How to Pick a Trusted Jeweler
Buying jewelry or working with a jeweler isn’t like buying anything else. Fine jewelry and precious stones come with their own language, and unless you’re well-versed in it, the whole thing can be very confusing to the typical buyer. It involves quality, style, and elements that, to the untrained eye, are almost undetectable.
Most of you don’t buy fine jewelry or deal with a jeweler on a regular basis. You visit the jeweler for occasions that are special and dear to your heart. So it’s important that you work with a jeweler you can trust – one who has a thorough understanding of the industry and a solid reputation.
Before you drop off your valuable jewelry for repairs, make sure your jeweler can answer “Yes” to these questions:
- Can you do the repair onsite? There should be a jeweler onsite who is able to complete most, if not all, of the work without sending it out.
- Do you use a microscope for repairs? Most of the things that need to be addressed during jewelry repair simply can’t be seen well enough with the naked eye.
- Can you give me a firm estimate? A trustworthy jeweler will stand by his word when he gives you an estimate on a repair or production of a custom piece. He will also guarantee his service.
- Do you use a laser welder? Use of a laser welder allows for flawless work to be done.
Finally, no matter how they answer these questions, it’s best to check around the community and see what the jeweler’s reputation is like. Check social media, ask friends in the area what they know about the jeweler, and (if all else fails) ask the jeweler for references.