Points to keep in mind before buying gold jewelry for yourself
No matter if you are shopping for a specific occasion or giving a treat to yourself, buying gold jewelry is a cherishable experience. Gold being a precious metal, retains its value. First it is durable and second it will last long with proper care. However, purchasing gold jewelry can also be costly. The price of gold can vary hugely, depending on weight, karat and where you buy gold from. As this special purchase is an investment that can last forever, research your jewelry and make purchase wisely so as to find and keep quality pieces that will bring years of happiness.
- Know your style
When selecting a piece of jewelry for yourself, discover what kind of personal style you have; then choose something that complements that style. Some questions to ask yourself would be:
- What your wardrobe is majorly composed of? Is it formal suits and heels, or more like casual every day of the week?
- Do you go for drinks after work and attend musical nights on the weekends? Or the idea of a great Sunday afternoon is playing football in the park?
- Do you wear frilly, girly things more often or does your closet has more minimalist and sporty ones?
It’s important to know these things, because when you select your jewelry, you’ll want it to look awesome with what you wear, whether you plan to wear it for a full week or just on specific occasions. You’ll love your jewelry more if it’s chosen according to your personality and lifestyle.
2. Find a well-established dealer
Choose someone with whom you can develop a lasting relationship. Look at how long the jeweler’s been in business and research the store’s reputation.
A respected jeweler will offer a wide variety of services to help you select your jewelry and with needs that are likely to pop up down the road. Here are a few things to look for:
- An ace jeweler, who can help repair or resize your jewelry.
- Some jewelers also offer design custom pieces. If this interests you, ask them!
- Reputable jewelers typically offer warranties and some kind of return policy. Warranties will add to the cost but may be a good idea for an expensive piece or one that is made of highly pure gold, because of the risk of damage. Make sure to ask about this before your purchase.
An in-house gemologist who’s trained in the properties of precious and semi-precious stones and can guide you in finding the right stone for your style and budget.
3. Determine the right purity for you
While gold is generally more valuable at higher levels of purity, you or the person you are purchasing the jewelry for may prefer less pure gold for practical reasons. 24 karat gold is very soft and highly prone to scratching and damage. Of course, pure gold is also vastly more expensive than alloyed gold.
If you plan on wearing the jewelry on a daily basis, you will probably want it to be no more than 18 karats, i.e. 75 percent pure, to avoid damage.
You should also consider how often your jewelry will come into contact with hard surfaces on a regular basis. For example, highly pure gold rings and bracelets are likely to experience damage if worn daily.
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