Buying Jewellery: Must Read Tips 0
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Buying Jewellery: Must Read Tips

amber jewellery pieces

Jewellery has been a staple of out closet as well as a happily received gift for hundreds of years, if not more. However, if you want high quality bling, it tends to be pricy. Here are some of the things you need to think about when buying your next lovely piece.

Price Range

Let’s be honest, we would save ourselves a lot of guilt and worry if we decided on a price range and stuck to this. This goes for gifts as well as your own purchases. If you’re the type of person who is likely to damage your jewellery, it makes little sense to pay thousands when cheaper yet still beautiful pieces are available. If someone has hinted at a budget it’s best to keep to it. If you forget to take off the price you don’t want to give them a heart attack! This stops you from getting carried away on impulse too.

amber and silver cuff jewellery

Types of jewellery

One of the most important factors when buying your jewellery is where it’s going, and the material. While there’s no sense in buying earrings if never wear them, if you’ve already got a necklace collection the size of your wardrobe you might want to consider branching out and trying on some rings and bracelets. It’s best to have a little variety in each section, even if you have a particular favourite. You need other jewellery to match all your necklaces don’t you? Material has a specific importance. Some people are allergic to metal; If you’re planning to buy someone a gift make sure to snoop around first. If you can’t be sure, overlook all costume jewellery (most contain copper which is a common irritant), choose high quality gold/silver or go for titanium or platinum plating, which very few people are allergic to. The range of jewellery you can buy for someone (or yourself!) is almost endless. You can choose from costume jewellery, pure metals, pearl, diamond, stones and even wood if you want to.

skull earrings in jewellery

Why are you looking?

Maybe it wasn’t planned and you’re casually browsing, but 67% of us plan our jewellery purchases.  If you’re looking for jewellery to go partying in, of fly off to the beach wearing, go for costume jewellery from your local fashion stores or choose less expensive, simple and versatile pieces. It’s possible that you’ll end up damaging your pieces or losing them, so you don’t want to spend money for nothing. Costume jewellery is also very cheap, which allows you to buy a lot in bulk and accessorise for nights out to your heart’s content.

If you want an everyday piece you can spend a bit more money. You can also experiment with creative and unique pieces that show off your personality, as matching your jewellery with your outfit isn’t too important during the day. Choose good quality gold or silver if this is a piece you want to wear on a very regular basis. Look for delicate metal moulding, birth stones and other stones such as amber to brighten up any simple or classical cuts you have in mind, especially in silver jewellery, which can appear a bit lifeless as a woman’s accessory.

silver and amber ring jewellery

Special events, bridal and night-time

For these occasions you have my permission to raise the cost bar up as high as you want. If you’re giving a Christmas gift, definitely stick to high quality metals. If you know what the person likes, why not get them a gold cat pendant, a silver amethyst bracelet (if they love purple) or a skull ring? If you’re not sure, or think they want a general piece to wear as and when they want, choose classic cuts, simple yet effective designs (such as a heart cage pendent in silver) and easy to wear pieces. For night time the same rules apply. For yourself you can choose luxurious pearl or diamond, slender and exquisitely carved designs and your favourite colours of stone. Bridal wear is something else entirely. This will have a big budget and you know you might only wear them once. As a bride, take someone with you as you go shopping and if you can, carry a photo of your wedding outfit. You want your piece to match your overall outfit, but this is the one time you can really splash out, so choose something your also adore.

I would love to know what jewellery you are loving right now!

*For more fun jewellery visit me on pinterest and twitter*

This article was written on behalf of Henryka, a silver and amber jewellery retailer based in Herefordshire, United Kingdom.


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  1. Caroline, thank you for this very useful post , full of great tips !

    I used to be crazy about (huge) statement necklaces, and I still love them, but right now I am more into simple pieces I can wear everyday and this saves me quite a bit of money at the moment 😛 !

    Have a great week and thank you again for your very touching words on my blog 🙂



    1. I agree. I always seem to come back to my simple everyday pieces.

  2. Stephanie @ Diary of a Debutante

    The price range tip is key! Thank you for sharing this– I’ll keep it all in mind prior to my next jewelry purchase, which hopefully won’t be for a while. Hope you had a great weekend!!!

    Diary of a Debutante

  3. I am 100% one of those spontaneous shoppers and all my jewelry have found the way to my home by just .. going for a walk and returning with a piece of accessory 😀 Also, I don’t have particular favourite regarding whether it’s silver or gold .. + I can wear all materials! Lucky me I guess! But your tips are helpful anyways 🙂


  4. All kinds of affordable statement jewelry!!

    1. Exactly! Buying jewelry is so fun.

  5. Jamie "ChatterBlossom"

    Great tips! I’m definitely drawn to pieces that I wouldn’t have the pleasure of wearing that often, so I try to find daily wear pieces that suit me and ask for fun pieces as gifts for b-days and holidays.

    1. That’s what I do as well. Fun pieces for everyday and special pieces for great occasions!

  6. Sophisticated Lace

    Most of my nicer stuff is gifts for people, I tend to just buy cheap stuff otherwise. But I have notived that copper has been irritating me lately, so I’ve been trying to switch to Silver.

    Sophisticated Lace

    1. I’m allergic to copper so I really have to watch that as well! I think it’s time you bought yourself something special!

  7. Caroline, thankyou very much for this post: it’s very interesting! Well done 😀


    Francesca ||

  8. Jenifer Balatico

    Great tips you got here! Most of the time we forgot these kinds of ideas before buying fashion accessories/jewelries. Well.. jewelries are definitely an eye candy that’s why. Thanks for this very helpful post Caroline.

    Hugs and kisses from ♥ missJHENZ

  9. Great tip re: spending more money on a classic everyday piece (my Tiffany’s necklace is something I wear most days). I also like buying cheaper fashion jewelry for nights out that require some bling 😉

    1. Thanks so much, jewellery is so much fun!

  10. Great tips! I’m always attracted to cuff & bangle bracelets but I think thats just because I have small wrists and can rarely find bracelets to fit properly…I guess you what you can’t have!lol!
    However, lately I’ve been buying a lot of necklaces that can be worn with just about anything and everyday. Last year I bought too many statement necklaces and found myself wanting more simple elegant pieces, although I still love a good statement necklace.

    xo, Jackie

    1. Oh I would love to see some of your layering necklaces those are always my fave!

  11. what a great tips dear! I love the jewelry and there is a moment for low cost jewelry and there is special moments for Custume jewelry .
    Kisses lady and have a great week!

    Lady Trends NEW POST!!!

    1. My thoughts exactly! Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Thank you!

  12. thanx for all those lovelyyyy tips!

    1. My pleasure, thanks for stopping by!

  13. I really need to take note of your tips as I am far too much of a jewelry magpie!

    Kate x
    Kate at Home

    1. Yeah… I am too!

  14. miss Margaret Cruzemark

    Although i can understand that statement necklaces are the trend of the moment, i just love them. My other big love is silver accessories.
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark

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