Many of us like to wear jewelry, but it’s not always easy to find the perfect pieces to expand your accessory collection or elevate a specific outfit. If you’re shopping for jewelry, and you want to make sure that you make the right choices, we’ve put together a list of useful tips and tricks.

Fine jewelry vs everyday pieces

The first thing to determine when you’re shopping for new jewelry is whether you’re looking for an investment, high-end piece that will last forever or everyday pieces, such as costume jewelry. This will help you to set a budget and find suitable retailers, stores and online shops. If you’re looking for casual pieces you can wear with anything at any time, you don’t have to worry too much about the quality. If you’re spending a substantial amount of money on a special piece of jewelry, it’s important to prioritize quality and think about market value and prices.

Finding reputable retailers

When you buy luxury items, such as diamond rings or sapphire necklaces, it’s critical to make the right choices in terms of where you buy jewelry from. Always look for reputable dealers, sites and stores and make sure that your purchase is guaranteed. It’s useful to go into a search with knowledge about the factors that influence prices and it’s beneficial to understand how to judge quality. Read reviews to find the best jewelry stores, look for retailers that offer consultations with experts and make sure your purchase will be protected. It’s also a good idea to ask people you know for recommendations. It’s reassuring to know that others have enjoyed positive experiences.

Paying the right price

Whether you’re looking for a gift for a friend, partner or sibling, or you’re shopping for an engagement or wedding ring, it’s essential to ensure that you pay the right price. The cost of jewelry ranges from a few dollars to millions of dollars, and there is a risk of paying too much. Read product descriptions carefully, check the materials and gather as much information as possible about the quality of the metal or gemstone. If you’re shopping for diamonds, for example, check the cut, clarity, color and carat before you buy, and compare prices. It’s beneficial to explore products from different dealers and retailers and compare offers against market values. If you feel like you’re being overcharged, walk away. You should never feel pressured into buying something that you feel is overpriced.

Choosing pieces you love

Understanding values and prices and making sure you pay the right price is hugely important, but for many people, the look of the piece will be the deciding factor. If you’ve got a shortlist, choose jewelry that you love. Focus on your preferences, rather than input from others or fashion trends.

Jewelry shopping can be fun, but there’s often a lot of pressure to make the right decisions, especially if you’re buying luxury jewelry. Before you buy, decide what kind of pieces you want to purchase, find reputable retailers and undertake research to make sure you pay the right price. Always choose pieces that you love.