Buying Jewelry As an Investment
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. People often buy jewelry for a reason, such as expressing their personal style, accessorizing an outfit or symbolizing an important life event. In any case, as you go around shopping for a nice piece to buy, here are things to look into:
Among the first considerations when appraising an item’s value is knowing the materials or materials if is made of. When you talk about diamonds, for example, those that are over one carat will generally have a value that exceeds that of diamonds below one carat overall weight. Without a doubt, the four Cs are all important — carat, color, clarity, and cut. When it comes to the cut of the stone, it’s better to steer clear of newer, trendier forms and go for standard cuts instead, such as round and brilliant. As you shop, remember too that clarity and color are more important than carat or size in some cases. Thus, a smaller diamond may be worth getting if it is also higher in quality than a bigger one.
While or other precious gems are often what think about first and foremost when shopping for jewelry, the metals that were used to make the pieces are equally important. Picture this: even if platinum trades less than gold ounce-for-ounce, platinum jewelry may still have a higher retail price because it is more difficult to work with compared to gold. Regardless of its higher retail value, platinum won’t keep its value on the secondary market. Prior to buying jewelry, look out for indications of the metal’s composition. In terms of gold, 14-18 karat – holds more value than 10 karats.
On top of the metal’s composition, quality construction by the jeweler is important, especially with an intricately designed piece.
Another factor you may consider when buying jewelry is the brand. In most cases, the more popular the brand is, the more expensive it will be, even costume or designer jewelry that may not even be made of precious metals or stones.
The good news is, there are lots of jewelry shops you can find these days, on the Internet or down the street. 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. As well, this means you shouldn’t just limit yourself to one prospective shop or jeweler. Make comparisons because it’s the only accurate way of saying that one option is the best for you.
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