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Shopping for fine jewelry can be a bit daunting for some people as it can be quite a hefty investment. It’s expensive and that’s why it’s fine jewelry as opposed to costume jewelry (which depending on where it’s from can also be a bit expensive).
When I’m shopping for fine jewelry it’s typically to mark as special occasion or time in my life. My fine jewelry peices consist of jewelry that’s been passed down to me or my engagement ring, wedding band, one year anniversary band and my push present which was a yellow diamond band for my right hand ring finger. These peices of jewelry are ones I never take off and of course were given to me by my husband. I did have a big part in designing all these pieces though so I know a thing or two about buying diamonds.
After Mason was born I purchased for myself a diamond initial necklace with a M for Mason. I also wear this necklace daily. I know shop for layering necklaces I can wear with my initial necklace since I don’t want to have to take it off. I recently was introduced to a fine jewelry company based in San Francisco called Porter Gulch. When I heard the name all I could think of was a road in Santa Cruz called Porter Gulch. Turns out the owner is originally from Santa Cruz so she named her company after the road. She makes beautiful, dainty pieces that are perfect for layering or everyday wear. I could see so many of her rings, earrings, and necklaces working beautifully with my fine jewelry that I wear daily. Her 14 carat gold Victoria ring is the perfect ring to start layering with. It goes with everything and I love it on my pointer finger on my right hand.
How to Shop for Fine Jewelry:
1. Does it fit in with your everyday style? This is so important because you don’t want to splurge on a piece of fine jewelry that you won’t actually wear all that often. Something about the piece might speak to you but if it doesn’t really fit your style you’ll likely keep it in a jewelry box more than wear it.
2. Is this a classic piece you can wear for years to come? Maybe even pass down to your kids someday? I don’t know about you but I don’t want to invest in something I will only want to wear for a couple of years, especially jewelry! I like to think about someday passing my jewelry down and how sentimental the jewelry will be.
3. What does this piece of jewelry represent to you? All of mine fine jewelry represents a special moment in my life, or person, or both! It makes the pieces that much more special. Even if you’re wanting to just buy a special piece for no other reason than that you want something shiny and new that’s fine too! I’m sure it will still be representative of a place in your life where you can do so or an recent accomplishment that made you feel like you deserve it, which of course you do!!
4. Are you looking for an everyday piece of jewelry or are you wanting to find a statement piece you will not wear all the time? I can get distracted by gorgeous statement pieces but know that I won’t feel comfortable wearing them everyday. Finding gorgeous delicate fine jewelry that can be worn everyday makes so much sense, don’t you think?!
5. What price point are you comfortable staying within? You don’t have to spend thousands to purchase fine jewelry, but you can. Porter Gulch has beautiful fine jewelry rings, necklaces, and earrings that fit into a range of price points so you can find the piece that’s right for you and you’re comfortable spending.
6. How does this jewelry piece make you feel? You always want to feel great when you put on a piece of jewelry. Does it make you feel pretty, confident, pretty and confident? 😉
7. Is it comfortable? This may seem like a weird one but trust me, when it comes to rings especially if it doesn’t fit just right it may be uncomfortable. Or if the earrings are a bit too heavy for your earlobe after all day of wear it might bother you. Just things to consider!
8. Does it scratch or catch on things easily? Again, you might not be thinking about this as you’re trying on a ring that you’re in love with but if it snags your clothes over time you will get annoyed by it. Earrings can do the same thing if they’re too long or necklaces if they have jewels that stick out too much or are too sharp.