Most people love customization. Our need to make the products we buy cater to us is a way for humans to come to terms with the limitations we have in customizing ourselves. Apparel and accessories are often the articles in our lives we desire the most customization for. Clothing and jewelry are the most ancient and immediate methods of expressing our individuality apart from the flesh we were forced into. People take the ability to customize what they wear very seriously. It’s the closest we can come to customizing our external individuality short of plastic surgery.
Online jewelers are granting more and more people access to luxurious adornments that are not only composed of the most precious of stones and metals, but also come completely customizable by allowing customers to mix and match the stones, metals, and designs of their choosing. State-of-the-art online interfaces let you see the piece of jewelry up close and personal. Forget about the phony photoshopped color changes when you flip from yellow to white gold – the best online jewelers today show you exactly what you’re going to get, and the exact price you’re going to pay.
Jewelry customization can be taken a step further – options like initial necklaces and photo lockets are timeless creations that allow the entire piece, from the design to the shine, to represent the wearer’s personality. Engraving and matching are mainstays available through online jewelers the same way they’ve been available through traditional jewelers for years. The difference is you don’t have to waste your weekend gas budget driving around from store to store looking for the right customization at the best price. You can shop around all you want without leaving your living room.
The ability to haggle down is harder to accomplish online, but then again it’s becoming harder to do it in real life. Many people today shop for jewelry at chain stores like Sam’s Club or mall boutiques. While you can still try and cut down on the markup, these institutionalized jewelers have little to gain from selling their precious metals at lower prices, and even littler authority to do so. Then there’s the sales tax. If you purchase your jewelry online, you’re bound to avoid paying a state sales tax so long as the jeweler doesn’t live in your state. The same cannot be said for local jewelry stores. That’s serious money saved if you’re looking to buy a $600+ ring or necklace. May I remind you there’s still the matter of hoping you find a design you like?
The Internet is making the ability to customize ourselves easier everyday. Being able to execute a successful jewelry order that arrives made to order at your house is a fascinating feature of modern fashion. Online customization is not only giving more to the individual, it’s making her more of an individual.