If I mention the word classical, most people start to hear pianos and violins, see paintings by Michelangelo, and the geometric man by da Vinci, all set on black, gold and shining silver backgrounds … and some of you will have a person that immediately springs to mind! Classical men and women are those ones that always look like they’ve just stepped out of a salon, have worn the same outfits for the last three years, but always manage to make them look chic and sleek, and have an air of grace about them that mere mortals, like most of us, can only hope to have one day! If you are looking for a gift for one of these classical guys or dolls this Christmas, we’ve taken the hard work out of the search, with some beautiful stylish, traditional jewelry picks.
Classical is roughly equivalent to traditional … at least most of the time! A flair for the timeless is what makes these ladies and gentlemen able to update their wardrobe only at Olympics time, and still look superb in the intervening time. When it come to jewelry, this means looking for pieces in traditional metals like yellow and white gold (either one). The diamond matrix huggie earrings are a great example of two traditional jewelry materials, yellow gold and diamonds, used together in a stunning and timeless design. The earring base is 14ct yellow gold, beautiful quality, and they are set with 4 natural diamonds. the huggie design means these sit beautifully on her ears for either day or night wear. They are made for pierced ears.
Of course, another of the most important features of a ‘classic’ look is ensuring coordination and integration. The Pandora earrings at the beginning of the article match with the matrix ring shown at right, as well as the matrix charm that is made for Pandora bracelets, shown below that. These are both 14ct gold, suited to all skin types, and the design has been one of our most popular this season. It is hot right now – but will stay that way for at least a few decades!
No need to start thinking that there is no room for individuality within classicism though! Any of the ‘big four’ of gemstones in jewelry help make a piece a classical one, like the two variants of the white gold and gemstone pendant shown. The sapphire/white gold and ruby/white gold pendants pictured are made for sophisticated evening wear – in the sapphire piece the four gemstones have a combined weight of .47 ct, in the ruby one they are .44 ct. Each has six high quality diamonds, with a total weight of .1ct. The white gold base is deliciously decadent 18ct, and the matching white gold chain is included with the pendant. These pendants will be able to be passed down as heirlooms – and are great value when you consider that even more than one generation may get use out of them!
Pearls are another of those gems that gives a piece a timeless air – and while black pearls, and some of the other fantastic colors like magenta, peacock blue, apricot and grey that they are now available in are stunning, they don’t quite fit with the classical mould. Look for white pearl items like the Pearl and Diamond Pendant pictured, or the classic pearl ring below it (always a clue when the product title has just the word you are looking for!). The pendant has a 9mm x 15mm freshwater pearl, together with four white diamonds, brilliant cut. The combined diamond weight is .14ct, and the gems are set on white gold. It is 41cm long – fairly short, so the long drop section of the pendant won’t make it look too droopy. A definite luxury item! And if you prefer the contrast of rich yellow gold with pearls, the ring has an 8.5mm freshwater pearl set on 14cy yellow gold band, a slim 2mm wide. The simplicity of the design really highlights the beautiful subtle tones of color within the pearl … and for many, the free shipping really seals the deal!
Speaking of those not-so-subtle clues that pop up in product titles every now and again – you can make them pop up on purpose, by using the search term box on the top right of screen within the shop pages. Type in ‘classic’, and you’ll find over 50 products, including some wonderful unisex options like the rhodolite garnet pendant pictured. Classical style men often have different tastes when it comes to jewelry than the modern stainless steel, ceramic, rubber and tungsten fanatics. The rectangular design gives it a masculine strength, and the gem is set on 9ct white gold for suitability for all skin types. The cut is actually known as an octagonal cut, and has a little more depth than a simple rectangle – the 1.17ct stone has some fascinating hypnotic shadows within!
In fact, when it comes to men’s jewelry, you’ll find that many of the items labeled classic are rings. This more common type of men’s jewelry has been accepted for so long due to the custom of the wedding ring, and in the time since the invention of the wedding ring, timeless yet individual designs like the textured men’s gold ring have come about. This piece is made from high quality 18 ct yellow gold, and has a lovely middling band size of 6mm. You can also engrave a message inside the band to your classical gentleman!
Other than this, there are opal, diamond and white gold rings for men, all bearing the stamp of ‘classical’.
Watches can be more than in a classical style – they are also quite a classical item of jewelry for men. The gold watch has been seen as a symbol of wealth and class in the Western world for quite some time now, and Citizen do a lovely version. The slightly square face of this Citizen model gives it a subtle individuality, and the gold band is actually gold tone stainless steel for affordability and scratch resistance. The face is clean and uncluttered, and your classical man won’t even have the hassle of changing batteries, with the revolutionary Eco-Drive technology that allows up to 5 years of uninterrupted use on just a little sunlight!
There are plenty more classical pieces of jewelry than shown here. Either use the search term box to search for those classic items, or keep browsing in the Christmas Gifts for Her and Christmas Gifts for Him sections – look out for gold,diamonds, pearls and sleek clean lines. If you need any pointers, just click the Live Help link to the right of screen to take advantage of our jewelry expertise!