One of the things that turns jewelry lovers into fine jewelry investors is knowledge. When you can look at two pieces of jewelry that seem identical, it can be hard to justify buying the more expensive piece. But when you know that the fine piece isn’t hollow, is expertly soldered, has a higher gold content, and will last longer, it begins to make sense. If you feel like you don’t understand why something costs more, ask questions when you’re shopping for jewelry in the DC area; jewelers are happy to share their knowledge.
You might be concerned about spending a lot on a piece and having it go out of style. While it’s true that jewelry trends come and go, what’s also true is 1) if you love a piece, you’re going to wear it regardless 2) fine jewelry doesn’t really go out of style like cheap baubles do 3) trends always come back around. However, if you’re nervous about that, being with classic styles by timeless designers, Cartier or Van Cleef and Arpels, for example.
Think of jewelry collecting like art collecting. Only buy what you love, and consider that, like art, you want the pieces to hold their monetary value as well. Discuss the factors that affect this with us at Loudoun Jewelry on Maple Avenue, and we can guide you toward pieces that won’t diminish in value over time. This gives you real investment value, but also allows you the option of trading in pieces to acquire new ones.
Finally, save original packing and certifications. And be patient, you don’t build a satisfying collection overnight.