5 Tips on How to Buy Fine Jewellery She Will Love

By Elizabeth Henderson  



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Buying fine jewellery is an investment that lasts a lifetime. Naturally you want your gift to be treasured by the receiver. What she likes may not be the same as your taste in jewellery. A special gift needs to reflect the tastes and style of the receiver even if it is not your favorite style.

Here are some tips for how to choose a fine jewellery gift that she will love:

1. Observe
Pay attention to what she kind of jewellery she typically wears for daytime and for special event evenings. If she has a big bracelet collection but rarely wears earrings, then do not buy diamond stud earrings. No matter how beautiful they are and what a great bargain, if it is not her style then they would be a waste of money.

2. Ask Her Confidants
Avoid spoiling the surprise for her by fishing around with goofy questions that she will know is meant to choose her gift. Instead, ask her mother, sister or best friend. They know what she wears and probably have heard her talk about what she wants but never bought for herself. If they have, try and buy a jewellery piece that she has secretly always desired.

3. Search
Look inside her jewellery box and see what she has already got. Notice which pieces you see her wear frequently and which jewellery items she has never worn. If you live in the same home, this is easy. But if you do not, you need to be cautious or you going through her jewellery box might get you arrested!

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4. Match Her Style
Notice her dress style. Does she favor classic clothes, sporty clothes or high style trendy clothes? The jewellery gift needs to compliment her clothing style. If you are not sure how to make those things match, then ask a female sales clerk at the jewellery store for assistance. You might even bring along her sister or girlfriend to help you make the selection. Just be sure the helper can keep your secret.

5. Engrave It
If possible, have the fine jewellery item engraved. Whether you engrave her monogram or your initials intertwined with yours, this shows her how much you thought about and planned the purchase.

Engraving often takes time. So getting something engraved will show her just how much you have thought about the purchase, which means will value it even more. But beware! If you decide to add a special event date, like your anniversary, make sure you get it right! Nothing spoils a gift more than getting the date wrong!

Prepared with these basic tips, you can select a fantastic fine jewellery gift that will please your lady when she receives it and every time she wears it.


Buying Diamonds - How to Shop For Fine Jewellery

By Elizabeth Henderson  



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Choosing fine jewellery is exhilarating - whether it is a diamond solitaire for an engagement or a diamond necklace for a formal event. Making the choice is often more of an emotional decision than an informed choice.

However, fine jewellery is a costly investment decision that you want to make wisely. If buying fine jewellery is your weakness, then you need to do research before you get to the store and become distracted by the shiny allure of gold and the brilliant sparkle of the diamonds!

Basic jewellery terminology is important because explains the quality ratings of the jewellery, which are related to price. When buying diamonds, you want to look for the Four Cs: cut, color, clarity and carat.

Cut is the shape of the stone - not just stylistic versions of oval, square or heart shape - but the actual cut of each stone. A great cut improves the value while a poorly crafted cut reduces value.

Clarity is how close (or how far) the diamond is from flawless. Flaws, cracks, scratches or carbon specks reduce the clarity. Color rates the diamond from white or pure color to varying degrees of yellow.

Carat is the weight and the most familiar characteristic in diamond buying. A one carat diamond is 100 points, or.02 grams.

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It is easy to get distracted with big discounts. You can get great discounts if a store is going out of business, or maybe the piece is a loss leader, where the store gives a large discount on earrings or a bracelet to get you into the store in the hope that you will buy more.

But beware. Not all discounts are worth having. Sometimes the discount is high because the quality of the jewellery is lower.

Be a smart buyer. Start your jewellery shopping with a reputable, professional jeweler who takes time to answer your questions and explain the quality differences in the items you are trying on.

The jeweler can also present the Certificate of Authenticity, which validates the quality of the stone you are considering. Without this certificate, the average person buying jewellery has no idea whether the stone is what the jeweler says it is or not.

If the jewellery piece does not come with a Certificate of Authenticity, it still may be a great buy. Just ask the jeweler to prepare a written description of the item including karats for gold, Four Cs for diamonds and size with description of any side stones or different types of stones. This helps you evaluate the price and quality as well as provides a description for insurance coverage.


5 Secrets for Extending the Life of Your Custom Made Designer Fine Jewellery

By Travis Wiebe 



When most people purchase a piece of custom made designer fine jewellery they are unaware of some of the basic requirements for keeping it clean and unscathed for years to come. It's easy to let the day to day use of jewellery allow us to become complaisant with its care, and before long these common mistakes can add up to damaged that is irreversible. With these simple tips you should be able to keep your jewellery in its original condition and pass it down from generation to generation.

The first thing to consider is that custom jewellery can have intricate designs that are susceptible to damage and dirt. Tight designs can accumulate debris, and intricate gem settings can serve as the perfect hiding places for grime. Therefore it is recommended that you do not wash your hands while wearing a custom ring, or go into the shower or pool while wearing a necklace or bracelet. The harsh chemicals typical of pools and oceans can wear down the sheen of a piece significantly, and the soaps used to keep hands clean can cloud up diamonds and other gems.

Secondly, it's important to be mindful of where your hand is while wearing a fine ring. A simple smack against a wall can do irreversible damage to even the hardiest of gemstones, especially emeralds. Small chips or cracks can affect the brilliance of stones, and they can also significantly hinder their value. If a claw bends out of place it can be enough to cause the gem inside to rattle, or at the very worst, completely fall out. When wearing your ring remember that you are wearing a piece of art, and always be conscious of where you are putting your hands.


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Thirdly, when storing your jewellery for the night, make sure to store it securely and safely. This includes storing it away from other pieces, or at least far enough away that they will not hit each other when moved. Jewellery stuffed together in a "secure" jewellery box eliminates its purpose, so make sure that you are spacing your pieces far enough apart so that they do not touch.
Pieces of varying metals should be especially separated to prevent scuffing or cracking. Nothing is worse than having a diamond from one ring scratch the soft gold of another, so take the time to organize your jewellery box and be extra mindful of how you use it.

The fourth step is to have your jewellery cleaned and inspected about once a year. Over-cleaning can result in wear, but general maintenance should be practiced to keep up the integrity of the piece. We often recommend that our clients use a window type cleaning agent and a very soft toothbrush. After a short soak you can use the toothbrush to get underneath the diamonds and into the hard to reach places. After you are finished, wash it under clean water. This simple process will often be enough to restore your jewellery to like-new condition.

The fifth step should be common sense, but it bears repeating- Do not wear your custom jewellery while engaging in exercise, cleaning, or even while doing strenuous work. Sometimes we forget when we are wearing a piece of jewellery and by the time we start an activity it's already too late.