Let’s Hear It For the Boys Part Part II: Choosing Jewelry

[This post is Part II in a two-part gift guide series for guys. Part I was all about how to to choose a gift she’ll love.]

Caroline Faquin, PANDORA and Ayala Bar Specialist

Caroline Faquin

Jewelry can be some of the most personal items a woman owns. Most pieces will have a story behind it that she will love to tell each time she receives a compliment on her necklace or earrings. We talked with Caroline Fauqin, PANDORA and Ayala Bar Specialist at More Than Words to learn more about how to choose the just the right jewelry for the woman in your life.

Caroline, why do you think jewelry means so much to a woman?

Jewelry helps a woman express who she is. The jewelry she wears brings out her inner beauty and makes her feel special. Since it doesn’t fade away like flowers, for example, she can find joy in each piece for years to come. For many women, jewelry is also a way to commemorate special moments in life like a new baby or even surviving cancer.

Do you have any tips on how to go about choosing jewelry for someone?

Think of her interests and personality. Sometimes you can find something with a charm or bead that incorporates those interests. Notice the kind of jewelry she wears and note the style, color, and size. A salesperson can then help you find options in a similar style. And, as always, listen in for any hints or suggestions she makes!

What kinds of questions do you often get when someone comes into the shop looking for something special?

Many people are concerned with whether something will stay in style or if it is more of a trendy piece. Classic pieces are always a great investment, however we also have plenty of trendier lines for the fashion forward. We also get asked about our free gift wrap and our return policy, which is 30 days for an exchange or store credit on regular items.

Ayala Bar Cross Necklace

Ayala Bar cross necklace from the Spring 2012 collection.

What are your favorite jewelry lines here at More Than Words and why do you love them?

Ayala Bar Jewelry, which is beautifully handcrafted in Israel, has a large selection of colors and styles available, so it can go with anything. Their slogan is “Jewelry as Art,” and that is really very true. Ayala Bar just completes your outfit and makes it more beautiful. An unforgettable moment is something special to every woman, and so I also love PANDORA. You can always find something to fit any budget, whether one bead or a 14K gold bracelet. They really have something for every special moment in a woman’s life.

Thanks Caroline for answering all our questions! You can always come by and ask for Caroline for help selecting jewelry for your loved one!

[The opinions expressed here belong to Caroline and should not be attributed to PANDORA or Ayala Bar in any way.]

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Let’s Hear It for the Boys Part I: Choosing a Gift for Her

[This post is Part I in a two-part gift guide series for guys. Part II will be all about how to surprise her with jewelry she’ll love.]

Have you ever felt completely lost picking out a gift for the woman in your life? Ever wanted to choose the perfect gift without having to ask for a wish list? We can help you choose just the right thing.

Five Tips for Choosing the Right Gift for Your Gal

1. Find out her favorite shade.
Take a look around her home and see what colors she tends to decorate with most often – they are likely her favorites! If you’re still completely in the dark when it comes to color selection, you really can’t go wrong with a color that occurs in nature, or earth tone. We enjoy these lovely shades all day anyway!

Bright Clock

This clock will definitely be noticed on any wall with its vibrant shades of red and blue.

Glass frame by Diane Markin

Diane Markin’s unique, handcrafted glass frames are truly works of art.

handmade pottery

Beautiful pottery in rich earth tones are guaranteed to please.

2. Match her personality.
Vivacious and outspoken? She might enjoy something with a snappy, humorous quote. Quiet, introspective ladies may prefer something understated but beautiful, like a journal to record her thoughts. For the family-loving and sentimental, a custom piece of jewelry with a loved one’s fingerprints would be very thoughtful.

Curly Girl Paris canvas

“I often daydream that my life is just as it is now… Only I have well behaved hair and I live in Paris.”

Peacock Journal

When written in a beautiful journal, your thoughts are worth far more than a penny.

Precious Metals Prints products

Precious Metals Prints captures a loved one’s fingerprints and turns them into beautiful pieces of art.

3. Be romantic without having to say a word.
Food is the way to a man’s heart, and words are the way to a woman’s. Put a favorite photo of you and your sweetie in a frame that expresses your love. If images aren’t your style, calligraphy can express what’s in your heart. Or, select an modern piece of wall art to make a truly bold statement.

Wedding picture frame

Celebrate your love with this fairytale ending frame.

Framed calligraphy

“Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.” -Robert Browning.

wall art canvas

Modern wall art makes a bold statement.

4. Go for humor with a touch of class.
Women love funny guys. Bringing humor into your gift is great as long as it still makes her feel special. There’s a bit of whimsy in something like a hand painted martini glass or a “redneck goblet.” Anything with an artistic quip is also a great addition to the home of a woman who loves a good joke.

hand painted martini glass

This hand painted martini glass says Happy Birthday in a whole new way.

Redneck Goblet

We think tea tastes sweetest when you drink it from a redneck goblet or a hillbilly highball.

Curly Girl kitchen towel with quote

“A good cook knows that it’s not what is on the table that matters, it’s what is in the chairs.” Great quote for the home chef that delights in serving her family delicious meals!

5. Update the everyday.
Out with the old and in with the new! Brightening up those little things we use everyday can a make big difference. Something like a new keychain, unique throw pillow, or cool kitchen towels can really make a woman’s day. Little gifts like this really show her that you were thinking of her and make great “just because” gifts!

keep calm burlap tote bag

This burlap tote bag would be a welcome replacement for those tired plastic sacks from the grocery store.

modern print throw pillow

Celebrate womanhood with this truly unique throw pillow – “She knew that she was worth far more than rubies.”

ornate serving utensils

Update some of her tableware with a new set of serving utensils.

Armed with these five tips and individual help anytime at the shop, you’ll be a gift-giving powerhouse. Stay tuned for Part II of our “For the Boys” series where we learn how to pick out just the right piece of jewelry from Caroline, our PANDORA and Ayala Bar Specialist.