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 buy jewelry for many reasons, such as marking an important event in their lives to simply, complementing or accentuating an outfit, or to simply make a statement. Whatever your own reasons are, here are handy tips to remember as you shop 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. As to the cut of the gem, go basic, like round and brilliant, instead of new and trendy. As you shop, remember too that clarity and color are more important than carat or size in some cases. In other words, it’s better to get a smaller, higher quality stone than a bigger but flawed stone.
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, consider that even with platinum trading lower ounce-for-ounce than gold, platinum jewelry may still retail for higher because it is tougher to work with as a metal in comparison to gold. Regardless of its higher retail value, platinum won’t keep its value on the secondary market. Prior to buying jewelry, look out for indications of the metal’s composition. When it comes to gold, higher karat pieces (14 karats and up) will hold its value more than lower karat ones.
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.
Brand is another factor you might want to look into when purchasing jewelry. 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, it only means you have abundant options, and there is no reason not to find a piece that is most satisfying to you. This means as well that there is no need to restrict yourself to one specific shop or jeweler. Make comparisons because it’s the only accurate way of saying that one option is the best for you.