Jewelry Quality – Choosing The Best Type Of Jewelries In Terms Of Quality

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The quality of a jewelry piece can be measured in several ways; essentially it is the type of gemstones, metals and other type of materials that may have been used with a jewelry piece that would define its quality. Knowing the different types of jewelry quality you could possibly get will help you to choose or select the best specific type of jewelries for yourself when you shop.

A jewelry piece quality can be defined by the following:

1.  Its Value

Not every gemstone or natural gemstone is valuable only some natural gemstones like diamond, sapphire etc are considered to be valuable. The precious metals like gold and platinum that are used with jewelries are valuable too.

Valuable gemstones and the precious metals are generally considered to be quality pieces, a jewelry piece that may consist of either one of these may be referred to as a quality piece. For example, a jewelry piece made with some diamond and/or gold or platinum metal will typically be considered to be a quality piece.


2.  Its Gemstone’s Cut, Color, Clarity Or Pearl Quality

Virtually all types of natural gemstones (both low cost and expensive types) can be graded to determine their quality using their cuts, colors and clarities, pearl as a gemstone typically uses a different set of grades that differs from cuts, clarities etc to define the gems' quality. A cut grade determines how well shaped each gemstone is, while a color grade defines the color of the gemstone, some specific natural gemstone color may actually be rare, and clarity defines how flawless a gemstone is.

A natural gemstone may have some internal flaws called inclusions or external blemishes that may or may not be visible to the unaided eye. Some flaws or blemishes that may be found in or on natural gemstones by nature include cracks, spots, feathers, cloudiness etc, while some of these may not affect a gemstone in any way, some may however affect the durability of the gem or how it may look physically to the unaided eye.

Perfectly flawless natural gemstones exist but may be very rare for some natural gemstones. The gemstone with the highest or topmost grades in terms of cut, color and clarity is generally considered to be of more quality than gems with lower grades. So if you wish to get some high quality natural gemstones for yourself, you can also determine your gemstone quality by reviewing their cut, color and clarity grades or pearl quality.

That is, if you want to choose the better of two valuable natural diamonds of the same weight for instance, you can compare their cuts, colors and clarities to know which one is better than the other. This will also apply to other natural gemstones too, whether they are expensive, moderately priced or low cost. A colorless topaz gemstone for example is a low cost natural gemstone whose quality can be further defined by its cut, color and clarity grade.

Synthetic gemstones can be graded in terms of cut, color and clarity too. You can learn more about cut, color, clarity and pearl quality at Easily Determine If Your New Or Old Jewelry Piece Is Valuable Or Not.


3.  Its Type Of Jewelry Metal And Precious Metal Content

The precious metals like gold and platinum used in jewelries are typically resistant to rust or corrosion, they are therefore considered to be of some better quality than some base metals like titanium, steel, copper, brass etc. A jewelry piece that uses any precious metal may therefore be considered to be a quality piece because of this.

Some percentage of metal content is usually defined for high quality jewelry metals. High quality platinum or palladium jewelries would usually contain 95% of platinum or palladium in a jewelry piece respectively. Silver jewelries will need to contain up to 92.5% of silver to be called sterling silver.

Gold is measured in karats, 24 karat of gold is pure gold, the US defines a jewelry piece as gold jewelry if it contains a minimum of 10 karat of gold content or more, that is, about 41% of gold, this may however be different for other countries.


4.  Its Synthetic Gemstones

Synthetic gemstones can serve as high quality alternatives to their natural gemstone counterparts, although they are generally not considered to be as valuable as natural gemstones.


5.  Its Base Metal Grade

Some base metals like titanium have their own grades too, titanium for instance can be found in commercial pure, aircraft and extra hard grades. Each one of these grades of titanium can be used for jewelry, however titanium with an extra hard grade is harder than the others.

Extra hard and aircraft grade titanium are stronger and are more resistant to wear than commercial pure. Stainless steel also has a more quality version of the metal too called surgical stainless steel that is also used with jewelries too.


6.  Its Gold Plated Jewelries

Some base metals like brass may be coated or plated with gold, these are not gold jewelries however since they are merely plated or coated with some layer of gold. Though the gold coating or plating will eventually wear off, the layer or thickness of gold coat or plating will determine how quickly that will be. Some jewelry piece may be re-plated after their gold coating or plating may have worn off. 

a).  Gold Plated Jewelry

Will generally have a thin layer of gold electroplated to a base metal or some other metal.


b).  Gold Fill (Rolled Gold) Jewelry

Has more thickness than the jewelries that may have been electroplated with gold. It also uses a layer of 10 karat gold or more and should be up to 1/20th in weight of the total weight of the gold-filled or gold-rolled material.

c).  Gold Tone Jewelries

These are merely colored with gold without assigning any specific gold karat weight to the gold layer or coat.

d).  Gold Vermeil

This is a type of gold plating that is about 2.5 micrometers thick with at least 10 karat gold, it is the best type of coating or plating out of all the other types of gold plating or gold coated jewelries.


These should give you some idea about the options and choices you have quality-wise when you wish to buy some gold plated jewelry.


7.  Its Brand

Some jewelry brands are well known and would generally produce some high quality jewelry pieces too. However, all the aforementioned attributes, properties and the materials that a jewelry piece may have or contain would typically have more impact or effect on the piece’s total value and quality than the name of a brand.


8.  Its Gemstone Look-Alikes (Imitations)

For some quality gemstone look-alikes, some of the gems in that category will include cubic zirconia, swarovski crystals and rhinestones.


Once you have decided on the type of jewelries, gemstones and jewelry metals you would want for yourself, you can then use these tips to select the best quality piece in your chosen or selected category.


Once you have decided on the type of jewelries you would want and the gemstones and jewelry metals they would contain, you can then use each one of these tips to effectively select the best high quality piece in your chosen or selected category.

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