Holiday Shopping Tips - Buying Gems Online
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 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).
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.