The most expensive necklace in the world is a Wallace Chan masterpiece called “A Heritage in Bloom“, valued at 200 million dollars. This towers over the number two spot on the list, which comes in at $55 million.
And while you’re probably not spending anywhere near that amount of money, you still want to do your research before you buy a necklace of value.
To get the most out of your money, avoid the common necklace shopping mistakes we’ve laid out below.
1. You Don’t Check the Metal Type or Blend of the Necklace
Have you ever bought a piece of jewelry, worn it for a few hours, and then had your skin get irritated around the area? We’re not talking about your skin turning green from cheap pieces – but an actual allergic reaction.
This dermatitis-like response usually peaks twenty-four to forty-eight hours after wearing the piece and can consist of your skin feeling hot, itchy, swollen, tender, or getting red. This reaction is due to skin sensitivity to the metal or one of the metals (if it’s a blend) in your jewelry, and unfortunately, you need to stop wearing it.
What Metals Are Common Culprits?
Nickel is one of the most common allergies on the planet – and one of the most common to react to when wearing jewelry. The good news is, most well-made pieces won’t contain nickel, since it’s a low-cost material.
If you find you have a nickel allergy, look for surgical stainless steel or regular stainless steel – but beware these can have trace amounts of nickel, depending on where they were manufactured.
What’s the safest metal for jewelry? Platinum – but it comes with a high price tag.
2. You Buy a Material You Don’t Plan to Take Care of
Your jewelry is an investment. It certainly was a financial one when you bought it! And since you spent so much money on it, you should treat it well to get the most wear out of it.
When maintained correctly, jewelry can be worn for decades — even longer if worn sparingly.
Find out the exact metal your jewelry is made of (which you should have done already because you listened to the point above) and google best practices for storing it. Clean it regularly and take advantage of any boxes or pouches it came with.
Gold and silver are some of the most high-maintenance metals, so keep that in mind if you’ll be wearing something often, or know you aren’t great at taking care of your things long-term.
3. You Don’t Take Your Neck Size Into Consideration
We all have different body shapes and there’s no one “correct” or “normal” set of measurements. But the jewelry industry acts like there is, at least when it comes to necklace lengths.
An 18 inch necklace on someone with a small chest and a large chest can make a huge difference – so make sure you spend some time determining the perfect necklace length before you buy.
Necklace Shopping Mistakes
When you’re buying jewelry, you’re making an investment in the piece, and you could very well be purchasing an heirloom that’ll be worn for years to come. Following this guide to avoid common necklace shopping mistakes will help you spend your time and money well.
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