competing lines are a no-no.
A statement necklace is also a very personal necklace choice — because there is simply no way to hide it.
While the golden grass necklaces we have are big and bold, they are not statement necklaces, but we definitely have some jaw-dropping statement necklaces if that is what you in the market for.
Choosing the Right Earrings
The three questions to ask yourself about the recipient before buying earrings for someone are:
- Do they have pierced ears? I know it’s a basic starting point, but I know plenty of people who love to wear jewelry but don’t have pierced ears.
- What style of earrings do they already wear? Let the past inform the present and stick with what you know they already like. If you aren’t sure, you need to do some homework. If you don’t regularly see this person, you can:
- Check their Facebook and/or Instagram accounts
- Ask a trusted friend or family member
- Are you planning on buying a necklace and earring set? If so, then one of them can be big and bold and the other should play second fiddle. A common combination is a go-big-or-go-home statement necklace with a pair of smaller coordinated earrings.
A dangle earring is just want it sounds like — any earring that dangles from the ear. There are several variations of the dangle earring — drop, chandelier, tassel, etc — but at the heart of it, they are all dangle earrings.
In Brazil, it’s almost all dangle earrings. In generally, the bigger the better.
Because this style of earring is so all-encompassing, it’s really hard to advise one style over another. There is one set of conventional wisdom that says that the earring size and style should complement the hairdo, but for every piece of advice I see recommending one approach, I can find another in direct conflict.
In short, choose what you like that is in alignment with what they already wear and you can’t lose.
Browse our golden grass dangle earrings:
Hoop earrings are another very common earring type. As the name implies, it is a simple round hoop, typically in gold or silver. Sizes range from tiny, which barely surrounds the earlobe, all the way down to shoulder-grazing.
Small to mid-sized hoops (up to about 1-1/2” in diameter) are classic and perfect for the office. Larger hoops are considered much more casual and informal.
A stud earring is the style of earring that is a simple post earring with an adornment on the front and does not go down past the bottom of the earlobe. Stud earrings, due to their smaller size, tend to be viewed as more classic and conservative (but by all means, not always).
Buying a Beautiful Bracelet
Two simple questions can help you make your bracelet-giving process a home run.
- What kind of bracelets do they already wear? Bangles and cuff and bracelets, oh my! I buy a lot more bracelets than I actually wear — I personally find typing with them really uncomfortable, so if I know I’m going to be at the computer I don’t even bother anymore. I have a former boss who used to wear beautiful bracelets every day to work, but the moment we got into a meeting together she always took it off so she could type. My husband has a cuff he wears on an almost-daily basis, but the first thing he does when he gets home is takes it off. In short, know your audience!
- What kind of tops and/or dresses do they wear? The type of sleeve matters. Long sleeves and bracelets don’t tend to go very well together, unless the bracelet is particularly delicate.
Check out our lovely golden grass bracelets (and is it just me, or does the first one scream “wonder woman” to you?)
Finding a Fun Fashion Ring
Three simple questions will send you on your way to fashion ring shopping success:
- What style of ring do they already wear? I rarely wear anything that isn’t my wedding ring, but when I do, it’s a big, colorful piece that people ask about. Yet, my bestie is that kind of person that wears multiple delicate rings every day. You’ll want to shop for something that matches what they already wear.
- What size ring do they wear? If you don’t know, then an adjustable-size ring is a must. Even if you do know, an adjustable-size ring allows the wearer to move it among fingers.
- How close are you to the recipient? You may already be aware of this, but in case you are wondering, “no, it’s not just you”. Buying a ring is treading into murky waters if it’s not someone you are really close. The last thing anyone wants is to have a thoughtful present mistaken as a proposal.