If you’re something of a jewelry aficionado, you’ll understand the excitement that comes with discovering a new jewelry brand. But while you can spend hours upon hours pouring over their website and Insta, you may still be left with more questions than answers.
After all, just because a jewelry brandlooksgood doesn’t make it worth spending your hard-earned money on.
So how does the jewelry brand Ross-Simons shape up? While the eye-catching brand has firmly established itself in the jewelry industry, you may not know too much about its history, quality, and standout items.
If you want to learn more about the brand, you’ve come to the right place.
This guide covers absolutely everything you could want to know about the brand. Let’s get started!
What is Ross-Simons known for?
Ross-Simons is known for providing eye-catching, original pieces that stand out from the crowd.
The brand’s general aesthetic is big, bold, and unapologetic.
While you may have only recently come across your first Ross-Simons jewelry piece, the brand has a long history in the industry.
Believe it or not, it was established back in 1952. Yes—that means it has been around for nearlyseven decades.
Needless to say, this is no mean feat. Many jewelry brands haven’t managed to last one year, let alone decades! So it’s unsurprising that the brand wears its longevity in the industry as a badge of honor.
Ross-Simons opened its first retail store in Providence, Rhode Island. Promising to provide “exceptional quality jewelry and luxury items at the most affordable prices possible,” the brand quickly gained a loyal legion of followers.
The brand opened its second store thirteen years later in 1965 and its third one a decade after that in 1975. In 1981, Ross-Simons mailed its very first catalog.
The brand continues to mail its catalog out to this day. It’s wildly popular, with more than 50 million catalogs mailed out annually to customers worldwide.
Ross-Simons’s flagship store is still located in Rhode Island but is in Warwick, not Providence.
In 2013, the brand’s previous brick and mortar stores were replaced by a new jewelry brand called Sidney Thomas Jewelers, which was conceptualized to be a reflection of Ross-Simons’s founder, Sidney Thomas Ross.
Ross-Simons launched its eCommerce website in the late 1990s. It has also grown a large social media presence, which currently has more than 250,000 followers.
How is the quality of the brand’s jewelry pieces?
Frankly, a jewelry brand wouldn’t be able to last as long as Ross-Simons has if its quality wasn’t up to scratch.
More than four million customers have shopped at Ross-Simons, so it’s reasonable to suggest that the brand’s quality is solid. The brand uses high-quality metals such as 18-karat gold and sterling silver. In terms of accents, you’ll see plenty of gemstones such as blue topaz and garnet, diamonds, and pearls, to name a few.
They’re so confident of their pieces’ quality that they offer a 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee with each purchase.
At Blush and Bar, we similarly offer a money-back guarantee, but ours is a 60-day money-back guarantee. Unlike Ross-Simons, we additionally offer a lifetime warranty with each purchase as well as free ring resizing (within two full sizes) within 30 days of the original shipment date.
Another thing worth noting about the quality of Ross-Simons’s jewelry is that their pieces aren’t made in-house. Instead, they’re sourced from jewelry makers worldwide.
In their words, the pieces are “hand-selected from artisans around the globe with one simple mission: to find fabulous selections and bring you life's luxuries at great prices.”
To be clear, this isn’t a negative in itself. However, it does mean that while the brand can conduct quality control on their end, it must ultimately rely on external jewelry suppliers to create quality jewelry pieces in the first place.
In comparison, atBlush and Bar, we handcraft each and every piece ourselves. The benefit of this approach is two-fold: we can control the quality of our products in a more direct and hands-on way and pass on great savings to our customers by cutting out the middleman.
What standout jewelry pieces does Ross-Simons Jewelry offer?
As we touched on above, there is no shortage of unique pieces to choose from when it comes to Ross-Simons.
The brand has thousands of pieces to select from at any one time, so picking a few standout ones is quite the task!
If you’re after a piece that epitomizes the typical Ross-Simons look, you can’t go wrong with the Italian Andiamo Heart Charm Bracelet in 14k Gold Over Resin (pictured above). This Italian-made bracelet doesn’t shy away from making a statement.
It’s designed with all of the elements necessary to turn heads, including an oversized gold heart charm. As it’s quite chunky, it may be best to save wearing it for a night out.
Another top pick that’s very on-brand is the Jade Ring in 18kt Gold Over Sterling (pictured above). This ring features a 30x20mm jade cabochon framed by 18-karat yellow gold over sterling silver scrolls.
It’s ideal for jazzing up a more subdued outfit or for anyone who’s a fan of boho fashion. The ring’s unique design means that it will have no shortage of admirers. So just be prepared to answer the question “Where did you get that from?” time and time again!
For earrings, we recommend checking out Ross-Simons’s best-selling18kt Gold Over Sterling Wide Hoop Earrings. Crafted in 18-karat yellow gold over sterling silver, they promise to provide a “mirror-like shine.”
They caught our eye because they’d look equally fitting in both a formal and social setting. Plus, they’d look fantastic paired with one ofour gorgeous 18-karat gold rings!
Wondering what customers are really saying about their Ross-Simons jewelry pieces?
Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to find out.
If you want to discover which jewelry pieces customers are raving about in general, first select the “Jewelry” category in the top-bar menu. Then, under “Shop by Collection,” select “Top-Rated by Customers.”
You’ll be presented with the top-rated pieces across all of Ross-Simons’s jewelry lines. If you want to discover what customers have to say about a particular piece, click on it and scroll down until you see the heading, “Reviews.”
Some common feedback about the jewelry is that it looks beautiful, it’s versatile to wear, unique, and the quality is top-notch.
You can also discover the highest-rated products in each category by sorting by “Top Rated.”
For example, say you want to see which bracelets customers love. You’ll need first to select this category from the menu. Then, select “Shop All Bracelets” or a specific bracelet subcategory (such as ‘Gold Bracelets’). Finally, use the drop-down menu to select “Top Rated,” and click on any product to read any reviews that have been left by customers.
If you’re interested in a particular piece, you can see if any customers have left a review about it on its product page.
There are a handful of external review sites that paint a picture of what customers think.
Over atBizrate Surveys, the brand boasts an impressive overall satisfaction rating of 9.1 out of 10 from over 21,000 customers. Customers also gave a 9 out of 10 for “Would Shop Here Again” and a 9.2 out of 10 for “Likelihood To Recommend.”
Needless to say, this represents a very positive view of the brand. Bizrate Surveys primarily asks customers to provide feedback about “Site Experience” and “Post-Delivery,” which Ross-Simons excels in.
Trustpilot reviews have not been very favorable, however. According to Trustpilot’s rating system, the brand has an average rating of 2 out of 5 from 113 customers, which is considered “Poor.” Common customer feedback on the site includes complaints about tarnishing, wrongly sized jewelry, and defects.
To their credit, the brand has replied to each customer review on the site to explain their side of the story and/or resolve the customers’ issues.
Considering the range of customer feedback the brand has received, it’s worth reading reviews from a variety of sources so you can come to your own conclusions.
Ross-Simons jewelry is characterized by a distinct aesthetic that tends to suit jewelry wearers who seek bold, flashy jewelry pieces.
The brand certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if it is, wear it loudly and proudly!
After all, isn’t that the beauty of jewelry?
Not only is there a piece and brand out there to suit every person’s tastes, but there’s also no right or wrong way to enjoy wearing jewelry.
However, if you’re after a brand that focuses on creating more delicate and refined pieces, look no further thanBlush and Bar.
We handcraft each of our pieces with a refined, modern, and sophisticated aesthetic in mind.
And if you’re worried about the price, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. While our pieces look pricey, they are affordably priced―particularly considering the level of craftsmanship and high-quality materials we use!
If we’ve piqued your interest, be sure tocheck out our beautiful jewelry pieces today!