Tips for Choosing Fine Jewelry

Our expert lets you in on the secret to finding that piece that’s just right.

The holidays are just around the corner, and a beautiful piece of jewelry is a perfect gift for your special someone (or for yourself). At DFS, we have curated a selection of spectacular and story-laden pieces for you to peruse and to add to your collection. Kelsey Chan, Buyer, Watch & Jewelry, shares her insight into this class of jewelry, as well as her best tips on choosing a piece that suits both your needs – and wants.


A World Apart

First things first – why is fine jewelry a cut above the rest, literally?
“Basic jewelry feature more generic designs that are mass produced and widely available,” says Chan. “Fine jewelry, on the other hand, is created with from precious metals and gemstones with top-level craftsmanship, so it’s considered to be of higher quality and value.” It’s also the versatility – and the intangible benefits – of the investment piece that draws people in. “Fine jewelry tends to hold value over time, and can even appreciate in value,” says Chan. “So pieces often become family heirlooms and are passed down through generations.”

Make It Personal

In deciding on a piece of fine jewelry, Chan suggests not looking at the actual piece first – but instead, at the person who will be wearing it. “It’s important that the wearer feels emotionally connected to it; it’s something that they can create significant memories with,” says Chan. This could mean customizing a bespoke piece with a that caters to your liking, but aesthetics aside, it's also key to think about how the piece will be worn, too. “Will it be for daily wear, or are you creating a statement piece for an occasion?” That will help you narrow down from vast collections that are available in store.


Other Considerations

Then, Chan suggests a few areas to look into before making a purchase.

1. Timeless design
“Look for something with a classic design that transcends trends.”
2. Durability
“Choose precious metals that stand the test of time – platinum, gold or silver, according to your personal budget and preference.”
3. Authenticity
“Verify the authenticity of the jewelry piece by looking for hallmarks or stamps that indicate metal purity.”
4. Reputation
“Purchase your piece from established jewelers or brands with an outstanding reputation.”
5. Ethical sourcing
“Jewelers that adhere to ethical sourcing standards, i.e. conflict-free diamonds, will contribute to reducing environmental impact.”

Signed and Sealed

Once you’re ready to make the purchase, the final step is to make sure it is certified for quality guarantee. “A report from a reputable grading laboratory will assure you of authenticity of the stone you’re purchasing, and that you are getting the quality you are paying for,” Chan says. Our strong partnerships with leading global jewelry houses mean our hand-picked selections and exclusive releases all bear an internationally recognized stamp of assurance.

Especially Yours

Ultimately, Chan asserts that choosing the perfect piece is about finding something you build a connection with – if you haven’t already fallen in love at first sight! “It’s really about choosing a piece of jewelry that you will love more each time you wear it; a piece that can empower you to embrace the idea of self-expression by reflecting your unique style and personality.”


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