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It doesn’t seem like all that long ago that we had to head to a bricks and mortar establishment if we wanted to purchase anything. Now, technology has thrown the doors wide open for versatility in how we shop. We can compare prices online, opt for click and collect, and arrange the entire purchase online for delivery to our home.
Even when it comes to engagement rings and jewellery, the purchasing options have changed dramatically. Read on to learn about the various ways and places to buy jewellery – and whether any of these could be right for you.
Many people are familiar with shopping at a bricks and mortar jewellery store for their next prized piece. You might head in there excitedly to buy an engagement ring or a diamond ring as an anniversary gift.
There is always plenty of variety, a pleasant atmosphere, and friendly staff waiting in the wings to lend a helping hand.
In saying that, shopping in a physical store also has some drawbacks. You sometimes have to wait a while for assistance, and some shop assistants may make you feel pressured into buying something.
Then there’s the commute to get there. Given that many jewellery stores are located in busy cities, it can be challenging to find parking and make the long drive through traffic. Once you’re there, it’s also a lot harder to compare prices on the spot.
Shopping for anything at a pawn shop can be quite an adventure. They are shops with one-of-a-kind pieces, quirky items, and plenty of bargain prices. They are also quite convenient if you ever want to sell something, as well.
In saying that, if you plan on purchasing jewellery from a pawn shop, there are quite a few things to be aware of before you do. Some pieces may have damage you can’t see due to being second-hand.
You may also not be aware of the diamond’s origins, which can be quite important, and there’s always that risk that a piece isn’t genuine.
If you’re not quite sure what you’re looking at, you may not know something isn’t the real deal. Then there’s the risk of inferior metal quality, low-grade diamonds, and overpaying for those features.
There are close to four million people on Facebook in New Zealand. Where there are people, there’s an opportunity to sell goods. So, it makes sense that many businesses and individuals are setting themselves up on this social platform to sell their wares.
The problem is, not everything you see on social media for sale is legitimate. There are also no comebacks if you end up handing over money for something you haven’t received. While you might see jewellery listed for a bargain price on social media, it doesn’t mean it’s legitimate. In fact, the old adage of ‘if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is’, may ring true.
Social media platforms are growing as sales platforms. You often feel like you’re getting a bargain. But the same risks apply as those from pawn shops – including the risk of being scammed and the item not being as described.
If you’re after bargain prices, you might think that sales sites and auctions are the way to go. However, there are risks involved with this purchasing method. It’s all too easy to get caught up in a bidding frenzy and overpay. There’s also the risk of being scammed or the item not being as described.
Like pawn shops and social media, you also don’t always know the jewellery’s origin or background, which can prove tricky when it comes to the issue of ethical diamonds.
One of the best places to buy engagement rings on jewellery can be online. You just have to know where to look. Reputable jewellers online are able to offer competitive pricing on engagement rings, diamond rings, and similar because they don’t have the same infrastructure costs as bricks and mortar jewellers.
You still get the same safe service as you would in person, but several other benefits are thrown into the mix. You have access to diamond experts and there are even diamond reports to ensure your purchases are ethical.
What’s more, you can create a custom ring to suit your exact needs and be updated on its progress every step of the way. You can even benefit from 3D diamond videos, so you know exactly what you’re buying.
There might be plenty of places to buy engagement rings, wedding rings, and jewellery, but not all are equal. Enjoy the safety and quality of an in-person jeweller, but with the convenience of the digital world by being able to buy it online from the comfort of your home.
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