At some point in everyone’s life, everybody needs a good jeweller. We may need to purchase an anniversary gift or set a diamond into a mounting or maybe need to get your grandmother’s ring appraised. Finding a good jeweller is a must, because jewellery is an expensive investment and there are, usually, lots of sentiments associated with it. That is why finding some we can trust, can be daunting.
Find a Reputable Jeweller
To find a reputable, great jeweller, the first step is to inquire from family, friends and colleagues. You start with this. In addition to what they may suggest, you apply the following tips, so you will know that their recommendations are qualified.
Once you’ve got given names of potential jewelers, see if they are members of any jewellery affiliations, such as the American Gem Society (AGS) or Jewellers’ Vigilance Committee (JVC) in the US. In Australia, you may check the Jewellers Association of Australia or Gemological Association of Australia. These organizations require member jewellers, like Lingham’s Jewellers, to have good knowledge of their products and very strict pricing and representation standards.
Check Jeweller’s Websites
Look for jewellers that have websites. A decent online presence will tell you that they are committed to innovation, which indicates how their business is being run in general. Additionally, if they are on the internet, they know that pricing is very competitive and thus, they should have the right prices for their items. These jewellers’ websites will allow you to see the items they carry and if their location and business hours will work for you.
Other factors that you should look for in a jeweller include a sales person, who is certified, to give you excellent product knowledge and provide assistance with your purchase. A bench-jeweler stationed at the store can do the setting, sizing and repairs of most jewelry, without having it sent to other locations. An appraiser on staff will determine the replacement value of your jewellery. If you have some questions regarding the products, the appraiser should be able to answer them.
Visit the Jewellers
Your last step would be to head in to the store of the jewellers that was recommended by your friends or relatives and about which you have researched online. Take a look around and talk to the sales staff. You shouldn’t have the feeling of being rushed to make a purchase, but you must be allowed to think things over before you decide. Take your time looking at their items and see if you are being taken care of, being appreciated and listened to.
However, if your instincts tell you that there is something that is just not right, by all means trust yourself. Walk away and move on to another store. There are jewellers out there who are great and can be relied upon. You will surely find one. This is the reason why the tips above are given to you – to prevent you from working with a jeweller whom you can’t trust.
A jeweller is like a family heirloom, one whom you would like to keep a lifetime, so take the time to choose wisely!