Young consumers are naturally drawn to luxury items, with a study showing that diamond jewellery is highly coveted by Millennials and Generation Z. Almost 80 percent of purchasers buy diamonds for themselves and for others, and women said that they purchased fine jewellery for their significant others, mothers, and children. If you're a mum to a teenager, you've probably had requests for a nice watch or the It bracelet of the moment. The right choice of jewellery can be a good gift for your teen to mark special milestones and achievements. If your child is eager to start their own collection, here's a guide to buying your teenager's first jewellery.
Start with the classics
Perhaps your teenage son wants a chunky chain similar to the ones worn by Kanye West or Jay Z. Or maybe your daughter wants an ornate cocktail ring as a statement piece. While these pieces may be popular right now, you'll want to buy something that will withstand the test of time. Start by giving your teen a classic piece, such as a pair of diamond stud earrings, gold hoop earrings, a fine chain necklace with an initial pendant, or a simple eternity band with micro diamonds. Giving them these items will teach them to properly build a jewellery collection from scratch, and they're more likely to wear these pieces often, since they go well with any kind of outfit.
Look for comfy styles with secure clasps or closures
Some teenagers won't take off their jewellery unless they absolutely have to, which means that it's not at all unusual for them to wear their favourite pieces while showering or sleeping. If this is the case for your teen, then buy them comfy pieces that won't dig or cut into their skin, such as a plain, thin bangle in white gold or rose gold. Also, since some teens tend to lose their things, it's important to inspect jewellery clasps or closures before buying to ensure that they're perfectly secure. Most jewellers recommend pieces with lobster claws or hook and spring ring clasps, since these keep jewellery safe and secure.
Choose a cool yet timeless watch
A watch makes a perfect gift for teens. Every teenager needs a reliable timepiece, but you don't have to splurge on a Cartier or a Tiffany watch to make them feel special. For their first "grown-up" timepiece, think about getting them a cool yet timeless watch. Boys will love the luxe feel of a watch with a silver band and a brown leather strap, such as the Diesel Master Chief or the Daniel Wellington Bristol. Meanwhile, girls may love a delicate stainless steel watch such as the Fossil Virginia, or the gold tone Michael Kors Runway Mercer.
Help your teen start their jewellery collection by giving them these pieces as gifts. Remind them to keep their fine jewellery in a safe place and to care for them properly so that they'll get to enjoy them for a long time.