Finding good deals for jewellery: a few resources
Readers moob over at HUKD wants to buy his wife a gift to celebrate the birth of their son recently (congratulations!). He’s thinking about getting her an eternity ring and wants to know about good online jewellers who operate in his price range (around £300). So here are a few suggestions from us and your fellow readers.
The Basics: Know what you're getting into
When it comes to buying jewellery, the first thing is to make sure you know what you're getting yourself into. You want the best quality jewellery for your money. A few tips to start with include:
* Doing your homework and ensuring a company is legit
* Taking online prices offline to try 'price matching'
* Knowing the refund and return policies before you buy
* Getting a grading report
* Checking for markings on metal jewellery
* Asking the right questions
However, this is not meant to be a guide on avoiding jewellery scams, but a starting basic compilation of the better online resources for jewellery purchase.
Here are a few recommended jeweller retailers from your fellow readers:
1.Beaverbrooks: Beaverbrooks was founded around 100 years ago when three brothers with a suitcase full of silverware took to the streets, later opening a store in Belfast. With over 60 stores in the UK and an Internet store, HUKDer macdoona said “don’t shop at any other jewellers.” The shop is still run by descendents of the original proprietors. As a side note: they’re hiring. According to their website, stores in Braehead, Exeter, Glasgow Fort, Luton, Meadowhall, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Silverburn, Telford, Wakefield, Westfield London, and York are accepting applications for employment.
2. The Jewellery Channel: The website was suggested as a place to get good prices, particularly if you bid live. TJC’s website has "falling price auctions", a cool concept where you set the price you want to pay and the price of the item basically falls until it hits someone’s bid. Bidding early is “safe,” since everybody pays the final lowest price. They also have rapid drop auctions where they drop their price steeply once, and it’s first come first served from there. You can bid over the Internet, or with your mobile or landline phone. (thanks, Longbowassassin!)
3. Sheila Fleet: recommended as a unique jewellery designer. She lives in the Orkneys and takes inspiration from her surroundings. Fleet spent 26 years as a designer before opening her own shop 15 years ago. Even her more traditional ring designs are set apart from the rest with some unique twist she has added to the design. (thanks, hellfire)
5. Finally, XSpoiltPrincessx has three further suggestions, the first being Ernest Jones, a chain with 190 stores that considers itself Britain’s “diamond and watch Specialist,” stocking brands like TAG Heuer, Armani, Omega, and Longines, and Rolex in some stores. Her other suggestions are H. Samuel, and good old Amazon.
Neither Moob nor razta have reported back on whether they have chosen a gift for their partners yet. But getting a full night’s sleep in a house with a new infant is probably a higher priority. Have you purchased jewellery before? Please share your jewellery purchase experiences with us, good or bad, in the comments below.