When investing in jewelry, the first thing you should consider is how much you will love the piece instead of how much it can return to you when you sell it later. People often buy jewelry for a reason, such as expressing their personal style, accessorizing an outfit or symbolizing an important life event. No matter your own reasons, here are tips that can help you while shopping around:
Among the first considerations when appraising an item’s value is knowing the materials or materials if is made of. For instance, in terms of diamonds, stones more than one carat will often have a larger value compared to diamonds lower than a carat total weight. Of course, the four Cs – carat, clarity, cut and color – are key. In terms of the gem’s cut, it’s usually better to avoid newer, more fashionable choices and select timeless shapes instead, like round and regal. As you shop, remember too that clarity and color are more important than carat or size in some cases. In short, better to get a smaller, better quality diamond than a bigger, flawed one.
Though diamonds or other precious stones are typically your first concern when buying jewelry, the metals used in the design are also important. Picture this: even if platinum trades less than gold ounce-for-ounce, platinum jewelry may still have a higher retail price because it is more difficult to work with compared to gold. Platinum won’t maintain its value on the secondary market, even if it is of higher retail value. Be sure to check for signs of the metal’s composition before buying jewelry. In terms of gold, 14-18 karat – holds more value than 10 karats.
Besides the composition of the metal, it is also important to consider the jeweler’s workmanship as shown by the quality of the jewelry’s construction, especially with intricate designs.
Another factor you may consider when buying jewelry is the brand. Typically, popular designer or costume jewelry brands are pricier, whether or not they are made of precious gems or metals.
The good news is, there are many jewelry shops you will find these days, both online and offline. If anything, that means you have enough options to choose from, and there is absolutely no excuse for not finding a piece that you really love. As well, this means you shouldn’t just limit yourself to one prospective shop or jeweler. Make comparisons because that’s the only way you can ever truly say that you’ve found the one for you.