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JARED

"Did he go to Jared?" That's what the commercials ask. Maybe the better question is, should you? If you like shopping online at a jewelry store that is backed by numerous retail locations, has a parent company (Signet Jewelers Limited) with an A+ rating at the Better Business Bureau, and you want one of the widest selections of jewelry on the market, the answer is probably "yes, you should!"

Jared - "The Galleria of Jewelry" - has one of the widest range of jewelry items available online, from popular brands like Pandora and Vera Wang, to exclusive "only at Jared" items you won't see at other stores.

If you're shopping for a ring to pop the big question, we definitely suggest that you take a look at Jared's engagement guide. One particularly helpful section reminds you that knowing your intended's style is the key element to choosing the perfect ring - and they've got a guide to help you do just that. Jared has nearly 1,000 engagement rings to choose from, ranging in price from $479.99 to $20,000, and you can easily sort through your options according to your budget range, ring style, stone shape, metal type, and more - just click on the appropriate checkboxes on the left side of the page.

And, as we shopped for an engagement ring, we got a pop-up offering a 15% discount on our purchase if we entered our email address. On one of those higher-end designs, that could be a significant savings!

Alternately, you have three options for creating a one-of-a-kind engagement ring: Build Your Own, Design-a-Ring, and Custom Design. While they may sound the same, Jared uses each one slightly differently to help you come up with the perfect ring for the perfect proposal. The Design-a-Ring tool even lets you try your creation virtually using a mobile device and your hand!

Other categories were equally broad. Watches? Nearly 80. Earrings? Over 1,900 pairs. Bracelets? Just under 1,500. You'd have a hard time finding something on another site that Jared doesn't carry as well.

And, for shoppers on a budget, Jared has a hand "Sale" tab at the top of the page, including a few options for previously-owned, high-end watches and other jewelry pieces.

We were surprised that Jared didn't offer free shipping on all orders, like many higher-ranked jewelry stores tend to. You can get free shipping via 2nd Business Day Air if you would like to pick up your purchase at a Jared store, or if you spend at least $50. Otherwise, expect to spend at least $9.95 for shipping via UPS Ground.

Jared's return policy is also industry-standard: 30 days after purchase. But, Jared doesn't seem to require that you get a Return Merchandise Authorization first, so just follow the instructions on your packing slip if you should need to send your jewelry back.

Only one area surfaced where Jared was behind the competition: quality and pricing of diamonds. We found a number of diamond experts who compared what Jared offers (both in-store and online) with other retailers, including several in our review. Unfortunately, across the board, the stones sold by Jared tended to be of lower quality but at higher prices. This seemed to be the case for many online jewelry stores who also have the high overhead of brick-and-mortar locations and was not unique to Jared alone. If you do choose Jared for your diamond purchase, we suggest that you also have the stone appraised by the jeweler of your choice, just to make sure that you've gotten the value you've paid for.

But, on the whole, the Jared shopping experience is solid: their broad selection gives every customer many choices, no matter what type of jewelry they're seeking, and a strong brand reputation with numerous local stores makes it easy to make returns, ask questions, or get customized guidance during the buying process. Jared is a good option among jewelry stores online.

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JEWELRY

Owned by Warren Buffett's The Richline Group and proudly declaring itself as "the largest jewelry manufacturer in the world", Jewelry has been offering "best of web pricing" on thousands of items for more than 15 years.

Unlike the majority of the jewelry stores we've shopped, Jewelry takes a very low-key approach to sales. When you first visit the site, you'll only see a few featured jewelry items to pique your curiosity, not row after row of images trying to get you to click. Already know what you're looking for? You'll probably need to click on the somewhat vaguely-named heading of Jewelry; most other jewelry stores break that heading out into categories. Why not this one? Because Jewelry has a unique focus on designers and collections.

Some of the renowned designers whose work is featured on Jewelry are:

  • Van Kempen
  • Sajen
  • Cristina Sabatini
  • Honora
  • Crysalis
  • Zoccai 925
  • Kabana
  • American West

Jewelry also offers a Collections page; you may find something whimsical like Star Wars or sparkly like Crystaluxe. You may enjoy browsing the New Arrivals and Deals headings, depending on whether you'd like to see what's trending or what's on sale.

For the typical shopper, it's the Jewelry page that gets the most attention. You can select specific categories from the drop-down, such as necklaces, rings, and earrings, or specific metal types like gold or silver. Shopping by price range is also available - especially helpful if you're shopping on a budget and don't know quite what you want to get that special someone. If you're looking for something on the spendier side, you can click on the "$500+" category under the Jewelry heading. When we shopped at this store, the most expensive item they carried was a 4 ½ Ct diamond bracelet for $2,381, though the original price was shown as almost $12,000!

Also, unlike many online jewelry stores, this retailer doesn't have a huge focus on engagement and wedding rings. They do offer them, but you'll have to do a little more clicking to get there. (Hint: click on Jewelry, then on Rings when you get the dropdown. You'll then need to hunt down the tiny "Filter By" towards the right side of the page. From there, you can click on wedding/anniversary or engagement, whichever you need.)

Jewelry keeps pace with the competition by offering free shipping on all orders, and with a 30-day return policy as long as the jewelry is in original, unused condition with all packaging and tags.

Unsurprisingly, Jewelry's customer feedback is also so low-key as to be almost unnoticeable. There were no testimonials on the website, practically no reviews anywhere else online, and a solid, reputable "A" grade with the Better Business Bureau. Maybe Jewelry just doesn't like to brag?

At the end of the day, though, being backed by such a large conglomerate as Berkshire Hathaway is nothing to easily dismiss, especially with a great reputation with the BBB. We think that Jewelry is a good choice for shoppers who want something unique and perhaps a little colorful, though not necessarily the best for couples waiting to say "I do" because of their limited focus on engagement and wedding rings and sets.

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Best Jewelry Stores

To help you find the Best Jewelry Stores, TopConsumerReviews.com provides you with an in-depth comparison of Jared and Jewelry.

What's the best Jewelry Store? Every year, almost 40 million people shop online for jewelry - and with good reason! Why stand in line for over an hour during a peak season like Valentine's Day or Mother's Day, hoping that there might be something she'd like, when you can shop any time of day (or night) and get the world's best selection while sitting in your living room?

Today's best online jewelry stores make it almost unthinkable to shop at a local store. The lack of overhead with online jewelry means that they can bring you prices as much as 50% lower than what you'd find elsewhere. When you add in free shipping, extended return periods, and the same certifications and guarantees you get from a local jeweler, and it's easy to see why it makes sense to buy jewelry from an online store.

Of course, not every jewelry store is the same. Some specialize in "fashion" or "costume" jewelry; if you're looking for an inexpensive piece just to add some sparkle to a fun evening, or maybe an imitation item that won't break your heart if it gets lost, this type of jewelry might be perfect. Those stores are less likely to sell luxury, high-priced jewelry with precious metals and gemstones, however - so you may need to select a store that specializes in heirloom-quality craftsmanship and materials.

As you begin your search for the ideal online jewelry store, what should you keep in mind? Here are several criteria that can help you make your decision:

  • Selection. What does the store carry? Is it a limited range of rings, necklaces and earrings, or do they have options for men and children too?
  • Prices. How does the jewelry store measure up to the competition? Do they offer free shipping, pop-up discount offers, or any other promotions?
  • Quality. What do customers say about the jewelry they've purchased? Does it last, or have stones fallen out after a few wears? Are items marked as "diamond" authentic, or are they synthetic stones?
  • Return Policy. If you don't like the necklace, ring, or watch after you've received it, can it be returned? Will you have to pay a restocking fee?
  • Reputation. Are customers generally happy with their experience, both with the jewelry they received and with the customer service department if help was needed? Is the company easy to reach if there's a problem? Does the store have a rating with the BBB?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best jewelry stores available today. Whether you're shopping for an engagement ring, a necklace for your significant other, or just a new bit of sparkle to add to your collection, we hope these reviews will help you find the right piece of jewelry at the right price!



What You Should Look For When Buying a Diamond

A lot of people have this question. Buying a diamond is a commitment, so it's understandable that you'd want to educate yourself thoroughly before taking the plunge. Even so, this goes beyond picking the right jewelry store or knowing what kind of setting you'd like. What you should look for when buying a diamond directly relates to the four C's.

What Are the Four C's?

The four C's stands for carat, color, clarity, and cut. These are the main principles on which you should base your diamond purchasing decision. These attributes and their grading scales were developed by the Gemological Institute of America.

  • Carat
    The carat of a diamond is another term for weight. As an example, a 1-carat diamond weighs 200 milligrams. The weight of diamond you select depends on your budget and your preferences. A single large stone will cost more than several small ones. Still, the small ones could be of excellent quality.
  • Color
    The color of a diamond rates its color from white to yellow or brown. The whiter the diamond, the more valuable and the more beautiful. The grading system ranges from D (for white--very rare) to Z (brown). The closer to the letter "D" the color is graded, the more valuable the diamond will be.
  • Clarity
    The clarity of a diamond refers to how flawless it is. Flaws include pits, dips, cracks, scratches, and air bubbles. The grading system here ranges from F to I3. F stands for flawless, the rarest of diamonds. VVS stands for very, very slightly included. VS stands for very slightly included. S stands for slightly included. And finally, I stands for included. A diamond in the VVS-S range will be very attractive to the naked eye.
  • Cut
    The cut of a diamond refers to how it was cut by a jeweler. This is related to its shape, but does not refer directly to it. How a diamond is cut will effect how much light it reflects. The more precisely and symmetrically a diamond is cut, the more light it will reflect and the more shine and sparkle it will have. The highest cut grade is "Ideal".

Other Factors
When determining what you should look for when buying a diamond, of course you need to pay attention to the four C's. Still, you also need to think about the shape of diamond you would want. They come in several styles with Round Brilliant being the most common. Other shapes include Princess, Emerald, and Oval.

Also consider where you're buying the diamond from. Not just any jewelry store will do. They are all unique and it's very easy to get ripped off if you don't know what you're looking for. A jewelry store should be GIA certified and it should have a good reputation with the BBB. Remember to look into these things because diamonds are expensive. Do your due diligence, just as you would with any other major purchase.

 



Jewelry In The News

Two smash-and-grab burglaries hit Folsom, one at jewelry store across from police station

Police say a pair of burglaries Tuesday, one at the Folsom outlet mall and the other at a locally owned jewelry store, may be connected. The Sunglass Hut at Folsom Premium Outlets suffered a smash-and ...

Published:  Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:53:00 GMT



The Siblings Making Copenhagen's Most Stylish Jewelry and Food

When Sophie Bille Brahe and her younger brother, Frederik, were growing up in Hellerup, a leafy suburb north of Copenhagen, Denmark, their parents had two unorthodox methods of keeping the house quiet ...

Published:  Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:09:00 GMT



For David Yurman and His Family, the Jewelry Business Was a Way to Keep Creating

Evan Yurman and his wife Ku-Ling are strolling the grounds of the Amagansett estate of Evan's parents, David and Sybil Yurman, when he comes across a sculpture, a sturdy pillar of two interwoven stain...

Published:  Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:26:00 GMT



Rock & Roll Photographer Mick Rock Selling Guitar Pick Jewelry Art at Upcoming Gallery Show

With anticipation building for this weekend's opening of the Mick Rock Iconic Gallery Show being held at The Jewelry Studio (1107 Old Country Rd, Plainview, NY 11803) - the legendary Rock n' Roll phot...

Published:  Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:05:00 GMT



Windermere police say housekeeper stole $30K in jewelry

Windermere police detectives arrested a housekeeper who they say stole $30,000 worth of jewelry from the home where she was working, the department said. The homeowners hired Shannon Elizabeth Hutchen...

Published:  Wed, 17 Oct 2018 04:10:00 GMT



Police: Alleged thieves accused of switching expensive earrings with costume jewelry

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City police are searching for a pair of alleged thieves accused in a "˜bait-and-switch' scheme. On Oct. 13, officers were called to the Sam's Club along Memorial Rd ...

Published:  Wed, 17 Oct 2018 08:53:00 GMT



Hinsdale police blotter: Jewelry reported stolen in robbery on Stough Street

The following items were taken from area police department reports and releases. An arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt. Itzel D. Santiago, 31, of the 5500 block of South Madison Street, Hin...

Published:  Tue, 16 Oct 2018 15:06:00 GMT



Folsom Jewelry Thieves Caught On Camera

FOLSOM (CBS13) - Two jewelry thieves were caught on surveillance video as they ransacked a business. The owner of Adrian Blanco Jewelry says the thieves got away with multiple watches and other ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Oct 2018 23:50:00 GMT



Toxic Metal Found in Triad Store's Jewelry

LOS ANGELES -- Jewelry with the toxic metal cadmium is showing up on the shelves of national retailers including Ross, Nordstrom Rack and Papaya, according to newly released test results. Analysis don...

Published:  Tue, 16 Oct 2018 21:03:00 GMT



John Hardy Releases Full High Jewelry Collection

Jeweler John Hardy's creative director, Hollie Bonneville Barden, has released the brand's first full high jewelry collection. High jewelry pieces traditionally fall under the "Cinta ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Oct 2018 21:07:00 GMT




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