Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

3 Tips For Buying Jewelry Online

by Tammy May

Since more people are turning to the Internet for household supplies, furniture, and clothing, it was only a matter of time before jewelry sales online took off. Buying jewelry online differs from buying other items. Without the ability to personally examine the pieces you are interested in, you need to rely on other factors to weed out the quality pieces from the bad. Here are some tips for buying jewelry online.

Research the Reputation of the Seller

Before buying jewelry, take the time to check consumer reporting sites to determine if there are any complaints about a seller. A few complaints are usually not cause for concern. However, you should read them so that you can assess whether or not the seller is legitimate. 

You also need to examine the site. Never purchase jewelry from a site that does not offer secure checkout. A secure website will display "https" in the address bar instead of the standard "http." If the site does not, any information that you enter on the site, including your credit or debit card numbers, might not be protected. 

Check the Return Policy

Look for online jeweler retailers that have a return policy. Thoroughly read the policy to determine under what circumstances can you return the jewelry. You also need to be clear on how long you have to return it. 

If there is no return policy and you are not satisfied with the jewelry, you could be stuck with keeping the pieces you do not want. If you are unclear on the policy stated on the site, contact the seller via email or phone for clarification before purchasing. 

Look for Authenticity Reports

If you are purchasing certain types of jewelry, you should be provided with reports that verify the authenticity of the pieces. For instance, if you are buying diamond jewelry, the seller should give you a copy of the independent grading report. The report provides you with an assessment of the diamond's color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. 

If you are not provided with authenticity reports, you need to research how to separate the real from fake. For instance, gold herringbone chains are typically marked on both tabs. By contrast, a fake piece is usually only marked on one tab.

It is possible to find a good deal online for jewelry. By taking your time and working with a reputable dealer, you can get the pieces you want without having to leave your home.

For more information, contact House of Urban or a similar company.


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Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

Ever since I was a child, I've loved the look of fashion earrings. However, I soon discovered that my ears are sensitive to metal-coated earrings. Rather than spend a small fortune for custom made jewelry, I've found retailers that sell hypoallergenic earrings. These earrings are made for individuals such as myself with sensitivity to metals. Check your high-end department stores or local jeweler. You'll find hypoallergenic earrings in sterling silver, white gold, yellow gold, and platinum. The main thing is to never choose jewelry containing nickle, as this is commonly the culprit. A good alternative to metals listed above is titanium jewelry, as this is considered to be hypoallergenic. Also, avoid using harsh detergents or chemicals to clean your earrings and jewelry, as this may cause further irritation. Mild dish soap may work well, but be sure to rinse your jewelry thoroughly.