Some people will tell you that finding authentic, inexpensive jewelry is just a pipe dream. They will tell you that if you want authentic, beautiful jewelry, you’re going to have to pay the expected rates to get it. You can find authentic but inexpensive jewelry, but it depends on a few things.
You Have To Know What to Look For
It’s easy to find jewelry that claims to be inexpensive. There are hundreds of online and brick-and-mortar locations that will promise you authentic jewelry at bargain prices. Unfortunately, most of these places are a scam. They’re just going to leave you a few dollars lighter with nothing to show for it but shoddy jewelry. It’s pretty simple. If something looks like it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.
A good way to cut through the fakes is to only look at jewelers who are credible. It’s not a guarantee that a jeweler certified by the American Gem Society is going to be legitimate, and it is possible to find jewelry through non-certified channels (more on that later), but you should at least be wary of any jeweler who lacks credentials.
If you’re new in buying jewelry and you happen to have a friend who knows their stuff, have them around the next time you go shopping. They might be able to give you tips and advice on a particular line of jewelry, such as some brands that you might be interested in.
You Have To Know Where to Look
When it comes to finding inexpensive jewelry that’s also authentic, you have a couple of different avenues to explore. You can try the brick-and-mortar locations in your area, even going so far as to check out the local pawn shops, or you can go the online route. Numerous online jewelry shops exist. Obviously, because you’re buying something you can’t even see with your own eyes, you should be even more cautious when going this route. With the large variety of online retailers, eBay and Amazon are obvious choices.
Keep in mind with eBay that there are no guarantees with the jewelry you might find. Check out the feedback for a seller who catches your eye. That should tell the whole story. One nice feature with eBay is their tutorials on how to tell the difference between real and fake jewelry. Inexpensive, authentic jewelry isn’t a pipe dream, but you should still proceed cautiously.