Starting this week, graduations are going to come in a great wave. Some of them will be for young people graduating high school or finishing the undergrad work. Others may be finishing a more advanced degree. Still others may be completing trade school. All are ample cause for celebration, and many people like to celebrate such occasions by giving gifts.
Cultured pearls are a wonderful standard for a lady’s graduation, regardless of her age. They can be as simple and fun as a strand of cultured freshwater pearls dyed into playful colors, or as timeless as a strand of matched cultured white Akoyas that glow with pearlescent radiance. I’m personally a big fan of cultured Tahitian pearls; I like using multicolored strands that show greens, black, steely grays, and even golds and whites mixed in.
A gift that is a little more contemporary is long, wrappable, stackable strands of pearls and colored gems. Margo Morrison is one of the most popular designers I carry, and she uses some unique materials. I’ve also had a few strands laid out and strung from my own inventory of gems, as well.
I also have a selection of simple colored studs set up for quick grab-and-go gifts. Garnets, emeralds, rubies, different colors of zircon, aquamarine, amethyst, etc.; I love colored stones, and these kinds of earrings are easy, affordable gifts.
For the guys celebrating a graduation, cufflinks are always a staple of any man’s formal wear. I have a wide selection, from pieces I’ve designed to various stainless steel designs by Colibri. Speaking of Colibri, I carry a fine array of gents’ goods by them, including lighters and cigar cutters, cufflinks, and some sharp-looking pens.
And speaking of sharp, I still have a variety of fine pocketknives by William Henry Studio. These are the finest folding knives in the world, by my estimation; they also apply their craftsmanship to pens, money clips, and – get this – golfer’s divot tools. William Henry represents function elevated to art. It’s worth stopping by just to see those.