When investing in jewelry, focus on the joy the piece can give you rather than its potential for earning profit when you decide to sell it. 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 most crucial considerations for determining the value of a piece is the the material itself that was used to make it. 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. When it comes to the cut of the stone, it’s better to steer clear of newer, trendier forms and go for standard cuts instead, such as round and brilliant. 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.
While or other precious gems are often what think about first and foremost when shopping for jewelry, the metals that were used to make the pieces are equally important. To illustrate, even if platinum trades lower than gold ounce-for-ounce sometimes, platinum jewelry may still be more expensive than gold in retail simply because platinum is usually harder to work with than 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.
On top of the metal’s composition, quality construction by the jeweler is important, especially with an intricately designed piece.
Brand is another factor you might want to look into when purchasing jewelry. Usually, more popular costume jewelry or designer brands are more expensive, regardless of whether they are made of precious or metals, or not.
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. This means as well that there is no need to restrict yourself to one specific shop or jeweler. Make comparisons because that’s the only way you can ever truly say that you’ve found the one for you.