Fine Jewelry

Written by Christa Gatewood
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It is believed that mankind has worn jewelry since ancient times. The earliest known jewelry was made from animal bones and teeth. However, we have the Egyptians to thank for first fashioning jewelry out of gold and other metals. Ancient artwork depicts Egyptians wearing jewelry that also incorporated precious stones.

These days, jewelry has become a multi-billion dollar industry. There are so many different pieces of jewelry in the market that anyone can find the perfect piece for his or her needs. Variety in metal and stone quality is responsible for the wide range of price points for jewelry. One can buy a $10 ring or a $10,000,000 ring depending on his budget and taste. High quality jewelry is considered fine jewelry. Although expensive jewelry is fine jewelry, quality jewelry can be found for bargain prices.

Ways to Buy Fine Jewelry

One of the first things you learn about buying jewelry is that there is a deal to be made. If you buy jewelry from a boutique shop or a store owner, most likely you will be able to haggle over the price. As there is typically a high mark-up for jewelry, there is a lot of wiggle room built into the price.

When you go into a boutique jewelry store, you should consider the listed price a starting point. You can use various different negotiating postures to shave the price down a bit. For example, you can tell the jeweler that you only have a certain amount of money to spend; this amount should be well under how much you are prepared to spend. The jeweler will want to make a sale and will most likely be willing to negotiate on the price.

Another way to get a good deal is to buy more than one piece at a time. If you are buying multiple pieces, often a jeweler may discount one or all of the pieces. You will have to take the lead in such a negotiation, however, as a good salesperson will want to make as much money as possible.

Buying Jewelry from Chain Stores

If you don't buy from an owner-run store, you may not be able to haggle. Larger chain jewelry stores usually don't operate in this way. There are a few benefits and a few detriments to buying jewelry from chain stores. On one hand, these stores are often known for superior quality and design. You also cannot underestimate the benefit of name brand recognition if that is something that interests you.

On the negative side, however, jewelry from these stores is typically overpriced, and they most likely will not haggle. You end up paying a premium for the name. That may or may not be worth it to you.

Buying Jewelry Online

The third option for buying fine jewelry is to buy it from an internet vendor. There is a huge quantity of jewelry available online and it comes at all price points. While you will not be able to haggle with an actual person, there are some sites where you can bid on jewelry. Even if you can't bid, often online jewelry is less expensive but equal in quality to jewelry found in chain and boutique stores. At the very least, you can use the Internet to figure out what style of jewelry most interests you.

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