When shopping for jewellery, it’s tempting to save money any way you can. However, if you’re considering visiting cheap jewellers, be prepared for cheap products. Of course, there are ways to find a bargain, but generally, cheap jewellery doesn’t stack up well against its higher-quality counterparts. In this article, we’re going to look at some of the pitfalls of using cheap jewellers. For those special jewellery items, you need to think carefully before handing over your. Lesser quality of materials Ultimately, the cost of a piece of jewellery is determined by the quality of the materials. With diamonds, this means the cut, colour and carats. For metal, stronger metals naturally cost more. So, when you deal with cheap jewellers, it’s likely they’re trying to cut costs by using cheaper materials. Or even worse, just selling mass-produced items that never last. In contrast, when you shop at a luxury jeweller, you’ll pay a bit more but you’ll get excellent materials that stand the test of time. Plus, jewellery made from good materials holds its value much better than cheap jewellery. More maintenance required The danger of using low-quality materials in your jewellery is the maintenance required. This particularly applies to the metal used for your jewellery. Whether it’s silver, gold or something else, the metal is a crucial part of the overall piece. Unfortunately, not all metal is created equal. Cheaper metals are cheap because the quality isn’t as good. So, in simple terms, it can tarnish easily. It’s also more susceptible to scratches, dents and other forms of damage. Even gradual discolouration occurs faster when dealing with cheap metals. So, if you buy from cheap jewellers, you can expect to be polishing that jewellery a lot more regularly than luxury jewellery. A higher chance of breakages One of the other problems you’ll find with cheap jewellery is that it breaks easily. There’s nothing worse than putting on your favourite necklace and breaking a clasp. Even more, jewellery clasps can break while you’re wearing them. Chances are, you’ll lose the piece of jewellery without even noticing. Whether it’s a ring, necklace, bracelet or something else, there are always some delicate parts. These are usually the clasps or claws/settings that hold the stones. When you buy from cheap jewellers, you can expect that these components won’t be as sturdy as more expensive jewellery. Looking for something more than your average cheap jewellers For those on a tight budget, cheap jewellers certainly have their place, because everybody deserves to accessorise their look. However, for those who want a little more, you need a luxury jeweller like Catanach’s. We’ve been in the business for over 140 years, creating beautiful jewellery that Melburnians love. So, if you’re sick of poor-quality products from cheap jewellers or you’ve got an occasion where only the best will do, consider Catanach’s. Speak to us about custom jewellery, or come and check out our range. We’d love to show you why so many people accept nothing but the best by choosing Catanach’s Jewellers.