Dominique's Top Tips for Jewelry Shopping
02.03.14 by Mandy
Valentine’s Day is coming up, which means now is the perfect time to be shopping for jewelry. Trust us, guys, almost every woman wants a shiny new trinket in a velvet-lined box on the most romantic day of the year. Dominique has proved time and time again on Beverly Hills Pawn that she pretty much knows everything there is to know about jewelry, so who better to dish out some advice?
Get Some Sparkle
In terms of the best general, fine-jewelry-buying tip, Dominique recommends really getting tactile with it. Don’t just look at it — pick it up, touch it, feel the weight of it, and even smell it. Though her nose is finely tuned to detect even minor impurities in precious metals, anyone can smell the brassiness of fake gold. And of course if you’re buying pearls you should run them along your teeth to see if they’re gritty and sandy the way real pearls should be. According to Dom, fine jewelry is like fine cuisine: it should stimulate all the senses.
So now we know how to detect fake gold and faux pearls, but what about diamonds? According to Dom, there’s a surefire way to tell a diamond from a cubic zirconia, and it’s basically to look into the stone the way you’d look into someone’s eyes. A diamond will sparkle, just like the eyes of someone you’re really connecting with. A zirconia will have the dead, empty look of the eyes of somebody you’d rather not deal with. Once you’re sure the rock is real, she also had a quick and easy trick to see if the stone is in a good color range. You take the diamond off your hand, and hold it next to a white piece of paper. If the stone still looks white, it’s a good color. If the stone starts to look yellowish, it’s probably lower on the color scale.
It's February, which means it's the time of year that lots of fellas will be buying one very special piece of jewelry indeed. According to Dominique, any guy in the market for an engagement ring should find out which shape of diamond his sweetheart wants. Every woman has been checking out rings for years, and it's a pretty safe bet that she's known what shape is her favorite long before she met you. If you bring the wrong shape, Dominique says that you'll be dead in the water.
The final tip from Dominique is to remember that a special piece of jewelry doesn't have to break the bank. Sometimes it's the unusual, unique, imperfect pieces of jewelry that speak to us the most.