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Old 08-18-2006, 11:05 AM   #1
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Default OT Women and fashion savy OT men, help me choose a gift for the girlfriend

The girlfriend and I are celebrating our third dating anniversary, and I'd like to buy her another piece of jewelry. Last year I bought her a white gold herring bone necklace, which leads to question #1.

Question #1: Excepting the necklace, what is the most versatile piece of jewlery a woman should possess? I've been thinking it's a bracelet or earrings, but what the hell do I know?

The GF hates yellow gold, so it's got to be either white gold or platinum. Her birthday is in April (why couldn't it have been January), so diamonds would be appropriate. I've spotted two bangles I like, which are pictured below.


Of course this would be white gold, and I'd probably opt for black pearls for contrast.

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This one isn't as nice IMO, but it's less bulky.

In earrings, I like these.


These are small and simple, and could be worn daily.


I like the look of these, not too opulent for everyday use.


These are huge and gaudy, but seem like a decent deal, if jewelry can ever be considered a deal...

So, there you have it. I'm open to suggestions. If you think a watch is a more versatile piece of jewelry or have some suggestions and input please add to the thread.

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Old 08-18-2006, 11:06 AM   #2
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The bracelet if anything, those earrings are hideous if you ask me.
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Old 08-18-2006, 11:08 AM   #3
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The only jewelry she wants is a diamond ring. Get her an appliance!
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Old 08-18-2006, 11:11 AM   #4
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Third dating anniversary is traditionally anal beads. They look great with a Polka Dot dress.
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Old 08-18-2006, 11:13 AM   #5
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most versatile? diamond studs. spend enough to get the good kind....the ones with the screw on backs, not push-on
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Old 08-18-2006, 11:14 AM   #6
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The only jewelry she wants is a diamond ring. Get her an appliance!
Here's her Christmas gift.

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Old 08-18-2006, 11:16 AM   #7
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Not to be mean but IMHO they all are hideous.
A girlfriend with 3 yrs. invested, I'm going to agree with Pottymouth...all she wants is a diamond ring.

Otherwise if it were me I'd play it safe and go with classic neutrality of pearls (earrings, bracelet or necklace) or the traditional silver/gold/platinum chain link bracelet from Tiffanys.

In my own personal life I as a rule have never bought a GF jewelry, it's just far too expensive and personal an item for a GF.
After Mrs. Janq and I married though (after 7 yrs. dating) I did buy her a Tiffanys chain link bracelet in white gold, and that was only because she had asked for it.

BTW check Costco they have excellent deals on jewelry via their online store as well as in store with money back guarantees and more.
http://www.costco.com/Common/CategoryMain.aspx?cat=108&eCat=BC|108&whse=BC&topn av=

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Old 08-18-2006, 11:20 AM   #8
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Old 08-18-2006, 11:22 AM   #9
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Pearl Necklace FTW!!
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Old 08-18-2006, 11:36 AM   #10
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Three years- I don't know if I'd go with the braclet. That's not exactly something that would get worn daily- though depending on the ear rings, they might not be a daily thing either.
I'm with the majority here and say ring- Though I'm not saying engagement ring.. just a ring of some sort. Can be worn daily, will remind her of you, and isn't intrusive to her daily tasks.
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Old 08-18-2006, 01:17 PM   #11
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I don't know how much your g/f wears bracelets, but I hardly ever do. I think a nice watch is much more practical, and will be worn much more often. You don't have to spring a grand on a TAG or anything, but it should be something formal enough that it can be worn to work or to a nice evening out.

Otherwise, I'd have to agree with the screw back diamond earrings. I still want em. And, if and when you do pop the question, she'll have something nice to compliment that diamond ring. If you go this route, I'd actually think about what shape diamond she might like in the future on her ring, so the earrings coordinate.
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Old 08-18-2006, 01:28 PM   #12
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Every girl I know loves a Tiffany's tag bracelet. My wife wears hers most days.
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Old 08-18-2006, 01:32 PM   #13
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Every girl I know loves a Tiffany's tag bracelet. My wife wears hers most days.
But that doesn't always fit with every girls style. I know if my SO gave me any jewelry from Tiffany's I'd tell him to return it and buy me some wheels and tires instead.

I think a nice watch or earrings is better, like the above suggested.
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pretty hard to screw up by giving her these:

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Old 08-18-2006, 01:43 PM   #15
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But that doesn't always fit with every girls style. I know if my SO gave me any jewelry from Tiffany's I'd tell him to return it and buy me some wheels and tires instead.

I think a nice watch or earrings is better, like the above suggested.
I totally agree but if his girl was not in to jewelry then the OP is heading down the wrong road with this thread.

The only issue with a nice pair of diamond studs if you need to spend the cash or they just don't look right. .5 caret or more at a minimum with the right cut I would think. As Janq said I just don't see spending 1000 or more on a GF for one gift, same goes for a nice watch. The Tiffany's tag can be had for far less depending on the metal you choose.
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Old 08-18-2006, 01:56 PM   #17
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A trip is much more memorable and benefits the both of you, which is better in the long run for a young couple.

MAke memories...don't accumulate stuff as a couple.

Regarding Janq's Costco tip...I've been tempted to go this route, but although Costco offer GREAT deals on VERY fine peices...the limited selection kinda kills it for me since others may recognize it as a COstco "bargain". I'm mainly talking watches here...obviously a diamond stud or bracelet is too common to recognize.
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You can buy a Cartier, Tag or Omega at Costco (among others as well). How are any of those 'common'? A Cartier tank watch is as timeless as watches get.
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Old 08-18-2006, 02:43 PM   #21
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If you want to get her jewelery I'd go for a nice pair of earrings that she could wear with anything. White gold/platinum with diamonds would be fine, just make sure that you get her something classy/sophisticated instead of 'cute'. Diamond studs with screwbacks are an absolute classic too.

One word of caution: I don't know if you've discussed marriage/engagement, but if you have make sure you wrap up earrings or whatever to NOT resemble a ring box. Even if she loves the earrings there will probably be part of her that is disappointed it's not a ring if it resembles a ring box and she'll have to try to hide her initial reaction (not necessarily disappointment, just surprise that it looked like a ring box but wasn't).

With that being said, I love jewelery but realize that it can really cost a small fortune and would rather have fewer nice pieces than lots of smaller/lesser quality ones. I'm a fan of trips/doing stuff together instead--I'd rather have the memories than a thing that he felt obligated to buy.
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You can buy a Cartier, Tag or Omega at Costco (among others as well). How are any of those 'common'? A Cartier tank watch is as timeless as watches get.
It's a stigma that only some people care about..I unfortunately do. If I was to get a TAG...I would make sure NOT to get the one that Costco also offers...I'm not saying it's right, but that's how I feel.

My definition of "common" referred to jewels...like a diamond stud...no way to know where it was bought.
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