How to start your fine jewelry collection (A Step by Step guide)

So, you want to start a fine jewelry collection? Well, you have come to the right place because here in this article you will learn how to fill your jewelry box with new and exciting jewelry that speaks true to your personality. Are you the more outgoing and flashy type or are you the mysterious delicate type, whatever you are there is fine jewelry that can reflect your personality. Follow our step-by-step instructions and we will show you how to make that fine jewelry collection you have always wanted.

Step 1: Do some research

The endless amount of jewelry options that exist can be so exciting. There are so many different pieces you can purchase, collect, and wear with confidence. However, with all these different pieces comes a lot of different jewelry jargon. The many styles, shapes, and even colors can be quite foreign to new jewelry collectors. The best way to start collecting jewelry is to know what you're looking for. You can browse internet pages such as Pinterest and Instagram to find cool and unique styles. You can also check out our many different styles and pieces at Dunkin’s Diamonds online or in-store.

Plus, because of how intricate and complex each piece can get it might be best to just give it a quick google search. For example, if you are looking into getting pearls, knowing the difference between a saltwater and freshwater pearl might be important. Many people don’t know there is a difference until researching!

Step 2: Select a style or theme

After doing some research you should have a better understanding of what you may be looking for in a jewelry collection. Because of this, you can use that knowledge to formulate a personal style that you can use to make that jewelry collection.

Here are some possible styles or themes. Feel free to take or change them to make them your own…

  • Diamond connoisseur: a whole collection that involves diamonds or diamond shapes in some way
  • Emerald Royalty: a whole collection of emeralds or emerald cut stones.
  • Antiquities admirer: a whole collection of unique or vintage jewelry
  • Midas touch: a collection of all gold jewelry (you can never go wrong with gold)

In all, no matter what style you come up with as long as you are happy with it you made the right decision.

Step 3: Choose a color scheme

Now that you have your style or theme selected it's time to pick a color scheme. Like different colored makeup fit your personality or style the same can be said with jewelry. Thus, picking out your color theme can be fun and exciting!

A good place to start when selecting your color scheme is to consider your skin tone and eye color. Jewelry matches especially well with your eyes and skin and can make a huge difference in your jewelry collection. Below are some cute skin and eye color pairings that look amazing. Feel free to change anything up as it suits you.

  • If you have bright blue eyes, consider darker metals to hold your stone. For the stone itself maybe consider black opals or moonstones. The goal here is to let those pearly whites shine, so let them!
  • If you have a warmer complexion like dark brown or tan skin complexions then you can aim for yellow metals and/or jewelry. Gold looks astounding on darker skin and brings out the natural pigmentation of the skin. The contrast is so lovely and complimentary at the same time
  • If you are a brown-eyed person you are in luck because most if not all colored stones and metals pair nicely with them. There is something about that dark chocolate-colored eye that makes every stone seem extravagant. However, stay away from darker stones, your eyes might clash with the jewelry. To find colors that perfectly accent your brown eyes aim for jade or forest green colors. Brown eyes pop next to green hues.

Note: Some styles already have a color scheme, so the work is already done for you, such as the case for emerald themes. But even the emerald style, which is a mono-colored style, can be changed to have a different color. For example, you can choose a metal color for each of your emerald pieces that speaks to you. Maybe the combination of rose gold and emerald is your thing if it is own it and wear it with confidence.

Step 4: Formulate a plan

Knowing how and when you will get your jewelry is also important when starting your fine jewelry collection. If you are going to be getting jewelry often it's important to pick a trusted jeweler like Dunkin’s Diamonds that rewards you for choosing them as your jewelry source. Having a plan also helps you manage your budget because it may give you insight into how much you will spend on the collection in the long run.

Step 5: Start small

Even though you may want to go all out right at the beginning and complete your collection; 99% of the time that is not how it works. When building your collection, it is wise to start small and too slowly add to the collection as your life goes on.

But you always got to start somewhere right, so maybe get yourself a nice piece first, one that will be the star of your collection. Or you can also start with the basics, such as an earring, a necklace, a bracelet, and a ring for your collection. By getting one of each you technically have a full collection already. Getting one nice piece is sometimes better when it comes to collections. At Dunkin’s Diamonds, you can find all sorts of diamond basics and get them all at once, this way it can be a one-and-done deal. Lastly, just because we call them basic doesn't mean they are stale or boring, the basics are the essentials and the staples of all collections.

Step 6: Upgrade with statement pieces

Once you have your started collection, most likely with the basic 4 accessories (bracelet, necklace, ring, and earring), you can start adding statement pieces. Statement pieces can come in many forms, such as chokers, crowns, larger versions of the basics, etc. A statement piece is something you want to show off and for everyone to acknowledge. It's the icing on the cake piece that you wear on special occasions or to make some noise. Or maybe it's the piece you wear to show your ex you are capable on your own! Yeah, that's right we’re calling out all our bad exes out there.

Step 7: Display, store and protect your collection

Now that you have a good start on your collection it's important to keep your collection safe and secure. It's very easy to purchase a jewelry display rack or box. It will keep each piece of jewelry separate and away from things that could scratch it. On the other hand, it's much harder to get a piece of jewelry repolished or plated. Play it safe and protect your jewelry right off the bat. Though to be on the extra-safe side Dunkin’s Diamonds has partnered with Zillion to insure your jewelry and to make sure you have that extra peace of mind.

Step 8: Seek an expert

Don’t be afraid to ask around. There are a lot of jewelry connoisseurs and experts who may know a lot about jewelry and can help expand your collection. There is no shame in getting some help, in fact, it's the best way you can quickly learn how to formulate your own collections. Who knows, maybe one day you will be the one giving other newbie collectors advice.

For expert advice, you can contact Dunkin’s Diamonds or head on down to one of our many locations across Florida and Ohio. There you can speak to a specialist who may be able to give you some pointers on your collection.

Step 9: Embrace your collection

You did it. You finally started your collection, and you are ready to go out there and show it to the world. As we send you off know that no matter what people say or think, your new collection is amazing because you made it. Nothing is more magical than knowing that you rock your own style, so own it and show everyone how cool your collection is.