Thursday, March 16, 2006

Buying Gold Jewellery Online

Buying gold jewellery online would seem as easy as pie since there is such a vast amount available. The convenience and the savings can be very tempting. You only have to check your computer and many gold jewellery houses save on costs by selling online and these savings tend to be passed on to the buyer. There is a fierce competition for your dollar on line when it comes to buying gold jewellery online.

Here are some guidelines to keep in mind to make it easier and perhaps a bit safer to buy gold jewellery online.

Select the right Jeweller. Probably the first step is to locate a jeweller you can trust. This will involve some research but you can make it easier by keeping in mind the following.

The website should be informative and accurate. How pretty is is is not so important as how easy the website is to use and how much clear and understandable information will be on the site.

The site should be secured with 128bit SSL security. This is vital if you are going to give out any information about yourself and pay online for any gold jewellery with a credit card.

Any diamond you purchase should come with a certificate. A certificate from the Gemological Institute of America provides accurate information about the diamond you are purchasing.

Check out the Jewellers customer service by contacting them and asking some questions. You can tell a lot by the response you get. If it take more than 24 hours to get a response and/or the response is more like a brush off than an answer to your queries, move on.

You are looking for a jeweller you can build a relationship with and who is prepared to spend some time with you and answer your queries fully. There is fierce competition between online Jewellers so you should not expect a perfunctionary response to you queries.

Check out the website terms and conditions. Is there a returns policy? If you had to use it, would you feel your rights are covered?

Some online jewellers offer extra discounts or special offers. Consider these carefully. They may be excellent value but not always. Such phases as ‘up to’ does not mean you will get the piece at the price advertised. Such things as free shipping can be worth while.

Also watch the tax. Some states in the US and overseas are not requited to pay tax on the purchase so if this applies to you ensure you are not paying tax when you should not when buying gold jewellery online.

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