Quality, trends, store location, time, service and current market value are only
a few variables that influence the price of jewelry.
The more you're informed about jewelry, the better business you'll be doing.
Buying jewelry is a thrilling challenge. If you're about to buy your first gemstone or emerald
necklace, there are some things you need to know.
Jewelry consumers are usually very well informed about the industry, the price of a
craftsman's work and what drives a jeweler to keep his store open to the public.
First of all, it's important to define what are you looking for?
Is it a golden diamond ring or a platinum diamond ring?
How much are you willing to pay for one carat?
Having exactly in mind your favorite jewel, it's time to shop around.
Visit jewelry stores, jewelry house brands and jewelry wholesales. By the time you've visited
the fifth jewelry shop, you'll get clear ideas of the highest and lowest price.
If you've got a friend who understands more than you about precious stone, ask his advice.
Then, you're ready for the jewelry details. What's the weight, size or both of your target
Ask the jewelry seller how the gemstones were treated. Were they improved to last longer
with heat, bleach, irradiation, dye or diffusion?
Look deeper into the heart of the gem. Does it show any fracture or internal imperfection?
For example, a diamond weight usually is valued in carats and may be described in decimal
or fractional parts of a carat. If the weight is given in decimal parts of a carat, the value
should be accurate to the last decimal place.
If you're willing to buy a jewelry diamond piece, ask for more information about laser-drilled
operations that may have been made.
The US Federal Trade Commission has released a few advices for those who buy fine jewelry
pieces in jewelers or jewelry shops.
1. Ask about the refund and return policy before you buy.
2. Check for the appropriate markings on metal jewelry.
3. Ask whether the pearls are natural, cultured or imitation.
4. Ask whether a gemstone is natural, laboratory-created or imitation.
5. Ask whether the gemstone has been treated, whether the change is permanent and
whether special care is required.
6. Make sure your sales receipt includes any information you relied on when making your
purchase, like the gem’s weight or size. Some jewelers may give you a grading report from a
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