^Amber from Sweden (gift from Hubby)

Whether there’s a special occasion to commemorate or just when you want to surprise a woman with a beautiful piece of jewelry, the first thing you should know is that there is no one correct way to do so. Jewelry is the perfect anytime gift, and you shouldn’t worry about buying the wrong piece. While it’s true that most women prefer silver over gold (for example) or gems (diamonds are touted as being a girl’s best friend, but many girls also like emeralds, rubies, and sapphires), so long as you take the time to pick a beautiful piece of jewelry, you can’t go wrong. It’s the thought that counts, after all.

Still there are some things you’ll want to take into consideration as you are browsing SerendipityDesignerJewelry.com, such as:

Gems: Natural or Synthetic? Natural gems may be your immediate preference, but keep in mind that naturally mined gems and precious metals are more expensive due to the time and effort involved with retrieving them. Also, natural gems may not have the bright colors or perfect cut that their lab-created counterparts do. Don’t overlook “synthetic” gems and metals. They’re just as real as the authentic ones. The big difference is that because they are grown in a scientific setting, their sizes, cuts, colors, and clarity can be better regulated and more defined.

The Cut of a Gemstone. Naturally found gems are actually rather rough and unappealing. It’s only after they have been harvested, cut, and polished, that their true beauty begins to shine through. If you’ve ever set foot in a jewelry store you have undoubtedly noticed that gems may have different cuts. Most gems are cut by a precise strike being hit between the crystal layers, which causes that section to break away cleanly. Multiple cuts of different sizes and angles are used to create different resulting shapes and designs not limited to square, round, triangle, rose, baguette, trilliant, and marquise.

Settings. Gems can be set into precious metals in many different fashions. Common settings include prong or shared prong settings, where tiny prongs extend upwards from the base of the ring or earring to hold the gem in place. Prong settings are most common in jewelry settings. But you will also find pave settings, in which gems lay flat and are placed very close together; as well as fancier settings, such as solitaire and bezel settings.

Deciding what type of gem, what cut of gem, and what setting of gem is only half the battle when it comes to purchasing jewelry as gift. You’ll also need to decide between a ring, a pair of earrings, a brooch, a necklace, or a bracelet. Of course, if you really want to give a memorable gift, feel free to choose more than one of the above.