Hong Kong has an abundance of jewellery stores, from high-end brands, local jewellery chain stores to small shops and wholesalers, so much so that it can be stressful and confusing navigating where to buy jewellery.
Jewellery Shops Hong Kong
Retail stores offer a wide selection of diamonds and diamond jewellery. With their large overheads and expensive Hong Kong rent, there is always a large price premium.
Always dreamed of a Cartier or Tiffany engagement ring? So have many other ladies all over the world, however, they use the same GIA certified diamonds as we do, only we don't add the marketing price tag to ours. If you are considering buying from a branded store, we would love for you to compare the spec and price with us - you will get much better value with us, we guarantee this!
In many Hong Kong local chains and independent jewellery stores, pushy selling practices can be very off-putting to buyers. We have had multiple clients come to us and complain about experiences in other jewellery stores. You know when you go into a store and ask for something to be pushed something entirely different - yes, this is very common.
Another major flaw of most retail stores including high-end brands is that the retail staff are rarely trained in diamonds or gemology and as such staff would struggle to explain in detail the difference between two diamonds that appear the same on certificate, and why one is better than the other or what each diamond shape's nuances are and what to look for.
Wholesalers selling to the public look to offer good value diamonds on the surface - when something is priced too good to be true, it usually is. Often the diamonds will be low quality, sub-par cut, low grade clarity bluffy with many inclusions and lacklustre, so what may seem like good value is actually not.
The designs will often have been pre-made in a factory in China or India producing in bulk, without special care and attention to quality, cast in lower gold purity such as 10 or 14 karat gold.
At Valentina Fine Jewellery, we take care and pride in each individual piece of jewellery we create, using the finest materials - including 18K gold and platinum only and we check your piece every step of the way - from wax prints to casting to final polish and engraving. Our workshop is located in Hong Kong with over 25 years creating the finest jewellery.
Online Jewellery Shops
We often hear clients talking about James Allen or Blue Nile - two of the largest online diamond retail stores. Both of these are aggregators of diamond inventory. Whilst they look to have a huge selection of diamonds in their stock, none of the diamonds are owned by them. They rely on suppliers to ship these diamonds once a client makes a purchase, they would seldom physically see any of the diamonds they sell or speak to the suppliers on particulars of each stone.
Before deciding to make a purchase through one of these online jewellery retailers, consider the following. No two diamonds are identical, even if the certificate says they are. There are nuances that neither James Allen nor Blue Nile can point out given their click and buy system. You also cannot speak to a human to guide or navigate your choices. Most people will not know about the difference between VVS1 and VS2, or which diamond shape hides colour best, or which diamond cut requires high clarity and which does not.
At Valentina Fine Jewellery, we are diamond experts, trained by GIA itself! We really look into each diamond and we speak to the suppliers to find out all the detail before suggesting the diamond to you. For example in a D-Z range, a diamond may be over-graded i.e. graded a higher colour or clarity, it can also have a grey or brown tint and this is not noted on the report. We can also advise you where you can save money on a piece of jewellery without sacrificing beauty and quality.
Buying from an online aggregate whilst may seem good value may actually end up costing you more as you are not speaking to a diamond expert to make decisions.
Why Choose Valentina Fine Jewellery?
We care. We really really care about each and every piece of jewellery or engagement ring we create. We build long lasting relationships with our clients and they return to us time and time again for their anniversaries, pushing presents, birthdays and Christmases.
As mentioned above, we are GIA trained in diamonds and jewellery, we are not here to sell, we are here to advise and guide you and to design and create the perfect piece of jewellery or engagement ring for you.
We also offer full after-sales care service to our clients including resizing, annual jewellery checking and repair service should you accidentally damage your jewellery, including polishing chipped stones.
We standby our jewellery and our brand, and are proud of the pieces we create.