So, I just wanted to share some of the things to watch out for when buying jewelry. I’ve picked these up working in the jewelry business.
1. Sizing – Always ask if it can be sized to fit you. Sometimes (particularly if it needs to be sized more than 2 sizes) it can’t be done without compromising the integrity of the mounting, or causing you to lose stones. So, be sure to ask your salesperson. If they give you that deer in the headlights look, ask the jeweler on site.
2. Multi Stone or Pie Cut Diamond Rings
These are a great way to save money on a ring with a large carat weight. But, it can sometimes be difficult to find a jeweler willing to work on them. Sometimes, you have to send them back to the manufacturer. So, keep that in mind when considering these options.
3. Diamond Pave
Oh my gosh, just about anything with this flies off of the shelf & I love the look myself. But, anytime you buy something like this, be sure to have your jeweler ensure that all the stones are tight. These guys have a tendency to lose stones.
As long as you know ahead what to watch for and what to ask your salesperson for, you’ll do just fine selecting an beautiful piece for your collection!
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Jewelry stores provide you with some type of paperwork at the time of purchase. They usually tell you what you bought and how much you paid. IE: 14 karat yellow gold 1.00 carat total weight brilliant cut diamond solitaire ring. Which is great, but how do you know if you got a good deal?
Ask for appraisal paperwork.
Appraisal papers will tell you color, cut, clarity, and carat weight. AKA The 4 C’s How the item(s) is graded on a scale for each group, estimated retail replacement value, and should include a diagram of internal flaws. The appraisal should contain a description of the mounting as well.
I advise all smart shoppers to ask for an independent GIA certified appraisal. This will ensure that the person grading the jewelry has no stake in what it sells for. Thus, providing you with an unbiased evaluation of the item(s).
As with any high dollar purchase, ask for a guarantee. This will give you the confidence to know that if your purchase isn’t what the seller represented it to be, you’ll have recourse.
And shop around! See what several different stores offer and at what price, and don’t be afraid to negotiate. Let the seller know you found xyz at another store for x price, can you beat that offer? If you know what you want and for what price, you can find the best bang for your buck.
Thought it might be helpful for our friends to have a little help in this area.
All precious metal and gold jewelry is stamped to show the percentage of purity. Below are a few examples to help you educate yourself.
10 karat gold stamp – 417
14 karat gold stamp – 585
18 karat gold stamp – 750
Platinum stamp – 950
Sterling Silver stamp – 925
Gold plated jewelry is also stamped to be easily identified. Below are a few examples:
HGE – Heavy gold electroplate
GE – Gold electroplate
GF – Gold Filled
These are just a few examples. There are others out there and some are tricky. Even the experts get fooled into buying fake gold, so if you are ever unsure, please feel free to stop in anytime and we can help you to identify. Hope this helps to shed some light.
We are thick in the middle of lawn & garden season. Here’s a quick tip: remember that the trees in our area are still producing lots of debris. Make sure to keep those gutters clean. This will keep them from sagging and potentially causing water to pool on your roof. The damage can be severe.
Remember to care for your jewelry every day. It is best to take it all off prior to using any type of soap, makeup, or cleaning solutions. Most of these items have harsh abrasives that can dull and scratch your jewelry. If you need a quick cleaning: swing by and pick up a complimentary cleaning cloth!