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Postscript Sentimental Antique jewelry.
#6735 locket necklace
We started this long series about sentimental jewelry by talking about the near-lost joys of gift-giving.
In past centuries, gift giving was more common. There were many occasions starting with birth, the new year, a variety of personal and family events to be marked as well as community and religious events and bodies to commemorate.
Today, we rarely give gifts and when we do, they are usually of a generic, impersonal nature. Whole chains of stores exist devoted solely to generic wishes for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, births, deaths and other joys and losses. Supermarkets sell ready-made bunches of flowers and even while we suffer from diabetes and overweight, a box of candy seems to be the furthest stretch of many people's gift-giving imagination.
When children are little, they sometimes spend hours creating a personal card or decorating some artifact as a gift for Mum's birthday. No surprise that she will often keep this close to her long after said child has grown up and old. Personal gifts have meaning.
Personal gifts are a concrete link expressing the sentiments between giver and gifted.
#6936 diamond brooch
We have forgotten the fun of giving. It is a well-worn cliche that giving is as much pleasure as receiving. Cliches are cliches because they are so true. We need to express our emotions and sentiments and what better way than to do so via a well-thought-out and suitable gift? It is fun to think about our loved ones and ponder options of what will bring them pleasure. Gift-giving is truly rewarding.
#6636 fede ring.
Antique jewelry is a direct link to those who came before us. Only yesterday, I was contacted by a young lady who wants to buy something beautiful to remember her beloved grandmother by. She is willing to spend more than two times her monthly salary. Now, if that does not pull at your heart-strings...
#6930 heart ring
What is my advice for successful gift giving?
First of all, consider how much you want to spend and how much you have to spend. You do not want to break the bank or take food out of your childrens' mouths. On the other hand, the rule of thumb when buying antique jewelry is to buy the very best possible. Money comes and goes, much faster than we would like to acknowledge. Money is soon forgotten, but a beautiful jewel will last your lifetime and then continue to your children. Of course, a wonderful antique jewel need not cost an arm and a leg - there is usually something out there for everyone.
Secondly, we are very lucky that we live in an age where the Internet has become acceptible, convenient and just as reliable if not more, in many cases, than retail shopping. Instead of dragging around the local mall, detouring through every shoe shop or perfume palace, you can focus on what you want, right in the comfort of your home and armchair. Browse together and pay attention to when the recipient's eyes light up.
Thirdly, please take a look at the series on successful internet shopping for antique jewelry on this blog. (posts 111-118 - just scroll around)
#5441 Wedgwood bracelet.
Remember, a great gift is what the recipient will enjoy and not what you think they should have. If they are not complementary, a gift should show that you put the recipient's taste above your opinion.
A piece of advice I gave in a previous post about gift giving for anniversaries that applies to all gift giving: If you are not sure of the recipient's taste, show them a few options and see how they respond to each. Let them help in chosing the ideal gift so that you can be sure of a great success that will remind you both of your great relationship and bring you both pleasure for years to come. Just think: would you rather have a gift that you maybe had a say in chosing, that you love and will love forever; or a great surprise of something you secretly hate, but have to pretend to love and that lies forgotten, unloved and neglected in a drawer/the vault?
While we are on the subject, here is a little more advice:
If you are buying via the internet, make sure of your timeline. It's a great pity to buy a beautiful anniversary gift only to have it arrive a month after the occasion because customs takes a long time and the mail has become very much slower than it used to be. You might have to pay extra for overnight/expedited shipping, but it is worth it if you have neglected to buy on time.
#6030 Ancient Greek Ring.
If you are giving a ring, make sure it will fit. Just imagine a gorgeous antique jewel arriving and it can't fit over her pinkie. How sad!!!
There are a lot of other bits of advice I gave in my series on buying on the internet and you might save yourself headaches if you take a squizz.
Antique jewelry is a wonderfully personal and suitable gift. It brings joy and pleasure to our lives and connects us forever to those who gave and those who came before.
Lest we forget: for those of us lucky enough to have been given a wonderful gift, let's remember to say Thank you.
Please see my blog posts on taking care of your antique jewelry.
#6876 Georgian picture locket.