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Tips on Buying Silver Jewelry

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

When you buy silver jewellery it is important that you buy from a reputable and trusted seller. A reputable seller often has a tried and tested method of quality control that will help to assure you that the quality of the piece you are buying from them is truely good. It may not always be possible for you to go to a world class reputable and well known seller, but you can normally find the largest jewellery store in your area to begin with. Small dealers and craftsmen, on the other hand, may also be a valuable source for high quality silver, take time to confirm with your friends on their stability as well.

When choosing, think Sterling silver over silver plated jewellery. Another negative fact in buying silver plated jewellery is that silver plated ones will tend to loose its luster over a certain amount of time. If you are worried about tarnishing then you could look for silver jewellery that has a Rhodium finish. This will ensure there is a less occurrence of tarnish on your piece of jewellery. Buying jewellery is all about trends and fashions, however it is advised that you pick out classic pieces that will last you longer than most fashion trends do. It is normally not advised to buy or pay extra for silver certificates. Good quality Sterling silver can vouch for itself on its own proof of quality. One thing that you may wish to avoid is purchasing silver jewellery from a shopping channel. The reason for this is that a lot of home shopping networks sell their products for much more than they are worth in the local markets!

Secrets to Buying Jewelry Online

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Jewelry isn’t something we typically think of when making an online purchase, though there is no question that buying jewelry online is becoming more and more popular. The reasons for this are many, but often start with selection and price. Because online retailers are able to reach a wider audience, they more often than not offer a better selection of jewelry than local stores are able to. Because they aren’t dependent on expensive local advertising or paying for expensive retail space, online jewelers are usually able to offer more competitive pricing as well. When buying jewelry online, there are a few things to look for that can help insure a purchase you’ll be satisfied with. First off, make sure the online jeweler you are considering is a member of the Better Business Bureau. The BBB keeps a watchful eye on the complaints attributed to its member retailers, and only those businesses who maintain the highest levels of customer satisfaction can maintain membership. You can check with the BBB for more information on any online jeweler you may be considering.

The second things to be aware of is how much information the retailer is willing to give regarding the procurement and or manufacturing of the jewelry they sell. Online jewelers who purchase raw materials and manufacture their own jewelry are more likely to offer a better guarantee, lower prices and of course, items that can’t be purchased elsewhere. Online retailers who only provide basic product information are likely to be resellers who purchase their products from other retailers or wholesalers. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this practice, many stock their online stores with goods that were either deemed poor quality or were simply unable to be sold at other locations. Finally, always look for an online jeweler who deals exclusively with the specific products you are searching for. If you’re looking for an engagement ring, go to a site that specializes in loose diamonds and settings. If you’re looking for pearls, go to an online retailer that manufactures pearl jewelry. The quality of jewelry you receive is likely to be several times better than that of the jewelry available at online retailers who sell a little bit of everything.