What better way to show your friends and family that you love them than by getting them new pieces of jewelry this Yuletide? Not only does quality jewelry help make occasions more memorable, but they’re also amazing investments that can further appreciate the value of your 13th-month pay or your year-end bonus.
However, actually looking for the perfect pieces may end up feeling like a chore due to the exponentially worse traffic around malls and other hotspots during this Christmas season. Good thing you can scope out the perfect pieces remotely before deciding to brave the holiday rush or having your chosen item shipped right to your doorstep! If you’re intimidated by taking this route or you’re worried about being scammed out of your hard-earned money, here are some tips you can keep in mind to make sure your newly bought diamonds don’t wind up being just coal.
Knowing what jewelry is worth
Jewelry can be made from various types and combinations of materials. These may include more wallet-friendly hardware such as brass, sterling silver, or stainless steel, and precious ores such as platinum, silver, and gold in various amounts of purity. Ornaments such as gemstones, depending on the amount, type, color, clarity, cut, and size, will likewise play a factor in affecting an item’s price tag. There is also the matter of durability. More expensive materials generally last longer and tarnish slower than their more economical counterparts. Lastly, you have to factor in their symbolism, with higher-value materials typically having more special and grand connotations.
While jewelry can be more affordable via online inquiry than just going straight to brick-and-mortar shops, always abide by the saying that if it’s too good to be true, then it most likely is. For example, a high-quality, high-purity, and intricately designed gold bracelet will almost never be less than five digits in price. That’s why it’s good practice to know the usual ranges for certain materials and pieces by comparing various sellers. If the price of one seems unusually low versus others, don’t be afraid to walk away. It’s not a steal if you’re the one getting stiffed.
Ensuring the seller is trustworthy
Once you’ve verified that the jewelry piece you are eyeing is as standardly priced as possible, you would also want to verify if the seller is as legitimate as their goods. One way to know this is by looking for reviews and feedback from their past clients either via social media or search engines. Another way is through having a landline number, which indicates that they are being serviced by a telecommunications company and are less likely to be a fly-by-night business. Having a physical store location is also a good sign that you are dealing with a reliable jewelry seller.
Pay only via safe means
This tip applies specifically if you are buying jewelry online. The safest payment methods for online transactions are via a secure payment gateway where you enter your debit, credit, or mobile wallet details in a site marked by a URL prefix such as https://; or via bank transfer. Cash on delivery or cash on pickup transactions are also good, though these mean you would have to have the cold hard cash on you, which may not be the most secure feeling for some people. Sellers who only transact via a mobile wallet should be verified first as trustworthy before you send money as it’s harder to get your cash back this way if they turn out to be a scammer.
Of course, the safest way to buy jewelry anywhere is by going to an established, reputable name such as ML Jewellers
M Lhuillier Jewellers makes buying jewelry as easy as can be
As an industry leader in pawning and jewelry, ML Jewellers continues to innovate to bring the highest quality pieces closer to its customers. Those who prefer transacting in a physical store can head on over to their nearest M Lhuillier Jewellers showroom to check out exquisite items and designs such as necklaces, chokers, bracelets, rings, wedding rings, earrings, pendants, diamond sets, gemstones, and pearls. With over 40 stores in major locations nationwide, M Lhuillier Jewellers makes sure that your next awe-inspiring Christmas gift is always within reach.
Meanwhile, those who want the convenience of online transactions and delivery can go to the ML Shop website available via the ML Wallet app or via https://shop.mlhuillier.com/. Select items available in M Lhuillier’s physical store, including rings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, bangles, earrings, pendants, brooches, and fine watches, are also available via the ML Shop for the ultimate jewelry shopping experience without going through the struggle of the holiday rush.
Items from M Lhuillier Jewelers are handcrafted by the brand itself using only the highest quality materials available locally and from countries such as India, Belgium, and Hong Kong (for diamonds); Italy, Spain, and Japan (for gold stocks); Tahiti, Australia, Japan, and China (for pearls); and Thailand, Burma, and South America (for gemstones). Each jewelry piece is guaranteed real and of good quality, making them ideal for the most discerning eyes. Better yet, the ML Shop often features discounts reaching up to 50% for select items! How’s that for value?