Stumped on what to stuff in your loved one’s stockings? Sometimes even Santa needs a bit of inspiration when it comes to selecting the most gleeful gifts. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but ladies aren’t the only ones who deserve to shine this season. A subtle stone can make everything from a simple timepiece to classic cufflinks go from basic to statement-worthy. Pair glittering gold with elegant emerald green and swoon-worthy stones and you have the recipe for a festive stocking stuffer. And unlike other kitschy, holiday-themed gifts, these glittering goodies can be worn well after the parties — and Christmas lights — wind down.
Give him a gift worthy of a world leader like the 18K gold Rolex Day-Date, aka the “President” watch. Originally debuting in 1956, this diamond-paved dial is a vamped-up version of a style that’s so iconic, Marilyn Monroe was rumoured to have given one to JFK the same evening she sang “Happy birthday, Mr. President” at Madison Square Garden. Available at Kirk Freeport, multiple locations.
Add a touch of luxury to a lucky charm with a crescent horn–shaped Dharma pendant paved in dome-like diamond strips. Perfect on its own or layered with other necklaces, this 14K solid gold piece from Carbon & Hyde is certain to have a dazzling effect. Available at J.R. Dunn Jewelers.
They say it’s a fashion faux pas to pair silver and gold, but these Cartier cufflinks prove otherwise. Break the mould with a sleek set of diamond-dotted buttons that will add a discreet touch of decadence to dress shirts. Available at Boutique Cartier Cayman in George Town.
Over the past 45 years, Kirk Freeport has grown to 22 shops scattered across the Cayman Islands alone. Here, Renee Langevin, Kirk Freeport’s jewellery buyer, provides insight on the latest trends and tips for holiday shopping.
Q: What are some of the hottest trends in jewellery at the moment?
A: We’re seeing a return to yellow gold — delicate layering chains, long sautoir necklaces, lariats, bold chunky collar necklaces. More is more! Mixed metals are a great option. You can stack bangles, rings and chains in all three metals.
Q: Do you have any advice for first-time diamond buyers?
A: Nothing says “I love you” quite like a diamond. It’s an appropriate gift for almost every occasion, but it’s a purchase that can be intimidating. Always keep in mind the recipient’s personal style, taking cues from their existing jewellery or wardrobe… it shows that you put the extra effort into this purchase.
Q: What tips should buyers keep in mind when comparing diamonds?
A: If something seems too good to be true, then it probably is. A certificate from a reputable source such as GIA is a great tool, and you can rely on an expert Kirk Freeport staff member to help navigate through the intricacies of each diamond.
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Author: Lane Nieset