Every fashion forward girl wants their jewelry to say something. Literally. One of the hottest trends this year is personalized jewelry. Women are showing love for their partner, children, or even their pets, by letting their jewelry speak before they do. Before you shop for jewelry online, there are a few things you should know.
Most of you have probably heard of the 4Cs. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) created the now world-famous 4Cs of diamonds: Color, Cut, Clarity, and Carat Weight. Before you purchase any diamonds you should determine which of the 4Cs is most important to you and inquire about the integrity of each characteristic. If you’re purchasing diamonds online it’s important that there is some kind of money back guarantee so you can return the piece of jewelry if you’re not happy with the quality.
If gold is what you’re into you’ll want to look at the karat (two kinds of carats/karats, I know it’s confusing but stick with me). The World Gold Council guidelines say that pure gold is 24-karat (k), which is generally too soft for use in jewelry so it is alloyed with other metals to increase the strength. For example, 18-karat gold is three-quarters pure gold. 14-karat gold is most commonly used in gold jewelry sold in the United States. After identifying the karat you’ll want to look at the color – most common are yellow, white, and rose gold.
When shopping for silver you want to look for “925 sterling silver”. This is the best quality silver used for jewelry and simply means 92.5% pure silver alloyed usually with copper to make the metal harder.