Jewelry has adorned us further back than recorded history. Over the years it has been a way of announcing status, commitment and familial bonds. A beautiful ring, necklace, bracelet or other item is a surefire hit as a gift. But why wait for that piece you desire to come your way from someone else?
Today we understand there’s nothing wrong with choosing your own pieces of jewelry to create your own style. Making the choice can be hard considering the wonderful array of handcrafted jewelry out there to tempt you. Getting the perfect piece for yourself takes the same care and attention you would put into purchasing a piece for someone else. A simple way to find what works for you is to consider these three areas:
- Know yourself (your lifestyle, your work habits, your relaxation habits, etc)
- Know your budget
- Know something about the piece itself
Most of us know what we like. We admire many types of jewelry, enjoying them for their craftsmanship or their individual elements. They may have a particular stone that catches our eye, or a dimension we find appealing. Admiration alone, however, doesn’t make the piece right for you. Beauty comes in a wide variety of styles and knowing your own style helps you choose what will complement your personality and your lifestyle. Do you enjoy dressing up and going out on the town? Are you looking for a piece that adds understated elegance or a bit of a professional air? What do you feel is your best feature and what piece might accent it?
There are even more mundane things to consider. Know if you might be allergic to a particular metal or stone. You don’t want to make the purchase only to find you can’t wear the piece. A few questions can offer important information.
Knowing your style helps, but don’t let that idea become so rigid it prevents you from trying something new. Don’t be afraid to shop around. Ask to see everything, even something you might not consider appropriate for you. You may find a piece that adds a sense of adventure and pushes your ideas about where your tastes are.
Budget considerations keep certain boundaries around what each of us can consider purchasing. One thing to keep in mind is that quality jewelry is an investment. Though it may take time, careful selection can build a collection that suits every facet of your lifestyle. Begin with basic pieces on which to build with an eye toward future purchases.
Start slow and work your way into a collection. If you’ve got the basics down already, look for a bit of sparkle to add to a special occasion or something with a bit more elegance to enhance a particular outfit. Look for a stone that speaks to you, a gem that makes you feel special. Jewelry not only adorns but also reveals, so let the piece you choose tell those who see it what you want them to know about you.
Starting from a position of knowledge will help you in making your choice a beneficial one. Acquiring a piece that is a good investment takes being prepared before you walk into the store. Research what you like and understand the ins and outs of authenticity, craftsmanship and elements. Know the metal, the stone, the artist or style, anything that impacts the price. Go in prepared to ask questions, but know as many of the answers as you can before you arrive. Doing so makes wise use of your budget no matter how large or small it is.
Once you’ve prepared, it’s time to take yourself shopping and enjoy the moment. Let your imagination work for you as you look for that perfect purchase. Try on everything that appeals to you. Visualize in your head what it will look like with different pieces from your wardrobe. See how it feels, how comfortable, or uncomfortable, it is. With handcrafted jewelry, learn something about the artist or the particular style. This can add not only to the appeal of the piece but to the enjoyment of wearing it.
Remember you’re shopping for someone very important in the grand scheme of things: yourself! Make your purchase a gift to who you are, letting it reflect the style you’re cultivating.