Need a ring? Don’t speak fluent jeweller? Our five- minute bling glossary is here to help.
Ring shopping. You’re set to choose your life-long bling with your soon-tobe groom, and now you need to know your asscher from your carré, your emerald from your baguette. Look no further – while jewellery design and metal and gem knowledge is a science in itself (you’d need years of experience to become an expert) – this summary will help you brush up on your jewellery jargon just enough to, hopefully, be able to follow what your jeweller’s on about, without having to ask for a dictionary at the end of every sentence.
An in-person consultation is, after all, the best way to buy jewellery, which brings us to our top advice: don’t be tempted to buy stones online without seeing them in person first. While online gems may come with reports, these documents don’t always tell the full story. For example, they might speak of a small imperfection in the gem’s centre – but there’s no way to tell if it’s a dark, noticeable mark, or a crystal-like quirk that’s actually kind of pretty. There’s very rarely such a thing as a bargain when stone shopping, so remember the old adage: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
But for now, onto the jewellery lesson – you’ll be wearing the sparkler of your dreams in a flash.
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