I love all things bling, but I find it very difficult to buy rings, as I have a large ring sizing (T1/2). Luckily for me, my mum came across a jeweller in a country town near home that stock a great range of large size rings, and since then I have kept a very keen eye on the St Arnaud Gold and Silver Mine.
St Arnaud is a former gold mining town located between Donald and Avoca in the north-west of Victoria. It is a beautiful area which I am quite familiar with, due mostly to the fact that Birchip and St Arnaud are in the same football league. Over the past few years St Arnaud has become a thriving shopping town, and now have a great range of retail stores, including the St Arnaud Gold and Silver Mine.
Unfortunately I don’t get home as often as I like, which also means, I haven’t had a chance to stop in at the G&S Mine store in St Arnaud. I was disappointed also that they didn’t have an online store, as I am an avid online shopper. This disappointment turned into joy when I saw on their Facebook page that they were looking for people to trial their new online store, and I thought, here we go, right up my alley! I replied back to the post, and not long after received information from the owner Karen about what i needed to do.
I was directed to their brand new online store which can be found at http://www.gsmshop.com.au/. At first glance the webpage is simple, but informative. There are pictures of their products and easy to use headings up the top of the page to navigate the website.
My directive was to look through the website, order a product and then report back with comments on my experience. I was given a discount code which allowed me a $39.95 credit to any product. I looked through all the items easily and all are accompanied by nice large photos (there’s nothing worse than websites that put tiny photos of their products). The prices are easy to see, and another handy feature is that when products are sold out, it is written under the product in the main products page, rather than when you go to order it.
I ordered a beautiful Ellani Silver and CZ Infinity Ring. The Ellani range have an amazing selection of large-sized rings, and I could have bought any of about 6 rings in my size, which is nice for a change.
Along with rings they sell different kinds of jewellery including pearls, watches and gold and silver jewellery. I have also been told that they can custom make products for you in store, and next time I go home I am planning on stopping in to discuss getting a custom-made bangle.
The check out procedure was very easy, and I was able to pay by credit card or PayPal. The other great feature they offer is free gift wrapping, which is a nice touch. Postage is free for orders over $50 also. The area to insert the discount code was very easy to find, and there was also the option to enter special instructions.
I ordered my ring on a Wednesday afternoon and it was in my mail box the next afternoon, which was pretty amazing. The box was bubble wrapped, to keep it from getting damaged in transit. All in all I think the Gold and Silver Mine have a very functional online store that is only going to get better as they load more stock. They have beautiful products and wonderful customer service.
One thing that would be great is to include in the description of necklaces and bracelets the length of the product, and possibly to suggest cleaning instructions, but other than that, I have no complaints. The whole experience was enjoyable and I LOVE my ring.
I will definitely be going back to Karen and the St Arnaud Gold and Silver Mine again!
Here are some pics of my beautiful new ring (sorry about the manky nail polish!!)
So if you are looking for some great jewellery, at very reasonable prices and service with a smile (virtual or real) check out the St Arnaud Gold and Silver Mine at http://www.gsmshop.com.au/ or drop in and see them in the main street of St Arnaud.
xx Sarah xx
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