What to look for when choosing jewellery

A woman wearing thick gold rings and a thick gold chain necklace

Picking out the right piece of jewellery is a big decision. You are likely going to spend some serious money on your next item, whether you are buying it for yourself or as a gift for someone special. If you go into this purchase with a plan for what you are looking for – and what you want to avoid – it will be easier to come away with something you can love.

If you just walk into a jewellery store without any idea of what you are looking for or what you are willing to spend, you’ll be in for an overwhelming experience. The average store has tons of options to choose from, and a huge range of prices represented. It’s a much better idea to go in with a plan so you don’t find your head spinning soon after you start.

Set a budget. This is an easy one – figure out what you are going to spend (roughly) so you can more easily narrow down your choices. If you decide to shop with humm, you’ll be able to pay back in five easy slices with interest-free financing.

Consider various types of jewellery. Just saying you are going to buy a piece of jewellery doesn’t narrow it down much – what do you want to buy? Some of the most popular types of pieces include rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more.

Occasion. Are you buying this piece for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary? If so, keep that in mind and you might be able to shop in specific sections of the store (whether in person or online) that are focused on those kinds of occasions.

A big part of your shopping process is going to be picking out what type of material you want featured in the piece of jewellery. Your mind might first go to gold, and that’s a great choice, but silver has a lot of advantages, too (including a lower price point). Even if you do stick with gold, you will need to decide if you want a standard gold colour, or a white gold or rose look. If you have been put off by just how expensive gold can be, browse a collection of silver jewellery and you just might find that you fall in love with one or more of these pieces.

When buying something as important – and potentially expensive – as jewellery, it’s important to work with a respected dealer. Unfortunately, lesser-known businesses might be out to make a quick buck and may not actually sell you what you think you are getting. In other words, by sticking with proven brand names in this industry, you will be far more likely to get the real thing rather than a fake. You don’t want to have any doubts or second thoughts about your purchase, so make it easy by going with one of the many trusted jewellery dealers to partner with humm.

If the jewellery purchase that you plan to make is for someone else – such an engagement/wedding ring (LINK) – it might be a good idea to get some help from others in your family. It can be hard to know what someone else would want, and you might talk yourself into a piece that just doesn’t end up working in the end. To avoid such missteps, ask one or two family members to review the items you are considering and offer their input. It may be that they are able to bring up some points you didn’t think of previously – or they may fully approve of the item you have picked out.

Here’s the thing – jewellery is expensive. In fact, it can be extremely expensive, depending on the pieces that you pick out, the materials those pieces are made from, any gems included in the design, the brand name, and on and on. It adds up quick, and you might find yourself falling in love with a piece that just doesn’t fit in your budget at the moment.

So, what can you do? Use financing from humm to make the purchase and pay for it over time. You won’t have to deal with interest charges on your purchase, as we provide our customers with interest-free financing. Apply today for approval from humm. That perfect piece of jewellery might be more attainable than you ever believed!

FAQ Section

This is such a personal question that it’s hard to give a specific answer. There are many great choices! A simple bracelet or necklace would be perfect for relationships that are in their earlier stages, while those who have been in a serious relationship for some time may look at rings.

It can be tough to choose the right color jewellery to make sure the piece looks perfect up against your skin. Even a beautiful piece of jewellery can be hard to appreciate when it isn’t a good match for the wearer. Since there are so many skin tones in the world, and so many types of jewellery, the best thing to do is try on a few pieces and see which stand out in a good way.

It’s obviously important to get the right size when ordering jewellery. For a ring, you can use a piece of paper or a string to measure the distance around the finger that will be wearing the ring. Then, use a ring size chart to translate that measurement into an actual ring size. This same plan will also work for bracelets, so measure the wrist that will be wearing the piece and you should quickly have an accurate answer.