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How to avoid getting scammed when buying an engagement ring in Solana Beach

Shopping for the perfect engagement ring may be both challenging and stressful for many men. There are scores of eager sellers available online and at local jewelry stores around Solana Beach, and choosing the right one may not be easy. While most jewelers are straightforward people who wouldn’t want to risk their reputation by scamming one customer, it still pays to be vigilant. Be on the lookout for unscrupulous sales agents who may want to rip you off for your hard earned money. Here are several tips on how to steer clear of being conned.

Buy from a reputable jeweler

Before you entrust your money to any sales agent, do your research on their credibility. Ask friends to recommend a good jewelry store. There are many forums online where customers post their experiences about working with different agents. Visit the store’s website and see what previous clients are saying about the dealer. A good store should have at least a few good reviews.

Ask about diamond certification

The industry standard for diamond grading (determining quality which in turn determines price) is the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). There are other organizations that offer diamond grading certificates, but none has the sterling reputation that is enjoyed by the GIA.  Before you shop for diamonds at a jewelry store, find out which diamond grading lab they utilize. If the store offers certificates from the GIA, chances are that you are dealing with a credible jeweler.

Ensure the seller keeps their word

Some sellers may misrepresent information regarding the features of their engagement ring in advertisements. Ensure that the diamond grade stated in the advertisement is the same as that of the ring you are shown. If the jeweler says that the diamond has a GIA certificate, ask to see the cert. A less reputable store might advertise low prices on certain rings only for customers to discover that the store does not actually have them for sale.

View the ring in different lighting

Some stores use special lighting to make the diamond ring appear more attractive than it is. When on display in the store, a ring may look very appealing, only for a buyer to be disappointed when viewed in a different environment. Ask the seller to allow you to view the ring in a variety of environments and lighting.

Compare different stores

Before you decide on buying a ring, visit different stores and see what they have to offer. Evaluate the various rings by quality and price. You can also go online and see what different sellers are offering in and around your local Solana beach area. The idea is to get the best value for your money. Be wary, however, of sellers who quote too low a price; it might be a sign that you are about to be scammed.

The secret to avoiding getting scammed when buying an engagement ring is to be properly informed and shop only with reputable jewelers. When shopping in the Solana Beach area, look no further than Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, just a few miles down the I-5. After over 37 years in business, you know you can trust us to give you reliable help in finding the right engagement ring.