How To Choose A High Quality Bracelet

Being able to determine the value of jewelry easily can save you money and trouble. Know how to choose high quality bracelets easily and quickly. Use this knowledge to get the most for your money and avoid having problems with your jewelry.

When buying a bracelet, look at the following:

  1. Bangles Need High Casting Quality
      Bangles that are poorly cast do not last through the stress of normal wear. Look to see if the metal throughout the bangle is even and sturdy. A metal bangle should not bend easily. Bangles with poor casting often break, scratch, or wear out quickly.

      Signs of good casting: Well casted bracelets are even and have no pits (caused by air bubbles during the casting process).

      Ensure that an adequate amount of metal was used: The bangle should be thick enough around so it won't break or wear unevenly. Low quality bangles are often very thin and bend easily.

  2. Bracelets with Set Gemstones Require Good Tine Settings
      Gemstones bracelets with tines such as tennis bracelets need at least 6 tines for each gemstone to ensure that each gem will stay securely in the bracelet. Precious gemstones should NOT move at all in its setting.

      Each tine should be evenly spaced around the gem. These tines should be strong. If the gemstone has corners (such as a marquis cut stone), the corners of the stone need to be protected.

      Braceelets with tine settings should be checked yearly to be certain that any gemstones haven't become loose.

  3. Channel Settings Should be Real
      Channel settings need to be a real channel that the gemstones are placed in -- instead of an impression with a thin additional bit of metal holding the stone in place. When a real channel is used, the gemstones will not fall out under normal wear.

  4. Stamped Metal Quality
      High quality bracelets have a stamp imprinted on the inside or on the clasp showing what metal was used. These etched markings should be: 18K for 18Kt gold, 14K for 14 Kt gold, 925 for sterling silver, and 950 Pt (or 850 Pt) for platinum. 18 Kt gold is higher quality than 14Kt gold but is less durable. 24 Kt gold is too soft for normal wear. Platinum is more durable than gold and usually doesnt show any wear.

      Electrolyzed or plated metal can flake off or wear off on bracelets depending on how careful you are.

      Scratches on high quality bangles can be re-polished by a jeweler if needed.

  5. High Gemstone Quality
      Gemstone quality varies vastly. Find gems without imperfections and with good color is as a start. Then, look to see how well the stone is cut. See more detailed information can be found on:

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