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What to Know About Holiday Jewelry Purchases

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    Whether you gave or received a gift of fine jewelry this holiday season, one thing is for sure: it was an experience you’ll never forget!

    With its sparkle and shine, not to mention its high value, both intrinsic and sentimental, jewelry is often a very welcome and sought-after gift for the holidays and other special occasions. Because of its versatility and uniqueness, fine jewelry can make a meaningful and special gift to show someone you care.

    If you purchased or received jewelry this holiday season, here are a few things to know about how to get the most out of this beautiful and special gift.

    What is it made of?

    Jewelry can be made from a variety of precious metals, with gold, silver, platinum being the most popular, though metals like titanium and tungsten are gaining in favorability thanks to their more rugged, unbreakable appearance. Knowing what your jewelry piece is made of can help you take good care of it so it stays beautiful and looking like new for a long time.

    What’s your ring size?

    If you were one of the couples who were lucky enough to get engaged over the holidays, chances are you now are the proud owner of a gorgeous engagement ring. And as you may have found out the hard way, knowing the wearer’s ring size is of utmost importance to ensure a proper fit. Too tight and it could get stuck on the wearer’s finger, or not go on at all. Too loose and the ring might fall off and get lost down a sink drain or sidewalk gutter. Be sure to visit a jeweler either before or after making your ring purchase to have your finger measured so you can have a perfectly sized ring. Already bought the ring? No problem—you can have it sized up or down. Also, if you’re trying to ensure your proposal is a total surprise, you can always enlist the help of a friend or family member who might know the recipient’s ring size.

    Does the jeweler exclusively sell a particular designer or brand?

    This isn’t about labels and prestige as much as it’s about being able to trust the store for expert advice and care. For example, if you are looking for jewelers who sell Rolex in Denver, you know you can expect people who not only have a deep knowledge and understanding of the brand but also can answer your questions about features, maintenance and repair. If you are looking to purchase fine jewelry by a particular designer or company, be sure to find a store with a reputation for expertise with that designer so you can count on high-quality support over the lifetime of the piece.

    The gift of fine jewelry can be intimidating for both the giver and the recipient, but by knowing a few of these key things, you can be sure to take good care of your purchase for enjoyment that lasts a lifetime.

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