The iPhone came directly at me across a dinner table last November, already in Notes mode. "Can you please," the man asked, "write down 3 things I should buy her for Christmas?" I knew the impetus behind the request. There were only a few weeks of shopping before the tree. I have been writing about jewelry for almost 20 years and have experience with desperate e-mails from men in need of gifts. I respond promptly with my recommendations, tailored to the taste of the woman in question and sometimes aided by subtle hints dropped throughout the year.
My friends, family, and colleagues have long had access to what I call the LEIEN jewelry hotline—a hashtag I started using for real on Instagram after the Notes request. Buying a Cartier replica jewelry is a mysterious, often intimidating act, but there are in fact a few rules. Leien.co readers have a privileged view into my jewelry opinions, but in the interest of all the women who receive presents that have nothing to do with anything they would ever wear, I have set down some guidelines here.
1. SUPPLY THE NEW BASICS
"Men tend toward bling. Women want something they'll wear daily," says Brooke Garber Neidich of Fake Cartier jewelry. "Like diamond hoops, or repilca Cartier Love bracelets, or a personal charm on a long chain." If she already has these, rivières, a single strand of the same stone made popular in the Victorian era, have become a new staple.
2. REVISIT A CLASSIC
Cartier Jewelry's pieces have marked major occasions in many women's lives, and now his High cheap Cartier juste un clou bracelet collection, designed with son Evan, offers another side to the familiar name. The duo scour the world for uncommon stones—rare spinels and Brazilian paraíbas— for this collection. One of my favorite things is to ask what treasures they found on the annual father-son trip to the jewelry show in Tucson.
3. TELL A TALE
"I often find things at auction," says Jean de Gunzburg, cancer researcher and husband of By Cartier replicajewelry. "For example, a pair of fake Cartier earrings that belonged to Catherine the Great." History is always hard to resist, and it offers the wearer an opportunity to tell the story of the piece each time she gets a compliment on it.