Do you buy jeweleries online? Is it safe?

Singapore
February 22, 2008 7:28am CST
I was interested to buy a set of sapphire jeweleries online, they looked so nice, and i really wanted to have them. But for some reason, i found that we should careful to "buy jeweleries online". I am afraid if i buy the product and its not that "beautiful" as i see in internet or it has cheaper quality. How about you, do you buy jeweleries online? Is it safe? If you already bought and the jeweleries is really "nice" as you've seen in internet, then what site is it? I wanna buy jewel there. Thanks
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@sleblanc (114)
• Canada
23 Feb 08
you can try www.bidz.com i've heard mixed reviews about this site, but mainly good. it kind of works like ebay, its a large auction site, but only for jewelery. like others have mentioned, you get what you pay for, but you can request reports and appraisels on the items you are buying. worth a look.
• Canada
23 Feb 08
I've also heard mixed reviews about this website. I find that a large portion of the gems on www.bidz.com have poor quality based on the listed specs (although I've never actually purchased from them yet). Also, the actual specs don't really look like the photos. I'm guessing this is why some people have complained about the product they've purchased from this site.
@kabzbkny (30)
• United States
22 Feb 08
Jewelery appears much larger online than it does in person first of all. Secondly, minor damage to them is visible to me, so I wouldn't trust their descriptions too much.
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23 Feb 08
This is a very good point. Something that says it has minor damage may actually be quite significant. I would be very wary about buying jewellery online. I think a good place to buy jewelerry may be from a shopping channel cos then at least you are may more likely to be able to return it.
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• United States
22 Feb 08
I would say that it would be ok as long as it is from a well known jewlery store that is nationwide and not some mom and pop store. ^^
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
22 Feb 08
but....the transactions may not be secure, this is the big problem
@cigotri (35)
• United States
23 Feb 08
I always buy jewelry on hsn.com or qvc.com and the quality is very good and they have any kind of price besides you can see the jewelry on the show or in their website and if you don't like it they have a very good retrurn policy.
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• China
23 Feb 08
I have bought some jeweleries in ebay, they looks nice. but I just bought those whose value is not high. It is because I am afraid of the fake if I bought, I would be unhappy.
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@youless (92961)
• Guangzhou, China
23 Feb 08
I have bought a lot of things via the net, but I don't buy jeweleries online because I am not interested in it. My colleague likes buying jeweleries online, but anyway they are not expensive. They look good, so she is very satisfied with it.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
22 Feb 08
After my recent run ins with scammers on e.bay and paypal i am unsre anything on here is safe blessed be
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@Gesusdid (1681)
• United States
22 Feb 08
well its hard to tell if jewlery is authentic or not lots of fakes out there like the 1st said get it apprased or maybe ask the appraser what online site he uses ..never want to spend your money on somehing thats not real
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• United States
22 Feb 08
I have been happy with what I bought off bidz.com I had bought earrings from ebay and got jerked. I tried to contact the seller and they would not answer the emails. Not again
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@carmen82 (22)
• United States
22 Feb 08
I think it depends where you wanted to buy them from. If you buy them from a place like overstock.com or bluefly.com it should be safe, and there are generally additional discount coupons you can find online (in about the 10% range). The best thing about them is that both of these online retailers have very good return policies.
• United States
22 Feb 08
I guess it depends on who you buy it from. I have bought some jewelry online, but mostly loose gemstones and then I make my own. If you really like something contact the store and see what their warranty or return policy is. After you get it you can always have it checked if you arent sure of the quality of the item, but alot of places only have limited return policy or must return quickly. I know gemstv and jewelry television have 30 day return policies, not sure about hsn or qvc i have never bought jewerly from them but alot of people have.
• Philippines
22 Feb 08
you should have it appraised by the expert but you cant do it online
• Singapore
22 Feb 08
Thanks for reply. That is why i am asking all people here, maybe i can get a solution.
• Philippines
23 Feb 08
you should remember that when you spend, you get what your money is worth.
• United States
3 Mar 08
I've purchased from several websites and have had great luck because I do my homework first. Check to see what there return policy is and is there customer service good? I've bought jewelry from rosssimons.com(real) and hollywoodlux.com (fashion) and have been pleased by both..Good luck.
• United States
23 Feb 08
I don't buy Jewelry online, because I don't think or feel it is safe. I wouldn't buy jewelry online
@bowtieguy (5927)
• United States
23 Feb 08
I don't shop much online for fear of identity theft, The only time I have even bought anything online was from amazon and it was for a few movies and cd's.
• Canada
23 Feb 08
My husband has purchased a fair bit of jewelry online for me. Overall, it's much cheaper than purchasing it the store where we live. And I find better selection online than in the stores. I think it's pretty safe if you're buying from online jewelers like Bluenile, Mondera, or ice.com. They typically have good return policies so you can return the item if you're not satisfied with it. A good return policy is important when buying jewelery online. If you're not happy with the product, it doesn't match the description, or it doesn't appraise well, you can simply send it back and get your money returned. If you're buying on eBay, you need to be careful and ask lots of questions. There is a lot of jewelry that is fake, or not as described. Remember, you get what you pay for. Check feedback, and look at the prices of similar products. Ask about genuine verses lab created, clarity, if it's eye clean, color, size, weight, if it's been clarity or color enhanced, quality of the cut, metal type (filled, plated, solid, karat), and if the photograph is the actual image of the item being sold (I find occasionally that it's not - they just use a generic picture to sell various similar products). Also check if it's been certified or appraised by a respectable gem association. Good luck shopping! Buying jewelry online can be a lot of fun, and save you a ton of money compared to buying it in a store.