If you're one of the 75% of women who enjoy choosing their own jewelry, finding the right pieces for your personal style can be a fun, though challenging task.
Knowing what to look for when buying jewelry is easy if you know how. No matter what type of pieces you prefer — professional, casual or formal — there's something out there perfect for you. Here are the top tips to help you select and wear jewelry that you'll love.
1. Set a budget
You can find a number of different types of fine jewelry and different price tags, so everyone can afford something. Think about your budget and what you want to spend on an accessory.
Affordable luxury means that you can purchase gorgeous pieces that incorporate gold, sterling silver, platinum, and Swarovski crystals without breaking the bank. It also gives you the chance to buy more pieces to create a cohesive look with matching jewelry.
2. Decide the kind of jewelry you want to look for
3. What is your personal style?
Sometimes you will see a gorgeous piece of jewelry but it won't fit. None of the gorgeous pieces are going to have your name written on them. This is true no matter how much you love it.
If you're a fan of cool colors but find a rose-gold bangle that you love, don't buy it. Find something made from white gold that features an emerald or sapphire instead. There are likely options in similar styles that feature different materials, so consider alternatives that you will wear regularly.
4. When and where to use
Are you someone who works in an office most days? Or do you usually work from home, but love to go out in the evenings? If you answered the above questions correctly, then I will tell you that you should buy this type of fine jewelry.
If you're searching for work jewelry, you may prefer subtle pieces that complement your outfit and make you look elegant but professional. People who are looking to wear pieces on formal occasions and classy nights out may also prefer similar styles.
If you wear fine jewelry to casual settings, you can get away with more. Bigger and brighter crystals or large sterling-silver bangles work well, but make sure you think about when and where you’ll wear the piece before buying it.
5. Choose the right retailer
6. Consider all of your options
When purchasing fine jewelry, it is important to gather as much information as possible. Don't just buy something that looks 'pretty good.'
Before you shop, compare and contrast styles and colors of dress shirts to find the right fit for your body. If you take the time to browse, you'll feel more confident about your choice when it's finally time to make a decision.
7. Size matters
Whether you're getting necklaces or bracelets, you'll need to take some measurements and figure out what sized jewelry you need.
Adjustable chains are perfect for necklaces since you'll want to wear them with multiple outfits. You'll want to measure your neck, however, and make sure that the chain will fit properly.
If you're shopping for a ring, be sure to keep in mind that most fine rings aren't adjustable.
If you're purchasing a ring and can't try it on first, get a ring sizer so you know what size to order.
8. Work up to more pieces
If you’re going to buy a piece of fine jewelry, take your time. You don’t have to make a decision right now.
This is good for making multiple purchases at once, as you can see what pieces you're using the most and get other matching pieces later. You also can build a collection of your jewelry by buying pieces that match.
Building a collection gradually allows you to invest wisely, without losing too much sleep over the price.