Be a jewellery expert

15 Mar How to sound like a jewellery expert without being one

Your ultimate cheat sheet.

Very few people can claim that they know just about everything related to jewellery. Being an expert in the field takes a great deal of know-how and years of experience. But you don’t want to come across as a novice either when jewellery online shopping or discussing it with your clique. So the next time you’re feeling intimidated by precious jewellery, just turn to our cheat sheet to come across like you know your baubles like the back of your hand.

  • Do your research. In the market for a shiny new trinket? Do some research about the pieces you’re vying for to get your basics right. That way you won’t be totally blank when caught off guard.
  • Don’t look at a diamond in sunlight. A diamond, even if poorly cut, sparkles in sunlight. If a jeweller suggests you do this, feel free to correct him!
  • Knowing just the four C’s (cut, color, clarity, and carat) is not enough. To sound like an expert, you should be able to discuss the make and proportion of the diamond just as easily.
  • Know the right terminology. If you can throw around terms like pave, loupe and more (in the right context, of course!), you will come across as someone who knows what they’re talking about.
  • Throw in lines like “my jeweller said” or “my jeweller advised” into the conversation, so that people don’t think you are a total rookie.
  • Know the key brands in the world of jewellery and the signature pieces they are best known for. This signifies you have more than a surface interest in the topic.
  • Instead of complimenting someone on their outfit (which is the common norm), point out how you love their jewellery. Extra points if you refer to the said piece by its right terminology. This signifies a keen sense of observation for jewellery.
  • Know thy gemstones! Don’t confuse ruby as the green stone or insist that sapphire can only be blue in colour. This definitely won’t help your cause!

Ready to take these tips out for a spin?

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