Getting the Best Bling For Your Buck

Posted at 5:30 AM, Feb 10, 2015
and last updated 2016-07-04 12:04:11-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- About 6 million Americans popped the question last Valentine's Day, and this year should see more of the same kind of romance. If you or someone you know is getting down on one knee soon -- or if you're in line for fine jewelry shopping --  this Angie's List report is for you.

Think you can't afford fine jewelry? Think about it long-term and you may be surprised.

"There is a lot of really well-made jewelry that starts way under $100. There are earrings and pendants that we can make in the $40, $50 and $80 price range. When you consider that you buy flowers or candy… a week later, the person is still going to have the jewelry," said jewelry store owner Greg Bires.

Even the finest jewelry isn't a sure bet, though. You could trip yourself up in a big way if you're not careful - especially if it's the ring you'll propose with.

"Jewelry is one of the most popular gifts for Valentine's Day, but remember when you are shopping for jewelry it's a very personal decision. You want to talk to the recipient and find out what they are interested in. Do they like gold? Do they like silver? Do they like platinum? The last thing you want to do is give them a gift that they won't wear," said Angie Hicks of Angie's List.

Angie says it's easy to get dazzled by the array of selections and to forget the practical side of a romantic purchase.

"Sometimes, jewelry stores might offer insurance that you can buy at the point of purchase, but remember your homeowners insurance or your renters insurance typically has the ability to add as a rider, so check there first. That is probably your best approach," said Hicks.

A jeweler can point out any wear and tear issues or some accidental damage - and get it fixed before stone start falling out.

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