Finding Affordable Jewelry Online
With so many online jewelry stores it can be difficult to know where to buy affordable jewellery online. If you find yourself in such a quandary then fear not, we have just the solution for you. In today’s article we will not only be providing you with expert jewelry buying advice, but we will also be showing you where you can purchase affordable jewelry online. The advice contained in this piece is written by an expert, therefore it is extremely valuable and we think all buyers of jewelry should use it when making a purchase.
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Here are some top tips when buying jewellery…
Jewellery isn’t an investment. If I had a dollar every time I heard a salesperson or even someone who owned a piece of jewellery say that it is an investment I’d be a very rich man. The problem is, 99.9% of jewelry pieces aren’t an ‘investment’. Sure, some pieces will increase in value in 20+ years if they are exceptionally rare or of exceptional quality, but on the whole this isn’t the case. If a salesperson tells you that a certain piece is an ‘investment’ then simply ask them to buy the piece back from you in a years time with 5% added on. If they will not do that (which almost all won’t) then the piece certainly isn’t an investment. Although this may seem extreme, it is important to make this point to the jeweller as they will no longer try to fob you off with the usual spiel they give to customers. Jewelry is almost always a luxury, not an investment. Just like purchasing a piece of expensive clothing or an expensive car – they will more than likely decrease in value over time unless they are extremely rare or sought after.
The four C’s aren’t enough. There is a common misconception that when buying jewellery – particularly diamonds – that all you need to know are the four C’s: carat, color, cut and clarity. When purchasing diamonds (ideally you’d always buy unmounted ones), you have to do research and fully educate yourself on them and the buying process – never go into it blind. There are numerous tutorials related to buying jewelry and diamonds online, so be sure to watch several of these and read numerous online written guides. Try to practise using a loupe (the small magnifying glass used to analyse stones), tweezers and cleaning diamonds. Although it may take you a little time to learn the basics and what to be on the look out for, it is certainly worth it. You need to look like you know what you are doing. When I was working in a jewelry store and someone asked for a tissue to clean the loupe (rather than the cloth used to clean the diamond) then I knew they had at least some knowledge regarding diamonds, jewellery and the buying process.
Independent verification. If you’re going to be spending more than $3,000 on a piece of jewelry then always have it analysed by an independent expert. Always find the expert yourself – never ask the jeweler you are buying from to recommend one as they may point you in the direction of someone who may be on their payroll. Tell the jeweler that you’re going to get it independently appraised, but don’t tell them where. When taking the piece to the independent expert do not give them any information about the piece – where it was purchased from, what was paid etc. You simply want them to cast their expert eye over it without any prior knowledge.
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