When it comes to jewelry, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Whether you’re buying jewelry for yourself or someone else, it’s important to avoid common mistakes. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common jewelry mistakes and how to avoid them.
Not taking it back to the store: How often do you pick a new piece of jewelry and completely forget about taking it back to the store? It’s like buying a car and never taking it for maintenance. Like everything else, jewelry requires proper maintenance and aftercare. When you purchase a piece of jewelry, be sure to ask your jeweler about the best way to care for it.
Not getting it appraised: Many people don’t realize that they should get their jewelry appraised regularly. Appraisals are important because they help you determine the value of your jewelry in case it is ever lost or stolen. Be sure to take your jewelry to a qualified appraiser every few years to ensure that you have an accurate value for insurance purposes.
Paying too much for repairs: When something goes wrong with your jewelry, it can be tempting to go to the first place that offers repairs. However, this can often end up costing you more than necessary. Instead, research and find a qualified and affordable jeweler who can properly fix your jewelry.
Trying to clean it yourself: Cleaning your jewelry at home is usually not a good idea. Certain cleaners can damage or even destroy certain types of jewelry. It’s always best to leave the cleaning to the professionals. A qualified jeweler will know how to safely and effectively clean your jewelry without causing any damage.
Risking damage with bad DIY methods: How often have you thought to yourself, “What will go wrong?” when using DIY methods for cleaning jewelry. Whether using the wrong type of cleaning solution or brushing too hard, there are many ways you can damage your jewelry when cleaning it yourself. It’s always best to leave the cleaning to the professionals.
Not getting insurance: Insurance is one of the most important things to have when you own jewelry. If something happens to your jewelry, you want to ensure that you’re covered. Many people think their homeowner’s or renters’ insurance will cover their jewelry, but this is often not the case. Be sure to get a separate insurance policy for your jewelry or add it as an endorsement to your existing policy.
Failing to ask questions: When buying or repairing jewelry, be sure to ask lots of questions! Don’t be afraid to ask about the quality of the materials, the cost of repairs, or anything else you’re curious about. A qualified jeweler will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.
Not doing your research before purchase: As important as it is to ask questions to your jeweler, it’s equally important to do your research before making a purchase. Be sure to learn about the different materials, styles, and brands before buying anything. This will help you make an informed decision and avoid making any mistakes.
Not clasping your necklace before storing them: It seems like such a small thing, but many people forget to clasp their necklace before storing it away. This can cause the necklace to become tangled or knotted, which can be very difficult to fix. Always take the extra time to clasp your necklace before putting it away.
Wearing rings that aren’t sized properly: Wearing a ring that is too big or too small can be very uncomfortable. It can also cause the ring to become loose and fall off, leading to it getting lost or damaged. Be sure to get your rings sized properly to fit comfortably and securely.
Storing jewelry in the wrong place: Storing your jewelry in the wrong place can lead to damage or tarnishing. Keep your jewelry in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. A jewelry box or drawer is usually the best option.
Wearing it in a shower: Wearing it in the shower is just an example. There are so many things that you can do wrong with your signature jewelry pieces. Things like sleeping with it, wearing it in the shower, or doing yard work can all lead to damage. Be sure to take it off before doing any activities that could potentially damage it.
One of the best and probably the only way to avoid these mistakes is to talk to your jeweler. They will be able to give you specific instructions on how to care for your jewelry and avoid any damage. They may even offer a maintenance plan that can help you keep your jewelry in top condition.