Monday, March 2, 2009

Buyer Beware: Jewelry Imitaton

By Elias Riftinger

Anyone who is interested in fashion and loves jewelry would be interested in designer jewelry. However, there is always imitation pieces out there who want to try and capitalize on someone else's hard work by creating replica pieces and stealing someone else's thunder. Reputable companies find these imitation companies extremely irritating and difficult to deal with in the industry. It does not seem to matter what the original was made out of, there is always someone trying to find a cheaper way to make the same piece of jewelry. This is creative stealing.

Caveat Emptor is something that every shopper who is looking for the authentic should follow. It means let the buy beware in Latin. However, the consumer should be very careful and know what they are purchasing regardless of where they are buying the product. It is important not to get scammed when investing in something. Especially something that in the end is reflective or resembles your personality and style.

People who want to buy the highest quality and best designer jewelry, be it necklaces or engagement rings should be sure to buy from companies that have good reputations and are well known in the industry. Just because a business has been around for a while does not necessarily mean that it has the best product and service. Hallmarks are the markings on jewelry that indicate the designer as well as the material and its quality.

It is the law of the United States that anything made from a precious metal should be labeled as such. Companies can also be researched through the Better Business Bureau as well. It would be quite the disappointment to find out that the piece of jewelry that you was pricy was actually a fake.

The same caution should be taken into consideration when purchasing jewelry online. Imitation jewelry, from bracelets to special celtic engagement rings, is often purchased online by people who do not do the proper research. There are always going to be people trying to scam and it is the responsibility of the consumer to make sure that you are kept safe in your purchases. All records of jewelry purchases that are done online should be kept and stored to be safe. Also, it is important to always be cautious of the information that is given to these online companies. It is important to make sure that the website is safe and secure.

It is when a designer and their style becomes really popular that other companies want to capitalize on it as well. This is when the imitation jewelry starts to show up all over the place. So, if you really want to real thing, and do not want to buy a replica, be sure to do all the necessary research. It takes a little more work, but it is well worth it in the end. You are sure to be satisfied and pleased with your investment. - 16651

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