Friday, September 30, 2016

Best Jewelers & Jewelry Stores' Attributes

Let’s be honest: Jewelry is pricey, and so it should be. Precious metals and stones have long been among humanity’s most prized possessions, and it’s only natural that their prices reflect this. But that chunk of change is only worth it if you can be sure you’re getting the best possible product from the most reputable jeweler.

If you’re wondering how to recognize top jewelry stores, look no further. Consider this your mini-guide to identifying the best jewelers and making sure you take your business somewhere it will be respected and appreciated. Let’s talk about what qualities you should look for in a jeweler, in their products and in the store itself.

The Marks of a Good Jeweler

Recognizing a good jeweler’s attributes is critical to ensuring you get the best possible experience when shopping for gems or jewelry. When you speak to a professional jeweler, you’ll know it immediately. First of all, their technical knowledge will be impressive. They not only know everything there is to know about high-end jewelry, they also have hands-on experience in design and manufacturing.

A good jeweler also offers highly personalized service, talking to you individually rather than letting associates or assistants take care of the service from beginning to end. He or she will be considerate and caring about your needs, and will demonstrate only the highest standards of personal and business ethics. And perhaps most importantly, they will take an enormous amount of pride in the beauty and quality of their products.

Superb Quality Products

The products themselves also matter a great deal. Looking for originality, beauty and detail in design. This goes for all engagement, wedding and anniversary jewelry, as well as more traditional stand-alone pieces: rings, earrings and any necklace or bracelet.

A quality jeweler will also use the finest materials in everything they do. This goes for metals as well as gemstones, such as diamonds. Of course, precious colored gemstones count a well: sapphire, ruby, emerald and tanzanite are just a few examples of the lovely stones you will find at a good jeweler.

And lastly, you should expect to find superb craftsmanship from any jeweler worth their salt, so don’t hesitate to ask how pieces are made or about the quality of the materials used.

Attributes of Best Jewelry Stores

Finally, the jewelry store itself matters. How it operates, the welcoming vibe and the flexibility they can offer to customers are all important. For starters, jewelry stores should always, always offer a good deal. If you can’t trust them to offer fair prices, you shouldn’t be shopping there.

They should give first-class customer service, every time, regardless of customer’s spending budget or wealth. They should also offer a range of services, including advice and appraisal; buying, selling and trading; custom design and manufacturing; and repair of jewelry, watches and other like items. If your jeweler does not offer most of these services, that’s a good sign they may not be as reputable as other jewelers in the area, and you might want to look elsewhere.

A professional jeweler should also offer lifetime product warranty against defect or loss due to manufacturing process, and should have custom design and manufacturing capability so that you can request personalized designs for yourself or loved ones. Any jewelry store that doesn’t offer this is likely deficient in other areas as well.

Expert Jewelers to Help You Today

If you’d like to learn more about expert jewelry services such as those offered by Professional Jeweler, you can read more about us here. If you have specific needs, want us to design something for you or would just like to speak to an experienced jeweler, get in touch with us or visit our Los Angeles store. We look forward to helping you.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Lab-Grown or Natural Diamond Ring?

If you’re searching for a diamond ring, one of the first questions you might ask in this technologically advanced day and age is “Should I opt for a lab-grown or natural diamond?”

It’s natural to wonder about this, considering all the press lab-grown diamonds have been getting lately. Today let’s talk about the difference between these two types of diamonds and how you should go about choosing between them.

Lab-Grown Diamonds

Technology for creating lab-grown diamonds is driven by governments’ defense industries, which are aiming to create strategic military innovations. Also known as synthetic diamonds, lab-grown diamonds are created either by applying tremendous amounts of pressure and heat to a small diamond “seed” and a carbon source that adheres around it, or by depositing carbon from a gas mixture onto a prepared surface.

Supplies of lab-grown diamonds have increased rapidly in recent years, with over 10,000 machines in China alone already producing diamonds. It is estimated that lab-grown diamond prices will fall by at least 50 percent every 18 to 24 months due to stiff competition in lab-grown diamond production, which creates an over-large supply.

Natural Diamonds 

Currently, the natural diamond mining industry employs 1.5 million miners and supports their families’ livelihood, which rely on the continued sale of natural diamonds. Natural diamonds are also scarce, which enables them to sustain their value over time.

While lab-grown diamonds may look like their natural counterparts, they lack the long, long history of natural diamonds (which were created billions of years ago) that symbolizes the permanence of love and commitment. Women prefer rare and valuable stones that signify lifelong devotion, and we don’t blame them. For this reason, many people choose to go with natural diamonds.

Of course, natural diamonds do bring the risk of unethical mining practices. If you want to ensure your diamonds are conflict-free, you can check their status and buy with confidence thereafter.

Choosing the Diamond Engagement Ring for You

Whichever type of diamond you choose, your
diamond engagement ring should be unique and reflect your personal style, or that of your dear lady-to-be. The design, central diamond and accents all make a huge difference to the final look of the ring, so be sure to take each factor into account carefully.

If you’re not sure which ring might be best for you or your fiancee, please feel free to call and talk to us or schedule an appointment with Professional Jeweler when in Los Angeles area. We can help you think through the pros and cons of lab-grown versus natural diamonds, the composition of the engagement ring, and price. We specialize in finding each and every couple the exact rings and wedding sets right for them, so when it comes to one of the biggest decisions of your life, you can count on us.