Learning The “Secrets” of Gold

Tips for Investing in Jewelry

When investing in jewelry, the first thing you should consider is how much you will love the piece instead of how much it can return to you when you sell it later. People buy jewelry for many reasons, such as marking an important event in their lives to simply, complementing or accentuating an outfit, or to simply make a statement. Whatever your own reasons are, here are handy tips to remember as you shop around:

Material

Among the first considerations when appraising an item’s value is knowing the materials or materials if is made of. For instance, in terms of diamonds, stones more than one carat will often have a larger value compared to diamonds lower than a carat total weight. Without a doubt, the four Cs are all important — carat, color, clarity, and cut. As to the cut of the gem, go basic, like round and brilliant, instead of new and trendy. As you shop, remember too that clarity and color are more important than carat or size in some cases. Thus, a smaller diamond may be worth getting if it is also higher in quality than a bigger one.

Workmanship

While or other precious gems are often what think about first and foremost when shopping for jewelry, the metals that were used to make the pieces are equally important. To illustrate, consider that even with platinum trading lower ounce-for-ounce than gold, platinum jewelry may still retail for higher because it is tougher to work with as a metal in comparison to gold. Regardless of its higher retail value, platinum won’t keep its value on the secondary market. Before you buy jewelry, look for hints of the metal’s composition. In terms of gold, 14-18 karat – holds more value than 10 karats.

On top of the metal’s composition, quality construction by the jeweler is important, especially with an intricately designed piece.

Brand Reputation

Brand is another factor you might want to look into when purchasing jewelry. In most cases, the more popular the brand is, the more expensive it will be, even costume or designer jewelry that may not even be made of precious metals or stones.

The best news is, you will find lots of online as well as traditional jewelry stores these days. If anything, that means you have enough options to choose from, and there is absolutely no excuse for not finding a piece that you really love. This means as well that there is no need to restrict yourself to one specific shop or jeweler. Make comparisons because that’s the only way you can ever truly say that you’ve found the one for you.