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How to Buy Wedding Jewelry


A wedding is that time and opportunity where the bride and groom and even the relatives get to be and look their best. As this is a special occasion, looking your best then becomes an important aspect of your attendance.

Even hundreds of years ago, jewelry was worn to signify beauty, power, and social status. Today, jewelry is still worn for the same reasons but pretty much for the obvious reason that it makes you look beautiful and classy.

Jewelry used in weddings is not limited to the wedding ring. The necklace, earrings, and other accessories of the bride are sometimes new as well. For the parents of the bride and groom, they also get to wear jewelry to accompany their outfit. In buying jewelry, here are some crucial things you have to take note of:

– Gold jewelry – Pure gold is at 24 karat or 24K. The characteristic of pure gold is soft, that’s why it is often combined with other metals to increase its durability. For example, 16k gold means that 16 parts of it is made of gold, while the 8 parts pertains to another metal (or combination of other metals). The closer the karat is to 24, the higher its pure gold content.

– Diamond jewelry – The 4Cs – carat, clarity, color, and cut – determine the value of the diamond. The higher the carat, the more the diamond weighs. For the clarity, a flawless diamond can be determined by a diamond grader, however, other flaws may still be concealed and can be identified through different procedures.

– Pearls – The three types of pearls sold currently in the market range from natural pearls to imitation pearls. For natural pearls, they are the rare ones found under the sea, produced by mollusks. Imitation pearls are made of plastic or other man-made material, while the third type, cultured pearls, can be considered natural as well since they are produced by mollusks, but with the intervention of humans or producers.

The jewelry industry is disclosing this vital information to protect the buyers, and as well as protect the reputation and value of these stones and gems. These jewelry forms have been revered for decades and it is important that the legacy of these jewels and stones be respected and protected even by future generations.

Buying jewelry for that special day need not be too difficult – it is important that you buy from reputable jewelry stores so you can be assured of their quality. Some would say that it is still best to go for dealers whose store you can visit instead of going online, so you can see the actual gem before purchasing it.

Even if you are not a certified jewelry grader, you can use this basic information to gauge the quality of the jewelry. Get that glittering and classy look on that special day – indeed, looking your best is also feeling your best. With good quality jewelry, you can make this your family heirloom you can pass on to future generations.

Criss White writes about wedding and shopping topics. For more ideas for unique wedding favors or to check out some personalized wedding favors, go to Bridal and Wedding Favors.

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