Choosing A Jeweler

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Initial Consultation

What to Bring/Know:

 

  • Basic idea of style
  • Pictures of what you like
  • Whether you want matching or separate bands
  • What type of metal you prefer
  • Whether you want gemstones and what kind
  • Whether you would consider a custom creation

 

What to Ask:

What type of ring(s) would be best for my lifestyle?
Your occupation should influence this decision. For example, an electrician would want to consider a ceramic band because it does not conduct electricity. People with active lifestyles might want to avoid silver, which is the softest metal. Instead consider tungsten, cobalt or stainless steel, which are quite striking and more durable. Similarly, those that work extensively with their hands may want to consider getting an additional, inexpensive band solely to wear at work.

How should I judge the value of a ring?
Have your jeweler explain how the cut, color, clarity, and carat interact to affect the value of your particular gemstone. The best cut reflects the maximum amount of light and gives the stone its brilliance. For diamonds, the less color a stone has, the higher its value. A stone’s clarity is affected by surface blemishes and interior inclusions, which interfere with light passage and lower its value. Finally, carats, or the measure of a stone’s weight, will influence the stone’s value.

Are these conflict-free gemstones?
Ask your jeweler to verify that your gem purchase is not fueling conflicts in many African countries. Many diamonds have conflict-free certification, such as those that have been through the internationally recognized Kimberley Process.

What is the best way to store and care for my ring?
Water, air, and other metals can be detrimental to your rings. When not wearing, store your rings in dry, airtight spaces. Prevent tarnishing by using anti-tarnish strips or storing in tarnish proof bags. Store each piece separately to avoid scratching and losing luster. In addition, avoid wearing your rings while house cleaning or exercising vigorously.

How do I clean it?
Basic cleaning involves washing your rings in warm, soapy water with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse with clear water and wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.

How often should I have settings checked?
Visit your jeweler once every quarter for a ring cleaning and to have them check your ring for loose settings.