How to Avoid Biggest Jewelry Buying Mistakes

When it comes to committing mistakes when buying jewelry, you should expect women to commit the, men are usually the ones good at that.

If you are looking to do any specialized traveling, or to travel to find the right jewelry then make certain you pay attention. To make your travels a positive, instead of a downer you should be aware of these things. Men are always looking for gifts that are safe to give; those that do not require much brain use. Men give flowers and chocolate, hoping against hope that the women in their lives will see the romance rather than the laziness to think and fins something more impressive.

As much as possible men simply try to avoid buying jewelry for their women. Their main concern is not choosing the best piece or committing the mistake of selecting the wrong stone. The funny thing here is, most jewelers are men, and these men know from their hearts what women want.

Here are the Biggest Jewelry Buying Mistakes that can be committed by Men

1.     Too shy to ask for help

Men simply shy away from asking for help. That is why more men often get lost than women, because they wouldn’t even ask for directions. Men are supposed to lead and they supposed to know everything. Sadly though, not when it comes to jewelry selection, which is why asking for help is essential. Men can either ask their women directly about what they want or they can snoop around and see what the women lack in their jewelry boxes. Once at the store, men shouldn’t be shy about asking for assistance especially from women store clerks.

narrow sterling silver and 14k rose gold wedding bandPhoto Credit: Chuck Domitrovich

2.     Lack of Jewelry Education

Buying jewelry for the woman in your life can be daunting especially if you have no idea what to look for.  It is therefore better of you can educate yourself a little about the 4Cs, the different stones, various metals, different settings and other things and factors about jewelry.

3.     Avoiding to pre-shop

There is nothing wrong to go to stores and look around. Once inside the store, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to buy anything. If you already know the type of jewelry your women like, then you can shop around first before settling down to one store. That is the beauty of pre-shopping.

4.     Not knowing the right jewelry retailer

Men should know that buying from retailers that buy their stocks in volume. This means going for the big guys rather than exclusive jewelers. If you buy from a highly commercial jewelry stores, you get the chance to avail of highly affordable pieces.

5.     Avoiding expensive pieces

The common reasons why men avoid buying jewelry for their women is the thought that they need a whole lot of cash to be able to do that. The truth is, you do not have to settle for the expensive pieces if you know where to find affordable one and if you know that semi-precious and precious stones are almost similar. These are the kind of things I found out when looking for a wedding band St George. And yes traveling to find the perfect one like I did in St George was infinitely worth it.

Finally, you may not know what kind of jewelry to give your woman, but you should understand that you can actually never go wrong with them. Women love jewelry and even if you present the most oddly designed piece, your woman would still appreciate it, just as she would appreciate flowers or chocolates.

Easy Guide to Traveling and Purchasing Diamonds

If you are thinking of buying a diamond ring and you have no idea how to go through the whole process, it may be a good idea to learn some simple facts about diamonds first. It is always better to come equipped with the basic knowledge before getting something as precious as diamond jewelry. I recently spent some time traveling and found there are many different things that people tell you, in fact each jeweler had their own opinions which was a little unnerving. But the more time I spent traveling to learn about diamonds the more I understood that if you know the basics you’ll be fine.

Diamond RingPhoto Credit: Jeffrey Beall

This diamond buying guide that I present should be able to provide you with some essential points when looking for that special diamond ring you want to buy.

The first thing that you should know is the Four C’s of diamonds.

Diamonds have many different characteristics that are graded, evaluated and categorized by laboratories. Knowing more about diamonds should start with knowing the Four C’s and they are the following:

·       Cut

·       Clarity

·       Color

·       Carat weight

These four C’s are the criteria that jewelers use to grade diamonds, and you need to understand these criteria in order to find the right type diamond for you.

Diamond Cut

Cut is considered by many people as the most important aspect of diamonds, it is also the most challenging to understand. The cut of a diamond actually dictates its brilliance. When trying to understand diamond cut, it is important not to mistake it for the shape of the stone. When a jeweler say ‘cut’ it refers to the reflective qualities of the diamond and not its shape. If your jeweler pertains ‘cut’ with ‘shape’ then find another jeweler.

A good cut provides brilliance, which is actually the brightness that comes from the very heart of the stone.

Diamond Clarity

When we talk about diamond clarity, it is reference to the existence of the identifying characteristics on blemishes and inclusions of the stone.

Most diamonds have some kind of inner flaws, which are also called inclusions. These take place during the process of formation. The visibility as well as the size and the number of these inclusions determine clarity of a stone. A diamond that is clear and with fewer flaws is more brilliant, therefore more precious and more expensive too.

Diamond Color

When it comes to diamond color- the less the better! Diamond color actually refers to the presence or absence of shade in white diamonds, and a fancy colored diamond does not follow this rule. Colorless diamonds are the most coveted because they allow the most sparkle in every movement. Off-white diamonds on the other hand, absorbs light thus, retraining brilliance.

Diamond Carat Weight

A diamond is measured in carat weight; it should not be mistaken with Karat, the method that determines gold’s purity. One diamond carat is equal to 0.2 grams. Of course the bigger the stone, the bigger the carat weight and then the bigger that tag price.

Learning about the Four C’s of diamond allows you to understand more about its quality and value. It can therefore be concluded that in order to establish your diamond purchasing ability you need to determine your budget based on the brilliance, the existence or lack of flaws, the presence or absence of color and the weight of the diamond. Traveling to find a good diamond is a smart move, as long as you know what to look for and the right questions to ask, is what I found out looking for engagement rings St George.