Quality jewelry is jewelry that lasts, that looks good throughout the years, and that doesn’t fall apart when you wear it every day. With so many jewelry products available to buy, how can a normal person know which ones are quality? Fortunately, even if you aren’t a gemologist, there are many easy ways to tell if a piece is worth your money.
Don’t trust the mall, the TV, or places you visit on a cruise to sell quality jewelry!
Most major “rip-offs” in jewelry come from two places, mall chains and TV sales channels; with cruise ships easily being third. The majority of pieces that they sell are either grossly overpriced, easy to break and virtually unrepairable, or not what they claim to be.
Stay away from hollow!
Some retailers sell pieces that are comprised of hollowed out metal. This is a dishonest way for places to make it seem like they are charging less for the same product. While it saves cost in metal weight, hollow pieces are extremely easy to break and very difficult or impossible to repair. Hollow chains and bracelets might cost half of what the same size piece would cost, but will likely fall apart before a year passes. At Silver City we carry only solid pieces that should last you a lifetime.
Plating never lasts!
There are many examples of pieces being plated in the jewelry industry. Gold plated silver is sold as a cheaper alternative to yellow gold. Sterling silver is sold with rhodium plating that makes it look whiter then sterling’s natural color. Some white or yellow gold pieces are sold with plating in areas that show designs or make it look fancy with two colors. All plating will come off quickly and is impossible or extremely cost inefficient to redo.
Be wary of tiny diamonds!
Many popular styles of jewelry include lots of tiny diamonds in a large cluster. This allows retailers to claim that the piece has a high total carat weight while saving themselves cost. Often these stones are supported by very little and will fall out constantly with wear. Even if you like the cluster style, buying a piece with fewer, larger diamonds will normally result in a piece that stays together better.
Magic/illusion set rings are big trouble!
Magic or illusion set rings are where manufacturers set many smaller stones together to make it appear like one larger stone. These stones put together with each other like a jigsaw puzzle and can easily fall out. If one of the stones does fall out, the ring can be entirely ruined with no way to repair it. At Silver City we refuse to sell magic set rings and advise people to never buy them.
At Silver City we only sell pieces that meet our high quality standard!
With over 150 years of combined jewelry experience, we only sell pieces that know are well made and that we are confident will last. Come see our selection today!