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Sndgems jewelry guides are easy to use, interesting and helpful guide to buying jewelry onle. Our jewelry guides are indispensable guide to judging jewelry characterstics, distinguishing genuine from imitation, making wise choices, useful to all type of consumers, from professional jewelry to online searchers. Our diamond guides help everyone in viewing diamonds as gemologists, diamond experts, diamond dealers, experienced lapidaries, diamond buyers and online customers. Our diamond guides dissects each aspect of diamond value in detail with a wealth of diamond grading information. Our gemstone guides help everyone in viewing colored gemstones as gemologists, gem dealers, experienced lapidaries, gem buyers and online customers. Our gemstone guides dissects each aspect of ruby, sapphire, ruby value in detail with a wealth of gemstone grading information. Our guides offers step-by-step instructions for how to examine and judge the quality and craftsmanship and materials even if you dont know anything about jewelry. If you're thinking of buying jewelry online this guide is a best place to start. Our guides will help you to know about jewelry details such as finishes, settings, flaws and fakes. Our guides cover diamonds, gemstones, jewelry craftsmanship, treatments, diamond and gems sources, appraisals. There is something for everyone.
Online Jewelry Shopping & Buying Guides
A piece of jewelry made with precious metals and gemstones is an instant heirloom that, if well taken care of, can be passed down through generations. Shopping for fine jewelry only can be daunting if you are not armed with knowledge. Following are some tips to become a savvy online shopper:
Federal Trade Commision
Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries
To read about Fedearal Trade Commision Jewelry Industry Guidelines follow this link FTC Guidlines.
Jewelry Industry Trade Practices
The US jewelry retail industry includes about 20,000 companies with combined annual revenue of about $30 billion. Major companies include Zale, Tiffany, and Sterling Jewelers (a unit of London-based Signet Jewelers). The industry is fragmented: the top 50 jewelry chains generate about 40 percent of revenue.
The US jewelry manufacturing industry includes about 1,600 companies with combined annual revenue of about $8 billion. Major companies include Tiffany, AAC Group Holding (ArtCarved and Balfour), and Richline Group (Aurafin and Bel-Oro International). The industry is concentrated: the 50 largest companies account for 60 percent of industry revenue. Read More.
Jewelry Industry Trade Affiliations
Read more about jewelry industry's most respected organizations and associations. We encourage you to visit these resources and review useful information they have included to provide valuable education and answers to most consumer questions. An informed customer is our best customer. Read More.
WEBSITE SAFETY VERIFICATION
Online Shoppers are very concerned about safe online shopping. Safe Online Shopping involves website security and online store's reputation.
Website Security van be determined by following steps outlined below:
Know the online merchant. It is always best to know the reputation of the companies you choose to do business with. If you are not familiar with the online retailer, be sure to check the Web site for contact details, including a physical address and phone number. Also, look to see if the site is a member of a trust mark or trust seal program. This certifies the business meets certain business standards set in place by the program.
What is Online Security? The online economy is massive, with billions of dollars changing hands every single day. Online shopping has brought consumers lower prices, incredibly diverse choice and an ease of buying that simply can't be matched in the physical world. So, online buying presents challenges to keeping your money safe, but if you're smart, they're challenges that aren't too hard to overcome.
A better way to tell if a form really is secure is by looking at the address bar in your browser (see the picture below). When you're looking at the form where you're supposed to enter your credit card number, the address should begin with "https://www.sndgems.com/", not "http://www.sndgems.com/". That little letter "s" in there means that the information that you're sending the site through the form is encrypted, which means that even if someone intercepts the information, they won't be able to do anything with it. Any questions regarding our virtual secured web server could be directed to email@example.com . Usually, shopping on the Web is much safer than shopping over the phone, or even through the mail. There's a much smaller chance that a telephone operator or a waiter will write down your credit card number and then sell it, or that a store will throw out a receipt and someone will dig through the store's garbage to find it. Especially if you keep the rules just mentioned in mind, you'll most likely have a very good experience shopping over the Internet.
Shop Only at Secure Websites
Ensure you are shopping at a secure Web site. A
secure Web site uses encryption technology to scramble the information you send,
such as your credit card number, in order to prevent identity thieves from
gaining access to it as it travels through the Internet. Secure Web site
addresses also include "https://" at the beginning of the address -- the "s"
indicates the Web site is secure. Also, look for a closed padlock displayed in
your browser's toolbar or on at the bottom of your screen. If the lock is open
or not present, this may be a sign that the site is not secure. Even on a secure
site, do not send any more financial information than is necessary to complete
the transaction. Always keep a paper copy of the transaction for your records.
Do your research on the the jeweler and the jewelry store
Buy only from trusted reputable retail jewelry syores or online jewelry stores. How do you find out a reliable trustworthy jeweler and jewelry store? Here are some simple easy steps to follow:
. Check Jewelry Stores Physical Address using Google Maps
. Check Jewelry Stores Telephone Numbers
. Check Jewelry Stores References
. Check How Long They have been in Business
. Check Customer Reviews Online
. Compare Jewelry Stores Prices as well as Quality, Selection
. Return Policies
. Product Guarantees
. Third Party Appraisals
. After Sales Service
With the internet and social media evolution finding all of the above about a jewelry store is easy. Use the powerful tools internet and social media has to offer to do price comparison, customer reveiws, business location, business history, and more can be found fast. Also check similar designs at other online as well as local jewelry stores. After receiving jewelry from online jewelry store take it to local jeweler to get it appraised again. Post videos of you jewelry and write description to get opinions from your friends, family and others. Be an informed educated savvy buyer.
PRODUCT QUALITY & PRICE VERIFICATION
Online Shoppers are also very concerned about product quality whether is product is genuine or fake. Quality verification is solution to this concern.
If you're planning to buy authentic certified jewelry online make sure you know about certified jewelry before you buy at online jewelry stores.
Authentic Certified Jewelry is made of real precious metals like gold, platinum, sterling silver which weigh more than inferior quality metals or fake gold plated coated jewelry. Real Metals will not scratch easily and will also not loose its shine. Sndgems offers real metal testers on jewelry worth $4000 or more or testers on loan that have to be returned back to us. What is Real Gold, Platinum, Silver, Palladium or Fake Gold Filled, Gold Plated? Know All About Real Gold, Platinum, Silver, Palladium, Platinum, Silver, Palladium. Read More.
Certified Jewelry comes with Genuine Gemstones that have inclusions, color variations, weigh less, less harder and have particular color and inclusions based o the source of gemstones. Genuine Gemstones can be easily identified as genuine by using a Gemstone Tester that Sndgems uses and every genuine gemstone jewelry from us worth over $4000 comes with a complimentary gemstone tester. Genuine Gemstones Identification? Know All About Fine Genuine Gemstones. Read More.
Certified Jewelry comes with Genuine Diamonds that have inclusions, color variations, weigh less, less harder and have particular color and inclusions based on the source of diamonds. Genuine Diamonds can be easily identified as genuine by using a Diamond Tester that Sndgems uses and every genuine diamond jewelry from us worth over $4000 comes with a complimentary diamond tester. Genuine Diamonds Identification? Know All About Fine Genuine Diamonds. Read More.
Certified Jewelry is Authentic Jewelry that will be well designed and will have overall quality workmanship in terms of shine, luster, engraving, prongs and overall look as compared to fake costume jewelry. Authentic Jewelry will weigh more than fake jewelry.
Certified Jewelry comes with a third party appraisal from a reputable laboratory which can be used for insurance.
Authentic Jewelry comes with 30 day money back guarantee and warranties.
Certified Jewelry can be easily tested as authentic by using gemstone, diamond and metal testers that we use at our online stores and can be requested with your order but have to be returned unless you want to buy them.
In short, Certified Jewelry is authentic jewelry that is a well crafted piece of jewelry and comes with genuine gemstones and diamonds showing inclusions, color variations, weigh less, less harder and have particular color and inclusions based o the source of gemstones and diamonds. Authentic Jewelry can be easily tested as authentic by using gemstone, diamond and metal testers that we use at our online stores and can be requested with your order but have to be returned unless you want to buy them.
Genuine Diamond Testers, Genuine Gemstones Testers, Real Metal Testers, Authentic Jewelry Testers. ? Know All About Testers to Identify Natural Diamonds, Genuine Gemstones, Real Metals and Authentic Jewelry. Read More.
Quality can be verified by a third party who can appraise the jewelry and issue an appraisal verifying the product quality as well price verification. For peace of mind online shoppers can go to local jewelry to get jewelry reappraised. Once online shoppers have taken this steps they can be totally assured of product quality.
PRODUCT VALUE ASSURANCE
Value Assurance is when the product quality and price advertised istands the test of third pary appraisal assures you that appraised quality is equal to or above advertised quality and price. Once third party appraisal exceeds advertised price and quality you are totally assured that you got a good value product.
Quality Verification + Price Verification = Good Quality Product is Value Assurance
MONEY BACK GUARANTEE ASSURANCE
Online Shoppers are also very concerned about getting money back from online jewelry in event of returning the product for inferior quality, higher price, poor workmanship and for any other reason. There are many ways you can find if the online jewelry will return your money back or not.
1. Check Customer Reviews for money back problems with that online store.
2. Check with the online store's credit card processor for any money back problems in the past.
3. Check on google by doing a search on that online store money back problems.
4. Check how long the online store has been in business. If the first three steps come out ok then online stores that will not return money back will not be able will be in business for last three to four months.
Typically when buys from an online store you have a month to return the product and if you return the product in that time frame and see that online store has not returned you money back. Then you file a complaint with your credit card company and within a month they will issue a chargeback and return your money back. If an online store is not returning money of many online shoppers the credit card processor will close the online stores merchant account and they will not be able to charge any cards and will be out of business in three to four months.
Online stores like Sndgems.com have been in business for 18 years and have been processing credit card with credit card processing company which means that they don't money back problems in the last 18 years. That is how you find out and be assured if an online store will give your money back or not.
Once you have gone through the four money back steps you can be totally assured that online store will give your money back.
Typically online stores that will not issue credit or give your money back will not in United States and will not have been in business for morethan six months.
As with brick and mortar stores, it is important to know where to shop.
Don’t be dazzled by discounts
Be cautious if a venue is routinely offering unbelievable discounts of 50% or more.
Our Background: Sndgems.com fine online jewelry store was launced in 1992. Sdgems.com online collection features fine jewelry, designer clothes, designer handbags and luxury gifts. Since 1992, Sndgems.com has been matching clients with outstanding jewelry and luxury gifts. In this section, we will give you an opportunity to learn a little about us. Our jewelry is a pledge of loyalty, a symbol of success and an individual statement that begins with a commitment of excellence. Behind every piece of jewelry there is committment to the way it's meant to be. It is our promise of excellence in every facet of the jewelry experience. This promise means a higher standard of craftsmanship and a committment to personal service. It means classic beauty to last for generations, every creation a personal treasure from our family to yours. For over a dcecade our company has been combining the best of old-world craftsmanship with the precision of cutting-edge technology. We guarantee and deliver uncompromised service and integrity to our clients. Our jewelry exhibits perfect finish, setting diamonds in the best possible light, balanced in color and weight.