Relationship Advice

Is Giving jewellery Too Personal for a Co-Worker or Friend?

When it comes to giving jewellery as a gift, there is always the concern of whether or not it’s too personal.

Is it appropriate giving jewellery to a colleague or friend? Is it too presumptuous, or even intimate? In this article, we will explore more about this thing

Is the gift of unusual handmade jewellery too personal?

The correct answer is that it depends on the situation. If a coworker from across the office that you say hi to at the coffee maker gets a promotion, giving jewellery is probably not the appropriate response. A verbal congratulations or even a greeting card would be best.

What it comes down to is how well you know the person. Jewellery is a personal item, so you want to make sure you understand their taste and style before you make that purchase. The whole point of giving unusual handcrafted jewellery is so that the person has something unique to add to their collection and hopefully they’ll wear it often.

As an example, if you don’t know someone well enough to know that they don’t care for yellow gold, and then you buy them a yellow gold piece, then jewellery wasn’t a good idea for a gift.


But if your co-worker also happens to be a good friend, then jewellery can be an excellent choice for a gift. And the same guidelines fit for friends too. If the friend is more of an acquaintance, then you probably don’t know their style well enough to pick a piece of unusual handmade jewellery that they’ll love and wear. You should know them well enough to scan through a bunch of exceptionally handcrafted jewellery on a website and say, “she would wear that” when you see the right piece.

Part of knowing a person’s style is noticing the kind of jewellery your friend wears on a day-to-day basis. If she wears a lot of flashy jewellery or dresses in clothes with a lot of beading or flashy detail, a beautiful cocktail ring or bib necklace might be the right choice. If her jewellery and wardrobe are a little more understated, a thin necklace or a small pair of earrings will work.

Also, look at the colours they tend to wear. If she wears more neutrals and warm colours, stay away from jewellery in fresh colours. If she wears a lot of patterns, choose unusual handmade jewellery with one type of gemstone or something with pearls or just metals.

And, of course, don’t forget the presentation. Put the jewellery in a beautiful box, even if it didn’t come with one, wrap it up and put it with a thoughtful card. Your friend or co-worker is sure to be touched!

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