Learning The “Secrets” of Gold

Tips for Investing in Jewelry

When planning to invest in jewelry, your first consideration should be how much you will appreciate the piece, instead what it can give you when you sell it in the future. People often buy jewelry for a reason, such as expressing their personal style, accessorizing an outfit or symbolizing an important life event. No matter your own reasons, here are tips that can help you while shopping around:

Material

Among the most crucial considerations for determining the value of a piece is the the material itself that was used to make it. When you talk about diamonds, for example, those that are over one carat will generally have a value that exceeds that of diamonds below one carat overall weight. Definitely, all four Cs play a huge part: color, cut, carat and clarity. In terms of the gem’s cut, it’s usually better to avoid newer, more fashionable choices and select timeless shapes instead, like round and regal. Remember as well that when shopping for a diamond, color and clarity can be of superior importance to size or carat. In other words, it’s better to get a smaller, higher quality stone than a bigger but flawed stone.

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. Notwithstanding platinum’s higher value in retail, it will not maintain such value on the secondary market. Be sure to check for signs of the metal’s composition before buying jewelry. When it comes to gold, higher karat pieces (14 karats and up) will hold its value more than lower karat ones.

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

Brand Reputation

Brand is yet another factor that may play a significant part in your decision to purchase certain jewelry. Usually, more popular costume jewelry or designer brands are more expensive, regardless of whether they are made of precious or metals, or not.

The good news is, there are many jewelry shops you will find these days, both online and offline. If anything, that means you have a wealth of options around you, and there is absolutely no reason not to find something that matches your style or taste. 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.

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