Newman's nuggets on selecting quality jewelry
7 TIPS ON BUYING QUALITY JEWELRY
1. When selecting jewelry, ask jewelers to rate the quality of the craftsmanship and explain their rating. Jewelers that sell well-made jewelry like the opportunity to show why their mountings and settings are better than those of competitors. Their answers will help you learn to judge quality and select a competent jeweler.
Look at the back of the piece.
If it looks smooth and
cleanly finished, chances are it's well-constructed.
If there's a clasp, verify that it works. Try to open and close it
by yourself a couple times. Listen for the click. Then pull at the clasp gently to see if it comes apart
or remains secure.
or remains secure.
4. Check for rough and
sharp edges by rubbing the piece lightly against your skin and
Select sturdy mountings for everyday rings and bracelets.
Rings that are very thin and bracelets that can bend and dent do not
last long. Platinum mountings can normally be thinner and more delicate
than those made of gold and silver. This is because platinum is more
dense and stronger than most gold and silver alloys.
Get a detailed receipt. The receipt should include:
identity and purity of the metal(s)
identity and shape of the stones
carat weight of any major stone and the total weight of any smaller
stones of each gem type.
* The treatment status of the major stones---Are the color and clarity natural?
Check to see if there’s a karat stamp or fineness mark and a
trademark on the piece.
Even though these marks aren’t necessarily a guarantee that the metal
content is as stamped, they’re an indication. If you ever decide to
resell the piece later on, these marks would be important. To accurately
compare prices you must know the gold, platinum or palladium content.
The trademark is a mark that
indicates the manufacturer, importer or seller of an item. In the
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