A lot of people are surprised when they see the number of birthday jeweller shops popping up on the streets of Melbourne’s inner west.
The word birthday is all over the place in the area, so if you’ve never been there before, it can be tricky to pick a shop that fits your fancy.
Here are some tips to help you make the most of your first visit to a birthday jewelled shop:1.
The most important thing is that the shop is authentic and the owner is knowledgeable about the jewellery that’s on offer.
You want a shop where you can see the jewelled items and the person who sells them is a genuine gemologist.
If you’re unsure, ask the shop manager for advice.2.
Don’t be afraid to ask about the price and what type of jewellery they’re selling.
“I don’t want to get into an argument with a shopkeeper and say, ‘How much do you charge?'” says Jasmine, who is 30 and works as a social media manager for a Sydney-based jewellery company.
It’s all about trust and honesty, so she and her husband, who are both in their 60s, have chosen to make an exception to the usual rules.
We don’t know the prices because we’re not trying to push anyone, so we don’t need to, but if we do ask, they have to answer it and tell us how much they charge.3.
If they’ve got a birthday party, make sure they’re not too loud.
If there are people around, say, 10 to 15 minutes before the shop closes, ask for their permission.
If it’s not possible, you can also ask for them to be quiet.
“If it’s a large party, they’ll probably not let you in,” Jasmine says.
“But if it’s just you and your mates, it’s OK.
It’s about not being loud.”4.
You may be able to find an old pair of glasses for a fraction of the price of a new pair.
Kameswri, the jeweller at Kameswaryi, says her business started in 2004 and has since grown to include many of the same customers.
In the past 10 years, the number on their list of favourite brands has grown to 60,000, and she has even seen the number increase from people buying birthday gifts for their own kids.5. Don