I'm sort of strapped for cash but my significant other is really dead set on a garnet pendant with matching earrings for Valentine's Day.
I honestly don't know shit about jewelry, I've tried looking online but things are either way too expensive or seem too cheap to be true.
If anyone has some experience with purchasing jewelry online, I'd really appreciate it. I don't want to end up disappointing her with something that ends up being of shitty quality.
Pic related is something I was looking at. Apparently it's a 8MM garnet in sterling silver for ~$45? Is that a fair price or is that a joke or what?
I also don't know if $45 is straight up like, cheap as in "I should spend more." I guess with earrings of the same price it'd be maybe a total of $100 but that still seems like it might still be "cheap" for jewelry? I don't want to get her anything that shitty.
$45 is about market price for something like this. Personally I think it's way overpaying, but you're looking for something very specific on a short timeline.
Be aware: just because you pay more doesn't mean it's nicer. Surprisingly, just because you get it at a nicer place (i.e. brand name jewelry store) doesn't mean it'll be nicer or even good.
The biggest issue here is timing. If you buy online, be sure that the jewelry will get to you on time. If you're looking for something decent but cheap in the US, try your local TJMaxx. They're usually shit, but you can find something nice every once in a while. Usually I buy off of Ebay because you can get really nice things for cheap, but you're kind of strapped for time.
A couple other things to be aware of:
1. Don't buy it if it says "simulated" anywhere. If it says "simulated," it isn't a garnet. Simulated garnet is not the same thing as synthetic garnet. Synthetic means is a man-made stone that is chemically the same as a natural stone. Simulated means it "looks like a garnet." Simulated usually just means it's CZ, which is crappy and cheap for a variety of reasons.
2. Test all silver (and gold) you buy with a magnet. Pure or unpure silver and gold will never be magnetic. Never. You'd be surprised at what nice places will try to sell you fake silver. I went to Zales once to help a friend pick out a Valentines day necklace for his finance, and two of the necklaces we looked at were completely magnetic. (The one exception to this rule is the clasp of the necklace. Usually there's a spring there that's made of a magnetic metal. All other parts of the necklace should be nonmagnetic though.)
Give her what you can afford. The definition of "gift" is that it is given, not that it is demanded. If price were no object, she could get a vote in what she'd prefer. But she doesn't tell you how much to spend on her - that's not a gift.
>$45 is about market price for something like this.
Just want to clarify that I meant $45 is market price for BOTH the necklace and earrings. Don't pay $100 for those cliche pieces.
The necklaces you saw were most likely silver with rhodium plating
>In the Rhodium plating process, 925 Sterling Silver is given a nickel underplate prior to Rhodium plating. The nickel is magnetic and causes the magnetic attraction. The Rhodium is not magnetic.
>I also don't like that she asked you for something this specific
On the other hand, OP doesn't seem to know much about jewelry. It's also expensive and is something you wear. Kind of makes it better to get something specific.