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In the Loupe

Welcome to “In the Loupe”! It is that time of year and we are all itching for sunshine and sandy beaches. Traditionally it is these cold winter months that lead us all on vacations to tropical climates.

As a jeweler in a town where it is winter for half of the year, I hear a lot of “I got this on my cruise!” or “I picked this up in the Carribean!” I know that it is tempting to purchase a piece of jewelry to remember your special get away. While I understand this temptation, I urge you to be very cautious if you decide to buy.

I must reiterate the age old proverb, “If it seems too good to be true...it probably is”. Before you make a purchase, ask yourself some questions. Where was this jewelry made? Is this a quality piece that will last a lifetime? Is this really a good value or is it just marked up to be marked down?

Are there treatments to the gemstones or diamonds? Most importantly, who will service the piece? Are you going to go on another cruise just to have your jewelry repaired?

I have seen too many customers swayed into buying jewelry that is of less than acceptable quality. What starts as a “good deal” more often than not turns into expensive repairs that can cost more than the piece is worth. What recourse do you have after your vacation is over? These companies take advantage of the fact that you have few options once you return home.

My advice is to not get caught up in the moment. Think before you buy. If there is any doubt, walk away! Trust your jewelry purchases to local and reputable professionals.

Plumb Gold Ltd.

Austin Schultz
Multi-Tasker
plumbgoldltd@gmail.com

Austin Schultz