Gone are the days when you have to spend most of your weekend driving from town to town trying to find a piece of jewellery that you really want. Nowadays all you have to do is find a computer with an internet connection and you can view hundreds of different pieces in a couple of hours. You can then bookmark your favourites, pick what you like the most and pay for it all from the comfort of your favourite chair.
There are literally hundreds of online retailers that sell jewellery. From the major department stores such as House of Fraser and Debenhams, to specialist jewellers like H Samuel, F Hinds and Ernest Jones, and all of the little unheard of shops on your local high street in between. You can even buy jewellery online from sole traders who make their own unique and custom jewellery.
However you choose to shop for jewellery online always make sure that you are getting what you are paying for. The general rule is that if it sounds too good to be true then it usually is. Resist the temptation to buy jewellery that seems too cheap as it is most likely to be stolen or counterfeit. That said. there are some good bargains to be had on auction websites such as eBay if you don’t mind buying second hand.
Below is a video that will help you to tell if jewellery is real or fake. Always use a credit card when making purchases online as that means if you do fall victim to fraud you can always contact your bank who will process a chargeback to recover your money.
All over the world, married couples wear wedding rings as a symbol of their commitment to each other. They are often worn by both parties in a marriage for many years, therefore it’s quite important that they suit the recipient’s taste well so that they love and cherish it for as long as they are married. Here are some things to consider when choosing a wedding ring:
1. Your budget
The most efficient way to set a budget for the wedding rings is to incorporate the cost of the rings into the budget for the wedding itself. That way you know exactly how much you will need for the rings, you will have them in time for the wedding and there will be no shocks after the wedding. As a general rule you should spend a bit more on a wedding ring than you do on your regular jewellery seeing as you are intending on wearing it forever.
2. Shop wedding rings together
Some wedding plans are not made as a couple, but choosing the wedding rings should definitely be done together. You should dedicate a couple of weekends to search numerous jewellers and find the perfect ring for each of you before making a decision. Doing so will ensure that you’ve seen all of the possible designs and styles and that you’ve both picked a wedding ring that you will wear forever.
3. Make sure it’s comfortable
Comfort is equally as important as style when it comes to wedding rings, so ensure you choose one that you are comfortable wearing for long periods of time. Even couples who remove their wedding rings at night still wear them for up to 12 hours a day – this is a very long time and if your wedding ring isn’t comfortable you may end up removing it often which could upset your spouse.
As a keen enthusiast I buy quite a lot of jewellery. Although I do tend to buy a lot for myself, I also buy it for friends or family whenever I can. This is usually at Christmas or on someone’s Birthday or any other special occasion such as weddings and Christenings. If I’m feeling particularly flush one month then I might even buy someone some jewellery as a surprise gift – if they are lucky.
Due to the fact that they are very reasonably priced and that they often have voucher codes available, I tend to buy the majority of jewellery from F Hinds. This is because they have a large selection for men, women and children and I can buy from them online. There is a store not too far from me, but I prefer the selection on the internet.
Some people argue that they are not a very good retailer as they do not like the quality of their products but I can honestly say that I have been buying things from there for as long as I can remember and I have never noticed any problem with the quality. My mother even has a ring that I bought her for Christmas when I was about 10 years old and it is still in very good condition despite the fact that wears it almost daily. I appreciate that others may not have had such a great experience, but I can honestly say that I’ve never had a problem.
The fact that they have such a good selection of products online is the reason why I like them so much. The products are well presented, well packaged and delivered promptly every time I place an order online. And there’s always a discount code that can be found to make the order a little bit cheaper as well, which is why they get my vote.
I think that the reason why F Hinds are so cheap is because they are an all-rounder when it comes to buying jewellery. That means that they sell premium jewellery that is of a very high quality and therefore costs a lot of money, for those very special occasions such as engagements and weddings. Alongside this they also sell more affordable jewellery that is not of such high quality but is great for everyday use.
The fact that they sell such a wide variety of jewellery means that they can offer a service for most people’s needs. As a result you can pretty much guarantee that in any high street near the Christmas period, there will be a queue of people outside waiting to get in and be served to buy gifts for their loved ones. This includes middle-aged men looking for something for their wives, young children wanting to buy something for their parents and even students looking to buy jewellery for their friends. F Hinds voucher codes are also extremely popular with the general public and mean that they also benefit from healthy sales online as well. The fact that F Hinds have cornered the market when it comes to jewellery means that they need a smaller margin to still make a profit. Precious metal is only really rising in value so whether you like it or not the large jewellery retailers are here to stay in my opinion.
Here are a couple of my most recent purchases from F Hinds. The silver ring I bought for my counsin’s 40th Birthday present, and the gold one was just a little treat for myself as I haven’t had a cigarrette in two years.
Hello and welcome to by blog.
I created this blog to share some of my knowledge about jewellery and current trends. As I used to be an assistant for a well known high-street jewellers for almost 5 years, I learned a thing or two about it. After a career change I then become a qualified accountant (so I could afford to buy more jewellery), which is why I am still pretty much fascinated with the stuff.
On my little blog you will learn how to buy jewellery, how not to buy jewellery and plenty of information on different styles, makes and types. Please bear in mind that I have more than a fulltime job at the moment though so I will be updating this blog as a bit of a hobby. I am a keen gardener so this will probably be my project for the rainy days.