If you are looking to purchase or invest in a quality piece of jewellery, then you may wish to do some research and leg work before committing to a purchase. You may need to educate yourself in what you are looking to buy, whether it is a precious metal or a semi precious or precious stone. There are people out there who will knowingly rip you off if you do not know what you are looking for. When it comes to things like Diamonds, take a search on the internet for the Four C’s, will give you information on buy precious stones.
There is a wealth of information available on the internet free of charge, as well as plenty of review sites and forums where people speak about their dealings with various retailers and give an objective opinion. You will always find some people who just like to complain and are not objective so you may have to weed through some of the posts and topics.
Visiting a Jewelers Shop
If you are still happy with the more traditional way or purchasing goods and you like to physically see and touch an object before purchasing, you will want to take a look at your local jewelers to see what they have on offer. There is usually a variety of choice from Gold and Platinum Engagements Rings to Diamond Wedding Solitaires, there is plenty which will entice your other half into pampering you if you are looking to spoil them. If you are looking to purchase as a surprise though, you may want to take a female friend or relative to help you choose what to get. If you are purchasing your engagement ring as a couple, which is increasingly more common, then you have the luxury f trying the various items on to see how they look and feel. You will also be able to get your fingers measured so that you can get the correct size of ring. Shop around and visit as many shops as you can to get as wider choice possible. You may even be able to buy the same item somewhere else at a cheaper price and save you some money.
Surfing the Internet
If you like to chill out and do some shopping from the comfort of your own home, then there is a wide range of choice available to you. There are some things which you need to be careful with though.
- Exchange Rates
- Delivery Charges
- Duty and Taxes
- Delivery Methods and Insurance
- Secure Payment Facilities
You are not stick from buying jewellery from one country when you shop online, so you may be able to find some really interesting pieces at a really good price. Do make yourself aware of any import duties or taxes that are to be paid and in the exchange rate with the country that you are looking to buy from, as with a few simple mistakes in your calculation that item may suddenly become a lot more expensive that you first thought. You will need to make sure that the company is a reputable one and that you will be getting exactly as promised. When purchasing online you need to acknowledge the terms and conditions of the retailer to advance to making payment. Most people will tick the box without reading these so when a problem does occur they do not know how the company deals with them and what they are liable for. Especially when you are dealing with a company overseas, be careful as you do have rights but they are a lot harder to enforce. Make sure that the retailer not only has good feedback and reviews on the internet, but they also have a secure payment facility in order to deal with the transaction. If you can use your credit card to make the payment then this will give you an added level of insurance coverage in the event of anything untoward happening.
Bargains for Everyone
Whether you are purchasing online or buying from a shop, there are plenty of bargains to be had for everyone. You will need to shop around a bit though to get the best one and will also need to make sure that the company you choose to buy from is a reputable one with fair trade practices. If something sounds too good to be true, then most often is the case that it isn’t true. Just be careful, take your time and do not rush into any decisions and you will be able to get something for that special person in your life that will make their heart melt.
This article was written by Misty Angel on behalf of Serendipity Diamonds. Serendipity Diamonds is a market leader in supplying platinum engagement rings. Misty is a keen blogger on all things internet, travel and technology based and enjoys sharing her experiences with others.