How To Buy Jewelry On The Internet
Recently there was a segment on 20/20 (an investigative TV show in the USA) regarding buying Jewelry on EBay. They reported that they bought fifteen items, and only fourteen of the fifteen were legitimate. They interviewed an IGI Gemologist who said that most of what's offered as diamonds on online sites are no better than "frozen spit".
Of course John Stossel of 20/20 carefully said that there are many legitimate purveyors on eBay. My experience has been similar to what was broadcasted AND I AM A JEWELER! I mistakenly thought that I could sell my jewelry on eBay and at least recover my costs and perhaps just a little profit.
Given the fact that JeffreyDesign is offering legitimate, genuine gemstones, silver, gold, designer bracelets, necklaces, rings, pendants and just about everything else you might find at a 'brick and mortar' jewelry store (except the bright lighting) at discount prices put me in the mix with the majority of scam artists selling Cubic Zirconia, claiming they were "diamonds" and the CZ's they're selling aren't even good CZ's! (Yes there is a difference.) Often they offer "Gold" rings but you find out they are 9kt or a thin layer of gold plated over brass or some other base metal.
So how do you know what you're getting? Never buy without asking lots of questions first. Sure, I sell some Cz's but I tell you what they are. Other sites put it in fine print! Yes some of my rings are Gold Vermeil (which is solid 14 or 18kt gold rolled over .925 Sterling Silver) but I tell you that (IN LARGE PRINT) whereas many adverstise vermeil as simply "Gold" which it simply isn't. (Not that there is anything wrong with it)
Ask the questions, and see how responsive the seller is. Do they feed you back a bunch of hype or are they truly interested in helping you get what you wanted? at JeffreyDesign we have built our business on helping people get EXACTLY what they want at a reasonable price and we no longer sell on eBay because we don't want to be lumped in with the Wild Wild West of jewelry forgers.
Remember, ask lots of questions and see how responsive the jeweler is. Educate yourself (there's lots of info on the internet about jewelry) and compare what you learn with what the jeweler is telling you. If the jeweler is truly interested in you and what YOU want, he'll help you.
Jewelry should never be considered a commodity; it's so personal.
About the Author: Jeff Miller has been designing jewelry for 28 years and is mostly self-taught. His online business sells his work made by hand at prices that rival lower-priced fashion jewelry. Jeffrey believes in quality workmanship at a fair price.