The Ultimate Guide to Buying Jewellery


Are you unsure where to begin researching for your perfect jewel? At Elizabeth Allardyce, we understand it can be overwhelming, which is why we have compiled a comprehensive guide to help you find clarity around that special piece you have always dreamed of. Firstly, we recommend you do your homework - Search Pinterest, Google, and Instagram for inspiration and to get an idea of price points. Pieces can vary depending on the weight of the piece, metal carat, gemstones, how elaborate it is and whether it is handmade or made in a factory offshore.


Style and design

Can you picture yourself wearing and loving what you get 10 years from now? Does it suit your skin tone, both in artificial and natural light? Do you like a more classic or trendy piece of jewellery? There are lots of options in the jewellery world. A gold necklace can be designed in a range of different shapes and styles, so make sure to take some time to do your research and find examples that you admire and suit you.


Would you like a piece that's locally handmade vs. mass-produced offshore? Locally made pieces are more expensive but tend to be well constructed. Again, doing your online research is important and we recommend you try on different styles before you get something made. For more information about the differences between CAD, handmade and mass-produced check out the detailed guide below. 


Longevity and occasion

If you're looking for jewellery that you'll love for years to come, it's important to think about when and where you'll be wearing it.

Is it an on-trend piece or something you're getting for a special occasion? Check out our gemstone section in the detailed guide for birthstones and anniversaries they relate to.



Do you want your jewellery to speak to who you are? Is there a story behind the stone you wish to convey? Do you want a heavy gold or platinum material to bring out the stone even more? Would you like it to come from New Zealand?

These are just some of the questions you can research. Depending on your budget, we can work with you to create that special piece. Check out our metal section in the detailed guide to find out more.



Budget is a major factor to consider before buying jewellery. Variations in price can be attributed to the quality of raw materials, craftsmanship, production and the origin of the jewellery. Those small variations can add up to a big difference in price. Again. . you guessed it, we suggest doing some research once you've decided on the style, stone and material you're after. Figure out how much this costs and consider where and how you would like your piece made. This will give you an idea of the price.


And if you need some more expert advice, reach out to us!


 The Ultimate Guide to Buying Jewellery - Detailed Guide.