Are you in the market for a new piece of jewelry? Here are three things Theresa Murphy, owner of the Joliet-based Newstar Jewelers, wants you to know:
1. Have baubles checked and cleaned regularly
“When you stop in we will check the prongs and the piece for wear and for loose stones,” Murphy said. “Be proactive and get it fixed before you lose a stone. Especially something special.”
While insurance will pay to replace a missing stone, unfortunately, it cannot replace the sentimental value.
“We do free ring inspections and cleaning for you while you wait,” Murphy said. “We bet you love sparkly jewelry as much as we do.”
2. Try before you buy
Jewelry is meant to be worn, said Murphy.
“You need to see it on you to know if you like it or not. It's fine if you are just looking, but jewelry always looks better when it is on someone's neck, ear, wrist or especially finger,” she said. “We have so many people, especially brides-to-be bring in pictures they have found on Pinterest or somewhere else online, saying, ‘This is the one I want.’”
But after trying on the piece, some realize it may not be the best shape or size for their hands.
“Bottom line: you won't know unless you try it on,” Murphy said.
3. Know the reasons behind the cost
The karat of the metal, how well the piece is made, the carat weight of the diamonds or gemstones, and the quality of the diamonds or gemstones — these all factor into the price of the piece.
“Jewelry that is made poorly- with lightweight prongs, or hollow links on chains, for example, will cost less at purchase, but will end up costing more in repairs,” Murphy said.
And note: the quality of a diamond or gemstone will be a major factor in the price.
“We understand that people have budgets. We do too,” Murphy said. “We want to find you the right piece of jewelry, in your budget and still have it sparkle and last you more than six months without falling apart.”
Her advice? Be informed, know what you are buying and why the piece is priced the way it is. While the Internet can be a great place to learn some basics, Newstar Jewelers can show you the difference.