Are you in the market to purchase a piece of fine jewelry with gems either for yourself or for that special someone? Aside from the considerations of: design or look; gems of choice; and type of jewelry (Engagement Ring, Necklace, Pendant, Earrings, etc.), the quality of the craftsmanship should also be looked at carefully. Some buyers prioritize on gem size and quality. For those who do, I encourage you to review this article just so that you can understand some elements that will surround your gem of choice. Some buyers prioritize the look of the jewelry: how blingy; how dainty; or how elegant, rather than the actual longevity of piece of jewelry. For that special group that can afford that priority (Must be nice), I guess you can skip this article. For all others who do want to prioritize quality but do not really know what to look for, this is the article to read. Here are the 6 features or considerations to look for when buying quality fine jewelry with gems.
This article is the closing remarks of a longer article that will be posted in a couple of weeks. For a summary, please see 6 Tips in What to Look For When Buying Quality Jewelry. Please sign-up to receive the more detailed future posts.
Quality Feature for Further Discussion
One feature that I was tempted in including in regards to quality, is the feature of the quality of the designer/crafter. Why did the designer/crafter make this piece? What is the meaning of the piece of jewelry? What does he/she believe is quality? How do they relate to society and its demands of fair trade, sustainability, and eco-consciousness? Aside from following ethical practices (as we hope they do), what is the ethic of the designer/crafter?
After all, why not judge the craftsmanship of a piece of jewelry by the quality of the crafter/designer?
I felt that this element was better suited for another article on another time. Especially because this type of quality feature would be important only if you want to buy a meaningful piece of jewelry. If you want to buy a piece of jewelry that looks beautiful and has valuable, rare jewels without any particular meaning, then this feature would not apply.
At any rate, I wanted to mention it here as consideration or an invitation for further thought.
This concludes my 6 tips on what to look for when buying quality fine jewelry. Stay tuned for the full article on the next post.