Buying Guide

Buying jewelry should be fun! But it is also important to be well educated as you make your purchase. There is no denying the power of fine jewelry. With the right accessories, along with a sense of personal style, achieving a state of refined elegance is easy. If you are new to the world of fine jewelry, or just looking for a few tidbits of useful information, let our fine jewelry buying guide assist you. When choosing the right accessories for your lifestyle and preferences, there are a few essential areas to consider. Let’s take a closer look at each element in greater detail.

Jewelry Type



Whether you are looking for an engagement ring, right hand statement ring or stackable bands, it is important to make sure the ring is well made. Rings take the most wear of any jewelry piece, so the construction quality is of great importance. Small stones need to be set well with enough metal to protect them from regular wear. Large center stones need to be set with prongs that will hold them tight and provide protection.


From diamond tennis bracelets to solid cuffs, bracelets can be the perfect addition to a jewelry wardrobe. One of the most important features to consider is fit. You should try on a bracelet to make sure it is comfortable for daily wear. The clasp should also be secure and tight so as to insure it stays on your wrist.


A necklace is a wonderful statement piece whether it is a dainty pop of color or a bold chain. The length of chain determines where it will fall on your neckline. Some necklaces have two different latch points so they can be two different lengths. It is a good idea to try them on and see what length might be right for you.


In jeans and a t-shirt or an elegant dress, earrings go with any outfit. Different styles though can make the perfect statement. An important factor to consider is how they secure. A tight friction earring back can hold well but if you are prone to losing an earring, it might be wise to try a latch or a threaded back. Since earrings are so close to sensitive skin, it is a good idea to stick with 14 karat gold or higher. If your ears are very susceptible to reactions, platinum is also a good option.

Metal Type

One of the first decisions about a piece will often involve the metal type used in the design. When looking at metal type, you want to consider the tone, quality, and durability.

  • Metal Karat14k and 18k Gold – Mixed with alloy metals to create the perfect combination of beauty, strength, and long-lasting durability, this option is available in several tones such as white gold, yellow gold, and even rose gold. The difference between the two karats rests in how much gold is alloyed with other metals with the 18k gold naturally having more gold than alloy metal in the composition. Gold in any tone is ideal for mixing and matching different styles, metal tones, and embellishments regardless of whether it is 14k or 18k. Gold is also one of the most durable metals with a reliable hardness that allows it to withstand years of use without losing the striking visual appeal and it easily brightens again with a polish. White gold offers a sleek, modern appeal but requires getting it rhodium plated again at least once a year for the light new bright white finish. Rose gold offers a romantic take on this classic metal and has seen a resurgence of popularity in recent years. It provides a classic warmth and accents well with both yellow and white gold.
  • Platinum –It is one of the noble metals and is one of the rarest metals used in jewelry. This metal offers a striking white luster which makes it attractive and pleasing to the eye. While the inherent beauty is often a big draw in choosing this metal, there are a few other elements that are worth noting. This metal is naturally denser and thus heavier than gold which works well for those looking for a heavier accessory such as a man looking for a heavy wedding band. The best thing about platinum is that it is one of the most durable metals available and will hold up to many years of wear. The grayish white luster also lends itself nicely to a range of accompanying metal tones, gemstones, and diamonds for a stylish accessory.


Stone Type

Gemstones are a beautiful way to embellish a piece of jewelry. The two main options are white diamonds and colorful gemstones and there are a few differences and things to know about each option.

  • Diamonds – Nothing stands out more than a diamond. A well cut diamond makes light sparkle and dance as it refracts through the stone. Diamonds offer an attractive radiance which adds a stirring elegance to any design. These stones work for necklaces, pendants, rings, earrings, and bracelets in a variety of styles. When choosing diamonds, it is important to look at the carat, the measure of weight for diamonds, as a deciding factor. Obviously, a diamond with a higher carat will be more striking and hold more value than a smaller diamond of equivalent quality. While colorless or near colorless diamonds are often thought of as the standard for this stone, colored diamonds are a nice choice as well. Colored diamonds come in a range of hues from yellows and browns to incredibly rare reds and pinks.

Diamond Earrings

  • Gemstones – Gemstones open up the world of color for jewelry; from elegant blues and rich reds to cheerful yellows and oranges. The top three gemstones are sapphire, ruby and emerald but there are many other lovely stones including opal, spinel, topaz, amethyst, citrine, peridot, kunzite and morganite. Gemstones can be a major center piece for a ring or add a nice touch of color to a stackable band. It is important to understand the durability and particular qualities of the gemstone you select.

We hope these few jewelry tips have been helpful. If you are looking to buy fine jewelry in Greensboro, come visit the jewelry experts at State St Jewelers. We would be happy to help share our expertise and show you some of our favorite pieces.

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