4 Jewelry Buying Tips

We know you don’t only buy lingerie. Especially around Valentine’s Day – when lingerie might be a lovely extra something silky tacked onto a bigger, sparklier gift for ‘her’ to wear. Here are some tips from The American Society of Appraisers to make your jewelry buying a bit easier this Valentine’s day – or any day!

1. Don’t buy an expensive diamond or gemstone that doesn’t have a report from a major lab. Look for reports from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the American Gem Society (AGS) or the American Gem Trade Association lab (GTC).

2. Be cautious when buying rubies. Some “rubies” on the market are composites of low-grade ruby material and colored glass. They are attractive, but more in the nature of costume jewelry than gems, and this should be reflected in the price. Always ask the salesperson to write down what treatments have been applied to colored stones.

3. Have jewelry independently appraised for insurance purposes. Choose an appraiser who is an accredited member of a nationally recognized appraisal organization, such as the American Society of Appraisers, as well as a Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (FGA). The appraisal should be done for a set price, not for a percentage of the value – that’s unethical.

4. Have the jeweler write a description of the piece on the receipt and put the return policy in writing as well.

For more information about appraisals, or to find an accredited appraiser visit www.appraisers.org or call (800) ASA-VALU.

If you are buying her a diamond, make sure you learn about the 4 C’s of diamonds. Also, take into consideration her personal fashion style when purchasing a piece she’ll be wearing forever (such as an engagement ring). Does she like modern or traditional? Does she prefer gold or platinum? Stay out of the dog house — Purchasing an engagement ring should take up more research time than the last TV, stereo or BBQ you purchased!

When I purchased Rachel’s engagement ring, I decided not to make the ring itself a surprise. I wowed her with a spontaneous, romantic engagement, but the little velvet box was empty. The next day we shopped for her ring together, which worked out great since she already had her heart set on a ring she saw when out with a friend that I never would have known to pick. Now she has the dream ring she treasures, and I didn’t lose any sleep over a $$$$ purchase!

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  1. Kelly says:

    Proposing with an empty box is such a great idea!

  2. Gregg says:

    Great post here! A dmonaid’s cut, color, carat and clarity are the important features that a shopper must know. Once you have a deeper knowledge about these important characteristics of a dmonaid, you can easily determine its authenticity. Again, thanks for this great post!

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