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How to Find Birthstones

How to Find Birthstones

Now this is an exciting installment in this new book and is a topic that has always been close to my heart ever since I knew such a thing existed. Birthstones. Once my interest in Jewellery was triggered I started to wonder about Birthstones as being part of what one would need in order to make personal jewellery. So I went on the hunt for affordable sources.

Everyone loves jewellery and everyone likes to feel that they have something that is personal to them. And let’s face it, if you know the birthdays of your customers or just your friends, then it is always a great idea to find a personalized gift for them at gift giving time. And what better personalized gift could you pick up for them, but something that features their birthstone.

Not all birthstones are expensive – take for example opals. They are relatively cheap as compared to diamonds, rubies or emeralds. You can pick up opals of all hues and of course for varying prices as well. The ones that are dark in body tone are generally more expensive than those that are the lighter colours. There is a reason for this in that the darker bodied stones tend to be more brilliant in their display of colours. Black Opal would be the most expensive stone in this genre with prices coming in at more than $15000 Australian dollars per their carat weight.

There is the opportunity to buy simulated stones of course which would more than likely suit your budget better when you are a hobbyist Jewellery manufacturer. This just means that the stones are not genuine, but still have a pleasing aesthic appeal. When you use such stones, then it is important to make sure your customers do know that they are NOT the real thing. Many people are happy to have a simulated stone purely because of the price, but then you will always get the customers who would like the REAL stone and so you really need two sources of gemstones – one for simulated stones and the other for real stones.

Synthetic gemstones are grown in a laboratory and not in nature as are real stones. Manufacturers of synthetic stones use low cost materials to keep their prices as low as they can while enjoying a high production rate. While the results of these growths are still beautiful and often resemble the real thing, they are certainly nowhere near the beauty or value of the real made-in-nature stone.

Real gemstones are pieces of mineral crystals and come in a hard form as well as a soft mineral form. The soft mineral types are known for their sheen or other aesthetic value. The rarer the gemstone of course the more valuable it becomes. When such a crystal has been harvested, then they are cut and polished which allows their colours and shapes to be more enhanced for pieces of fine jewellery. Some jewellery pieces are made out of a certain rock such as lapis lazuli, or an organic material similar to a mineral but not quite – amber or jet.

Again the Internet is the best source for finding birthstones and because there are so many wholesale outlets that specialise in providing gemstones, whether simulated or real, the prices are usually very good in that they are very, very low. It is just your job to ensure the authenticity of the company to whom you wish to put your business their way. Make sure that what they advertise is what they advertise. Do not be fooled by real or fake. Do your homework.

Another thing to be careful of, is that with each order, you are absolutely sure that the stone you are using is exactly the birthstone you should be using to make the piece. Not being familiar with your market could cost you a lot of money. Each month is represented by a certain stone and it also depends on which tradition being followed.

I was fooled for a long while when I always thought that my birth stone was a peridot until one time I came across another birthstone being advertised in its place. I was quite upset, thinking that I had been led astray for many years, however, I found out that it all depends who is making the jewellery as to what their traditions are amongst their people.

You see, I didn’t know that August had 2 birthstones – that of the Peridot and that of the Sardonyx. Whereas the Peridot tends towards varying colours of green which lends itself to the other name they are called by and that is the evening emeralds, the sardonyx is more amongst the grey to white colours and is a silica mineral called chalcedony.

There are beautiful stories attached to these two birthstones for August, therefore, it would be interesting to follow them up in a another chapter later in this book.

So make sure, when you get your order from your customer, exactly which stone they are referring to when they order their August Birthstone. It could result in a terrible misunderstanding if the right expected one is not the one that they receive.

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How to Price Your Jewellery

How to Price Your Jewellery

As in any business what to charge the customer is a big issue.  It is not an easy thing to do because you don’t want to be seen to be greedy and you also want to stay in business, therefore margins need to be realistic.   Pricing is a very important factor to take into consideration because by charging too much, there is a good chance that you won’t have many sales.  At the same time, by not charging enough, then it is highly likely that your tenure in business is not going to last very long at all.

So what is a fair price as regards jewellery?  When I was younger, part of my business was to sell wholesale jewellery to shops as at that time the internet was not available to just the ordinary person on the street.  It was only available to the governments of the world and even then it was limited due to size of equipment and not enough experience. Nowadays one would scoff at those memories, however, there are still many of us who have lived through the time when there was no mobile phone and no computer in the home. Heaven forbid you will be thinking – how on earth did you manage??? Well we did, just by you reading this chapter makes you realise that we did survive.  Going back to my story of my jewellery business, it was known amongst us all that jewellers slapped 65% onto the price we sold to them. That is how people stayed in business way back then.  They had good margins that helped them survive.

Today I am astounded to find that those margins have more than halved, which immediately sent me into panic mode for my business colleagues.  One certainly has to be an astute business person to keep up with prices and the competition.  That is probably why I have noticed the demise of many of my once upon a time friends from long ago and explains to me what probably happened to them when previous to writing this chapter I had not given that reason a thought.

Today, there is a system that is followed by many in the jewellery profession whether the jewellery is purchased at a wholesale price and resold or just purchased and used purely for oneself. Wholesale prices in bulk give you greater leverage when on-selling.  And on-selling means a generally accepted markup to both seller and buyer of around 15% to 30%.  Things have certainly changed with the advent of huge discounts in the jewellery world to what I was used to.

So long as the customer is happy then you have to accept being happy yourself as the seller.  The regular price of jewellery should be seen as wholesale which is 15% + 30%.  A sale price should be seen as wholesale +15%. That would give you a good guide when it comes to thinking about what to charge for the pieces you make for your own jewellery business.

When one makes their own jewellery, there are many cost factors that have to come into play before deciding on the end price to the customer.  There is the cost of each item that goes into the makeup of each piece.  There is the shipping to take into account, remembering that every country has their own rules and costs for shipping at many different delivery levels. There is the storage of same products if you have a huge business.  And even if you have a business from home, then you need space to store your business, including the shelving or boxes they are contained in.  All of these little costs need to be considered when costing out for the customer. Then of course, you have the packaging that they will be housed in for sending out e.g. their own presentation boxes as well as the envelopes or boxes that they will be sent through the mail system in. If you have someone helping you with the packing, then there are these handling costs that you need to factor in as well.  Once you have all of those costs in hand and duly apportioned for each item on your catalogue, it is only then that you proceed to add the 15% or the 30% on top of that 15% depending on the status of the item you are selling.

Remember, that once you have the 15% markup added, then this becomes your wholesale price to your customer. And once you have the 30% markup added to the 15%, then this becomes the retail price to your customer.  Ensure that you have a good profit margin then of 45% above your costs when selling anything at retail prices.

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How to Open An Online Jewellery Store

How to Open An Online Jewellery Store

 

I am so excited that you have reached this point in your new business. Having been in business myself for many years, I always love knowing when it is someone else’s turn to become entrepreneurial in their thinking and opening your own jewellery store has never been so easy as it is nowadays.  The internet is the way to go, because often you don’t even need your own product to open up a store.  Opening your own online store gives you so many options.

Here I will explain the option to have your own Jewellery store without having to stock a single piece of jewellery. Yes, that’s right, you don’t have to have your own stock – now wouldn’t that be great?  This then allows you to have your own jewellery store the day that you suddenly decide, “I am going to do it!” This option gives you an instant business and the only thing you need to do now is to send traffic to your new website. This of course is the marketing side of all businesses.

Let me outline the steps you need to take to have an instant business.

First of all, you need to find wholesale jewellery suppliers.  Then you need to scan their sites to see if they drop-ship.  Drop-shipping is where you take the orders and the money; then you pay the money to these wholesale jewellery suppliers; they get the items out of their huge warehouses; they wrap them up and put a label on and then they ship your item off to your customer.  Now, doesn’t that sound fabulous?

  • No storage on your part.
  • No inventory on your part.
  • No worrying that you have over-brought a particular piece and can’t get rid of it on your part.

It’s the ideal way to go, especially if you do not have space, the facilities, or the time to do everything yourself. All you have to do is get your website up and running featuring a beautiful catalogue of all that they have to offer in their extensive warehouses – no one needs know that it is not your stuff.  Then the next step is your marketing and sending traffic to your site.  After that you start getting your customers who use your order form using information that they can view in your Catalogue.

Customers are happy to pay when they order and you have already warned them about the time it will take before the order will be actually delivered to their addresses. They are only interested in your terms and conditions – your refund/exchange policy.

Naturally you will be charging your own profit fee on top of the price you pay  to your drop-shipping people. Everyone is happy.  The customer comes to your website; views your extensive catalogue; orders from you; pays you; you then order from your drop-shipping people; give them the name and address of your customer; they get it all ready and send it out in the allotted time space; the customer receives the order; the customer gives you a review or great testimonial and everyone is happy.

Setting your own prices is the key here.  Make sure you take into account all cost factors when deciding upon the price you need to charge your customers. Making a 15% to 30% profit on each item is not to be scoffed at.  Offline jewellery stores add 65% onto each piece. I know this because I used to sell wholesale jewellery to jewellery shops once upon a time in my lifetime.

So be sure to

  • See what your wholesaler charges per item.
  • Add their shipping costs they are charging.
  • Add your percentage profit to all of that.

Is the website going to cause you a problem?  Then get someone in who can make a professional job building one for you.  Or if you have experience in doing such things, then build it yourself.  Some wholesalers even provide you with a ready-made website – check that all of the prices listed on this ready-made website are what are going to give you your own profit.  In other words, make sure the prices can be changed at your discretion. Now you will have to also be careful here, because being supplied with a ready-made website will also include a fee for having access to such a service. Plus you have to take into account as well that you are not the only one they will be supplying a ready-made website to.  You will have competition and all of your websites are going to look the same.

Remember in another chapter in this book, that I mentioned that the secret to success when in business is being able to stand out from the crowd?  This is a pure example of what I meant by that advice earlier on.

Another option would be to have your own eBay store. eBay charges a fee for this as well but at least when you get a website from them, it will be a website design that is unique to you and your branding.  Being able to bypass the original eBay stores and to set up your own affordable auctions will also be of great benefit to you if you choose this way to go. Here the only thing I would advise you on.  Ensure that you have minimum reserve prices set to each of the items you have on sale. Otherwise you could lose a lot of money.  Another thing you would need to be aware of is that shipping costs have to be taken into account here as well, so make sure you have provisions built into your website, that ensure that the customer is paying for all shipping and insurance costs and NOT YOU.

This is a great way to have your own Jewellery business up and running within a few hours of your opening day. Easy, affordable and so hassle-free.

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How to Make Your Own Jewellery

How to Make Your Own Jewellery

What a wonderful hobby to have.  My sisterinlaw opened my eyes as to how easy it is to make your own jewellery when we visited her last.  She had see-through boxes of beads of all shapes, colours and sizes. She had other see-through boxes of the bits that you need to put them together as either stringed or brooches or earrings.  Had we been living in a house, I would have jumped at the chance to join her in making them, however, it was not to be because we do not have a house and therefore I have no storage even for a few see-through boxes!! Very sad.

However, there are numerous people in the world who do make their own jewellery and they sell their pretty pieces at malls and markets and outside their buses at meets, and then there are also those who sell them online. You just need a creative mind as to what colours, shapes and sizes to put together.  Then you need to decide lengths and whether they are to adorn the neck, or the ankle or the wrist or the chest or the ear.

Being a creative person myself, it seems like a great workable hobby-come-online business to me. People even put out books giving you instructions on how to assemble each piece.  YouTube is full of these instructional videos if you want to go looking there.  It is so much easier when you can follow along with someone for each step until you get comfortable to make them on your own.

Blog sites are available when you type into Mr Google “how to make your own jewellery”.  Detailed websites are available as well.   It’s an exciting new world out there for anyone who wishes to put their creativity to the test and the market is certainly available to those who have beautiful jewellery for sale.

Supplies are readily available – we have a great shop in New Zealand called Spot Light and they have a vast range of jewellery items in their hobby section.  Overseas you must have shops that cater for a similar patronage.  If you have $2 and $3 dollar stores, this is a another outlet where you can buy what you like in small packets for very reasonable prices.

When shopping online, I have already outlined in previous chapters how buying in bulk gets you better prices on a piece by piece cost factor.  The more you buy, the less the cost per piece. You just need an upfront payment and then go from there.

Gems, whether cheap or really good quality can be brought online or offline – you just need a good eye for what you seek to make your own jewellery.  String and wire type materials are readily available through the same sources.  Earring wires or caps, whether plastic or metal are also available in great bulk prices. Tools that you would need to make your own jewellery are a bit more specialised but then again, if you are not close to an offline store, then buying through the internet will be an okay way to go.

Once you have done some practice ones and are feeling confident that you can now start using your creativity to make your unique styles, then this would be the time to start letting your friends and family know that you have chosen to start a business making your own jewellery.  Let’s just hope that when you got the first inkling of an idea to start out your own jewellery business, that you did not discuss with your friends and family how cheap you could make your own jewellery.  Otherwise, now when you are showing them your own unique pieces, people who have long memories will often not be happy to pay the retail price you want to charge. You see from my own experience, people who do not have trades and businesses of their own do not ever appreciate the time taken – the labour you have put into making each piece.  They will only remember you telling them how cheap you got this and that, and how cheap you were able to pick this and that up for.

Therefore use your discretion as to who you allow into your business circle when discussing very private matters such as the basic costs of things.

When you are ready to sell, you will naturally start with those whom you know, therefore the less they know about the basic costs to you the better – just so you can start to get your investment money back gradually right from the beginning.

Learning about all of these wholesale tricks I am sharing with you here will certainly have you soon showing a thriving business and a profitable one at that!

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How to Clean Jewellery

How to Clean Jewellery

No matter what quality your jewellery is, there is always going to be a certain amount of tarnish, no matter how well you think you are looking after your different pieces.  If you look online as well as in offline shops you will come across heaps of cleaners that can be used for jewellery items.  Which one you choose that is the safest to use all depends on the quality of the make of your particular item. Make sure you have clearly examined each piece before subjecting your jewellery to strenuous cleaning other than just rubbing with your own fingers and hands.  You will thank yourself in the long run for this close examination of your jewellery to see exactly what thought and action has been taken into the construction of each piece.   Your gems and your settings should be your top priority when thinking about the care of your jewellery.

When it comes to using a jewellery cleaner that requires some soaking, then first of all check what, if any, pieces have been actually glued on to the basic setting.  Glued on pieces do not take well to a bath of any kind.  Woolite is recommended for some things – this is a detergent that is known to carefully wash away everyday dirt that has accumulated on all sorts of fabrics and metals.  If using Woolite then just soak your piece for a timed period of maybe 60 to 120 seconds, using a very, very soft babies toothbrush to gently get into the small crevices between the stones and the setting, and then very, very gently drying with a soft cloth.

Pearls definitely do NOT like a bath at any time.  They come from the ocean and whether they do not want to remember their origins because it has always been a mystery to me why they don’t like a bath, I cannot tell you, however, water is NOT their friend at all. Tap water especially is NOT their friend.  Wiping pearls carefully with a soft cloth that has been dampened  will clean them sufficiently enough, following this gentle action up with an equally soft polishing cloth and a very light rub to give them back their sheen.

Soaking any piece of jewellery overnight is a huge NO NO!  It is not necessary and certainly if you wish to have longevity out of your pieces, then an overnight soaking is definitely NOT the way to go.

A simple recipe that can be used is to make something out of water and baking soda.  In the olden days, baking soda was the only and best form of cleaning agent that could be found.  It is still used extensively today under the guises of brand names but really when you closely examine the contents of such pretty boxes and packets of cleaners, you will almost always find the basic ingredient of baking soda listed on the side.

To make a jewellery cleaning paste here is the recipe:

  • Take ¼ cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons of water and mix together to make a thick paste.

Method:

  • Carefully – with a dampened sponge – rub, rinse and then buff dry. DO NOT soak silver in water ever.
  • This is sufficient to remove any tarnish that has built up on your silver items.

Should you wish to clean a gold piece of jewellery, then I suggest:

  • Dust a light covering of baking soda over the piece.
  • Pour white vinegar over it.
  • Rinse clean.
  • If you feel there is some grit in little crevices, then very gently use a very soft baby toothbrush to give it a light brushing during the cleaning stages.

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How to Make A Jewellery Catalogue

How to Make A Jewellery Catalogue

When selling your jewellery, it is a great idea to have some sort of catalogue so that people know what you sell and from where do you sell it.  Selling jewellery offline as well as online is a very popular pastime therefore your competition is everywhere as well so you need to be just that little bit different in order to stand out from the crowd.

In all of my businesses, it has always been suggested to me that standing out from the crowd is how you get noticed.  It is no good just sitting quietly back and hoping that someone will see you.  They need to be informed of your presence in the industry and this is what should always be in your mind when you decide to get into business – particularly here in the jewellery business. This of course, depends on how serious you are about being in business.

Making a catalogue is not really too hard when you come to think of it.  Some planning needs to go into the process, however, if you are smart enough to make beautiful pieces of jewellery with your hands, then I am quite sure that your imagination will also not fail you when putting something together to show off your wares to your potential customers.

You have two options that I see – that of an offline print catalogue and that of an online catalogue. Whichever choice you feel is better suited to you will be the one that you will pursue.

I know when I first started out with actual real live products, the need for a catalogue was first and foremost in my mind as I had to get people to know what “Debbie Nicholson” was all about.  And so I made a very beautiful catalogue that unfortunately took up a lot of space in that it fitted those lovely 80 A4 page size brochure folders.  While it looked wonderful, it was an impossible size to send out anywhere or to just leave somewhere.  So I didn’t find that too gratifying.

The next best choice is something that you can get printed up professionally and sent out in bulk to mailing addresses.  This is if you are only working offline.

Making a beautiful online catalogue is the best decision cost-wise, however, there are so many of them that you need to really be different with your catalogue as I stated at the beginning of this article. A catalogue needs professional looking photos – if you are doing them yourself then camera angles are important as well as the black or dark blue velvet layout that you lay your pieces against.  Doing things yourself saves you heaps of money but really – do you know what you are doing?

You will soon see your results once you load up your pictures to your computer.  What publishing software will you be using?  That is also important to the design and layout of the catalogue that shows the world what you have to sell. Having a professional do it for you of course will cost you money.  It is all depends on your entrepreneurial thinking in the end.

When doing something offline, then save your catalogue to a flash drive and take that to your printer because ultimately you will need thousands of printed catalogues. Pages need to be printed in colour and in a glossy print for the best effects as well as some sort of binding choice.  Mass direct mailing is, I presume where you are headed, therefore these initial costs will be worth the effort in the end as you can get reprints done just through a telephone call.

A mailing list is the next requirement, therefore you need to find a reputable mailing list company who usually will also send out for you if you want to go this way.  Another alternative would be for you to request a mailing list through a purchase of same and do the sending yourself. Whichever way you go, the catalogues will go out to the people who have expressed an interest in purchasing wholesale jewellery because these are the lists with which you will be dealing.

If it were me, I would probably opt to have the marketing company do it as they always will get better postage rates, having been in the business for many years.  The choice is always yours.

So you need in essence

  • Reliable professional photograph,
  • A reputable printer,
  • A reputable direct mail company,
  • And heaps of resolve!

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How to Find Boxes for Your Jewellery

How to Find Boxes for Your Jewellery

When one has a hobby that requires a presentation box of some kind it is always a worry as to where to find such boxes at a reasonable price.  I have had the same problem with things that I have made in the past so I was very interested in pursuing this line of thought for future events when I might be enthused to make something that needed a presentation box.

It is always nice to receive something in a gift box especially pieces of jewellery – for the mystique, for the fun, for the easier wrapping, or simply just for the aesthetic pleasure.

In New Zealand you can get great service from Quick Brown Box and they will send you a sample of your order to wherever you live in New Zealand. They come in black, brown and white colours with various printing options. They offer a fast turnaround, no setup costs and will make sure that what you want is what you will get in customizing to your tastes. The materials they use are eco-friendly and they have very affordable prices.

The information you would need to give them are the length in mm; width in mm; height in mm;  the purpose for which you are ordering;  e.g. what would be the item the box will eventually hold; the estimated weight of the said item; how many boxes you might require and what type of print would be your preference.

Here is their link

When you are from another country, then your best option would be to shop online as jewellery boxes are easily found at affordable prices in online stores.  All you have to do is go to Mr Google and type into the search box ‘boxes for jewellery’ and there will be many, many results that will suit where you live.  You will be pleased to know that most places will even print your logo on each box, however, you will be up for an extra cost if this is part of the service you wish to offer when sending your pieces of jewellery through the mail.

As with anything the more you buy, the better the price, therefore buying in bulk would be a great suggestion on my part.  Before your purchase it would be a great idea to make sure that you do have access to a refund and/or exchange system just in case they get the sizes muddled up and you receive something that does not suit your items size, shape and weight.  And if for some reason your boxes arrive in a damaged state then that would be another great idea why you should check for refunds and exchanges.

Sending off pieces of jewellery that customers have ordered from you should look professional at all times not just to give the item a good image, but yourself a good image as  well.

First impressions count in all things, therefore being on the receiving end of an online purchase will encourage further purchases if the very first purchase leaves the buyer with a great impression of you and your service.

That little box will say and do it all for you.

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How To Buy Silver Jewellery Online

How To Buy Silver Jewellery Online

Always nice to know that the jewellery that you choose to wear today is something that is in vogue these days.  Silver jewellery is so beautiful and always goes with most things that you wear.  The cost factor is also better than that of it counterpart – Gold Jewellery.

When buying silver jewellery at wholesale prices, then the internet is the best option to choose as on the internet there is such a wide variety of manufacturers and they are all around the world and most especially better is that they are at your fingertips.  Shopping this way instead of using your feet in the initial stages saves so much time and money.

Jewellery wholesalers who advertise online almost always have something silver in their range.  Some even specialise in silver only.  Paying wholesale online of course does help to keep costs down immensely and certainly beats paying retail prices as you would have to do at a jewellery store whether online or offline.

Sterling silver jewellery is the best to buy so make sure that when you are making a purchase of silver jewellery that it is the sterling silver that is being advertised. You can tell when you are buying the genuine article as it carries with it a distinctive mark – that of the number ´925’. Silver jewellery marked with this number is the highest quality silver that you could possibly buy whether buying through wholesale or retail.  Do not be fooled by descriptions of ‘high quality sterling silver’ or ‘low quality sterling silver’ as there is no such thing.  Sterling silver comes in only one quality and that is sterling silver.

The weight is what you are looking for here.  Cost of sterling silver is determined by the weight of the silver used during manufacture.  Hand-made pieces cost more because more silver is used in making each piece.

All silver jewellery discolours whether it be sterling silver or not so judging by the colour of the silver when you first see it should not be the determining factor as to how good a piece it is. Silver jewellery loves being tended to – it loves being cleaned and polished and on a regular weekly basis.  This way you will always have beautiful jewellery.

What to clean it with?  There are so many varied brands of polish for silver pieces on the market.

When buying silver jewellery, it would be my advice that you buy wholesale as being the best choice to choose.  Silver, being so different to Gold is already reasonably low-priced and suits many peoples budgets and tastes.  Never worry yourself as to the quality of it either, because silver is silver not matter what, you just need to be sure that what you choose is sterling silver when making your purchase.

Next you should concern yourself with the stones and the settings in which they are placed.  Solid construction is what you need a good eye for.  Next you should concern yourself with the stones that are used, that they are genuine stones and not fake stones depending on what you have in your mind to buy.

Naturally real diamonds will put the costs of silver jewellery up significantly, however, when buying at wholesale prices, the price to you the consumer will still be the best and lowest price you to find in your online search.

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How to Buy Jewellery Wholesale

How to Buy Jewellery Wholesale

It is fun and very easy to buy Jewellery at Wholesale prices when now we have such easy access to the internet where you can buy just about anything you wish. There are a wide range of wholesale companies online just waiting to receive and dispatch your repeat orders. Their prices are competitive for whatever pieces you have in mind.

Being in a position to discern between an online jewellery store and an online wholesale company is a skill that you will need to adopt if you wish to be very successful in this market.  Online jewellery stores do sell discounted jewellery pieces only they are retail prices at friendly cut prices. Whereas an online wholesale company sells jewellery pieces at wholesale prices – far cheaper than what can be had when purchasing at discounted retail prices from an online jewellery store.

Next you might think that you would need a directory of all of the online wholesale companies available to you, however, this is not totally necessary because just a quick search with Mr Google will help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Let me give you an example here.  Perhaps you might be looking for an engagement ring at the right wholesale price, then simply by typing into the search engine “Engagement Ring Wholesale” you will be taken straight to every page that contains those keywords and from there you can then choose which dealer with whom to place your order.

It is always nice to know that some wholesalers only sell in bulk orders.  If you are only looking to buy 1 engagement ring then buying in bulk is not really the order of the day to follow through with. Your search instead would just take a little longer, as there certainly are online wholesalers who are quite happy to sell just the 1 item so do not despair.

Maybe you might not be interested in buying something online for various reasons one of them being trust when procuring something of usually great value.  Discount Clubs are available to someone in this category of searcher.   Sam’s is a well-known discount club that offers items for sale on a piece by piece quantity. They offer coupons and promo codes with their orders and at the moment carry great discounts for this current year.  Jewellery at Sam’s are very heavily discounted retail prices.  Before going with their prices though, it is always a good thing to check out the coupons being offered by Groupon first.

I mentioned earlier about Trust in an online company dealing with jewellery.  It is a good idea to check out the quality of the ring you wish to buy to make sure it is the genuine item.  Just because they advertise that their jewellery is authentic doesn’t mean to say that it IS so make sure to read the fine print and make sure that you are sufficiently educated in jewellery so that you can pick up discrepancies easily. Learning the hard way is usually very costly!

Words like ‘gold plated’ or even ‘realistic’ might be phrases that I would look out for immediately the alarm bells start ringing.  Go with your gut feelings at the time as these phrases usually indicate that the item you are wishing to purchase is not a TRUE product in that the stones could be fake and that the gold could be substandard.

Ensure that there is a refund or exchange policy in their terms and conditions. Guarantees of 100% money back guarantee should also be phrases that you should be on the lookout for when reading through the fine print. If you don’t have the patience to read such fine print, then get someone who is a professional to look through it for you.  In the end this will save you spending your hard-earned money on something that is worthless.

EBay or TradeMe are also great places to buy online wholesale jewellery.  Caution is still needed here as well though as you must make sure that the person or company who is selling you an item does have a good online reputation. You can tell from reviews online and there is always the services that escrow offer – naturally there are fees for their services but it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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Exporting Wholesale Jewellery


Exporting Wholesale Jewellery

Did you know that by sending just 1 piece of jewellery out of the country to another country it is actually seen as exporting jewellery to another country?

I was not aware of this and because one has children who live overseas, it is so easy to overlook this rule because you are always sending presents for Christmas, Anniversaries and Birthdays and probably don’t even think about a gift that you are sending quite innocently to your children or as in my case, my grandchildren.

Therefore now that you are aware of these things, it would be best before you send such gifts to contact the authorities to ensure that what you are doing is totally legal, because it would be no fun if someone from the authorities came visiting you one time to slap a warrant on you for this innocent gift occasion.  They may not understand that you are an innocent person – some authorities are so vicious nowadays given the amount of people who actually do spend their entire lives cheating them.

So let me reiterate here.   Sending a single item of jewellery to another country could be seen as ‘exporting goods.’

Someone reading this blog might think, I live in the USA and I am only sending it to Mexico or Canada!  Well if these countries do not form the United States of America then you could be in for a not very nice tax bill.

There are places you can ring to check and I would familiarise myself with them if you have intentions of sending any of your wholesale jewellery overseas at any time in the future.  The Customs Agency that is local to your particular State would be the first port of call. Or you could check further afield by contacting the United States Customs Office if you hail from America.  Here in New Zealand you would check with Customs.

They would require a detailed description of each piece you intend to send and will probably require photographs as well for further checking on their part.  If there are stones involved, then naturally they would want weights and sizes of each stone.  It is their job to let you know if shipping is legal or not, and also they should be able to tell you what if any problems you could run up against in particular countries. Every country has their own laws. Remember that just because it seems okay in your own country, that may not necessarily be the case in another country.

Remember that if you are sending something to a buyer overseas, then shipping costs will need to be added to the cost of the item before shipping.  Shipping from many countries is now an expensive matter, therefore you do not want to be lumbered with having to pay these yourself because that would soon eat into any profit you are making on the item involved.

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