by Maegan Crandall
You want to fill your jewelry box with stylish fine jewelry, and if you had an unlimited budget, you would splurge on designer jewelry and fashion jewelry and buy jewelry for every special occasion. Unfortunately, most of us can't justify buying expensive designer jewelry, even if we do have a little extra cash. The good news is you can still have a jewelry box full of gorgeous jewelry accessories and luxury fashion jewelry if you know how to shop. Forgo cheap jewelry and buy affordable fine jewelry that is made with value and quality in mind. Our tips can help you buy jewelry and jewelry accessories by helping you steer clear of cheap jewelry and find valuable pieces at a discount.
Choose materials carefully. Jewelry is available in all sorts of styles that incorporate a myriad of metals, stones and other materials. When you are looking for quality fine jewelry, it helps to know what the jewelry is made of. Gold, platinum and titanium are durable, valuable and stylish. Sterling silver is an affordable yet high-quality material. Gemstones can be created or simulated, so check gemstone descriptions carefully. Know exactly what you are buying to be sure you are getting the very best price.
Learn the difference between sale, clearance and overstocked jewelry. When you are shopping for affordable jewelry, it helps to know where to go for the best deals. Jewelry that is on sale is usually being used as a promotion for a store, brand or style and may not offer the best prices every time. Sale jewelry will usually return to its regular price once the promotion has ended. Clearance jewelry is jewelry that a particular retailer wants to get rid of, and while good prices are available in clearance jewelry, selection may be limited. Overstocked jewelry is jewelry that is leftover from a clearance or pieces of jewelry that were created as part of a limited collection or brand. Overstocked jewelry is similar to clearance jewelry, but it is often brought together in one place to offer a wide variety.
Be open about style. If you have an unlimited budget, then you can be picky about style and only choose very specific pieces. When you are shopping for affordable, quality jewelry, on the other hand, it is important to be open about style. Choose pieces that will fit into your wardrobe and complement your personality, but don't hunt for specific luxury pieces or be strict about certain brands.
Follow the "dollar per wear" rule. Jewelry is an investment, and the best way to measure that investment is to follow the "dollar per wear" rule. This rule states that an item is worth its cost if it is worn enough times for each wear to equal a dollar. If you purchase a $50 dollar necklace, for example, you should wear it at least fifty times to get the most out of your investment. If you aren't sure that you will get the most out of the jewelry you are considering, choose another piece instead. Of course, wearing your $50 dollar necklace hundreds of times is always recommended.