Are you thinking of getting some jewelry? You should know that buying jewelry is not free of risks. There are many reasons why a jeweler would want you to know some things. And the prime amongst them is because you will stop getting jewelry from him! But as wise men have said, ‘all that glitters is not gold’ and ‘every gem that sparkles isn’t a diamond’, so you should be careful and cautious when you go to get jewelry. Here is a checklist of some important information that your jeweler would not want you to know.
Diamond Sale? You must be kidding!
Did the recently published diamond jewelry on sale add tempt you enough to visit your local jewelry for a look at what’s on sale? Or did you think, “Let me buy that diamond ring that I always wanted. After all, it’s on sale now!”. Sorry to burst your bubble, but there is no such thing as a Diamond Sale! Jewelers can’t afford to sell diamond jewelry, in specific, at reduced prices because DeBeers, who controls 65% of the market, won’t allow it. The diamond that is truly on ‘sale’ is either flawed or of low quality or both.
The “Perfect” Diamond Myth
Technological and scientific advancements have helped the diamond industry. Now they sell diamonds that have got a facelift. These diamonds appear ‘perfect’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘flawless’. But if truth be told, these diamonds are artificially treated using either fracture filling method, a method that is used to fill visible cracks in the stone with a glasslike material or then they are artificial stone because they appear just like the real stone. Unnecessary to say, these methods make these gems look just like the real thing and are passed off as the real stuff. Be Careful!
Precious Gemstones or Just Dyed Color Beads?
We know that precious gemstones like sapphires, emeralds rubies are more becoming rare. But did you know that many jewelers pass of colored glass beads as these gemstones and rate you ridiculously expensive prices for them? Yes. Further, many of the real gemstones are subjected to heading or oiling methods to make them look more beautiful and shiny. This is not wrong, but you must check with the seller if they have such stones. If you have doubts, then get the stones appraised from a reliable other source.
African Blood Diamonds
Blood Diamonds? No, we aren’t discussing the Leo DiCaprio film. We are talking about the subject of that film. Diamonds mined in African countries such as Congo, Angola, or Sierra Leone are called ‘Blood Diamonds’. This is because worker laborers work endlessly in the mines risking their lives to find diamonds and some of this money is given to warlords that use it to buy weapons to kill innocent civilians. It may not be possible for your jeweler to know you the source of the diamond as it changes many hands. Further, there is no way to guarantee that a diamond is “conflict-free”.
We are sure you already know that there are two types of pearls. Natural and cultured pearls. Did you know that natural pearls are rare and so expensive, while cultured pearls are easily available? The sign of a real pearl is the nacre. Thick nacre is indicative of the fact that the pearl you hold in your hand is the real stuff. Nacre is the lustrous natural coating that emanates from the nucleus of the pearl and covers it, thus giving it shine. Of course, a thick nacre means more shine and a purer pearl. Typically, pearl jewelry that is sold about $150 is made from artificial pearls and not worth buying in as it’s bound to be spoiled soon.
Antique Jewelry? Sure we have it!
Antique jewelry or estate pieces (pieces crafted between 1890 -1960) are a worthy investment because they are difficult to find and can always become the next fashion trend. But not all “estate” jewelry pieces are authentic and genuinely old. Beware of being conned in getting antique jewelry that has been crafted as recently as 1990 or later and given a finish that makes it seem like is it an ancient piece of jewelry. Additionally, don’t buy revamped antique jewelry, if you can make out it’s been revamped of course. Revamping diminishes the value of the piece by almost half. If at all you are getting antique jewelry then get your jeweler to write down the following: when and where the piece was made, its condition, the type of stones or stones metal used, and whether they’ve been treated, and whether the stones are the real gems.
Extended Jewelry Warranties. Don’t Worry With It!
Jewelers are selling extended warranties for just a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. These warranties become a burden because they cover only partial damage. You’d be better off getting a new insurance policy that can protect your jewelry against all kinds of loss including theft, loss by garbage disposal and more.
Remember, attention is the key to buying good jewelry. Always do your research before getting jewelry and stay safe.