Some Important Reminders When Buying Fine Jewelry
Fine jewelry is not jewelry you would wear every day, but includes expensive and rare stones and metals and is valued higher than most other jewelry pieces. For many people, fine jewelry is an investment and a luxury, so it’s good to know how to buy it without getting scammed or winding up with a piece that is actually worth much less than you paid for it. Note a few simple but very important reminders when you’re ready to buy some pieces of fine jewelry.
Treating colored stones
Colored stones such as rubies and emeralds are always treated with something to enhance their color; this doesn’t mean you’re getting a synthetic stone or something of less value. A natural stone is usually heated in order to be cut and then pigments added, and this treatment is somewhat standard.
However, silicon and colored glass are sometimes added to even real stones in order to enhance their appearance and make them stronger, and these materials greatly affect their value. Remember that gemstones are valued, not just by appearance, but also by their weight. Adding silicon or glass can artificially boost their weight. The only way to ensure you don’t get a gemstone with silicon or colored glass is to have it inspected by a jeweler, who can tell the difference between these materials and the standard treatments added to these stones.
Flaws are hidden under prongs of jewelry pieces
If you’re looking to invest in diamonds in particular, you want to inspect them loose rather than after they’ve been placed in a setting. This is because the flaws of a diamond and other similar gemstone may be hidden under the prongs that hold it into place. If you examine the piece while it’s in a ring or other setting, you cannot see clearly that bottom side and may overlook some cloudiness, black flecks, or even a poorly cut gemstone.
A setting can also hide the actual weight of a gemstone and this too can undermine its value, as mentioned above. Note that a gemstone weight doesn’t mean how much it actually weighs but refers to the density of the stone; the denser the stone, the more valuable it is. You cannot get an accurate weight of a stone when it’s in a setting. Teputable jewellers will usually be willing to oblige if you ask for a stone to be removed from its setting, or be sure to examine stones before having them set in a piece.