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When you buy a dazzling piece of fine jewelry, you're making an important purchase. Equally important is the decision of where you're going to make the purchase.
The right jeweler should be one you can rely on for all your jewelry purchases, year after year. From gifts for loved ones to treasures for yourself, the jeweler with whom you do business should educate and inform you when you're making a purchase.
Your jeweler should be there to guide you in selecting fine jewelry of lasting quality and beauty, which will enrich your life and the lives of those you love. Your jeweler should also be there to help you properly care for your jewelry so that it can give you years of enjoyment.
It is important to note how long the business you are considering has been operating for. If you are interested in a newly opened store, be sure to visit it and talk to the sales staff and, if possible, the manager or owner. This is a great way of assessing the professionalism of the store and it helps you establish a personal relationship with the jeweler.
Many jewelry stores in your area are probably not new but have been in business for many years, some for several generations. Find out if the jeweler has a history of community involvement. Some jewelers regularly sponsor or host beauty pageants, art exhibits and other community events. Chances are, the longer the store has been involved in the community, the more solid its reputation. If it is a family-owned store, ask if the family actively manages the store.
Maintaining the fine jewelry you have purchased will be important to you as time passes. Ask if the jeweler is able to clean, size, engrave, restring or remount your jewelry.
If the store has a trained gemologist and a bench jeweler on the premises they will be familiar with the various types of precious and semi-precious stones used in fine jewelry and can explain how to care for and clean your gemstone jewelry. A bench jeweler is trained in the fabrication and repair of jewelry. This individual can repair your jewelry, resize your ring and reset a stone. Highly experienced bench jewelers can often custom design a piece for you.
Professional jewelers follow these guidelines and give you all the information they can about the merchandise in their stores.