Tips on Buying Custom Jewellery
Good gemstones for the price
Mass productiuon of jewellery are normally produced with medium
to low quality gemstones. This is done to cater to low priced
markets by keeping the prices down. Quality gemstones are often
rejected and gemstone defects are sought to be covered up with
cleverly designed mountings. The golden rule is to ensure that
the gemstones used in your custom jewellery are the best
quality for the price paid.
Your custom jewellery should have a good weight. Firstly, the
good weight will ensure that your custom jewellery does not
bend and twist at the slightest reason. The good gold content
will also allow the gemstones to be firmly mounted and also
protect the edges and corners of the gemstone from side
Custom jewellery is individually made in single pieces and is
thus more expensive as compared to standard mass produced
jewellery. Good quality custom jewellery needs expert craftsmen
and most of the work is handmade. The details on the custom
jewel should be handfinished and perfect. Insist in getting the
best craftsmanship for the premium price you pay for custom
Choice of Gold and
Select your choice of 14k or 18k
gold for your custom jewellery. There is also the choice of
white gold or yellow gold to be made and make sure that your
jeweller gives you this choice. Many jewellers push buyers into
ordering 18k gold for custom jewellery. The reason is simple,
18k gold is more expensive and provides better profit margins
to the seller. The second reason is that 18k gold is softer as
compared to 14k gold and therefore more easier to work with.
These reasons do not always make 18k gold good for you. There
are some cases where the hardness of 14k gold is a better
choice. This could be the case for male rings and also rings
that have a fine and delicate design.
Get complete design details of your custom jewelry and ask for
comments of the seller. The gemstone mounting, gold weight and
design details will all work together to decide the durability
of your custom jewelry. A good jeweller will provide complete
guidance and advice before you make the buying decision. If
your jeweller seems over eager about pushing you to order
without complete information, get another jeweller.
Since custom jewellery is supposed to be specially made, you
should have the option to request for any design modifications
that you need. There should be no limitation on this and a good
custom jeweller should allow you to send in your own designs to
be custom made too. A jeweller who tries to restrict design
flexibility is most likely trying to sell you a standard jewel
as a custom jewel. All you end up getting is a higher price.
Watch out for such gimmicks and avoid such jewellers.
Not all jewellery buyers are
experts, few buyers have indepth knowledge about gemstones and
various jewellery design technics. In most cases you would have
to rely on the advice of your jeweller so, get one that you can
trust. Spend time reading the feedback from customers of your
jeweller, this would point to important information regarding
the capability of your jeweller. It is rightly said that, in
the case of custom jewellery you need to value the jeweller
before you value the jewellery.