The term Concierge jeweler has been used much more these days to describe a few types of jewelry businesses and services. But what does the term mean, and who qualifies as a concierge jeweler?
Today’s jeweler market has something for just about everyone. From small pave rings, to multimillion dollar gemstone necklaces, showroom windows are awash in luxury. Walking into a fine retailer like Neiman Marcus it’s impossible not to get lured in by all the amazing styles, designs, materials, and colors, which tickle the eyes of all that pass by. It would seem that there is no need to go beyond these retailers' walls to be fully satisfied in a purchase. Certainly, most top retailers maintain a stock of goods from many famous designer, and the total value of goods a top store keeps is more than enough to blow the budget of all but the wealthiest of consumers. Still, many clients prefer working privately with a jewelry concierge.
The concierge or personal jeweler operates a bit differently than many retails. While many retailers act in some way like a concierge, a personal jeweler differentiates by the type of services provide, and the level of service. Concierge jewelers typically work from a private office. Without a retail location, most concierge work based on word of mouth and recommendations. This is important, because with large purchases having a level of trust and privacy is very important. Also, a concierge typically doesn’t keep much stock like a retail store. The Concierge purchases goods with their particular customers in mind and often sources based on requests. Typically, clients have very specific needs – be it a diamond, a colored stone, or a particular style of jewelry. The concierge will comb the markets for perfect items and then propose to their clients. It becomes a strong working relationship in the way an interior designer helps plan out styles that their clients will live with for a long time.
One of the key elements in concierge jewelry is customization and client input. In today’s market for quality goods, customization is important in that people, when they are spending a large amount of money for a piece jewelry, want that piece to have a personal connection and meaning. Also, when people are spending large sums, getting exactly what they want is something not always available in a stock piece.
Other advantages of working with concierge jewelers include better pricing, more personalized approach to doing business, and of course – the ability to have someone on call. Additionally, many concierge jewelers travel and in that, seek out unique goods they know their clients want - even if it means going to the end of the earth to get it.
In the end, working with a concierge or private jeweler is a great way for someone to get the exact items they want, with much more personalized service – and frequently, more affordable pricing.