Jewelry & Watches
Luxury Watch and Jewelry Buying Guide
Jewelry and watches are things that are a very personal way to express style, for both men and women. For example, if you have a friend that has quite a classic style, would they prefer a classic looking Rolex or a more modern Apple watch? The guess is that it would be the former rather than the latter. So whether you are choosing jewelry or watches for yourself or as a gift for someone else, you can shop for the ideal piece, you just need a little helping hand to know what to do. Here is what you need to know if you are in the market for some fancy jewelry or watches.
More than meets the eye
To start off with, it is important to note that you can’t always check quality just by looking at something. For instance, do you know the difference between rubies that have been heated and those that have not been heated? Do you know anything about being able to check what emeralds have been oiled and those that have not? You aren’t likely to know the difference, but those things are going to impact the value of the stones. So seeking professional advice is usually the best idea, rather than going it alone. Ask questions and find out what the item is like and if there have been any modifications to it. A little research beforehand can be helpful too, so you know what their answers will mean, especially in terms of what the impact on quality of value is.
When you think of jewelry and watches, then you can often think of a quite a hefty price tag, which is quite natural. Because of the care and craftsmanship that goes into a lot of these things, the price tag is understandable, and you are dealing with some precious metals and stones. But don’t always think that the higher the price, the better the item; it isn’t always the case. Another note to think about is that there are places like London Gold where you can get resold Rolex watches, for example. So you could always look for secondhand items if you are trying to keep down the costs. But let’s face it, owners of these kinds of thing are going to look after them pretty well, so they won’t get resold unless that are in great condition.
Certificates of Authenticity
When you are talking to jeweller or a dealer, then it is always a good idea to ask for the certificates of authenticity if you are buying a gem. You will want to make sure that the certificate is stamped from a reputable and trusted source, and that it is what it says it is (otherwise you could be looking a fake or stolen items). The certificates go into a lot of detail too, as they can state the geographic origin, quality and grade of the stones. Some places are more known for their gem mines, so knowing the geographic region is important for trustworthiness.