Jewelry is a fashion statement across the cultures and communities it doesn’t only add elegance to one’s personality it also tells about the person’s economic wellbeing. Besides the choice of jewelry depending upon the materials, size, color and which part of the body it belongs tells about the personal preferences and attitudes of a person as well. There also are certain pieces of jewelry associated to certain types of personalities in various cultures. For instance wearing a shinning gold wrist watch by men may be considered cool in one community and a bizarre show-off in another similarly lip piercing may be cool for a hip hop dancer but could be taboo for a bank manager.
Below we outline guidelines to be considered while buying jewelry:
Step 1: Identify the purpose of your buying certain piece of jewelry. Is it only for a specific occasion or you are going to wear it regularly. In fact the two are quite different from each other. If you want it only for a certain occasion i.e. a party, graduation ceremony or other kind of celebratory event then you may need to buy something with more glitter but not very costly, may be something that gives a rich look but actually not very expensive. While on the other hand if you plan to wear your jewelry on regular basis then you want it more practical and durable.
Step 2: What is your profession and how people generally perceive you? Are you considered a bold fashionable person who is accepted as the one who often deviates from the trodden paths or you are considered to be a conservative? Better is always to do with your perceived image or else one must be ready to face strange looks or even intriguing questions some times.
Step 3: Decide upon the materials, for instance, Gold, Silver, Platinum, Tungsten or any other. Also decide upon whether you want it to be fixed with any precious stones or diamond or none. This will heavily affect your budget. Diamonds are, in general, much more expensive than most precious stones but are much more wearable too. You can comfortably wear them to parties as well as to your workplace.
Step 4: What is your budget? Your choice of jewelry by-and-large depends on your budget as a piece of jewelry may cost from a few dollars to a few thousand dollars, so, you must decide how much you can spend and should stick to it. It may be tempting to buy something that is way out of your budget but overspending will sure call for trouble later.
Step 5: Does your purchased jewelry have any investment value? In many cultures people buy the Gold (or to some extent Silver) jewelry only because it is considered to have a lot of investment value. In recent years Gold and Silver have both appreciated several times thus increasing the value of the jewelry holdings of many and of course Gold or Silver jewelry is readily redeemable. Check with your store if a certain piece of jewelry that you have marked for purchase is redeemable. This aspect certainly adds value to your purchase.
Above are the most basic points to consider while buying jewelry. Most leading jewelers these days require their staff to help customers and answer queries. The staff of such jewelers is especially trained and directed to educate their customers and help them make right choices for themselves.