Fine Jewelry Selection: How to Choose Quality Pieces

Fine jewelry is always a great choice as a gift for special occasions. Many fine jewelry stores can sell you gorgeous pieces at great prices. But are you sure they're worth their price?

What makes fine jewelry a high-quality piece? And which pieces should you invest in?

Read on to see the answers to these questions and more in this article.

Key Takeaways

  • Counterfeits can look good, but it's easy to spot if you know what to look for.
  • Quality pieces will always have a hallmark and clear precious stones. They also must have expert craftsmanship.
  • Choose high-quality pieces that have complete paperwork, are durable, and have a design that won't go out of style.
  • Custom-made pieces are also a great addition to your collection. They are unique and tailored to your preferences.
  • Buying from reputable sellers ensures you are getting authentic jewelry. For secondhand jewelry, they can give you the paperwork that you need.

What Makes Fine Jewelry a Quality Piece?

The precious stones on the fine jewelry you're eyeing might look very pretty, but don't let them blind you.

Just because a piece of jewelry looks luxurious, it doesn't mean they're high-quality.

Fortunately, you don't have to be an expert jeweler to know whether a piece is high quality or not.

Here are some tell-tale signs that a fine jewelry is a quality piece:


A hallmark is a stamp that tells you the composition and purity of the fine jewelry it's stamped on.

High-quality fine jewelry will always display the value of the piece in a hallmark. This helps consumers like you check the authenticity and longevity of a piece.

Clear Stones

Precious stones are what makes fine jewelry so luxurious and alluring to collectors. This is why if you're looking to buy a quality piece, you should thoroughly examine the stones in the piece.

The stones in a quality piece are clear with no visible marks.

Of course, real gemstones may have naturally occurring flecks. But, these are usually not visible to the naked eye. Gemstones in quality pieces will always look flawless and radiant.

Expert Craftsmanship

Authentic fine jewelry isn't just defined by high-quality materials. Master jewelers craft these pieces, creating stunning jewelry that is highly valuable.

Luxurious fine jewelry with radiant gemstones

How to Choose the Quality Pieces to Go For

Now that you know what makes fine jewelry a quality piece, you won't be easily fooled by counterfeits.

Let's discuss the standards we recommend you to have when buying fine jewelry.

Durable Jewelry

If you're planning to buy fine jewelry for yourself or a loved one, you might as well go for something built to last. Quality pieces crafted by skilled jewelers to be durable and sturdy are a great choice.

You should also choose durable jewelry if you're buying the piece as an investment. This ensures you don't have to pay absurd amounts for maintenance.

Certifications and Paperwork

Fine jewelry that comes complete with their paperwork is always a good choice. This ensures that what you're buying is authentic. This also helps if you need to check the resale value of the fine jewelry.

Make sure that you request certifications and paperwork whenever you buy fine jewelry. This is also especially important if you're buying secondhand jewelry.

Timeless Design

Quality pieces are also renowned for their elegant design that seems to never go out of style.

Classics like diamond rings and gemstone earrings are still valued highly today. These pieces are still sought after as gifts and engagement rings for decades. And it seems they're here to stay!

Buying fine jewelry is a huge investment. You might as well choose a design that you can use and love for years.

Jewelry from Reputable Sellers

Always opt for jewelers that you can trust. This way, you can make sure that you are getting the service that you deserve.

Reputable sellers can help you find exquisite fine jewelry. They can also assure you that all the pieces you buy are pure and authentic.

If you're buying second hand jewelry, you can trust that these sellers can provide you with all the paperwork that you need. They can also have skilled jewelers who can help you with any queries you may have about a piece.

Reputable sellers can also offer you warranties and guarantees for your fine jewelry. These warranties can help you cover your jewelry in case incidents happen.

Elegant fine jewelry collection showcased

Visit Our Collection of Fine Minnesota Jewelry

If you're looking for a reputable St. Paul jeweler, you're in the right place. Van Drake Jewelers offers you a wide variety of fine jewelry worth investing in.

Here are our personal recommendations for your fine jewelry collection:

Lady's White 14-karat Love's Crossing Ring

This beautiful diamond ring features a stylish design that absolutely draws attention. The stones placed on the "outer rings" highlight the precious diamond stone in the center.

Lady's White 14-karat Sapphire & Diamond Necklace

Embrace the elegant design of the regal hue of blue sapphire adorned with diamonds. The precious stones and exquisite design of this fine jewelry make it a great piece to add to your collection.

Yellow 14-karat Flexible Bangle Bracelet

Bracelets go well with many events. So, adding a pretty bangle to your collection is always worth it. This yellow 14-karat flexible bangle is perfect if you want a simple piece you can wear every day.

Custom Pieces

If there's anything that can make your collection shine, it's fine jewelry that is made just for you. Here at Van Drake Jewelers, we can craft your dream fine jewelry for you.

Be a Well-Informed Buyer

Part of being a jewelry enthusiast is knowing which pieces are worth your money. There's a lot of counterfeit jewelry in the market today. If you're not well-informed on how to spot these fakes, you might find yourself spending money on fakes with no actual value.

Of course, your choice of fine jewelry entirely depends on your own preferences. After all, it's your collection, and your collection highlights what you find valuable.

If you need any help choosing what fine jewelry to buy, feel free to reach out to us.