Jewelry As A Fatherís Day Gift
By Sam Serio
It is widely known that many men enjoy fine jewelry. So,
why not present Dad with a gift of jewelry this Fathers Day.
Jewelry gifts that you might consider for that special
Father in your life could include a gold or silver watch, a handsome sterling silver or
14kt gold chain or masculine link bracelet. With a chain you might include a manly pendant
with a nautical or sports theme.
As for rings, there are many rugged designs available in
14kt gold or sterling silver with stones like turquoise, onyx, malachite and lapis. Also,
many men are fond of masculine settings of small diamonds and other gemstones.
Celtic jewelry designs, such as Celtic crosses, Celtic
are great choices for Dad on Fathers Day.
If your Dad has a pierced ear maybe he would appreciate a
small stud earring; the choices here are endless.
Remember this, men tend to avoid interchanging jewelry in
the way that many women do. With this in mind, avoid costume jewelry and focus on durable
quality pieces that Dad can wear day in and day out.
The following are some tips for buying jewelry for Dad on
Fathers Day. He will be proud of you for being a smart jewelry consumer and for
saving some money, too.
Here are some helpful guidelines to keep in mind when you
are shopping for a jewelry gift to celebrate the next chapter of your special
Theres a big difference between 14 karat gold and
gold-plated jewelry. Fourteen karat (14K) jewelry contains 14 parts of gold, mixed in
throughout with 10 parts of base metal. Gold-plated describes jewelry with a layer of at
least 10K gold bonded to a base metal. Gold plating eventually wears away, depending on
how often the item is worn and how thick the plating is.
If youre buying a watch, determine whether you
want one that runs on a battery or one that must be wound daily. Ask if a warranty or
guarantee is included, how long it lasts, and what parts and repair problems it covers.
Also ask how and where you can get the watch serviced and repaired.
Know the difference between laboratory-created gemstones
and naturally mined stones. Stones created in the lab are visually identical to stones
mined from the earth. The big difference is in the cost: laboratory-created stones are
less expensive then naturally mined stones. But because they look much like stones mined
from the earth, they must be identified as lab-created. If you want a naturally mined
stone, ask if it has been treated. Gemstone treatments such as heating, dyeing or
bleaching can improve a stones appearance or durability. Some treatments are
permanent; some may create special care requirements. Treatments also may affect the
When youre buying a diamond, consider four
criteria: cut, color, clarity and weight, usually stated as carats. Each factor affects
the price. Color is sometimes graded on a scale. However, scales are not
uniform: a D may be the best color for one scale, but not for another. Make
sure you know how a particular scale and grade represent the color of the diamond
youre considering. A diamond can be described as flawless only if it has
no visible surface cracks or other imperfections when viewed under 10-power magnification
by a skilled diamond grader.
When shopping for Fathers Day jewelry online, apply
Shop with companies you know or do some homework before
buying to make sure a company is legitimate before doing business with it.
Take advantage of information and referrals from an
Internet company you have come to trust.
Get the details about the product, as well as the
merchant's refund and return policies, before you buy.
Look for an address to write to or a phone number to
call if you have a question, a problem or need help.