questionswhat's your comfort level for online jewelry…

vote-for20vote-against
vote-for6vote-against

Honestly, I am usually looking for something specific, so that makes it easier. If it is under $100, I am usually willing to try a retailer that I haven't heard of. Anything over that, I stick with the "trusted" sites.

vote-for10vote-against

The biggest problem for me is not seeing the piece live. Then have to worry about shipping a pricey piece of jewelry back if I don't like it. I have never gone into four figures without going to a b&m shop...

vote-for6vote-against

For a "good piece" of jewelry, I need to have it in my hand in the store that I frequent and trust implicitly. For "fashion" jewelry as it is called nowadays, I would not hesitate to buy something that would be returnable after appraisal and from an online merchant I have purchased from before.

vote-for2vote-against

I usually try to keep it under $30, unless I'm buying from a site I know is reputable like HSN.com, but even then I try to keep under $40 or so. Sterling silver is fine by me :) I've gotten a few really nice rings from HSN.com for around $30 when they have their clearance sales. I try not to buy anything unless some measurements are given (not just carat weight since I don't have a good sense of that) so I can get an idea of how big the piece will be.

vote-for3vote-against

@klozitshoper: Do people really get fashion/costume jewelry appraised? That seems odd to me! Unless you mean like vintage jewelry.

vote-for4vote-against

@kc6201: I suspect, being East Coast, that she's already vanished for the evening, but I can assure you that some costume jewelry still needs to be appraised. There's an amazing variety (including rhinestones from various makers) that you really need to exercise caution on. Certainly the older Eisenstein pieces (vintage, of course) are very valuable, but I've purchased some very pretty Romanian jewelry that still came with an appraisal.

vote-for2vote-against

I would never consider buying gemstone jewelry online, but precious/semi-precious metals, sure, but from well-known merchants only.

vote-for3vote-against

I would maybe purchase online some simple pearl earrings, but not much more. I don't care how reputable the retailer is, there's nothing like seeing it, feeling it, and trying it on before you buy it.

BTW, I make my own fused glass jewelry & sell it too. So, speaking from experience if you are looking for something colorful, online pictures never do justice to the pieces.

vote-for2vote-against

In seller I look for non-broken English.