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What should I look for when buying jewelry? 10 tips

by Ella Taylor Experto en joyería
What should I look for when buying jewelry? 10 tips
Whether you're shopping for a gift for someone or a piece for your own collection, this article explains what to look for when shopping for jewelry. With 10 simple tips including style, gold purity, ring size and gemstone knowledge, this guide will help you make the right purchase.

 

1. Make it personal
Whether it is a gift, an engagement ring or a piece for your own collection, the most important thing is to buy a piece of jewelery that the wearer loves and that suits their style and personality. In this way, the purchase of jewelry will bring maximum joy for a long time. To learn more, read about how to choose the perfect jewelry gift or engagement ring, or how to build a great jewelry collection.

2. Learn about diamonds and gems
If this is your first time buying diamonds or gemstones, it's a good idea to learn a little about them. You probably wouldn't buy an expensive TV or mobile phone without doing some research first, and the same goes for valuable gems. For more information, visit our gem guides.

3. Don't guess the ring size
If you buy someone a ring and it doesn't fit, your special occasion could end in disappointment. Fortunately, there are 3 easy ways to get an accurate ring measurement:

Take an existing ring and measure it with the RING SIZER APP of a mobile phone
Measure the finger with a FREE RING SIZE
Have a jeweler measure an existing ring or the person's finger
 

4. Silver, gold or platinum?
Silver is the most affordable precious metal. However, it is very soft and can be easily bent, so it is not suitable for long-term daily wear such as engagement rings. Instead, silver is a great fashion accessory, best suited for casual wear.

Gold is a little more expensive than silver but much more resistant. It comes in different colors: white, yellow and rose gold. It also comes in different purities, from cheaper 9-karat gold to more expensive 18-karat gold. Therefore, gold is very versatile for all kinds of jewelry, from small gifts to important pieces such as engagement rings.

Platinum is the most resistant precious metal of all, with a beautiful silver-white color. However, it is also the most expensive. It is ideal for heirloom jewelry such as engagement, wedding and eternity rings.

For more information, visit our comprehensive precious metals guides。

5. Marking
If you buy gold, silver or platinum jewelery in the UK, look for the hallmark stamped into the metal。A hallmark is a legal guarantee of the precious metal content of your jewellery。Ensuring you pay what is advertised。 For more information, read our article on 10 distinctive facts。

6. Conflict free
When otropic rebel groups sell diamonds on the black market to finance their illegal activities, these stones are called "conflict diamonds"。Therefore you should always check that you are buying conflict free stones。In other words, make sure the vendor is legitimate and that its diamonds have been produced in accordance with the international Kimberley process。

7. Avoid nickel-filled jewelry
Many people are allergic to a metal called nickel. However, some jewelry contains nickel used as an alloy. Since almost anyone can develop skin irritation from nickel, it's wise to avoid items that contain this metal. If you're not sure, just ask your jeweler if your jewelry is nickel-free.
8. Compare prices
This is an important tip for buying jewelry: don't buy the first item you see。Shopping around。It's a good idea to compare prices at some jewelry stores because you might find the same piece of jewelry for less money at another store。For example, online stores are usually cheaper because they don't have the same overhead as physical stores。

9. Find the right jeweler
A good vendor will be reassuring and helpful, no matter how many questions you ask。The most valuable thing to a jeweler is the trust of their customers。So check things like membership in the National Association of Jewelers, as well as a warranty period offered on products , as signs of a reliable service。
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10. Read the fine print
As a last piece of advice for buying jewelry, always keep the receipt and any other documents that accompany your purchase。With custom-made items, check if they are returnable。If you are buying a gift, it is an especially good idea to check the return and exchange policy 。This way you can always exchange the item if your recipient doesn't like it。

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