Most people don't visit the jewelry store nearly as often as they visit the grocery store or even the pharmacy. As such, you may not be quite sure how to shop effectively at a jewelry store and get exactly what you want. Here are some tips for a better experience.
Visit when the store is less likely to be busy
The people who work at jewelry stores tend to know a lot about what they are selling, and they can tell you all about the various items available. But if you visit when they are really busy, they may not be able to spend an extensive amount of time talking to you and answering your questions. So, if you are able, you should try to visit the jewelry store at times when it will be less busy. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon tend to be good options. Try to avoid the lunch hour and the time between 5:00 and 6:00 when everyone is on their way home from work.
Show examples of what you're looking for
Before you go to the jewelry store, spend time browsing the internet or even looking through magazines. Pick out photos of jewelry that you like. You don't have to find a photo that shows every element of what you want. It's okay to save one picture because you like the shape of the jewel and a different picture because you like the color of the metal. Having pictures to show the jeweler will help you clearly communicate what you're looking for. After all, everyone's interpretation of "bright green" or "large diamond" is a bit different. If you pull out a picture and say you like a specific color, that's a lot more clear.
State your budget up-front
Jewelry can be expensive, but there are also more affordable options. What you don't want to have happen is to spend an hour discussing the perfect piece with a jeweler, only to then learn that it is outside of your budget. Instead, tell the jeweler what your budget is from the start. They can then help you shop for a piece or design a piece that is within your budget.
A jewelry store is a place where dreams become a reality. With the tips above, you can have a better experience and leave with a piece of jewelry that really reflects your personal tastes and preferences. Rely on your jewelers for guidance, and have a great time.