Mod's edit: This post is separated from the following thread. Gift ideas for friends in Japan | Japan Forum Hi, I have almost a similar question - my friend from Japan is coming to see me, and I was thinking about giving her something special. I heard that gold is not the best option, and I am not sure about silver either. As for a ring made, say, of cobalt - will it be appropriate? I was also thinking about adding some nice engraving to it.