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Holiday Shopping Tips - Buying Gems Online

With shopping season in full swing, we would like to offer some tips for buying gems and jewelry online. Doing your shopping via the Internet is a great way to avoid crowded shopping malls and save time. If you are planning to treat yourself or a loved one to a gemstone or piece of jewelry, these hints may help to make your experience a good one.

First, when buying online, be sure to use a payment method that offers buyer protection such as PayPal (this can be done without a PayPal account) or a credit card. Try to avoid giving bank details over the phone or by email. When entering personal information, check for security by looking for the padlock sign. Often there will also be a green browser (see image, below). If you are unsure about the supplier, check out some genuine customer reviews.

Check the delivery times and always assume that the shipment will take the full time given. If the time-frame given is 3-5 days, it is best to expect it in 5 days. For this time of year, express shipping is recommended. If you do not receive shipping confirmation, contact the seller to make sure the item has shipped.

Check the company return policy and allow enough time to return the gemstone or jewelry item if you or the recipient is not satisfied with it. Reliable online suppliers always have a solid return policy.
If you are sending a gift directly to the recipient, contact the seller to request that the invoice be removed from inside the package. Exported shipments must always provide proper paperwork, but the invoice inside the package can be removed if required. The gemstone can also be presented in a box if desired (see image, below).

If you are planning to make jewelry, the gemstone can be presented as a gift and then the jewelry design can be planned. Involving the recipient in the design process can be fun and ensures that they will be happy with the final piece. They will be able to add their own personal touches too. After the New Year, jewelers often offer discounts and good deals, so this can also be easier on the budget.

When shopping for precious metals or jewelry, always check prices on different days to allow for the fluctuation in prices. The price of gold, platinum and other precious metals depend on the current market price.

If you are shopping on a budget, shop by price and use the compare function to find the best deals. On the other hand, if you are shopping for something more special, look for top grade gems or exclusive deals.
Lastly, we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our loyal customers for staying with us. Next year we will be making some big changes to our website and hope that you will join us in our exciting gem and jewelry adventures. Finally, we wish all of you a very happy holiday season.

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