Even though there are many reasons why you should buy fine jewelry online, many people still choose not to. For some, the lure of walking into a physical store, of sitting on a real chair and being shown physical jewelry by someone they can look in the eye, is just too great. And that is fine. But for those people who like the advantages of buying jewelry online, but who are yet to be convinced it is safe, then these tips are just for you.
After all, shopping online allows you to choose from a great many more designs, gemstones and even precious metals. And all the best bargains can be found online. All you need to do is make sure you only buy from a reputable jeweler. So how do you determine which online jewelry retailers are genuine reputable?
1. Get a Recommendation
First off, ask around. Check with your family and friends to see if they have ever bought jewelry online. And if so, ask for recommendations. Just because they have not mentioned their experience before to you does not mean that it was not good. In fact people typically only tell others of their experiences if they were bad! If you can get a recommendation from someone who has had a positive experience of buying jewelry at a particular website then the chances are you will too! And check jewelry review websites and forums for their views too.
2. Stick With What You Know
If you cannot get a recommendation for whatever reason, then go with what you know. Check out the online website of your local high street jewelry retail chain. That way, you can trust that their reputation is solid and dependable. But bear in mind when buying jewelry online that the best bargains are not found at the websites of high street stores, but on those of near-100% web based jewelry outlets.
3. Look Around The Website
Always take time to look around the jewelry website. Genuine jewelers provide top quality jewelry certainly, but they also provide a lot of information. Reputable jewelers often have a frequently asked questions section, or pages and pages of information about different aspects of jewelry. Less trustworthy online jewelers do not.
4. Check Terms and Conditions
Check out their terms and conditions. In the event that the jewelry is unsuitable for any reason, or received faulty, or indeed is not what you ordered for whatever reason, you must be able to return your purchase. All reputable jewelers accept returns.
5. Use A Secure Payment Processor
You should always use a secure form of payment when you buy anything online but especially high ticket items such as jewelry. Use a secure payment processor such as PayPal when buying online. And if you cannot pay by credit card, DO NOT BUY. Your credit card provider will generally safeguard any purchases you make.