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Gifting Guide

Akshaya Tritiya

Giving and receiving gifts is an important part of almost all Indian festivals. Take, for instance, the case of Rakshabandhan. Sisters tie a rakhi on their brother's wrists and in exchange receive a token of their love in the form of a gift. The same goes true for Diwali, Christmas, Ramadan, and other festivals observed in India. After all, what's a festival without gifts! And what better thing to gift during the festive season than a piece of jewellery!

While gifting gold is an integral part of many festivals, some others are celebrated just for that - to buy and gift gold. One such festival is Akshaya Tritiya. After all, Akshaya Tritiya is the day of prosperity and the day the God of wealth, Lord Kubera received his riches from Lord Shiva. Unlike Dhanteras, which is also an auspicious occasion to buy gold, Akshaya Tritiya is considered an ideal day for both buying and gifting gold. So, the question arises - how do you find the perfect gift for someone in your family? How do you pick the right Akshaya Tritiya gift for someone you love?

What matters the most is that your gift should be thoughtful. It should be something that the receiver will like and cherish. Let's take a closer look at some of the things you could gift your loved ones on this auspicious day.

Why Choose Gold Jewellery as a Gift?

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word gold? Jewellery made of gold, of course! Jewellery is the most coveted form of gold. Unlike a coin or bullion, gold jewellery scores high on usability as well as investment fronts. Another advantage of gifting gold ornaments is that you have a wide range of options to choose from. From earrings and pendants to necklaces and bangles, your choices are endless.

So how do you choose jewellery as a gift on Akshaya Tritiya?

A good way to start your search is to set a budget. This ensures that you do not overspend. Look for jewellery that matches the receiver's nature and personal style. You don't want to gift someone something they wouldn't like to wear, would you? Also, keep their lifestyle in mind. If your niece is graduating soon, you could get her a delicate gold chain or pendant that she could wear once she starts working. Similarly, if your sister has just become a mother and cannot wear earrings for the fear of the baby pulling them, you could choose a nose pin or a bracelet for her. The jewellery you gift on Akshaya Tritiya doubles as investments, so it is better to choose something with high resale value, such as plain gold ornaments.

Choose Religious Pendants and Rings to Match the Festive Mood

Akshaya Tritiya is a religious festival and hence a pendant or a ring with religious motifs is the ideal gift. From the Om symbol to Krishna's flute, there are a number of religious motifs that are used for making jewellery. Apart from pendants, most jewelers also offer a range of rings with religious motifs. These motifs not only suit the occasion but also act as reminders of one's faith in difficult times. For many people, religious jewellery is also a source of strength. When you buy religious themed jewellery for someone else, do not buy jewellery designed around the god you worship the most. Think about the person who will be wearing it and the deity they worship.

For instance, are you looking for a gift for a devotee of Lord Ganesha? Go for gold rings and pendants that feature motifs associated with Ganesha. For a devotee of Lord Shiva, something that features trishool or damaru will be an ideal gift. Most online jewellers have exclusive collections of religious rings and pendants. You just need to browse through their collection and pick something that best fits the religious interests of the receiver.

How About Gold Coins?

If you want to buy a gift of equal value for all your family members, you could consider gold coins. Gold coins are available in a range of weights and suit any budget. Coins are symbolic of good luck and prosperity. They are also a great investment and can be gifted to men and women of all ages. They can even be gifted to a child and later turned into jewellery for her. These gifts are easily available with all leading jewelers and are usually embossed with the image of a deity on either side. The best part of buying gold coins as a gift on Akshaya Tritiya is that you don't have to pay for making charges. What's more? They score high on resale value too!

When In Doubt, Go for Gift Cards

There may be times when you are unsure of what to gift someone. For example, you may want to gift something precious to your sister-in-law but you are not sure of her taste in jewellery. Else, you may not be in the same city or country and may want to ensure that the jewellery you gift your mother is something she loves. In such cases, a gift card is a great option. This allows you to decide your budget and the receiver gets to pick the design and type of jewellery they want. A gift card can also contribute towards a more expensive piece of jewellery. For example, your budget may be INR 5000. If your sister likes a necklace that costs about Rs 15,000, she could use your gift card to lower the amount she would actually need to pay. Almost all reputed jewellers offer gift cards for a wide range of prices. Pick the one that suits your pocket and you are all set to surprise a loved one!

A Word of Caution

When it comes to Akshaya Tritiya, gold is always the best gift. However, you should avoid gifting gold jewellery studded with semi-precious stones. The stones themselves do not have much of a buy- back value and hence are not great investments. They also cause the making cost of jewellery and the overall price to go high. So, stick to solid gold jewellery made of 22k gold. If you must buy stones, go for a diamond-studded pendant or a pair of earrings with rubies or emeralds. In this case, you will also need to give the receiver the receipt for your jewellery as a safeguard for the stone's value. The same goes true for platinum jewellery. Though platinum is rising in popularity these days, it doesn't always make a great investment option. Loose diamonds or precious stones can be gifted, though!

This Akshaya Tritiya, experience the joy of gifting gold. The above-mentioned tips and guidelines will help you choose the perfect gift for your loved ones.


Dhanteras

Diwali is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India. This five day festival of lights begins with Dhanteras, the day when people start cleaning their homes, lighting diyas and shopping for the festival. When we talk about shopping on Dhanteras, we aren't referring to the usual grocery shopping. On Dhanteras, it is considered auspicious to buy something made of precious metals. It is also auspicious to give gifts made of precious metals to your family on this day. And, what better gift made of precious metals than a piece of finely crafted jewellery!

Now that you have put 'buy jewellery' on your to-do list, how do you choose the perfect jewellery? You can buy jewellery for men, women, and children online. So the first thing to do is obviously decide what you want to buy and for whom. Easier said than done, right? Worry not! Here is a quick guide to help you pick jewellery for your loved ones Dhanteras.

Gold, Diamonds, and Colourful Gemstones

When you buy jewellery as a gift for someone, there are three things you cannot go wrong with - gold, diamonds, and colourful gemstones. Gold, whether it is the classic yellow gold or the contemporary white gold, is an ideal gift for Dhanteras. You can also go for the romantic hues of rose gold, which is ruling the jewellery industry these days.

There is nothing that can replace the sparkle of diamonds. No matter what the size is, a trinket made with diamonds is always something people will cherish. For starters, you can consider gold rings or pendants studded with a single diamond. Based on your budget, you can also go for multi-stone stunners and even solitaires. Diamond necklaces and bangles are great gifts for your mother and wife.

Festivals are all about colours. Why not make it a little more colourful with gemstone jewellery? In the family of gems, pearls are an eternal classic. For those who like vibrant jewellery, precious stones like rubies and emeralds make great gifts. You could also look for jewellery studded with semi-precious stones, like amethysts, aquamarines, citrines, rose quartz, etc.

Who likes What?

On Dhanteras, you may want to buy jewellery for your mother and your wife. If you are unmarried, your sister may be the happy recipient of your gift. Unlike a bouquet of flowers, you can't gift everyone the same thing. You need to think of what each person likes and what would suit them. For someone who likes flowers, floral jewellery studded with gemstones may be perfect. On the other hand, plain, solid gold jewellery may be better suited for your mother who likes monochromatic designs. For a father or brother who is religious, gold pendants or rings featuring religious motifs are ideal. For a younger family member who follows fashion trends to a tee, go for something fashionable, like a cocktail ring or a rose gold trinket. A pair of gold earrings or a delicate chain with a pendant featuring animal motifs makes great gifts for your little daughter. Boiled down to essentials, the rule is this: choose something that the receiver will love and cherish!

How Old Are the People You Are Shopping For?

Shopping for a 10-year old is hugely different from shopping for a 50 -old. So it is extremely important that you choose gifts based on the age of the receiver. If you want to gift your teenage daughter or niece something special for Dhanteras, go for enameled jewellery. This type of jewellery looks bright and colourful but does not include gemstones. Hoop earrings that lock themselves into place, charm bracelets and pendants are ideal for young girls.

On the other hand, if you want to buy your grand mom something special, look for classic designs. A pair of stud earrings or a gemstone studded ring is something she is sure to love. Also, think about how frequently she likes to change her jewellery and choose an item accordingly. For a grandmother who has her nose pierced, diamond nose pins are ideal. A pair of cufflinks makes an ideal pick for men who don't like pendants or rings or chains.

Consider the Body Type of the Wearer

Apart from personality, a person's body type also determines the type of jewellery that will be best suited to them. For example, a broad bracelet may not suit a person with slender wrists. Slim bangles that can be stacked together would be a better idea in this case. Also, oval bangles with openable clasps are best suited for women with large hands and small wrists. Similarly, if you want to buy earrings as a gift, take a close look at the person's face. Round faces are best suited to long drop earrings while long faces look good with broad studs or hoops.

Working Styles

You also need to think about the person's lifestyle when you buy jewellery for them. A majority of a person's waking hours are spent working, so think about their working atmosphere. If the person you are shopping for works in a corporate office with a strict dress code, gift them a pair of diamond earrings or a pendant. For a college goer, fashion trinkets such as open rings, two finger rings, lockets, or flexible bangles are ideal. If you are looking to buy something they can wear every day, go for a pair of plain gold studs or a simple chain along with a pendant.

Budget, Budget, Budget!

Whether you are buying jewellery for one person or for three, you must decide your budget. Most local jewellers and online sites will allow you to filter designs by your budget. If you are on a limited budget, do not assume that you have no other option but a pair of earrings. A slim bracelet, a delicate ring, a nose ring, etc. could also fit within your budget. Customising aspects of a design such as gold purity and gemstones grading can also help adjust the price of a piece of jewellery according to your budget.

Personalize Each Gift

To make your gift special, it must be personalised. An easy way to personalise a gift is by picking alphabet jewellery - one with the wearer's initials. This usually takes the form of pendants. A pendant is suitable for people of all ages and all lifestyles. Thus, this is a gift that can be worn not only on Diwali day but for years to come.

You could also look for jewellery studded with birthstones. Each sign of the zodiac and month has a gemstone associated with it. So, think about the person's birthday and buy earrings or any other kind of jewellery with their birthstone.

You could also buy jewellery that literally spells out your relationship with the person. For example, how about a pendant designed around the word 'mom' for your mother? Or, how about a pair of heart shaped earrings for your partner?

Remember, It Must Fit

Some types of jewellery like earrings do not have size variations. Rings and bracelets, on the other hand, are available in a range of sizes. If you buy a ring that's too small, the person won't be able to wear it. If it's too big, there is a chance it may fall off their fingers. It's the same story with bangles and bracelets too. So, when you buy these types of jewellery don't just guess the right size, do a little research. If you don't want to ask the person directly, try measuring the circumference of a ring or bangle that fits them well. If you can't get hold of this, buy jewellery that doesn't have size restrictions like earrings or a pendant.

And Lastly

Whether it's a small pendant or an ornate bangle, what makes a gift special isn't the price tag attached but the thought that went into it. Buy jewellery that you know the other person will like even if it does not match your personal style. When you give someone a gift, you want them to wear it not just because you gifted it to them but because they like it.


Gift Your Mom Something Sparkling This Mothers Day

Ah, your mother! She was your first fashion icon, your confidant, your stylist and so much more. She has been by your side for all the major events of your life. You had a special bond with her and you can never thank her enough for all her love. But on one day of the year - that is, the Mother's - you can pamper her and make her feel special.

No celebration is complete without gifts. To make her day even more special, how about getting a small piece of jewellery this year? This sparkling gift will not only be an addition to her jewellery collection but also will tell her just how much you value her. Buying jewellery is easy these days but finding the perfect piece of jewellery for a loved one is as hard as it had always been.

Fret not!

We are here to help you. Being the leading online jeweller in India, we have sold countless trinkets to countless mothers. And we keep up with the changing preferences of modern women, too. So, we have created a short guide just for you on how to find the perfect jewellery for Mother's Day. To understand what the best gift would be, here are a few questions you should ask yourself.

What Is Your Mom Like?

Every piece of jewellery is beautifully designed but not all designs suit everyone. To understand what kind jewellery suits a person, you should understand her personality, style, and preferences. Does she like dressing up in the latest fashion trends or does she like something classic?

The answers to these questions should help you choose something perfect for her. For example, if she favours the classic style, a pair of pearl earrings or a diamond studded pendant is your best bet. Get a gemstone necklace or a broad, stone-studded bangle for a mother who loves parties and social gatherings.

That's not all!

Your mother's personality type is as important. Does your mother like being in the spotlight or does she prefer staying in the background? Likewise, people who enjoy limelight typically prefer bold designs that highlight their features. For the latter, subtle and minimalistic designs will be ideal.

What Is Your Mother's Body Type?

Apart from personality, a person's body type also plays a large role in determining what type of jewellery would suit her. For example, if your mother has a short, stout neck, a choker style necklace will not suit her. A long chain and a pendant, on the other hand, would be perfect for her.

Similarly, if you want to buy a pair of earrings for your mother, think about the shape of her face. If she has a round face, look for long drop earrings and danglers. If she has a square face, oversized drops and danglers or a pair of large round earrings would suit her. A woman with an oval face, on the other hand, carries off nearly everything from studs to danglers. Here is a complete guide to help you choose the right pair of earrings for your mother.

Does She Have A Favourite Stone?

Most women have one gemstone they favour over others. In many cases, this may be their birthstone. If you know what your mother's birthstone is or which gemstone she favours, try looking for jewellery studded with that stone. For example, if she likes sapphires, you could buy her a sapphire studded pendant or a sapphire ring.

How to Choose from the Many Shades of Gold?

Jewellery can be crafted in many different materials. The most common amongst them include gold, silver and platinum. Gold jewellery too has many different colours. Women who like tradition jewellery may prefer the soft luster of yellow gold. If your mother likes experimenting with styles, you could buy her white gold earrings or bangles. It is bright, radiant, and above all contemporary in its appeal.

What if your mother keeps up with everything latest in the fashion world? What if she loves everything unconventional and quirky? Get her something in rose gold aka pink gold! This alloy of gold is making waves in fashion circles these days and is ruling the world of jewellery. You will find everything from simple rings and pendants to quirky designs in rose gold. After all, rose is considered the colour of love and that gives you one more reason to buy rose gold jewellery for your mother on this special day.

Do You Know Her Size?

Some types of jewellery such as a pair of earrings or a pendant are one-size-fits-all. For others like bangles or rings, you must know the wearer's size. Though most jewelers do allow you to return jewellery if it does not fit, there is no fun in gifting your mother a piece of jewellery that doesn't fit, is there?

To find your mother's ring size without asking her directly, try to find a ring or bangle that fits her properly. If you can't find out her size, buy her a necklace, a pendant or pair of earrings that you know will fit perfectly. If she has her nose pierced, you could even buy her a nose pin.

Mother's Day Jewellery Trends

You now know the things to keep in mind when you buy jewellery for your mother. So, where and how do you start? For starters, Mother's Day is a big thing; so many online jewellers offer special Mother's Day collections. You can check out such collections to find what's trending. Here are our two cents on what to choose:

Say It with a Flower: And say it with a flower that doesn't ever fade. Yes, we are talking about the floral theme. It has been a favourite with women since centuries and continues to remain so even today. Don't get your mom a bouquet of flowers that lasts only for a week. Choose, instead, a floral ring or pendant studded with diamonds or colorful gemstones. You will also find floral nose pins, bangles, and necklaces too. Alternately, you could look for jewellery that is inspired by other natural themes such as butterflies, leaves, and foliage.

Look for a Motif: Look of the kind of motifs and symbols your mother generally likes. This can help you shortlist designs. For instance, if your mother is spiritually inclined, you could get her a religious pendant or ring. Those who like clean designs usually have a penchant for geometric motifs. Hearts are usually associated with romantic love but can also be associated with the love between a mother and child. So, you could also take a look at jewellery with interlinked heart motifs.

Pearls to Celebrate the Flawless Love: Pearls are special due to two reasons. Firstly, it is the only gemstone created by a living organism. Secondly, it's impossible to go wrong with pearls. If you mother is in her forties, fifties, sixties, or even seventies, a finely crafted pearl jewellery would suit her perfectly. That's why Coco Chanel once said every woman needs ropes and ropes of pearl.

A classic pearl necklace - single strand or double strand - is an ideal gift for your mother on any day and two times more on Mother's Day. You could also look for pearl earrings, pendants, bangles or rings. Pearl jewellery in combination with rubies or other colourful gems also make great gifts.

Diamonds for Your Sparkling Mother: There is a cardinal rule when you buy jewellery as a gift - when it doubt stick to classics. Pearls are a classic. So are diamonds. It doesn't matter if your mother already has diamond jewellery. She will always make space for more.

When we say diamonds, it doesn't mean you should burn a hole in your pocket by buying a solitaire. The good news is that you can buy diamond jewellery even if you are shopping on budget. Choose something in the halo or cluster setting if you want the jumbo sparkle of solitaires without having to break your bank.

Personalized Jewellery: Yes, you heard us right. Whether you buy your mother a small pair of studs or a delicate bracelet, your mother will cherish your gift for years. To make your gift even more special, look for a way to personalize it. Birthstone jewellery is a great idea if you want to do something like this. Most jewelers have extensive ranges of rings, earrings, and pendants studded with different birthstones. Alternatively, you could look at initial pendants or zodiac pendants.

And Lastly

Unlike flowers and chocolates, jewellery lasts a lifetime. No mother will want to exchange a gift her son or daughter bought for her. Hence, make sure whatever you buy her is something she will like. Your mother should want to wear whatever you gifted her because she likes the design not just because it was a gift from you. So think more about what she will like, not what you like.


Gifts for the bride and the groom

No Indian wedding is complete without a little glitter. And we are not talking about the powdery kind. Indian weddings and gold go hand in hand. In addition to being an integral part of the bridal trousseau, jewellery made of precious metals also makes great gifts for the bride and the groom. Whether you are the groom's mother or the bride's uncle, gold is the perfect you can give the newlyweds. Not only is it auspicious to gift gold but it also serves as a fine form of investment. When you gift a bride and a groom a piece of gold jewellery, you are in fact contributing towards their future. That's probably why gold is considered the best wedding gift among many communities across the globe.

Interesting, isn't it?

Now, this leaves one with one important question. What type of gold should you choose for the bride and groom? Is jewellery better than gold coins or bars? Is plain gold jewellery ideal since it has more resale value than diamond-studded jewellery?

Choosing the perfect piece of jewellery as a wedding gift is by no means an easy task. There are many things to consider; there are many things to stay away from too. We have got a few suggestions that could help you out. Read on to find out more.

First Step: Set a Budget

When it comes to gifting gold, it isn't the price that matters as much as the thought behind it. So, don't worry about the size of your gift. It could be something as small as a diamond nose pin or something as spectacular as a diamond necklace. A piece of gold is always a thing to cherish. The first step of buying jewellery for a bride and groom is to set a budget. There is no hard and fast rule to how much you should spend on a wedding gift. Knowing your budget will help you decide on what to gift. For example, if your budget is around INR 10000, a pair of earrings, a diamond pendant or a bangle could be the perfect gift. However, when you have double or triple this amount to spend on the gift, you could even consider a diamond necklace or a pair of couple bands for the bride and the groom. Coins and gold bars are of course always an option with all budgets.

When to Buy Coins?

Gold coins are a good wedding gift but are they the most appropriate? Though the value of a gold coin may be as much as a piece of jewellery, it may have a lower perceived value. Why - because gold coins and bars are impersonal. If you are a close relative of the bride and groom, it is always better to gift a piece of gold jewellery instead of a coin or bar. This is a much more personal gift and shows the thought you have put into the gift.

That having said, gold coins make an exceptional gifting option if you are planning to contribute to the couple's investment portfolio. The major advantage of buying (and selling) coins or bullions is that they have no making charges. They enjoy high resale value. The wedding is the first step towards a long journey and every couple should make wise investments for their future. By gifting gold coins, you can help them have a good start.

What Type of Jewellery Can You Gift the Bride?

From earrings to pendants and necklaces, there is no dearth of ornaments you can pick from for the bride. To make your gift special, you should buy jewellery that you think will match the bride's personality. Earrings are something every bride loves. If she is not too fond of wearing heavy gold jewellery, gift her a light chain and a pendant to go with it. You could also look at functional jewellery like a bejeweled watch. On the other hand, if she does like dressing up, a bangle or a bracelet could be ideal. Avoid buying a ring as a wedding gift. If at all you buy rings, go for a pair of matching bands for the bride and the groom.

What Type of Jewellery Can You Gift the Groom?

The first question to ask is whether the groom likes wearing jewellery or not. If he does like wearing jewellery, also think about the type of jewellery he likes to wear. Not all men like the glitter of gold. It's no use gifting a man a diamond studded bracelet if he does not like wearing it. However, you can go wrong with functional jewellery. Watches and cuff links are a gift a groom will be very happy to receive. If he does like jewellery, you can also consider pendants and bracelets.

White Gold or Yellow Gold?

Both white gold and yellow gold are equally valuable. The difference between the two is how they are perceived. Yellow gold has a traditional appeal. This is ideal for brides and grooms who favour classic styles. On the other hand, white gold has a more contemporary charm. This suits men and women who like modern styles. When shopping for wedding gifts, you should ideally gift the same colour gold jewellery to the bride and groom. If the couple has an unconventional style, you could even take a look at rose gold.

Picking the Right Motif

Jewellery should be an extension of the wearer's personality. Thus, when you gift the bride and groom jewellery, the style should be something they like to wear. To a large extent, this depends on the motif of the jewellery. When you buy jewellery as the wedding gift, you can choose from a wide range of themes and motifs, from minimalistic to traditional and from simple to ornate. If the couple favours a minimalistic style, look for simple jewellery with clean lines. If they are spiritually inclined, you could get them a pair of religious pendants. From the Aum and the Cross to the Khanda most jewelers offer pendants pertaining to all major religions. You can also gift the bride floral jewellery instead of a real bouquet of flowers!

Pay Attention to the Size

When it comes to earrings and pendants, size refers to how big or small the design is. Look for big designs when gifting jewellery to a couple who likes making bold style statements. For people who prefer staying out of the limelight, small, delicate jewellery is usually a better fit.

When you gift a necklace or gold chain, size refers to the length of the chain. If the couple works in an environment with a strict dress code, look for a chain that allows the pendant to be concealed under their shirt or displayed at will.

Size is most crucial when gifting bangles or bracelets. Here size refers to the circumference of the bangle or bracelet. If you buy a bangle that is too small, it cannot be worn. Similarly, if you gift a bangle that is too big, it may fall off. Hence gift bangles and bracelets only if you are sure of the size.

When In Doubt, Choose Gift Cards

Choosing a piece of jewellery for someone you know well is a delightful experience. But the same experience can turn into a nightmare when you have to choose jewellery for someone you don't really know. It is indeed not a good idea to choose jewellery for someone without even the faintest understanding of their preferences. This is where gift cards come to your aid. All you have to do is to buy a gift card worth the value you are willing to spend, gift wrap it, and give it to the couple. All reputed jewellers sell gift cards these days and the couples can redeem jewellery worth the card's value at their time of convenience. You are happy. They are too!

Weddings are moments to celebrate and be joyful. And a thoughtful gift always adds to the happiness of the occasion. Why gift a couple flowers or household accessories when you can bless them with the eternal glitter of gold! The tips stated above will help you pick the right gift for the bride and the groom.


How to Buy Men's Jewellery?

Fashion trends come. Fashion trends go. And sometimes, old trends come back stronger than ever. Men's jewellery is one of the clearest examples of how fashion trends evolve. Think about it, once upon a time, men wore as much jewellery as women did. Then came a time when earrings or a necklace looked out of place on a man. Today, it is common to see a man flaunt single studs, gold bracelets or diamond pendants on a gold chain.

That's not all.

These days, you can buy men's jewellery online as easily as you buy jewellery for women. Many online and offline jewellers have separate collections for men who like to sport a little twinkle and sparkle. The truth is that the right piece of jewellery will allow a man to carry his charm and style quotient quite effortlessly. Are you looking to buy jewellery for a man in your life? Are you struggling to find that right piece?

Here's good news.

We have put together certain guidelines to help you choose jewellery for men. From simple tips and tricks to some of the latest trends in men's jewellery, this guide has it all. Read on.

The Person and the Occasion: Two Things That Matter the Most

This is the first thing to consider when you buy jewellery for a man. Are you buying it for your father, brother, significant other, or a friend? Are you buying it for a collegegoer or for someone who rocks the boardroom? Yes, the person you are buying jewellery for makes all the difference. For instance, your father or an older man might like a classic ring or a pair of white gold cufflinks, while your fashion-conscious brother and husband might not mind sporting a unisex bracelet or fusion pendant.

That's not all!

The occasion is as important as the person you are buying jewellery for. Many jewellers have separate assortments for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Some sellers even have special designs for festive occasions like Rakshabandhan. Likewise, there are exclusive officewear collections that feature office-appropriate designs. For starters, it would be a good idea to check such collections to find something that fits the occasion as well as your budget.

Colour and Sparkle Can Do the Magic

The colour of gold is yet another deciding factor you should take into account when shopping jewellery for a man. Men's jewellery is typically available white gold and yellow gold. Yellow gold is an eternal classic and is suitable for men who have a penchant for everything classic. White gold, on the other hand, has a contemporary appeal and will make him look modern. So does platinum. For men who wouldn't mind experimenting with warmer hues of gold, something in rose gold is also ideal. So, make your pick accordingly.

Equally important it is to choose the right gemstone. Diamonds are a favourite with men as they are with women, so they are the safest bet as a gift. Ornaments with colourful gems like rubies, emeralds, and sapphires are also trending these days. Navaratna jewellery featuring nine colourful gems are also extremely popular among men.

When In Doubt, Keep It Simple

More often than not, the best men's jewellery designs are the simplest ones. Unless you know that the man you are shopping for likes sparkle and bling, choose a sober piece of jewellery. Look for designs that add elegance without being too loud. The rule of the thumb is this: when in doubt, go for a simple and elegant design.

Most, if not all, men like functional jewellery. So, jeweled watches and cufflinks are a good starting point. Rings and pendants are also some of the popular gift items for men. Earrings are purely ornamental, yet they are the most commonly bought jewellery gifts.

Take the Symbolism into Account

Like women, men who wear jewellery can also be categorised into two broad groups - those who wear it as a fashion statement and those who wear it for its symbolic value. When buying for someone in the second category, it is important that you look for jewellery that he can identify with and that will spark an emotion in him.

For example, you can choose jewellery with his birthstone on his birthday or a design that features a motif reminiscent of a shared experience on a special occasion. Even though you have already exchanged wedding bands, you could still gift your husband a ring on your anniversary. Else, look for something symbolic of the occasion you are buying jewellery for.

Look for Motifs that Might Appeal to Him

This is important and may even make your task a lot easier. Before you crack your head over what he may or may not like, think of any special motifs that might appeal to him. In men's collections, one of the trending categories is religious jewellery. If your man is spiritually inclined, you could buy him a religious pendant as a gift on a festive occasion. From the cross, crescent, and Om to Khalsa, Trishul, and Ganesha, there is a wide range of motifs you can choose from.

The same goes true for jewellery that features sports motifs. Is your man a lover of football or cricket? Many leading jewellers in India sell exclusive sports collections where you can find gold pendants and other trinkets shaped like the football, cricket ball, cricket pitch, trophies, and what not! Here are our two cents. Choose a design that fits his tastes in sports and you will never go wrong with your choice.

Jewellery for His Body Type

Some men are short while others are tall. Some are broad while others are lean. Jewellery suits all of them as long as it's the right kind. A lean man will be overshadowed by a chunky piece of jewellery. Similarly, delicate jewellery will not be noticeable on a tall, broad man. Choose jewellery based on his body type.

Here are some tips for you

When it comes to rings and bracelets, the larger a man's hand, the bolder his jewellery should be. When buying chains, the rule is simple. Buy sleek, short chains if he has a narrow neck and long chains if he has a broad neck.

Personalise the Jewellery

Jewellery is considered an extension of the wearer's personality. Thus, it is important that you pick jewellery that personifies the would-be-wearer. Initial pendants are great birthday gifts for men. You could also gift these pendants on special occasions such as a graduation or promotion. Similarly, birthstone pendants or earrings studded with the man's birthstone also make great gifts.

Make Sure It Fits

When it comes to cufflinks, earrings, and pendants, one size fits all. However, when it comes to rings and kada bangles you need to know the man's ring size and wrist size respectively. It's no fun buying a ring only to realise that it won't slip on to his finger or keeps slipping off. So, buy these types of jewellery only if you know what size to buy.

What if you don't?

It is safer to go for a pendant, earring or a pair of cufflinks. You can also look for bracelets with adjustable links.

A Final Word

It makes no sense to buy a piece of jewellery if the man it is intended for won't wear it. Thus, it's more important to choose something your man will like rather than what you like. Don't worry too much about fashion trends and what the actor you drool over is sporting in his latest movie. Think about what kind of jewellery he already wears or likes.

Boiled down to essentials, here is what you should keep in mind. If he likes white gold jewellery, don't buy him a gift in yellow gold. If he is more comfortable wearing a chain rather than a ring, look for pendants as gifts.

Now, are you ready to go jewellery shopping for your man?


Rakshabandhan

In India, there is something to be celebrated almost every month. Festivals in India can be categorised as religious festivals and cultural festivals. Some, like Rakshabandhan are both religious and cultural events. When it comes to this festival, it doesn't matter where you go to say your prayers or by what name you choose to call God. All that matters is that you have a sibling you love and adore.

Rakshabandhan isn't a celebration that happens on the streets. It, on the other hand, is a quiet celebration that takes place within a home. However, not everything about it is different from other festivals. As with all festivals, Rakshabandhan too is characterised by the exchange of gifts. Sisters tie a rakhi on their brother's wrist and in return are given a small gift or token of love. And, what better gift can you choose for your sibling than a piece of jewellery?

Buying jewellery online is easy. But, choosing the perfect gift for a brother or sister is a whole different story. So, we have put together a short guide on how to buy jewellery for Rakshabandhan. It gives you some simple tips and tricks on how to choose a gift along with some latest trends in Rakshabandhan jewellery collections.

Finding the Perfect Rakhi for Him

The celebration of Rakshabandhan cannot be called complete without a simple accessory - yes - rakhi. Rakhis are available in many different forms. Simple strands of colourful thread plaited together are the most commonly used ones while some others have charms dangling from the thread or a large ornamental pendant in the centre. There is no dearth of designs when you choose a rakhi for a brother. Did you know that you can even buy your brother a gold rakhi? It's true!

Many jewellers have special collections of Rakshabandhan pendants and rings. These can be attached to a cord or ornamental thread and be worn as rakhis. After the festival is over, these can be converted into pendants or rings. This way, your brother gets to wear a token of our love not just on one day but throughout the year.

That's not all.

You can also choose to keep the rakhi simple and choose an additional piece of jewellery - a pendant or a bracelet or a gold kada - as a surprise gift for your brother. So, how do you choose something as special as jewellery? There are a few things to consider.

Choose Something That Fits His Personal Style

You want your brother to like wearing the jewellery you are buying for. So, it's important that you choose jewellery that matches his personality. Is he religiously inclined? Does he like dressing up and being the 'cool' dude? Does he like any particular sport or game, like football or cricket?

Based on his personal style and interests, you could buy Rakhi pendants, bracelets, kadas or rings with religious motifs, geometric motifs or even a cute saying. For the sports enthusiasts, many jewellers offer stunning designs in their sports-themed collection. If he has his ear pierced, you can also consider buying a diamond or gemstone stud.

Also, think about the way he likes to dress up. Does he like wearing jewellery on his hands or does he prefer a pendant on a chain that can be concealed or flaunted at will? If he is a collegegoer or works in an office with a casual dress code, a bracelet could be a good gift idea. However, if he works in a corporate office with a strict dress code, a ring would be your best bet. If you do choose to buy your brother a ring, make sure you get his size correct.

Finding the Perfect Jewellery for Your Sister on Rakshabandhan

Women love receiving jewellery and it will hold special sentimental value when gifted by a brother. You could buy her a pair of diamond earrings, a delicate necklace, a finely crafted pendant, a bracelet, banglesor even a ring.

If you have a younger sister, a pair of earrings is something she will cherish forever. Even if she is still in school or college, this is something she could wear every day. If you have an elder sister, your Rakshabandhan gift is a beautiful way you can thank her for all she has done for you. The trouble is the more you have to choose between, the more difficult it is to pick the perfect gift.

So, here is something that could help you.

What's Her Style?

Every woman is different. Some love wearing multiple layers of jewellery while others sport a minimal look. So here are a few questions you must ask yourself.

What type of jewellery does your sister like? What does she usually wear to work? Does she like floral motifs or geometric ones?

If she likes earrings, does she wear small studs or long, delicate danglers? Does she wear bangles or bracelets often? Does she like wearing a single bangle or does she prefer stacking a few delicate ones together?

This should help you narrow your search down to a particular type of jewellery. For example, if your sister works in an office with a strict dress code, you could buy her a pair of hoop earrings or studs. For someone who rocks in parties, a cocktail ring or a piece of fashion jewellery would be the best pick.

Make It Special

The bond you share with your sister is unique and special. So should be the jewellery you gift her. This doesn't mean that you have to empty our bank balance. All it means is that your gift needs to be thoughtful. When you buy jewellery, try to make it as personal as you can. Instead of going for something extravagantly priced, choose something that she will cherish forever, no matter how small it is.

How do you do it, though?

For starters, look at her favourite colours. Does she prefer red over blues and greens? If yes, you could get her jewellery studded with rubies. Consider her birthstone. Most jewellers have a range of jewellery studded with different birthstones. You could choose a simple ring, a pendant or even a pair of earrings studded with her birthstone. Alphabet pendants also make great Rakshabandhan gifts.

Choose Something According to Her Body Type

Every person is built differently, so even the same piece of jewellery may look different on different people. If your sister has a long face, avoid danglers and big hoops. On the other hand, if she has a round face, drop earrings would look perfect. Similarly, if she has a short neck, don't buy her a choker length necklace. Instead, buy her a long necklace or a medium size chain with a pendant.

Look at her overall body type as well. Small studs can easily go unnoticed on a tall woman. Similarly, heavy bracelets may not suit a short woman. When you shop for Rakshabandhan jewellery, don't just look at the design; imagine how it would look on your sister.

Also, make sure it fits. This is crucial if you are buying rings or bangles. If you can find a ring or bangle that fits your sister well, it isn't difficult to calculate her size. If you can't, then stick to jewellery without sizing issues, like earrings or pendants. You can also go for gold or white gold bangles with openable clasps or bracelets that have adjustable links.

In A Nutshell

In short, jewellery is a gift that will last a lifetime. So, think it over carefully. Don't just buy the first design you like, buy something that you know your sibling would like. After all, he or she should want to wear your gift because they like it, not just because you gifted it to them.