Buying jewelry from traditional stores is not the only way to find good-quality jewelry anymore. Every Wal-Mart has a well-stocked jewelry counter with an assortment of silver and gold jewelry and watches. They have something for everyone's budget, too--from genuine gemstones to stones made in laboratories, from genuine diamonds in different grades and cubic zirconia, the sparkly diamond substitute. Wal-Mart has also made buying in person or ordering online easy for all.
Decide what kind of jewelry you want to buy. Wal-Mart has almost every kind of jewelry you might want or need, including specially made items such as high school class rings and mother's rings. They have engagement rings and wedding bands for men and women in all budget ranges.
Order online if you can't or don't want to make the purchase in person. The online catalog has clear, color photos of most pieces to give you a realistic view. You will need to know ring sizes to give to the order taker. Also, some of their rings come only in the standard sizes for women and men. They will, however, send it out to be sized up or down according to your needs. There may be a fee involved. They can also send pieces out for specialized engravings such as names and dates.
Download the Ring Sizer program to determine the correct size ring you need. You will need to use the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the Ring Sizer.
Read the online catalog about diamonds and how they are graded for value. This will help you to decide how much stone you can afford in which quality. Some say a smaller, very good stone is a better buy than a larger medium-quality stone. It all depends on what you want for yourself or as a gift. The 4 C's of diamonds are color, cut, clarity and carat weight.
Consider that what is for sale in the store may not be for sale in the online catalog, and what is in the catalog may not be in the store. They are tailored and marketed to different consumers, and one venue may not have what you want or need while the other might. So check both if you don't at first see what you need.