When it comes to giving a gift for a special occasion, you can’t go wrong with jewelry. In this segment of The Marc and Mandy Show, Mandy shops around with John Watson at Roger Watson Jewelers. Tune into the video above, or keep reading for some tried-and-true tips for shopping for jeweler.
Do your homework
Before you start shopping, know what you’re looking for in terms of style, setting, stone, and metal. If you’re looking for a ring, make sure you have an accurate ring size. Having some criteria in mind will help to save you and whoever is helping you time and energy.
While it can be tempting to go straight to the big ticket jewelers with lots of notoriety, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to snag a better deal if you shop around at smaller, lesser-known, and local retailers. Ask around, do some Google searching, and make yourself aware of the offerings of locals retailers before purchasing anything. You can also shop online before visiting a store so that you get a feel for price-points and offerings.
Gemstones over diamonds
Of course, there’s nothing quite like a diamond, but if you’re not shopping for an engagement ring (or even if you are!) there are plenty of other precious stones that won’t be as expensive, but will be just as pretty and priceless. If you’re looking for a stone that has the look and feel of diamond, without the pricetag, try moissanite.
Ask about extras
Before you make your purchase, ask about things like returns, refunds, exchanges, and repairs. You can also ask if there is any kind of warranty included with the purchase.
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