With so many options on the market, buying jewelry has become an overwhelming task. What should you look for? Is it better to go with silver, gold, or platinum jewelry? Is a hallmark that important? Here are several guidelines that will help you buy the best jewelry pieces for yourself or someone you love.
It has to be personal
Whether you are buying a piece for yourself or a gift for someone, it is important that it suits the wearer’s style and personality. It can be the most expensive trinket in the world, but if the owner doesn’t like it, it is just a huge waste of money. Therefore, before you purchase an item, determine whether you (or your loved one) love it. Also, consider your wardrobe and think about the ways that piece can enhance your outfits.
Research diamonds and gems
Did you know that carat and karat are two completely different things? Here is a handy carat vs karat article which will help you understand the difference. If you never went shopping for diamonds before and you are determined to buy diamond studs or a ring, you should research diamonds and learn a bit about them before you head out the door. The same goes for gemstone pieces. Keep in mind that every gemstone has a different meaning and, it is said, different powers. Some gemstones can be very affordable, while the rarer ones can cost a pretty penny. There are several factors that determine the price of the stone, so do your homework and no one will be able to easily fool you.
Don’t assume ring size
Buying a ring for a loved one can be tricky. While earrings and necklaces are one-size-fits-all, ring sizes vary. If you buy someone a ring and it is too big, or even worse, too small, the whole surprise can end up in disappointment. If the gift is not a surprise, ask a jeweler to measure their finger so you would have the correct size. Otherwise, you can take one of their rings and trace the shape of the ring on the paper. A jeweler will be able to determine the size of the ring from your drawing.
Should you opt for silver, gold, or platinum?
Every metal has its pros and cons. Silver is the most affordable, but is very soft and can bend easily. If you are buying a piece you want to wear for years or decades to come, like your wedding ring, go with something more durable. Silver is great for occasional wear. Gold is more expensive than silver, and it will hold its original shape and won’t bend. You can choose from three colors – yellow, white and rose gold. Also, you can opt for cheaper 9K gold or for expensive 18K gold. Therefore, you can find gold jewelry pieces for every budget. When it comes to platinum, it is the most expensive metal, and features a gorgeous silvery-white color. It is perfect for engagement rings and heirloom jewelry.
What does a hallmark indicate? It tells you that the gold has been evaluated and that the gold follows international standards of purity. However, did you know that every country has a unique process of gold hallmarking? If you buy an item made of gold in the UK, look for the hallmark stamped into the metal. On the other hand, in the US there is no official gold hallmarking system, but there are independent assaying agencies across states and cities that can determine the official value of the item.
Hopefully, these tips will help you buy a fine piece of jewelry for yourself or someone you like.