When most people think jewelry for gifts, they think luxury birthdays – 18th , 21st, 30th, 40th, and so on into the unmentionables . What many people don’t realize is that there is a huge range of jewelry gifts available that cost no more (for gorgeous quality!), than you would pay for a nice piece of clothing, a evening of dinner and drinks, or any other specialty item you can think of. Today we’re looking at what people might not realize -that a huge percentage of the jewelry items you see are within reach of the average present-buyer, for just the average birthday! Here are our selections for inexpensive October birthday gifts for both men and women.
I’m not kidding about there being a very decent range – you will certainly need to go in with more than half a clue about what you’re looking for! A simple way to start narrowing your search is using you loved one’s exact birthdate – if they are born on or before the 23rd of October, they are a graceful, balanced, sociable Libran. Those born after the 24th of the month are Scorpios, who tend to be private people with intense personalities, very emotionally driven. We picked the sweet, happy, lighthearted pink cubic zirconia heart necklace for Librans – pink is their signature color. Cubic zirconias are a great way to get a little gemstone in your jewelry, but without bumping up the price. An added bonus is that with some colors, the shade is almost exactly the same as for an equivalent precious stone – these pink CZ look quite a lot like pink sapphires! The heart is a dainty piece, measuring just 1.5cm long, and the stones are set on sterling silver. The chain is not included – but with this price tag you could comfortably buy two for her to choose from!
The Pandora range is one of many different personalities – while there are plenty f ultra-luxury items within the range (and a full bracelet is worth quite a lot), there are also plenty of very affordable but professionally styled pieces. The ocean wave cubic zirconia pendant at right is perfect for Scorpio women, with its mystical symbolism and intense coloration. The cubic zirconias on the face of the pendant are purple amethyst colored ones, and the sterling silver is purposefully oxidized, giving it an aged, mystical sort of look! The necklace attached to the pendant section is 45cm long, with the pendant section measuring 3cm wide. With a total length of 48cm, it has a lovely middling length and can either be worn over clothing, or tucked underneath it.
If you have a Scorpio to buy for, stick around in the Pandora range – the black and white cubic zirconia earrings at right coordinate beautifully with the ocean waves pendant above them. Black is Scorpio’s signature color, and these gorgeous earrings are made from inexpensive materials, but with obvious flair for jewelry design. You can almost buy two pairs of these for under AU$100 … buy just one and you’ll have enough change left over for a date to wear them on!
The Mix n Match range of earrings from Pandora is a new jewelry collection, where you purchase the hook part and the earring attachment separately. It gives you the opportunity to own more pairs of earrings at a lower price (because less material input is needed), an also to create interesting textural and color layers in your earrings. There are several different pairs of attachments to choose from, but it is the rose quartz beads on silver attachments that we couldn’t resist! With their subtle grace and pink overtones, they are perfect for Libran girls, and even when you buy an initial pair of hooks to go along with them, they are perfect for your pocket! The attachments are around 1.7cm in length, and the rose quartz pieces have a beautiful multifaceted cut.
Pandora bracelets are another way to incorporate jewelry into your regular schedule of gift ideas, at extremely affordable prices! The pleasure of a Pandora bracelet is building it up slowly, so there is no need to feel bad about getting just one charm at a time for your loved one. For Scorpio girls, we choose the intense, powerful colors of the two Murano glass beads at right, with both black/ grey and violet/purple triangles. Murano glass creates beautiful quality, long lasting glass jewelry, and is actually the second lowest-priced of all the Pandora bead categories (after the silver beads). These two designs carry plenty of stock – but can only be delivered within Australia.
Pandora has some beautiful options for under AU$100, even in their ring section. The rose quartz bubble ring is for Librans, again, and is a perfect match for their rose quartz Mix n Match earrings! The sterling silver base and the inexpensive, but still very unique gemstone make this an exceptionally affordable ring. There are also matching stud earrings and a matching bracelet charm to be found, giving you plenty of instant ideas for Christmas! You will have to ruin the surprise for this one, unfortunately – the bubble pattern on the band means that once it is manufactured, it can’t be re-sized. Get a current, accurate finger size measurement from your local jeweler.
Even within the men’s dress ring range there are plenty of inexpensive but stylish choices, like this heart-engraved cubic zirconia ring. It is a unisex style, but Scorpio men will love it, with their tendency to be ruled by their hearts and emotions. It is made of tough stainless steel (this is one heart that will never break!), and sized with both sexes in mind, at 7mm wide. There are three cubic zirconias spread over the band. It is rare you find such a truly unisex piece of jewelry – if this is a romantic gift, then you could add to it by buying a matching one for yourself .
Libran guys are all about balance, and the wonderfully balanced ‘cross within a cross’ design of this Rochet brand necklace makes it perfect for them. The necklace itself is made of durable stainless steel, and the black section in the middle of the cross is a rubber accent, matching the black rubber necklace which comes with the pendant. It is a nice middling size, at 3.5cm long, and has plenty of stylistic matches within the Rochet range. The necklace will also help balance out your wallet – at just under AU$100 and with free shipping, gift wrapping and an included necklace, you can pay and then relax!
Hopefully we’ve converted you … from someone who always missed out on the personal joy of giving jewelry as a gift, to someone who knows that it is actually a very budget-friendly choice, if you know how to look! Check out the sterling silver range, and the Pandora pages to start with for inexpensive gift ideas, as well as the Gift Ideas for Men and Gift Ideas for Women sections. Remember to use the price slider in the blue box to set your budget, and prepare to be amazed at the choice that’s out there!