As the holidays approach more and more shoppers are heading to jewelry stores to buy special gifts for the people that they love. If you aren’t sure what someone in your life wants, it’s a safe bet that jewelry will do the trick. 2010 holiday wish lists indicate that more people want jewelry than nearly any other material item available this Christmas season. So how do you satisfy everyone without compromising your own budget? This guide can help.

Make Your List and Check it Twice

The first thing that you should do is to make a Christmas list of everyone that you may be jewelry for this year. Double check the list to make sure that you included everyone. Then decide what type of jewelry (rings, watches, pendants, etc.) will be right for each person on the list. By figuring this out on paper before you even start looking at jewelry you can save yourself a lot of time and money on holiday jewelry purchases.

Create a Budget

It is always important to set a Christmas budget. This is definitely true when it comes to buying jewelry because there is such a range of prices available for jewelry. You want to determine how much you can spend in total on Christmas this year. Go through your list and set a budget for each person’s jewelry purchase. This may cause you to decide that some people need to be crossed off the list. That’s okay! You’ll end up purchasing the right items for everyone by going through this process.

Get Your Money’s Worth

If you’re going to be purchasing any expensive jewelry items this year then you want to take the time to find the perfect item. When buying diamonds, emeralds, rubies or sapphires you need to be a smart buyer. You want to make sure that you look at “the four C’s” (color, cut, clarity and carats). You want to select a jewelry piece that has high quality in all four areas. This will be a wise investment that holds its value over time. That’s something that the gift’s recipient will greatly appreciate.

Look for Bargains and Sales

There is nothing wrong with getting Christmas jewelry on a discount in order to stick within your budget. In fact, there are a lot of great Christmas deals this year. Some smart tips for getting good deals on jewelry include:

o   Shop at the lower range of the spectrum. Jewelry ranges from cheap to super expensive. Look in the low-range and mid-range for Christmas jewelry. That’s because the biggest holiday discounts are going to be in these areas where you may be able to get as much as fifty percent off of holiday jewelry.

o   Shop online. Some of the best prices available are accessible on the Internet.

o   Shop used. There is nothing wrong with buying used jewelry as long as it’s of good quality. This is especially true if you can find good estate jewelry or heirloom jewelry on sale.

o   Shop around. It’s tempting to hurry up and buy the first item that you see in order to get your Christmas shopping out of the way. However it is worth it to shop around to find the best price on the jewelry items that you’re buying this year.

Additional tips for Buying Holiday Jewelry

Some of the other things that can help you out when buying jewelry as Christmas presents include:

o   Get a special item that can be worn throughout the year. Although you want the items you buy to stand out, you don’t want them to be so over-the-top that the recipient can’t wear them except on special occasions.

o   Silver, pearls and non-traditional gemstones such as peridot are affordable. You don’t have to buy gold and diamonds for everyone on your list, although a great pair of diamond stud earrings are certainly classic and wearable with everything!

o   Keep the receipt. Chances are that the person will love this gift but jewelry is a very personal thing. Keep the receipt in case an exchange needs to be made.

Do you have any additional tips for Christmas jewelry shopping this year?

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