Product Type: Diamonique jewellery
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Sparkletastic! That's Diamonique.
Diamonique Jewellery in General
Member Name: CleverRabbit
Diamonique Jewellery in General
Advantages: Beautiful designs, superb quality, excellent value for money
Disadvantages: I always end up buying more than I should!, P&P prices
Today I'm reviewing QVC's famous Diamonique products in general and in specific the two rings that I ordered most recently... you see - that's the thing with Diamonique - it's so 'purse friendly', you see two designs you love and think 'waheyy! I'll have them both!'.
For anyone not familiar with Diamonique - it's a range of jewellery (everything from earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, bangles - everything) all featuring simulated gem stones of all colours, notably the clear Diamond colour, which was the first and most important gem for the Diamonique brand. It's low cost (a fraction of the price if the designs used real stones) and looks stunning. That's the basics of Diamonique. And it's exclusive to QVC.
I only switched the channel on for a few minutes because there was nothing else on TV: It was Silver Diamonique hour and this sparkly ring caught my eye - '£9.74 you say???' - 'I'll be having that!' I thought, and while I was dialing the number another one came on the TV and I liked that too! It was only £15 so I thought I'd get both and I could decide on which one to keep when they arrived.
The guarantee with QVC is you have 30 days to try out the product and if you're not happy for whatever reason you can return the item for a refund.
Postage and packaging is extra on all items at QVC and for small items like jewellery it's usually about £2.95. Which is a bit undesirable but you do get the guarantee and Diamonique is excellent value for money to begin with and QVC packages have always turned up safely in the post for me. So I don't mind so much. Unfortunately there's no 'combined postage' offers unless you're buying 2 of the same item, then there's a discount on the postage of the second item.
But when they arrived, I couldn't part with either! I was thoroughly pleased with the quality and style of both rings and for the price I thought they were completely worth it, and I was worth it, so I kept them both!
One ring is quite contemporary in a half bezel setting. I think this one is most likely to be caught out as a fake because of it's modern fashion jewellery look. But the stone is so convincingly fine and sparkly you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's the real thing. And the finish on the piece is very convincing - these aren't costume pieces you'd get in department stores or Marks and Spencers, Diamonique is far, far, far superior. Even though they're simulated diamonds, the manufacturers treat the stones like real ones and take time, care and pride in the design and manufacturing as you would with fine jewellery. The result is a very low cost product that looks and feels as good (if not better!) than jewellery found in the likes of Goldsmiths. It's not glued together haphazardly, and stones won't drop off or fall out. I must stress! - it's not 'junk jewellery'. It's real!
The other ring has it's stones set in claw settings and again if this was sitting amongst the diamond engagement rings in a jewellers like Goldsmiths I doubt you'd pick it out as a fake! I've actually got a diamond ring from Goldsmiths (not a big bucks one, it was £300) and this £9.74 one looks a hundred times more expensive. It makes you wonder why to bother spending big money on real gems when QVC seem to have bigger and more sparkly offerings for a mere fraction of the cost. I'm incredibly impressed and super pleased with my purchase.
Seriously, if someone presented you this ring, and got down on one knee, you would not question it for a second. That's actually worrying... but not a bad idea if you want a big glitzy engagement ring but can't afford the price tag. Only YOU would have to know.
The only drawback I can see is that some designs (I spent a while on the website too!) are so flamboyant and just plain huge that there'd be that seed of doubt, you'd see it in people's eyes: 'that can't be real...it's too big!'. But again, the pieces are so stunning - would you care?
I think the ring I got was exceptionally good value for under £10 and there are lots of other pieces around this price range. But don't be mislead - the Diamonique range is vast and there are lots of pieces at a higher price tag if you feel the need to spend more, or you want something more substantial like a tennis bracelet, or one of their pendant, earrings and ring sets. There's something for every need or budget.
Diamonique comes predominantly in 925 Silver and all pieces are stamped e.g. '925 DQCZ', but there's also the 'Epiphany' range in platinum clad silver and collections of Diamonique jewellery in gold. I haven't bought any of these yet but I wouldn't hesitate to try them, I'm sure the quality is superb.
My top tip would be to check the showtime schedule on www.qvcuk.com to watch the Diamonique hours - you'll get a sense of size and fit of the pieces as they're modeled by the presenter.
Or browse directly by clicking on 'Jewellery' then 'Diamonique' at www.qvcuk.com, you can search by type of jewellery e.g. 'bracelets' or by collection - QVC like to separate them out into different collections, sometimes by specific designers or themes. There's always 'view all' if you're not sure and many of the items have a short video to watch, which is ideal if you've missed one of the shows.
I think Diamonique is perfect for gifts and all the pieces come in light turquoise blue boxes with white ribbon bows tied around. They are a joy to open and gaze inside (as I did for a while before trying the rings on) and any recipient of such a gift will no doubt be over the moon. Birthdays, Anniversaries, Valentines, Thank you's, Well done's, Graduations... rainy days even! Diamonique is an excellent gift for others or to yourself on any occasion.
Summary: Fool your friends into thinking you're loaded with some Diamonique bling!
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