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Are you looking to buy jewelry on a budget?
You’ve come to the right place!
A smart jewelry purchaser knows a few tricks of the trade.
That’s why today, you’ll learn the top ten tips to save money the next time you’re buying jewelry.
You probably already know the difference between fine jewelry and fashion jewelry: one is made with precious metals and gemstones, and the other isn’t.
For someone on a budget, though, it can be a tough choice.
But we say—why choose?
The best option for jewelry shopping on a budget is demi-fine jewelry, which falls between the two categories.
Gold vermeil, the most common demi-fine style, is made of pure sterling silver surrounded with solid gold.
It’s a match made in jewelry heaven—fine jewelry materials at a fashion jewelry price.
For centuries, the only way to buy jewelry was at a brick-and-mortar store.
The only problem? Incredibly high markups.
Retailers from Tiffany & Co. to Kay Jewelers keep staggeringly high margins to pay for rent, inventory, and salespeople.
The standard for brick-and-mortar stores is “keystone markup,” where jewelers double the price. The privilege of buying in-store means you’ll pay $1,000 for a ring worth $500.
But recently, online stores have swept onto the scene. Without a physical store to maintain, they’ve cut margins by 30%, 50%, or even 90%.
Buying online is a no-brainer.
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Think of all the gifts you’ve received over the years. Which do you cherish the most—gifts with the most profound meaning or the highest price tag?
When jewelry shopping on a budget, remember that significance is more important than price.
For example, buying a dog lover our Bella Paw Rose Quartz Ring would mean much more than a generic diamond ring that costs ten times as much.
To save, focus on what matters.
Okay, so this might not save money upfront.
But when you’re buying a piece to last a while, look for an excellent guarantee.
That means that if the ring has any problems down the road, you can trade it in or replace it for free.
That means you’ll reap significant savings down the road.
If you’re curious about what a good guarantee looks like, check out our Blush and Bar lifetime warranty.
Sometimes when you buy jewelry on a budget, it’s easy to mistake a deal for a rip-off.
That’s because plenty of sellers don’t understand what real craftsmanship means and are willing to pass anything off as “quality jewelry” to make a quick buck.
Look for a piece designed and checked for quality by a respected US company.
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If you’re buying “brand-name” jewelry, you’re going to pay more. It’s as simple as that.
For those buying on a budget, one of the best tips to save is to look for quality, not a logo.
A ring from Tiffany & Co. or a necklace from Gucci will cost far more than an identical piece from a less well-known retailer.
The corporations that run the jewelry world must keep their prices high.
That’s because they have a level of well-paid bureaucracy, shareholders to keep happy, and quarterly quotas to hit.
A family business, on the other hand, cuts out the corporate requirements behind every purchase.
You’ll find more affordable deals (and finish with a lighter conscience) buying from family jewelers.
Some people forget the basics of jewelry care. And when one ring or necklace starts to look worn, they buy another.
The problem is that staying on this “jewelry treadmill” is expensive!
If you’re buying fine or demi-fine jewelry, a little care goes a long way to extending your pieces’ lives.
Keep them clean and dry, store them in a dry place away from dust and sunlight, and they’ll stay sparkly for years to come.
This tip goes without saying—whenever you’re buying jewelry, it’s a good idea to shop around before making the final purchase.
Compare similar styles across other stores, and decide which one works best with your style and budget.
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It’s common sense when saving on any other purchase. So why not for jewelry?
If you’re looking to find the best price, check out any special offers at your favorite retailer. See what’s on sale—if it’s a piece you like, you could save plenty.
Even better? Look for a retailer with a regular offer or discounts when buying more than one piece.
Going jewelry shopping—whether for yourself, your BFF, or someone in the family—can be stressful.
So many options and such high prices!
Thankfully, it doesn’t need to be that way.
Plenty of today’s jewelers (including us at Blush and Bar) have made the buying process simple and straightforward.
It’s not hard to find a great buy without blowing your budget.
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