Buying Pearl Birthstone Jewelry Online – Find that Special Gift in just 3 Steps

Empress Eugenie wearing the Pearl and Diamond Tiara and the six-stranded pearl necklace
Empress Eugenie wearing the Pearl and Diamond Tiara and the six-stranded pearl necklace

Pearl Birthstone Jewelry

Birthstone jewelry is available across the entire price range, from pretty trinkets less than fifty dollars to exquisite fine jewelry worth thousands of dollars. And there are literally millions of choices online – when I searched on Google for ‘pearl birthstone jewelry‘ I received 1 420 000 (that’s 1.4 million) results! Even when I narrowed this down to search only Amazon’s pearl jewelry collection, the list returned 126 000 items, so this vast sea of choices is pretty daunting!

So Where Do I Start ??

1. Choose a Jewelry Category

To find that elusive gift it helps to first decide on a broad category as a starting point. We have grouped birthstone jewelry into three categories.

* Fine Jewelry – pieces set in precious metals such as gold or platinum and usually includes diamonds; thus this category is the high value jewelry.

* Fashion Jewelry – designs using plated metals or alloys like sterling silver; prices are mid- to low-range depending on the type and quality of the gemstones.

* Artisan Jewelry – pieces handmade by craftsmen and women often with crystals and beads; pricing will depend on the uniqueness of the piece, the value of the gemstones and the reputation of the artisan. 

 

Fine Jewelry
Classic jewelry settings
in gold or platinum,
usually with diamonds.
Fashion Jewelry
Designs using plated
metals or alloys such
as sterling silver.
Artisan Jewelry
Handmade, cultural
designs often with
crystals and beads.
Freshwater Pearl & Diamond Pendant in White Gold
Freshwater Pearl & Diamond Pendant in White Gold
Mermaid Tears (India)<br />
Fair Trade Pearl and Sterling Silver Jewelry Set

Pearl and
Sterling Silver Jewelry Set
Pearl Strand Necklace
Pearl Strand Necklace

Choosing the best jewelry gift will depend on the occasion and the personality of the recipient. Fine Jewelry is a suitable gift for a special anniversary of a close family member, whereas Fashion Jewelry is appropriate for anyone on normal birthdays. Artisan Jewelry is very unique and great for that friend or family member that has everything! A traditional person will likely prefer a Fine Jewelry classical piece, whereas someone who is trendy will appreciate a Fashion Jewelry item and those into their arts and crafts will love a handcrafted Artisan Jewelry gift.

2. Choose a Price RangeSteps to Choose Online Jewelry

Deciding on a price range narrows down your choices considerably, for example if I then filter on Fine Jewelry in the $200 to $500 range of ‘pearl jewelry’ on Amazon, I get about 8 400 results, still a bit scary but far better than 126 000… Most online jewelry stores have a filter on price range so you can view just the pieces in your preferred price bracket. Be careful of heavily discounted jewelry as these are likely to be low quality pieces.

As a general guideline good quality Fine Jewelry will start at $200 and progress into the $1000’s whereas there is a wide range of excellent Fashion Jewelry and Artisan Jewelry under $200.

3. Choose a Jewelry Type

Then the last step is to decide what type of jewelry to choose – Necklace, Bracelet, Earrings, Ring or Jewelry Set.  Most online jewelry stores have filters on the type of jewelry, and some even have choices within each type, for example all the different type of earring styles – hoop, stud, dangle etc.

So once you have made these three major decisions you will be well on your way to finding that special gift!   Good luck!

 
Have a look at our June Birthstone Pearl Jewelry page for selections from our recommended jewelers. And let us know your hints and tips for finding that special jewelry gift, we would love to hear from you 🙂 *Mandy

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