There are few things that you can buy online and not worry about at all. Washing powders, shampoos, and even an online food shop! Yet, a few things are a little bit riskier to buy online: like jewellery.
It might not matter too much when you are buying cheaper jewellery, but the higher the price brackets you go, the more critical it is to pay attention.
For every reputable retailer, there are a handful of con artists. If you have checked all of the most common jewellery brands that you know of and haven’t found what you like, you might search elsewhere – and you should.
But before you hit ‘pay’, it’s time to do some research. Look on social media channels to see if they have a presence. Take some time to go to review websites and see what other people are saying about them.
If there is no social media footprint and no reviews – this might be an indicator you should be spending your money elsewhere.
Certificates and Appraisals
New jewellery will often come with a certificate of authentication, but you will need a little more when it comes to buying vintage. Look for an appraisal or valuation, and also keep in mind how to spot fake jewellery.
When you buy jewellery that has gems and diamonds made from precious metals, there should be weights, clarity, carats, and other details about the item’s quality.
If you are looking at a listing and don’t see those things, then you can choose to call the retailer and ask if they are available – or look at other retailers.
It is much easier to buy a ring that is too big than one that is too small. And what we mean by that is, resizing a ring to a small size is a more straightforward procedure. When you need to increase the size of a ring, you often notice the markers on the band where an insert of metal has been added.
Be careful when you and choosing the sizes, as they vary from country to country. While some differences are apparent, like letters to numbers, others aren’t.
Make sure you know the size you are looking for before you start, so you can make a swift decision if you spot a unique vintage piece.
Ideally, everything you buy will come with some warranty. That warranty is your protection should anything happen when you are in possession of the piece for between 3 months to several years.
It is not uncommon for gems to shake loose or for mall defects to appear. A warranty will give you peace of mind about the amount of money you have spent on the item.
Outside of the warranty, you should also put any jewellery you buy onto your insurance. This gives you an extra layer of protection to keep your precious items safe.
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