There is a lot of pressure on people to have the biggest, best, most expensive jewelry. If you can’t afford a rock like Kanye did for Kim K, then you’re no good right? Wrong. There are so many ways to get the jewelry you want without breaking the bank. Whether you are in the market for an engagement ring, a pair of earrings, or a nice big watch, you can find what you want with these tips.
Shop Small Business
First of all, see what an independent jeweler has to offer. Shopping at chain jewelry stores like Zales or Jared is essentially being robbed in the nicest of ways. These stores can mark the price up to 700%! Yeah. I thought the same thing when I read that. You are not getting what you pay for at all. The reason is that they have to pay for those national advertising campaigns, rent, sales commission, and all the other piles of paperwork that come with running a national chain.
By purchasing from an independent jeweler, you not only are going to get better quality, but also a fair price. You also need to shop around, see what your options are, and figure out the best deal. Some of these places may even match a lower price you’ve been given elsewhere. You can always price up what a diamond is worth using a diamond price quote online.
My second piece of advice may shock you, so sit down or hold onto something. Buy used! Yes. I’m serious! Your soon-to-be fiancé may not be super excited to hear that you are shopping for used engagement rings, but trust me when I say that when she sees what you’ve found on places like eBay and Craigslist, she will love it! (Or you don’t even have to tell her…totally up to you).
You can find beautiful, well taken-care-of, gently used jewelry that people sell to companies like CA Gems and DC Diamonds at a price that will blow your mind and then you get to be the beneficiary when it goes up online for sale. Check online or better yet, go out and find the jewelry in person. Search out antique stores, pawn shops, and even at yard/estate sales. You will be amazed at what you find and even more amazed with what you’ll pay!
If you are selling your jewelry and have received an appraisal, then do not be fooled. These insurance appraisals are created with the sole focus to increase the value of the item for the insurance companies to cash in on the jewelry if it gets lost. They appraise the item at a higher price than what they can repurchase it for in a jewelry store or secondhand market. This is similar to the lump sum transfer model in other industries. It’s the concept of paying a heavy price to replace something that is missing.
Take Your Time
Brad Pitt spent $250k for Angie’s engagement ring and that thing is a monster! Keep in mind that bigger isn’t always better! When you take my first set of advice I have given you and see an independent jeweler, you will learn that the quality is more important that the quantity. The jeweler will teach you about clarity, cut, and flaws. (I’m not a jeweler, so I’ll let them handle giving you the deets on that).
My last piece of advice is to give yourself plenty of time! Don’t expect to find something right away. Also, don’t jump on the first option you get. Shop around and give yourself choices. Best of luck to you!
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