Whether you’re buying a piece of jewelry to celebrate Mother’s Day, treating yourself to something new, or you’re planning on proposing to your partner, the chances are that you’ve considered jewelry from Ireland, especially if you’re of Irish descent. As the COVID-19 has put a temporary pause on international travel, you might be considering buying online rather than visiting the Emerald Isles yourself – below, we’ve put together some things to consider.
Buy from trusted websites
Perhaps one of the most important pieces of advice we can give you in this article is to buy only from trusted and respected websites. Although Amazon and eBay are great for buying everyday goods, the chances are that you’re going to want to visit a specialist shop that sells gifts made in Ireland. Check out their website, make sure it has an SSL certificate installed so you can make a safe transaction, and check out their social media channels to make sure you’re buying from a legitimate brand. The best idea is to buy directly from an Irish retailer.
Look at their return policies
If you’re buying goods from the other side of the world, it’s important that you look at their returns policy to ensure you can send your jewelry back if you decide it’s not for you. You should remember that some products, such as earrings, aren’t often returnable as they’re worn in your areas and cannot be resold. Spend some time checking out their refund and returns procedure and only buy if you’re confident it’s something you’re going to want to keep. For instance, before buying in bulk, buy one or two items to get a feel for their quality and level of service, and then you’ll have more confidence to make repeat purchases. If all else fails, you can sell your jewelry online on Facebook Marketplace or give it to a friend.
Read reviews and testimonials
Another way to determine whether you’re buying from a reputable company is to check out their reviews and recommendations on third-party websites like Google and Facebook. Sort reviews by date and make sure recent reviews aren’t particularly negative. Bear in mind that shipping times will likely be delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and don’t forget that very few brands get it right every time. Use your judgment and have faith in the other reviewers – if 100 people have left a five-star comment, the chances are you’re okay.
Finally, whenever you buy jewelry online, you should double-check that you’ve got the size right. It’s so easy to think you’ve found a bargain, only for it to turn out being far too big or too small for you. Do your measurements with a tape measure at home, and if you’re really not sure, buy in two sizes and send one back. You can also compare their measurements to product descriptions of other jewelry you’ve bought online – you’ll soon work out if it’s right.
Whatever you end up buying online, we wish you the very best of luck. Have fun and check back to our website soon for more tips and tricks – we share content right here every week