20 Tips on How to Buy the Perfect Jewelry

Whether it was purchased as a gift or passed down to you, jewelry is something that many of us hold near and dear to our hearts.

Preserving this jewelry and making sure you receive good money if you sell it are important things to us all. Choosing jewelry can be confusing – even overwhelming.

There is so much choice, and so much you need to know, especially if you have never purchased much. Make sure you use these jewelry buying tips to buy the perfect jewelry.

Ultimate Jewelry Buying Guide

How to Buy the Perfect Jewelry Ultimate Jewelry Buying Guide
How to Buy the Perfect Jewelry Ultimate Jewelry Buying Guide

Tip #1

When purchasing jewelry, make sure that you don’t just rely on really prestigious name brands. This can generally lead to you paying 80% more than that of another popular jewelry retailer. Most of the non-prestigious jewelry retailers like Moon Magic, also offer a very nice holiday and yearly discounts, so it’s an overall better deal to shop with them.

Tip #2

If you are looking to buy an expensive piece of jewelry, try to buy during an off period. Because demand is higher around holidays, especially Valentine’s Day, avoid buying at these times. By buying during off periods, you can save yourself quite a lot of money, or even use it as an investment and sell it in a time of high demand, at an increased price.

Tip #3

When it comes to jewelry buying, it is advisable to purchase jewelry that you can wear with much of your clothing. This is important because choosing it in neutral colors will help you get the most wear out of it. This can also help you justify buying more expensive jewelry because you will wear it more often.

Tip #4

Make sure you give yourself ample time when ordering a new jewelry item. Most pieces have a preparation time of six to eight weeks. This can become an obstacle if you need the jewelry for a momentous occasion. Make sure you give yourself extra time on top of the proposed time-frame.

Tip #5

If you have a light ivory skin tone with darker hair, consider purchasing jewelry in silver, white gold, or platinum. The silvery colors look elegant set against an ivory skin tone, especially if you have brown or black hair. Make sure to choose darker gemstones such as green, black, or deep blue.

Tip #6

When choosing earrings, test the weight in the store. You can’t and shouldn’t try them on, but holding them in your hand may be able to tell you if they’re too heavy for all-day wear or just too heavy. Heavy earrings will eventually become painful. No matter how ravishing they look, you won’t want to wear them if they’re not comfortable.

How to Buy the Perfect Jewelry Ultimate Jewelry Buying Guide
How to Buy the Perfect Jewelry Ultimate Jewelry Buying Guide

Tip #7

Don’t purchase any jewelry that could easily be broken, or the recipient could end up disappointed. Many pendants come in tiny little chains that are so fragile that they break right away, and if your loved one loses their new diamond pendant, they’ll be heartbroken. If the chain is short, that comes with a pendant, buy a larger chain, or buy a different pendant! Also, if you are looking for something durable and cost-effective, you can go for silicone rings for wedding or engagement. They look cool and sleek and far from expensive.

Check for wear and damage in every jewelry piece you’re buying. Spending money on jewelry can be a pure investment, but if the item you invest in is not in excellent condition, you will be wasting your money. Carefully examine each piece to ensure that your investments are truly worth the money.

Tip #8

Always keep your receipt. Making sure that you have a means of returning the item in question is one of the most important things to do in jewelry shopping. You never know if the person you are purchasing for may not like the piece, or if you may find a better deal elsewhere.

Tip #9

Use an egg to preserve your sterling silver jewelry. Just boil the egg, dice it, and put it in a bag with your silver jewelry. Within a few hours, your jewelry will change in color, and then you can polish it to an elegant antiqued look. This is an effective method because the egg has sulfur, and sulfur causes the reaction when mixed with sterling silver.

How to Buy the Perfect Jewelry Ultimate Jewelry Buying Guide
How to Buy the Perfect Jewelry Ultimate Jewelry Buying Guide

Tip #10

When buying an engagement ring, remember to find out beforehand what shape stone, she wants her diamond to be. Currently, there are nine different shapes or cuts of diamonds to choose from. You can also look for fashion jewelry if you prefer them.

Tip #11

To reuse an earring after one of the pairs is lost, use it as a brooch. Many earrings can be worn just like a brooch and can make a great accent piece. Try pinning the earring to a scarf or attaching it to your top just below the collarbone. A more elegant earring is a great way to accent a purse or a belt.

Tip #12

Acknowledge the jewelry terms. Understanding what cut, carat, color, and clarity can help you to make a quality purchase for the best and reasonable price. A salesperson will be much more able to explain the variations in the stones you are interested in if you have a precise understanding of the terms.

Tip #13

Amethyst, quartz, and other purple stones can make any ring, necklace, or brooch appear luxurious and regal by conveying a sense of royalty and privilege. These richly colored gems look most striking against settings made of yellow gold, although more and more jewelry designers are pairing deep purple stones with pink-tinged rose gold.

If you are contemplating to purchase a piece of jewelry with precious gemstones, there are synthetic gems available that are more affordable and have a similar standard of quality as natural gems. But, remember that imitation gems which are made of plastic elements are indeed fake, whereas synthetic gemstones are cultured in actual laboratories.

Tip #14

When it comes to taking care of your jewelry, make sure that you always remove it before using any strong chemicals. This is important because when using cleaning substances, it is possible that they could come into contact with your jewelry and either ruin it or temporarily damage it.

How to Buy the Perfect Jewelry Ultimate Jewelry Buying Guide
How to Buy the Perfect Jewelry Ultimate Jewelry Buying Guide

Tip #15

Storing jewelry can be the total death of its luster, even if you’re storing it in the box, it came in. Avoid storing jewelry in those manufacturer’s boxes and even store-bought jewelry boxes. If you’re keeping your items for a longer duration, envelop them in an airtight container to ensure maximum protection. Zipper plastic storage bags work wonders.

Tip #16

When it comes to jewelry buying, be sure that you listen to compliments from people that you’re close to. Let that guide you as to the frequency that you wear a particular jewelry piece. This is necessary because there is something about it that compliments your style and who better to listen to than your own peers.

Tip #17

Simple diamond stud earrings, a solitaire pendant, and a glitzy cocktail ring are wardrobe staples that look equally stunning with jeans or formal wear. For an inexpensive or decent alternative to diamonds, choose cubic zirconium pieces instead. It’s tough to tell the difference between the two stones, and the price allows you to choose larger stones without a hefty cost.

Tip #18

Rings, necklaces, and earrings should be stored in their original padded boxes whenever possible. If you no longer have the original cases, store each piece so that no two pieces are touching one another. This will prevent scuffs and scratches and protect even the most delicate pieces for many years to come.

Tip #19

When you are planning to buy the perfect jewelry, pick a price range, and stick to it. It is tempting to think the item will mean more if it costs more, but that simply is not true. Even though it is jewelry buying, you are still making a purchase. Try not to let your emotions control your decision making. You can buy something that is beautiful and will be enjoyed for years to come without breaking your budget.

Tip #20

Attending yard-sales is a great way to build up a collection of jewelry. Many people sell old costume jewelry for practically a few pennies. This is a classic opportunity to stock up on broken pieces that can be repaired or made into new jewelry later. Many new beautiful pieces of jewelry can be born of old broken pieces. Use yard-sales to build up your collection.

The tips you have just read above cover a relatively wide range of jewelry-related issues. Make sure you’re subsequently using these jewelry buying tips as needed. Jewelry is something we all want to protect, so pay attention to what you’ve learned about jewelry through this post.

Mariyam

I'm an introvert, curious, fun-loving girl whose passion lies in writing. I like hearing people's life stories. I'm currently doing my masters. I love writing about beauty, lifestyle & tit-bits of fashion.

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4 Comments

  1. Nice tips for jewellery. Reusing one lost earring as a brooch is a great idea..

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  2. Akanksha says:

    Such great tips. I invested in some really good jewellery boxes that have a special lining (patented) inside that ensures the polish of jewellery won’t affect for decades.

  3. Sangeeta G says:

    These tips are great – however, the offseason doesn’t really apply that much to India cos every season is jewellery shopping season 😀

  4. Kristie Park says:

    I appreciate that you suggest to observe what kind of jewelry she wears often to help guide me to know what to buy her. It is always so difficult buying my wife jewelry that she’d appreciate and wear. She is so nice that she won’t tell me if she doesn’t like it. This makes it hard to know exactly what she wants. I’ll have to try this tactic and see if it’s any easier.

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