Jewelry Investment Guide
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. Most people purchase jewelry for a reason – mark a milestone, accessorize an outfit, express their personality, and so on. Whatever your own reasons are, here are handy tips to remember as you shop around:
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. Of course, the four Cs – carat, clarity, cut and color – are key. As to the cut of the gem, go basic, like round and brilliant, instead of new and trendy. Remember as well that when shopping for a diamond, color and clarity can be of superior importance to size or carat. In short, better to get a smaller, better quality diamond than a bigger, flawed one.
Though diamonds or other precious stones are typically your first concern when buying jewelry, the metals used in the design are also important. To illustrate, even if platinum trades lower than gold ounce-for-ounce sometimes, platinum jewelry may still be more expensive than gold in retail simply because platinum is usually harder to work with than gold. Regardless of its higher retail value, platinum won’t keep its value on the secondary market. Be sure to check for signs of the metal’s composition before buying jewelry. In terms of gold, 14-18 karat – holds more value than 10 karats.
Aside from the metal’s composition, the jeweler’s workmanship is important, especially if the piece has an intricate design.
Another factor you may consider when buying jewelry is the brand. 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.