OK, so you want to start adding timeless, classic pieces to your collection that will last a lifetime without tarnishing, but you don’t know what brand to buy from or what to look for. Here’s the scoop: When it comes down to it, “it’s important to invest in quality pieces that will last,” says Karcich. “If you are looking to get your first solid gold piece, it’s always important to do your research on the item and ask questions if the details are not transparent. For example, you can ask questions like, ‘what is the weight of the gold piece you are purchasing?’ ‘Is it solid all the way through or is it hollow?’ ‘What quality diamonds are used?’ ‘Are they lab created or genuine diamonds?’”
It’s easy to forgo jewelry altogether if you’re under the impression it’ll break the bank. Rest assured, there are tons of affordable options on the market that are crafted well, last long and look expensive. If solid gold isn’t in the budget, Karcich suggest “choosing materials like gold-filled or sterling silver, [which] is a great affordable option.” And higher quality than plated jewelry, too, she adds.
TLDR: If you’re planning on spending some cash on a new shiny ring, it’s best to know what you’re browsing for before you buy.