I discovered my love for fine jewellery just before my sixteenth. My mum took me into an antique shop in Ely and asked me to pick something out for my birthday. I received the gold diamond ring that I had chosen in a beautiful burgundy leather box fittingly trimmed with gold. Firstly, I was terrified. I couldn’t even keep a pair of earrings safe for more than a week before I lost one if not both. How was I supposed to look after something this valuable? I soon decided though, that it was pointless having something so special if I was never going to wear it. Six years later it’s rarely, if ever, removed from my finger. Since then, I’ve placed a sentimental importance on jewellery which has seen me appreciate and invest in it in an entirely different way.
I’m guilty of picking up too much cheap jewellery from your standard high street shops. Its great to have a selection of high street as expensive jewellery isn’t appropriate for all situations. I definitely wouldn’t recommend taking any to a festival or a girls party holiday. High street jewellery is great for experimenting with trends too. I love the look of the very thin metal chain chokers but I’m not going to blow a few hundred pounds on fine jewellery in this style.
How to Buy | My Three Steps:
Always choose classic: Most of us don’t have enough money to waste on expensive jewellery that’s a passing trend. Put down styles that weren’t around last year and won’t be around next. Everyone will love a diamond choker or unicorn charm now but it won’t be so cool next year when a completely different trend has rolled around. Tiffany is one of my favourite jewellers for a classic style that you can wear over and over. The first item I bought was the infinity necklace over five years ago. Its still retailing in their stores and online. Yes some of their jewellery is in the same price range as a decent car or a house deposit(!!!) but not all of it is. On their website they have a ‘£300 and under’ gifts section, I know that kind of money sounds like a lot but when you compare it with how much you’ve spent altogether on that Pandora bracelet is it really that bad?
Be certain: For the average person, buying fine jewellery on a whim isn’t the best idea. I usually have a rule for anything over a certain amount of money. If I see something I really like then I wait a month, if I still want it, its fair game. This is the opposite of my high street strategy where I buy when I see, for fear of never being able to find it again. Anywhere selling fine jewellery will be happy to give you the details of the item so that you’re able to find it again.
Do your research: Luxury retail is the same ball park as high street retail, it’s just in a nicer area. You can buy some high end jewellery directly from the brand in store, online or through a department store like Selfridges, Harrods or John Lewis. Sometimes these places will charge different amounts or offer promotions, meaning you could get the same thing cheaper somewhere else. Give the product a quick google before you commit. You may find a slightly better deal, if not you’ll be able to buy it with the peace of mind that you got a fair price.
If you follow these steps I’m pretty certain you’ll be super happy with your new jewellery. I wear mine to death and expensive jewellery should last a lifetime.
The majority of my jewellery holds sentimental value to me and I wouldn’t usually buy it on a whim. I love linking jewellery to memories. From special birthdays to trips abroad and being maid of honour to my best friend. These pieces are much more special to me than their face value.
Does anyone else own anything that holds sentimental value for them? I’d love to know if other people make similar connections!