Jewelry is one of those investments that are beautiful, but can also be a lifesaver when you’re in a bind and need quick cash. The problem is, when buying jewelry, the prices can be overwhelming. This is especially true if it’s your first time to buy something that’s not just fashion jewelry or costume pieces.
Moving on to real gold or diamond jewelry can mark a significant change in your life, and the last thing you want to worry about is the expensive price tag. Here’s what you should do to prepare for a purchase:
Take Someone Who Knows Jewelry
You can go from one jeweler to another in Utah and still not get over the prices if you’re buying for the first time. If you don’t know what to expect and you have no idea of the prices of pieces you want, the initial shock is expected. That’s why you need a friend who knows jewelry.
Before you even reach the shop, ask your friend how much their favorite pieces might cost so that you can have an idea of the store’s prices. It’s okay to admit you know nothing about prices; your friend can carry the conversation with your jeweler, and you can pay close attention to industry terms. Even if you don’t buy from that first store, seeing your friend transact with the jewelers will give you an idea of how to act when it’s time to buy on your own.
Get Help when Buying for Someone Else
For many, the big purchase is for an engagement ring. If you’re ring shopping for your significant other, go ahead and get help from the store attendant. You only buy one engagement ring for one person, so attendants will expect that you’re coming in wanting choices and needing help in comparing different items.
Ask about the characteristics of each ring you find interesting and don’t be afraid to talk about your budget. You want the best value for your money, and that means looking at rings that are within your price range. If your partner has mentioned characteristics of the ring they want, mention these to your attendant. You may not understand what a princess-cut is, but this makes sense for jewelers.
Understand that Jewelry Needs Care
For purchases you’re making for yourself, you get to go all out when it comes to the price. You think it’s an investment in your future, so you go ahead and buy the most expensive one. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, even the most expensive item needs care.
Before you complete your purchase in a jewelry store, ask attendants about the proper care and storage of your new jewelry. That gold bracelet will keep or even increase its value if it’s in good condition. Those diamond earrings look indestructible, but their hardness means they might scratch your softer pearls. You spent money on each item; don’t go cheap when it comes to their storage.
The money you spend on high-quality jewelry is money well spent, but that is if you buy the right item and know how to care for them in the long run.