Jewellery is something that has been highly prized throughout history, and it’s not surprising. It can be eye-catching, and a great way to express beauty and status. People buy it as investments or as gifts to delight someone special.
It may be that you are currently considering a purchase right now. If so, this article will tell you what you need to know beforehand about jewellery.
Check For Authenticity
It’s important to not be taken in by knock-offs and fakes of diamonds or pearls. Whilst the seller may vouch for its authenticity, the best thing to do is to take it to a jeweller and ask them what they think (even if this involves a fee). Every piece of jewellery will have either a stamp or certification on it. Where this is placed can vary, and it will usually be somewhere that isn’t too noticeable.
The internet features lots of helpful information on the subject of jewellery authentication. You can learn that the difference between real and fake can be whether the gold or silver is magnetic (it shouldn’t be). It’s also possible to learn how to tell if a gemstone or Rolex is real by visiting specialist websites.
Cut And Clarity
It’s important that you know what kind of cut grade your diamond has before you buy. A cut is a way to describe the shape and proportion of a diamond. It refers not only to how well it reflects light, but also its fire and brilliance. A cut with less fire or brilliance will make the stone appear larger because more weight from the rough remains in place after cutting.
When you are looking at the clarity of a diamond, you’re considering how many imperfections or inclusions it has inside the stone. The fewer flaws there are on the outside of your gemstone, the fewer there will be inside. When choosing between two diamonds with similar cut and colour grades, choose one with fewer clarity flaws because this means longer-lasting brilliance. Whilst diamonds can have flaws, they shouldn’t affect their durability or beauty too much. Make sure that all the stones have been cut to the same grade.
Carat Weight And Colour
One carat is equal to 200 milligrams and you can find information on a product’s carat weight in a jewellery store or online. It may be harder to discover this when buying from a private seller. You could consider an online certification from GIA which will give you all the relevant information.
The colour of your diamond will help determine its worth and price tag. A pure white diamond with no trace of any other hue is called Faint, while one that contains faint traces of yellow or brown is classified as Near-Colourless. Diamonds graded slightly lower down contain hints of another colour such as blue, green or red. Diamonds with the slightest hints of yellow are called slightly tinted and those that have brown tones can be referred to as greyish.
If you’re not sure how much money you have to spend, it will be difficult to find what you want. Many people sell their products at a high price solely due to brand value or other factors.
You need to discover your budget range and buy accordingly. It’s possible to buy cheap earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces. You can also buy combined jewellery which includes multiple pieces (e.g. an engagement ring with a matching bracelet or necklace).
The warranty is a guarantee that the company that created your jewellery will fix it for free if something goes wrong within a certain time frame. Some warranties last only six months, while others can be as long as ten years or more. This warranty depends on how much you paid for the item and where you bought it from.
Warranties are very common in retail stores but are not always available online. Make sure that whoever makes your warranty signs it and that it has a warranty number. Some jewellers won’t make any warranty on their pieces because of the style, such as antique and vintage items (especially rings or necklaces). In this case, ask them if they will repair your jewellery for free if something goes wrong within six months.
You should also think about the jewellery style or occasion, and how much you will need to maintain it after the purchase. If you choose wisely your investment or gift will be something you’ll never regret, and it may delight anyone you choose to give it to.