How to Choose a Jeweler
When it comes to choosing a jeweler,
consumers have to weigh many different
options and align their priorities effectively.
Some consumers find this to be an
especially difficult process, since there are
so many jewelers on the market today
and all of them seem to have some merit.
Making the right choice requires one to
not only know their own personal wants
and needs, but also understand how the
There are some things that jewelers
absolutely must offer their customers and
without those things, a customer is really
missing out. In short, individuals have
found that choosing the right jeweler is
about picking someone who is skilled,
attentive and reasonable at the same
In the jewelry business, skill is a key.
Not all professionals are created equally,
and some of them will have more ability
than others. This makes it highly important to search around for a jeweler that
has shown great skill time and time
The best professionals are the ones
that can create things with their hands,
and they are the ones that can fix just
about anything without too much of a
problem. Individuals who find a jeweler
with these skills will be happy with their
The jewelry business is not all about
skill and expertise, though. Much more
than that, it is about how much a professional cares for his customers. When individual consumers make purchases, they
should be getting more than just a ring
or a necklace.
In addition to those things, they
should be getting a promise. Some of the
top professionals in the industry will offer
free repairs and unlimited service to the
ring. That means that if it breaks two
years down the road, they can take it
back to the jeweler for easy repairs.
Many people demand a personal rela-
tionship with their jeweler. This is something that can come in very handy,
because that relationship will establish a
Some jewelry purchases are financially
large and they come with a lot of sentimental value, too. This means that consumers will want to know that the jeweler is going to put together the best possible ring for them. For those who have
worked with the same jeweler for a long
time, it is possible to have complete faith
in how the job will turn out. Those relationships cannot be forged without first
choosing and working with a jeweler for
a long time, though.
Choosing a jeweler on the basis of
price alone is not always the best idea.
There are many jewelers on the market
today that offer a solid price, but do not
deliver in terms of quality or other important factors.
Consumers should recognize that price
is a major consideration, though. When
choosing a jeweler, you want to know
that he is going to give you the best deal
possible and you'll want to know that
you are not getting ripped off. Many reputable owners out there can provide this
type of price assurance, while also providing a level of quality and service that is
worth returning for.
Ultimately choosing a jeweler is something that should be done after a long
period of personal research. The good
thing about the industry is that many
solid options exist.
The challenge is obviously deciding
from among those different options, but
with a focus on finding skilled, experienced, and attentive jewelers, this
becomes less of a concern than it might
have been before. Those individuals make
a name for themselves in the industry, so
figuring out who they are should not be
too much of a challenge.
Purchasing Wedding Rings
1. Shop together. The engagement ring was the
big surprise, but you should decide on wedding
rings together. Many women already know what
they want on their wedding ring, so sitting down
and talking can help get both spouses on the
2. Decide on matching or separate bands. It is
possible to buy wedding rings together so they
coordinate, but it is not absolutely necessary.
For example, if a man is concerned with a ring
appearing too effeminate he can get a different
style from the woman.
3. Match it to the engagement ring. Many people
will wear their engagement ring and wedding
band together. Having something to match it to
will help you make your decision. You may want
to visit the same jeweler you got the engagement
ring from, or look into it when you are shopping
for engagement rings.
4. Consider your lifestyle. Rings should adorn and
accentuate your hands, not hinder them. If you
use your hands a lot for manual labor and you do
not want to scuff up your stone or damage your
ring, consider a low setting or a hard stone. Conversely, if you live a life of leisure and you want to
flaunt your luxurious diamond, get it set high and
flashy and let it bling.
5. Choose a stone. You already know all about the
4 C's from buying the engagement ring (if not,
check the resources box below), so you should be
comfortable with buying a diamond. However,
feel free to consider other stones. Look into the
meanings of certain stones and the hardness.
6. Choose a band metal. The three most popular
are yellow gold, white gold and platinum. White
gold is popular because it coordinates with both
silver and gold and is less expensive than platinum (which does the same, but is much stronger).
Yellow gold is traditional, but be sure to look
into the karats. Nine karat does not look as nice
and will not hold up as well as 18 karat, but more
karats means bigger price tag.
7. Look through catalogs. Once you have a general idea of what you want, leaf through a couple
catalogs from different jewelers. This will help
you figure out the price ranges as well as familiarize you with some good brand names.
8. Visit your trusted jeweler. Get some references
and recommendations for a good jeweler and go
down to the store to look at rings. Find a knowledgeable employee that can help address your
questions and concerns.