Ever wondered how jewellers shop new pieces for their personal collections? Well, you’re about to find out.
Below you’ll find insight on how to make purchases that complement your style, while also being top quality and made to last.
There are three criteria we like to keep in mind when shopping for jewellery: materials, how something is made and how it fits into our personal collections. Let’s take them one by one:
When looking at a new piece, this is the first thing we always take note of: is the piece solid or plated? Is it a mixed material piece or single metal?
Whenever we are unsure, we simply ask the designer or the vendor. And we double-check that info by making sure that the price matches the advertised materials. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
This ties into a related aspect: how much care will the piece need? For example, pearls are beautiful, but they do need to be looked after.
The same goes for polished surfaces, which might need to be re-treated down the line. For example, white gold will need to be re-rhodium plated etc.
#2: How It’s Made
This is where experience and a bit of common sense come into play. If something appears too “delicate”, we always take a closer look.
Especially when it comes to earrings and necklaces, we notice that many designers don’t solder the ends of the loops together. Over time, as you wear the jewellery, they can become undone, leading to you scratching or even losing part of the piece.
We believe that jewellery is meant to be worn, not stashed away, so make sure it is well made!
#3: How It Fits Into Your Collection
This one goes without saying, but… a well curated collection will make your jewellery box much easier to navigate.
So when you set your sights on a new piece, evaluate whether and how it will fit in with what you already have. And, for those times when you just can’t decide, take a step back and consider what you could pair it with. If you’re still in doubt, read 30 Minutes To The Perfect Jewellery Wardrobe.
There you have it - our top tips for jewellery shopping that will ensure you always end up with a well-made, quality piece that seamlessly fits in with your style.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the read!
Kathleen and Esther