The actress, singer, and model Nikki Reed once said: I like for jewelry to tell a story and to be able to talk about what I’m wearing. That is more important to me than a name, brand, or label. And we totally agree!
Nikki Reed. Source: Getty Images
A woman’s jewelry choices are a way of expressing herself, and when your self-expression is on the line, you better do it right. Whether you’re an occasional shopper or a shopaholic, buying jewelry online can be confusing. With so many questions in your mind and so many choices, it can make a task as simple as buying a pair of earrings more difficult.
To make things easier for you ladies, here are five tips for buying jewelry online:
Not Considering Designer Jewelry
As designer jewelry is the new hot trend, everyone claims to have it. However, that’s not usually the case. There’s a big difference between designer brands and cheap knock-offs bought from cheap vendors and drop-shipped to you in the name of designer jewelry.
Jewelry is all about telling what’s in your mind and heart, and that’s where designer jewelry comes in. It satisfies that craving for connection for some women. Many independent designers from near and far are producing bespoke pieces using local and modern crafts to turn out fabulous collections. Their talent deserves recognition and visibility.
Another advantage of designer jewelry is that you support local artisans, including female workers, who create those pieces for you. If you’re a green person, always conscious about your purchases, you can find many sustainable jewelry designer brands that use recycled materials. This way, you ensure your money is helping save the planet.
Not Analyzing Materials and Prices
Buying jewelry online is a bit different from buying in-store, as you cannot really touch or feel it (YET! ;). However, that is not a dealbreaker as you can still analyze materials, sizes, weight, and prices to determine whether it's the right choice for you.
Silver is good, but did you know that there are several types and grades of silver? For instance, 925 sterling silver is one of the most common materials used in jewelry, and it is near pure form.
Also, it does not make sense to spend a lot of money on something that does not feel right when you wear it. It does not even matter if it is from a famous brand or not.
Expensive statement pieces may be worth spending on for those special occasions, but for the most part, you should shop wisely, looking for quality materials and versatile designs that are worth the price.
And it does not hurt to look for a discount because everyone loves a good bargain!
Not Taking Into Account Your Use
Some women treat their jewelry like their children, taking care of them, maintaining them, and storing them safely when not in use. However, some are not that particular about care or storage, which is fine.
Why does that matter? Well, in our opinion, your own use should guide you about what jewelry you can buy. If you are not the most careful about maintenance, you might want to buy something easy to maintain. And it does not harm if it is durable, so even if you toss it in your bag at the end of the day, it does not get damaged.
Also, look for care instructions for the specific product you are eyeing. Find out whether they are waterproof or not, so you remember to take them off when it pours. Similarly, some silver or gold jewelry may require periodic polishing to bring out the color.
Try to pay attention to the box or case the jewelry comes in because to make it last longer you will need to store it securely in its container.
Jewelry is often quite intricate to clean. Therefore, also take care of the maintenance and repair needs of the piece, especially those expensive ones.
Consider Shopping By Your Own Style
Since at POSH&PEPPER we take expressing your unique self very seriously, we recommend going with your personal jewelry style. So before you visit any website or store, take a step back to find what you feel and what you like wearing that represents you as a female.
Do you like to dress simply using solid colors? Perhaps minimalistic jewelry is up to your alley. Are you a glam diva who likes to be the most recognizable in the room? Gold and gemstones are your best friends.
For those women who prefer functionality, you cannot go wrong with the classics. A pearl pendant or silver hoops will always stay in vogue, even with their minimalist look. These low-key pieces are truly timeless and versatile, so you can wear them again and again, styling with different outfits for various occasions.
When buying such minimal and classic jewelry, you can even buy something expensive because these pieces will last a lifetime. So getting something top quality would be the right move.
The next tip will help you find your preferred jewelry easily!
Consider Buying from a Hub/Marketplace
Marketplaces have made shopping online incredibly convenient as you have so many brands and sellers in one place. So when buying jewelry, you should consider buying from a jewelry marketplace that hosts different designers and companies.
Shopping from a marketplace can also make your search a little easier, as all jewelry is categorized by brands, types, materials, and prices. At POSH&PEPPER, a hub for jewelry designers and brands from near and far, we categorize by style, occasion, and even mood. That makes narrowing down your choice a lot easier, helping you get what you need.
Rather than visiting ten different websites, you have everything in one place from your favorite brands or new ones you might want to try. Plus, you can find affordable jewelry as well on a hub like POSH&PEPPER.
Bonus Tip: Read the Return Policy
Mistakes and mishaps can happen. Perhaps you ordered something, and it just does not feel right when you wear it. Or maybe it got damaged on the way to you. To ensure you are protected from such scenarios, make sure to read the return policy from where you buy. That way, you know whether your purchase is refundable and how long the return window is.
Buying jewelry should be a fun experience in our opinion, and confusion and uncertainty can spoil that sometimes. Use our expert tips when shopping for jewelry to cut through the noise, find something that's truly you and get your money’s worth. Now, that is what we call a win-win purchase!