The South African Jewellery industry has been around for a long time and it is hardly surprising when you think of the history this country has with gold and diamonds. Africa in general and South Africa in particular has a huge amount of precious natural resources. The gold, platinum, diamonds and other precious minerals have been mined here and fashioned into engagement rings and other precious jewellery for years. There is a strong emphasis on local design and while a lot of the jewellery is starting to be imported into the country the high end stuff is still being designed and made by local goldsmiths and jewellers. Many of these companies started as family businesses and then grew into household names. Because of the weak exchange rate many tourists from plan their jewellery purchases to coincide with their holidays. Only the well informed are able to understand exactly what they are buying though. It can be especially challenging to be able to tell what has been imported and what was made locally. Even the African themed jewellery is beginning to have it’s origins in the Far East now. That being said there are a number of things that can assist in making a good purchase.
Buying diamonds is often an emotive affair as these are very often intended to be placed into engagement rings which have a real significance to the person who will be wearing it. To be able to tell if a diamond is good or not takes a trained eye but for the most part if you’re happy with the way it looks then don’t worry to look too much further. Just make sure that you shop around for the best price. The same size and quality diamond should have a fairly consistent price regardless of which shop you go to as these are based on a pricing report that is distributed to all jewellers.
When it comes to the gold value it can get tricky as well. The metal that is alloyed along with the gold can either increase or decrease the price of the engagement ring. Ask the sales person what alloys they use. This is especially a good idea if you are allergic to zinc as many jewellers use this as a cheaper alloy.
Some people prefer to have other stones besides diamonds in their rings. The stone called Tanzanite is becoming more and more popular. This stone is a lot softer than diamonds and is not a good choice to use in a ring that you intend to wear every days is it is bound to get chipped or scratched. Make sure that you do your research and ask plenty of questions before buying your diamond engagement rings in South Africa.