HOW TO BUY GOLD JEWELERY
Read our how to buy gold jewelery tips below and you will soon be buying gold jewelery like a seasoned professional.
Buying gold for the first time can be a daunting task as many pieces of gold jewellery look alike at first
When examined carefully, however, it often
becomes clear where the difference lies, both in quality and in cost.
Only after carefully evaluating all factors can
you appreciate gold jewellery and recognize cost differences and real value. Here are some factors that will help determine
the real value of your purchase and make you an expert in how to buy gold jewelry:
Weight is one factor that goes into determining the value of a piece of jewelry. Gold is usually sold by weight,
in grams or pennyweights.
There are 20 pennyweights to one ounce; if you multiply grams by 0.643, you will have the
number of pennyweights. When buying gold, factored into the price per gram is the cost of gold plus the cost of labor
Design and Construction are important aspects not only because of the piece's finished look but also because
specific details in the overall design and construction affect comfort, wearability, and ease in putting the piece on
or taking it off.
Good design requires excellent designers as well as extra care and attention to small mechanical
details adding to the cost of the jewelry.
In looking at a piece of jewelry you must also consider the type of
construction necessary to create a particular design or look
Is the construction simple or complex? Did it require
special skill, talent or equipment?
Production affect price significantly. The type of construction needed to create a particular design may
require that it be made entirely or in part by hand or machine.
Some designs may be produced either way but those done
by hand will have a different look, feel, and cost.
Finish is where we need to take into account the care and labor costs associated with the actual
finishing of the piece.
Examples include special skills or techniques required to put on the final touches that make
the piece distinctive, such as engraving, milgraining, hammering or granulation.
Another example is to note if the
piece has been carefully polished to remove scratches and there are no rough edges that might catch or snag on fabric.
Each step in the process adds dramatically to the cost.
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