14K White Gold Necklaces

High quality necklaces have grown in popularity over the past decade, with a variety of men’s and women’s necklaces hitting the market. From high-end luxury pieces to more modest arrangements, there’s been a surge in popularity for accessories that were once thought of as kitsch and somewhat needless. Call it a change in taste or merely a switch in style – high-end necklaces are very much in.

But that doesn’t mean that all necklaces are fashionable. There are some necklaces – cumbersome and ungainly pendants in particular – that just aren’t fashionable, regardless of their era. While the amount of selection within the necklace world is vast, few can match 14K white gold necklaces in style, beauty, and status. They’re the do-all of the luxury fashion world, and they’re priced as such.

Of course, there are ways to save money when shopping for a high-end white gold necklace. From used necklaces to simple negotiation tips, it’s fairly simple to shave a reasonable percentage off the retail price of high-end jewelry. These seven tips will help you save money, stress, and time on your next 14K white gold necklace purchase, even if it only a tiny amount of each.

Carefully check, size, and assess your potential necklaces.
If you’re planning to purchase a necklace at an offline jeweler, it’s essential that you check it for any marks or defects. White gold is easily scratched and damaged due to its softness, and as such it isn’t used all that often in high-risk jewelry items like wristwatches or large rings. Necklaces are unlikely to be hit, scratched, or damaged, although it’s very important that you check for any imperfections.

Take the 14K white gold necklace in your hands and observe it under a harsh jeweler’s light. Check for any small imperfections or dents in the gold finish – these can indicate rough treatment, and are likely to affect the necklace’s sale price. If possible, use them to negotiate a better sale price.

Think of long-term potential. 14K White gold necklaces can become heirlooms.

White gold, rose gold, and platinum are some of the world’s most highly desirable metals. As such, they’re likely to retain their value as they age, or perhaps even see their value increase over time. A high quality white gold necklace isn’t just an instant purchase – it’s an item which has the potential to become a lasting, highly valuable family or personal heirloom.

So think long term, and don’t rush out to buy a common necklace that lacks classic style. The most valuable necklaces (and other pieces of jewelery, in fact) aren’t necessarily reflective of their time, but classic and unlikely to age. Think of how your jewelry could like ten, twenty, or even fifty years in the future. If it’s a true classic, it should look as valuable and pretty as it it when brand new.

Watch our for low-grade gold and inferior white gold blends.

Despite its status as a high-grade metal, gold is available in a variety of different blends. Some are almost entirely aesthetic in their construction, sharing more in common with a manmade gem than with a precious metal. Others are blended somewhat more naturally, with extra substances added to reinforce and increase the gold’s hardness, not to add to its visual style.

Check that you’re buying a premium gold blend, especially if you’re paying premium prices. White gold is typically a 92.5 to 7.5 blend of gold and palladium, although other bright metals can be used in its place. Before you buy a white gold necklace, check that it’s of a high gold:metal ratio.

Are you investing in gold? Search for rare and valuable items.

Some people buy gold necklaces for themselves, while others think of their family. Others buy gold necklaces as an investment, with almost all of their stylistic or material choices designed to increase the item’s worth at auction. Gold investments have been around for centuries, and with thousands of high-end gold necklaces hitting the market today, they’re as alive and healthy as ever.

If you’re buying a 14K white gold necklace for its future resale value, it’s important to consider the three laws of jewelry investment. The first is to search for rare, unique items. The second is to only shop for timeless styles. The third is to only ever shop with an eye for resale, not for your style.

Buy a necklace that complements your watch, rings, or earrings.

As with all jewelry items, it’s much more important to pick a piece that reflects your style than one which only touches upon flashiness and luxury. While ‘bling’ and other ridiculous concepts have an irritatingly prominent standing in some jewelry circles, the value of taste and subtlety far outweighs that of size and flashiness. Shop for items that work with your look, not ones that work against it.

In this respect, it might be better to purchase a small necklace than an awfully flashy one. It could be a better idea to pick up a low-end necklace than one encrusted with diamonds. It’s about buying jewelry that reflects who you are, not necessarily how large or bottomless your wallet is.

Shopping online? Check the dealer’s reputation and industry standing.

While most online jewelry dealers are reputable, reliable, and endorsed by the brands they carry, a small amount of unethical retailers have given the industry a poor name. From fake ‘gold’ to cheap and unusable pieces of low-end jewelry, there’s a small, albeit very real, amount of risk present for online jewelry shoppers. Take caution, and be sure to check the reputation of any online retailers.

A good place to start your search is at the Better Business Bureau, which typically holds data about seedy or otherwise unethical online outlets. Other worthwhile sources include jewelry shopping and price comparison websites, which typically rank retailers on a one-to-five star service quality scale.

Looking for low prices? Consider buying used jewelry.
If you’re in the market for a 14K white gold necklace but don’t want to deal with the outrageously high prices that many items command, the used jewelry sector could be worth a look. Most white gold necklaces are available in good condition, although many custom or otherwise rare items are equally expensive (sometimes even more so) when purchased used.

Even if you’re staunchly committed to purchasing new, it’s worth looking at the price of used gold jewelry to assess its value. High-value items can often decline rapidly in price once they’ve seen a day of use, making them a poor long-term investment. Before you purchase jewelry as an heirloom or other personal investment, check that it’s not going to lose the majority of its value overnight.

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