Last week, we talked about the importance of making fine jewelry part of your collection, and suggested buying a pair of classic earrings as a risk-free way to start. While pearls and diamonds are certainly classic, many women feel more comfortable beginning with pieces that are purely metal because they cost less and tend to be more versatile. Gold is most common, though white metal and sterling are fine, as well; a pricier white metal option is platinum.


14kt tri color gold flower design 17″ necklace

We sometimes find that women are reluctant to buy diamonds for themselves, but we say go for it! Diamonds are forever classic, beautiful, and go with anything; if you love them, why wait for someone else to buy them for you? That said, blue sapphires, rubies, emeralds, or pearls are beautiful gems that can add some timeless pop to any metal. You’ll find a lot of examples when you browse pawn shops in South Florida.


Platinum diamond and sapphire ladies bracelet

Buyers also express concern about fine jewelry going out of style. This is why we recommend beginning with classic pieces, but further insurance against this fear is 1) buying something you love and will wear no matter what anyone thinks, and 2) buying from timeless designers like Cartier or Van Cleef and Arpels. Also keep in mind that fine jewelry is meant to last, and retro is always in.

One thing that takes a fine jewelry buyer from cautious to confident is knowledge. When you can look at two pieces of jewelry that seem identical, it can be hard to justify buying the more expensive piece. But when you’re able to discern small but significant differences—a piece isn’t hollow, it has higher gold content, it’s expertly soldered—you understand the difference in price, and are willing to pay the higher price because you know it equates with higher quality.  At National Pawn and Jewelry in Fort Lauderdale, we’re happy to help you understand these differences; just ask!