Here are a few tips on how to shop for jewelry smartly:
- Think long-term. When you're considering a purchase, ask yourself if this is something you'll still be happy with in five years' time. If the answer is no, then put it back on the shelf and walk away. It's better to have a small collection of quality pieces that will last you decades than a mass of cheap baubles that will end up in landfill within months.
- Consider your lifestyle. Do you work in an office or do you spend most of your time outdoors? Do you travel frequently or do you rarely leave home? Your lifestyle should dictate the types of jewelry you buy—for example, if you're always on the go, then dainty pieces that are easy to layer are ideal, whereas if you lead a more sedentary lifestyle, then chunkier statement pieces will be better suited to your needs.
- Invest in classic styles. Trends come and go, but classic styles are always in fashion. Therefore, it makes sense to invest in timeless pieces that you'll be able to wear for years to come. Yes, this might mean spending a bit more money upfront, but it's worth it in the long run as you'll get much more use out of these pieces than something that's only fashionable for one season. Some of our favorite classic styles by Ashley Carson are the Mrs. Robinson Necklace, the Back Down Earrings, the Mad World Bracelet, the Low Rider Body Chain, and the Rich Girl Earrings. We encourage you to check out our entire 14k Gold Filled Signature Collection.
Plus, classic styles tend to appreciate in value over time, so they're actually a good investment!
Take some time to consider your jewelry choices before buying anything and think about whether or not it's something you'll still want to wear years down the line—if not, put it back on the shelf! A small collection of high-quality pieces will last you much longer than a bunch of cheap trinkets and will look far better too. So ditch the impulse buys and shop smart!