Top Jewelry Buying Questions
March 15th, 2023
Buying jewelry is an adventure. From researching trends to viewing the piece in person, every part of the process involves thought, time, and effort. Many first-time customers have queries about jewelry. Complex and beautiful, there is a lot to know about these incredible accessories. Here are some of the most common questions we receive. If you have a question that’s not listed, contact us to learn more.
What’s the Difference Between Sterling Silver, White Gold, and Platinum’
These precious metals exhibit a similar gray hue, which can confuse new jewelry buyers. However, these precious metals embody qualities that make them unique. Sterling silver is the most affordable precious metal. It is made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals (especially copper). It evokes an elegant hue and shine, perfect for accentuating any outfit. However, sterling silver can tarnish and break relatively easily.
White gold is an alloy of gold and bright metals like palladium. It is often rhodium plated for some extra shine. Its color is slightly grayer than sterling silver. Unlike sterling silver, white gold never tarnishes. It does need to be redipped by a jeweler annually so as to ensure the gold’s natural yellow doesn’t come through. Platinum is more luxurious, bright, and durable than any other precious metal. It is rare and valuable, coming with a price to match.
What Are Lab-Grown Diamonds’
Laboratory-grown diamonds are identical to natural diamonds: precise and compact arrangements of carbon. They are both brilliant and radiant, creating a vibrant light display. Their only difference is their origins and market value As their name implies, lab-grown diamonds are created in a controlled setting whilst natural diamonds are mined. The former can be made to supply demand while the latter is finite, making them more valuable.
Can I Create My Own Jewelry’
You generally have two options: learn to create jewelry through extensive education and training or commission a piece through custom design services. Our expert team of goldsmiths uses advanced technology and techniques to craft fine engagement rings, necklaces, and more based on your designs. Commission a truly one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry that reflects your identity and style at Albert’s Diamond Jewelers.
Do I Have to Clean My Jewelry’
Jewelry owners need to get their pieces cleaned annually by a professional and weekly at home. Dust, oil, and humidity can cause harmful buildup on the piece, weakening delicate parts and corroding metal.
To wash your jewelry at home, scrub it with some warm soapy water. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to ensure you do not scratch the precious metal. For pieces like engagement rings, you can soak them for forty minutes. Once it’s thoroughly scrubbed, dry it off with a microfiber cloth.
Find Fine Jewelry at Albert’s Diamond Jewelers
For exceptional jewelry and other accessories, head to Albert’s Diamond Jewelers. Our wide selection of designer jewelry contains all of today’s most beloved and desirable brands from across the globe. Visit our Schererville showroom to witness a myriad of wonders, including elegant necklaces, platinum engagement rings, and diamond stud earrings. Everything at our store is guaranteed to be perfectly suited for any ensemble and occasion. Call (219) 322-2700 to speak directly with our skilled, friendly team.