Monday, March 18, 2013

Understated or Overstated?

A friend asked if I would make a special gift to give her potential new daughter in law. Her son had given her the heads up that he was going to propose to his girlfriend. And she wanted to be able to give her a gift.

We talked about what might be appropriate, and originally my friend had suggested an elaborate pearl bracelet. But I suggested that she might want to stay elegant and understated given that the star of this event would be the engagement ring. Her new daughter in law has a pretty black pearl ring, so I encourage her to think about a simple black pearl bracelet and earrings. And not too 'matchy-matchy,' but complimentary. 

What do you all think? What would you suggest if someone asked you this question?

12 comments:

Christine Altmiller said...

The Ring, if there is one, definitely needs to be the star, as does the Man and Woman getting engaged. Good idea to make it about a nice extra gift to go along with other rings and not THE Ring. Also, an elaborate pearl bracelet might make the Daugher-in-Law-To-Be feel pressured to wear that at the wedding even if she has something else in mind.

Christine Altmiller said...

Oh!!! and the set is beautiful :-)

Memories for Life said...

I think the black pearls are a great idea! Very classy and perfect since they will go with her ring!

Patti Van said...

This is a perfect gift for a new DIL! Beautifully done! I love the bag in the pic, too! I made the wedding jewelry for my niece last year, and my mother made jewelry bags that look just like that one!

BeadedTail said...

All eyes would be on the ring so it'd be tough to come up with a gift but you're suggestion is a good one. I like that bracelet!

Magic Love Crow said...

I think what you made is beautiful! Very elegant! These two pieces are things she will get a lot of wear out of! Perfect!

Regina said...

I agree, they are beautiful, good choice the black pearls she could wear it just about al the time.

Marcela Gmd said...

Beautiful set!! simply and elegant!
Have a good week, dear!

Besos, desde EspaƱa, Marcela♥

Miss Val's Creations said...

The bracelet and earrings are a wonderful idea! I think giving an understated gift is better since it is more wearable. These pieces can be worn dressed up or down!

Additionsstyle said...

I am always about understated. Your set is beautiful, I think the black pearls are a great choice.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

Caron Michelle said...

Absolute perfection - these are classic pieces anyone would be happy to wear and have!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Really great suggestion for your friend, keeping the set a bit more understated, and an absolutely wonderful gift! I love that the set isn't a perfect match. It is a very thoughtful idea and a sweet way for your friend to welcome her new daughter in law.

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