How do you really know if Cindy, manning the store jewelry counter in the mall, is worth her salt? Does she really know what’s best for your twenty-five year old wedding ring?
How Do You Find a Good Jeweler?
Can Cindy speak intelligently on the strengths and weaknesses of particular engagement rings? How experienced is she? Should you trust her? Should you work with the girl?
Starting with gemstones, I’m going to help you in the evaluation process.
Their Gemstone Knowledge Should Include…
A good jeweler should know about different kinds of gemstones. They should be able to speak to their colors, hardness’s, and different qualities.
Although they may not have a certificate from the GIA, (Gemological Institute of America), a good jeweler should be well versed in the 4C’s of diamonds and be able to speak about the pros and cons and prices of different grades of diamonds.
A good jeweler should know the difference between carats and karats and be able to procure and replace gemstones.
Finally, a good jeweler should always have a loupe. A jeweler without a loupe is like a chef without a knife.
Their Grasp of Your Ring Needs Ought to Encompass….
A good jeweler should be very knowledgeable about wedding and engagement ring design.
They should know what features you’re going to need to consider, both aesthetically and durability-wise. Properly sizing a ring should be second nature to a good jeweler.
They should also be able to offer solutions to rings that spin and rings that are hard to get on and off.
Jewelry Repair Should be a Focus Not an Afterthought
A good jeweler should be able to look at your jewelry and be able to tell you specific areas that need fixing.
Six Things Your Jeweler Should Look for in Your Ring Upon Inspection:
- worn prongs
- cracks in gems
- weakness in shanks
- chips in your channels
- broken or compromised clasps in bracelets and necklaces
- any areas that look thin or worn that look like they might break in the near future
A good jeweler should be able to have your jewelry fixed. A good jeweler should also be able to offer solutions on what to do with old, inherited jewelry and jewelry you no longer wear.
Six Things Your Jeweler Should Know About Earrings
A good jeweler should be able to address problems with ears and earrings. Problems like:
- earrings that hang wrong or point toward the pavement
- choosing earring wearing solutions if you have enlarged ear holes
- what to do if you have the wrong kind of earring backings
- how to handle broken earring posts
- what to do with clips that are too tight or too loose
- what earring choices you have, wire backs, french clip backs, posts and lever backs
These are just some of the issues a good jeweler should be able to deal with.
Miscellaneous Things Your Good Jeweler Should Know About
A good jeweler should know about the different kinds of finishes on jewelry, including: matte, shiny, antiquing and hammered finishes.
A good jeweler should be able to replace broken clasps and suggest replacements for inappropriate or uncomfortable ones.
A good jeweler should be able to address restringing pearl and beaded necklaces. They should know about knotting versus no knotting, and French wire finishes.
Bonus Section! The Exceptional Jeweler
An exceptional jeweler has superior fashion sense and knows what looks good on you.
A really good jeweler has an informative and easy to navigate website.
I’m not sure this is really a “bonus” and not a requirement, but a really good jeweler should be likable and easy to communicate with. Who wants to work with someone they can’t along with and don’t like?
Finally, it doesn’t hurt if your jeweler has a bit of a romantic streak in them. Because you love your jewelry and a lot of jewelry is given with love.
May you find a good jeweler!
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