Every woman knows that a great piece of jewelry can really elevate her outfit and help her look her best. While cheap pieces can look shiny and stylish for a while, they eventually tarnish and end up in the garbage. Although it is perfectly fine to have those accessories in your collection and wear them for a season or two, you don’t always have to settle for the most affordable options. After all, high-quality products are expensive, but they are worth every penny. Sterling silver can last a lifetime, pure gold even longer and diamonds will shine for thousands of years. Expensive jewelry doesn’t crack and unlike their cheaper counterparts it can survive constant wear and tear.
Expecting a high level of durability from cheap jewelry is like expecting that a 10-dollar coffee table will serve you for decades. Low-cost necklaces or rings are not stable and you can easily end up with a choking hazard.
Although fashion trends change every season, high-quality, expensive jewelry never goes out of style. This type of jewelry is worth passing down from generation to generation and its value will never go down. If you are interested in investing in an accessory that you will give to your daughter or your daughter-in-law one day, there are several things you should pay attention to before you make a purchase. Whether you are looking into beautiful gold stackable rings for women or a pendant that will stay in your family long after you are gone, here are some tips that will come in handy.
Opt for trusted sources
The best way to make sure that you are investing in a high-quality piece of jewelry is to buy it from a jeweler you trust. It is easy to spot a professional jeweler, just pay attention to the way they examine the accessory. They will check it from all angles because even though the part in the front looks shiny and expensive, the real value can be seen from the back. This way a jeweler can see how much care was taken in finishing the piece and also the thickness of the object. If you are not sure whether you should trust them, ask for certificates of authenticity for any gem. It is also important that certification papers are current and not more than two years old.
Look for seals
If you wish to buy a piece of jewelry that will last you a lifetime, keep in mind that you should look for pure metals, high-quality gemstones and avoid plated or nickel-filled jewelry. When purchasing a new piece also look for hallmarks. The first one should tell you about the metal content of a piece, and the second one, if there is one, will inform you about the country of origin, designer or manufacturer. So, where should you look for these hallmarks? If you are checking out a necklace pay attention to the clasp, but if you want to buy a ring or a bracelet look at the inside of the piece. In case you are interested in an expensive pair of earrings, pay attention to the post. Every fine piece of jewelry that is less than a century old has a hallmark. However, if you are interested in an antique piece, get the item appraised before you open your wallet.
Check the weight
If you wish to know if you are buying a real deal, pay attention to the weight of the necklace or a bracelet. Expensive metals such as gold and silver are heavier than their fake counterparts. If a chain feels much lighter than a similar gold one you already have, it is probably fake. Also, keep in mind that necklace made from solid gold is consistent throughout, so if you see that a piece of jewelry is darker in some places or even silvery, it is most likely gold plated and not very valuable.
Take time when buying an expensive piece of jewelry, because unlike cheap pieces, this one will last you a lifetime.
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