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.]

In Honor of the London Olympics

The Olympics seem to bring out the patriot in everyone as we carefully track our country’s medal count and cheer on our favorite athletes. Since the Games are in jolly London this summer, we’ve become pretty obsessed with all things British. Two of our favorite things right now are the PANDORA national icon charms that commemorate all things English.

Pandora National Icons - Double Decker Bus of LondonEven if Pride and Prejudice made you long for a carriage ride with a handsome and mysterious English lord, a trip in the iconic double-decker bus could be a very cute replacement for that dream. The red double-decker buses appeared in the 1950s to replace the carriages that passengers once sat atop as they traveled. Now tourists and commuters can enjoy the same view in a much more modern way!

Pandora National Icons Big Ben of London

Like the little red buses, Big Ben is truly a symbol of London. The massive clock watches over the city from the Palace of Westminster and announces the time with the largest four-faced chimes in the world. Construction of Big Ben was completed in 1858 and it has been an English national icon ever since.

These national icon selections are a great choice for the die-hard Olympic fan, anyone with fond memories of a trip to England, or a dreamer who wants to keep their goal of traveling abroad in their heart forever.

Shhh.. don’t tell the Brits, but just in case you did not stay up all night to watch the Royal Wedding, we still have PANDORA national icons for you!

Representing the United States is the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of freedom and opportunity.

Pandora National Icons Statue of Liberty of USA

Francophiles can show off their love of Paris and all things fran├žais with the Eiffel Tower charm.

Pandora National Icons Eiffel Tower of Paris

For history buffs there is the Brandenburg Gate, constructed to represent peace and located in Berlin, Germany.

Pandora National Icons Berlin Brandenburg Gate in Germany

La Sagrada Familia is the unfinished basilica in Barcelona, Spain. Under construction since 1882, the church is truly a wonder of architecture with 18 towers of the most intricate and unique designs imaginable reaching up to 560 feet.

Pandora National Icons La Sagrada Familia Barcelona Spain

Dreaming of a Roman holiday? Try the Colosseum charm, designed after the wonder that symbolizes the power and prestige of the Roman Empire.

Pandora National Icons Coliseum Rome Italy

These charms represent dreams, memories, and show how connected we all are around the world. Tell us the story of your national icon charm… Leave us a comment below or post your story on Facebook now!

Pandora Mother’s Day Gift

Need a bright idea for Mother’s Day? Here is a one of a kind special happening now through May 13th (Mother’s Day). Pandora Jewelry has put together Gift Sets that will make your shopping experience easy (men!).

The Cherished Mothers’ Gift Set includes: 1 Pandora Clasp Bracelet, 2 Sunburst Clips, 1 Mom Charm, and 1 Charm (of your choice) valued up to $35- Value of set is $200. You save $35!

The Iconic Gift Set includes: 1 Pandora Clasp Bracelet, 2 S-Clips, and 1 Charm (of your choice) valued up to $35- Value of set is $140. You save $20!

Pandora Spring Bead Launch!

After anxiously waiting for weeks, the Pandora Spring Beads are on their way! We are so excited to host a Spring Collection Event on Thursday, April 12th from 2:00-7:00. Ladies you can see and purchase all the new beads and meet our Pandora Reps! Also enter to win a door prize every hour! Prizes include Leather Bracelets and a Jewelry Box! We hope to see you there!