A few weeks ago on Periscope I shared three tips for buying jewelry. As someone who now makes jewelry for a living, I have learned a lot about what goes into making and selling jewelry. I have actually shifted what I make and the materials I use as a result of what I have learned from my experience, and it has certainly impacted my own habits when it comes to buying jewelry for myself and others. Since I know not everyone who reads my blog is on Periscope, I thought I would share those tips with you here as well!
1. Check what materials the jewelry is made from
I have had a lot of people at shows comment that they have nickel allergies, which made me realize it is so important to know from what materials the jewelry you buy is made, particularly if you have a sensitivity or an allergy. If something is plated, ask what the metal underneath is, such as brass or copper. Just because something says it’s silver it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s sterling silver.
2. Buy jewelry made from quality materials
People like to buy cheap jewelry, and I totally get that — I used to be the same way before making my own jewelry. It’s easier to stomach spending $20 on a necklace than $200. Just keep in mind a cheaper price tag often means cheaper materials, not to mention a cheaper quality. There is nothing wrong with having some cute, inexpensive baubles, but pieces made from higher-quality metals like sterling silver are meant to last over time. That’s part of the reason I switched from silver plated materials to making all sterling silver jewelry a couple years ago. I realized the silver plating would eventually come off of the jewelry I was spending so much time to make, and I wanted something that was designed to last. While it did raise the price-tag of my jewelry, I felt more confident that I was selling jewelry that was going to last my customers.
3. Invest in timeless pieces
It’s fun to go with the trends, but also incorporate pieces into your jewelry repertoire that will never go out of style, pieces that are elegant and understated. These are the pieces that you will spend more money on because they are made well and from high-quality materials and that you will find you will wear for years to come. (And maybe even pass along to someone else one day!)
What tips do you have for buying jewelry? And do you have any questions when it comes to purchasing jewelry for yourself or others?
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