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by Jesus Zabala - 4 min read

How to Spot Quality in Cute Rings?

Jewelry has always been an important part of any outfit. Necklaces accentuate the neck, earrings frame the face, and rings bring attention to the hands. As rings are worn on the hands, they get in touch with everything that we touch. It’s critical to know how to spot quality in cute rings because nobody wants a bad-quality ring that is supposed to withstand different conditions.

Buying high-quality rings is important because we come into contact with water, food, and different creams and soaps daily. If a bad-quality ring is worn all the time, it will quickly tarnish and constantly leave a green stain on the finger from oxidation. Knowing this, let’s have a look at a few tips about spotting quality in cute rings.

Spot Quality in Cute Rings

How to Spot Quality in Cute Rings

It might not be easy to assess the quality of a ring through a picture online, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. If a seller is legit, there won’t be any problems with checking the boxes on the criteria by which to judge a ring’s quality. 

More or less, the same criteria apply to buying cute rings in person. It’s better to know how to spot quality in cute rings before buying them than to regret the purchase after the money is spent. Let’s have a look at what needs to be paid attention to when buying cute rings.

Analyze the materials the ring is made of

The first thing I recommend is to read the description of the ring. Sometimes even the title of the product contains the name of the metal the ring is made of. If the type of metal that is used to make the ring is not disclosed, the ring is most probably not of good quality and is fake. 

A quality ring could be anything from a brass ring to sterling silver or platinum to cute gold rings. With proper care, any ring made from these materials won’t tarnish and will hold its color for years. 

Look at the hallmark

Looking at the hallmark stamped on the ring is the best way how to spot quality in cute rings. The hallmark on a ring represents the metal the ring is made of, as well as the purity level of those metals. Knowing this, not everyone can get a ring hallmarked.

A form called a hallnote must be filled out first and all the metals and their percentage must be disclosed by the maker. Also, there’s a fee for each ring that someone wants to get hallmarked. Not everyone is willing to pay that fee, especially scammers since they want to make more money than they’d spend. The form, as well as the jewelry, has to be examined by a professional before they receive a hallmark.

The hallmarks on gold rings vary depending on the karat number, but 24-karat rings are marked with the number 999. Silver rings are marked with 800, and sterling silver is 925. Platinum is marked with 850, 900, 950, or 999, and palladium with 500, 950, or 999. Brass, on the other hand, doesn’t have a hallmark

Sometimes alongside the hallmark, there might be other marks, such as a picture of either a panther, a castle, an anchor, a flower, and many more. These images represent the city of the Assay Office, where the jewelry was hallmarked.

Look at the maker’s mark

The maker’s mark is another tool that helps in spotting which cute rings are of good quality. The maker’s mark refers to the maker of the ring or the trademark of the company that made the ring. This mark is proof that a certain manufacturer made a specific piece of jewelry.

The maker’s mark could be either the manufacturer’s name spelled out or their logo. It can be found on the inside of the ring, somewhere along the band. There are cases where some jewelry manufacturers trademark certain initials that are used only as a maker’s mark. 

Look at the overall design

Fake jewelry, also known as costume jewelry, typically has stones that are lightly glued on the ring band. High-quality jewelers, on the other hand, ensure the stone is securely placed in the head of the ring - the place the crystal or stone sits.

Low-quality rings that have metal details, such as a skull, will usually be separate from the ring band and will be glued on. High-quality cute rings don’t have a clear distinction between the band and the centerpiece. The design is part of the ring, it’s part of the metal, and it’s clear that the two aren’t separate. 

Look at the overall design

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Analyze the vendor’s site for warning signs of scams

Nowadays, most people purchase clothes, shoes, and accessories online. Whether it’s cute rings or any other jewelry, you have to examine the webpage of the seller. There are many tell-tale signs that indicate whether an online shopping site is legit or a scam. 

Starting from the pictures, if a picture looks like a stock photo, it probably is. A professional jeweler will make sure to take high-quality and unique photos to showcase their products. 

Additionally, there should be many photos from different angles. This allows the buyer to see the hallmark and the maker's mark stamped on the inside of the rings.

The next thing would be to assess the site's customer service. Also, it’s good practice to check whether the seller offers a return policy and certifications for jewelry that contains crystals and stones.

My final tip about how to spot quality in cute rings is to look at the price. Some websites will sell low-quality jewelry but put pictures from similar high-quality products and well-worded descriptions to trick customers. 

Alongside this, the price will be low, making it seem that this deal is a steal. Usually, there will be a ‘low in stock’ sign on the listing, which will urge people to buy the cute ring quickly.

Jesús  is the founder and designer of JewelryLab. He is the Head of Design and also oversees production, quality control, and precious metal sourcing.