Why can’t I see your prices on the website?
Only trade customers who register can see the full range of our products with prices.
Why do you ask for registration and references for new customers?
Our company is strictly Business-to-Business. In order to protect our existing customers, we require potential customers to register so that we can be sure that we are dealing only with genuine trade customers. We ask for references, or some proof of trade, such as a link to a sales platform or website, to confirm business status (not for credit purposes). If you are able to direct us to a business platform it is not necessary to give the names of referees – please just complete those sections with the words ‘new customer’.
What if I am not yet trading but want to start a business?
We understand that it is difficult to start out and gain access to wholesalers. If this is the case, please enter ‘new business’ in the reference boxes and give us a ring to discuss the situation and we will do what we can to help. We have helped many new businesses get started.
How long after we register will we be able to use the website?
You will receive an e-mail from us confirming your registration and password, usually by the next working day.
What is your minimum order?
As we are strictly a Business-to-Business company we ask that customers spend £150 (excluding VAT) on an initial order and thereafter £50 (excluding VAT). The website will not accept orders for less than £50.
What is your system once we order?
Orders may be placed via the website, email, mail, fax, or telephone. The items will be ‘picked,’ and the order processed by the dispatch team.
How do we know if items are available?
The CME website gives customers information about the availability of our products and the options for ordering with stock levels being updated hourly.
In-stock: This indicates that the products are in stock and can be added to orders and sent immediately.
Partially available: This indicates that the products are in stock but that the stock is limited in number.
Telephone Orders: Buyers who place orders by fax, telephone or e-mail will be informed of items that are available or out of stock prior to the order being picked.
How do I pay for my order?
Payment is not currently available through the website (although we hope to introduce this option in the near future), and most new customers start by paying by proforma. Payment is via credit card, BACS, or cheque. (Please make cheques payable to CME Leicester Limited.) We use the Worldpay payment system and send customers a payment link, and a copy of the invoice once their order is ready for despatch. Customers may prefer to make payment by telephone or BACS. Our bank details are given on your proforma invoice.
Do you send substitute items if you are out of stock?
No, we never send substitute items unless specifically requested by a customer.
Customers are charged only for items in stock and available.
Can I pre-order or have a back order?
Pro-forma customers can choose an e-mail letting them know when the goods are in stock when ordering on the website.
Account Customers (not pro-forma) will be offered the chance to pre-order items which, once in stock, will be added to any subsequent order. They may also request a pre-order delivery of one or more items although this will incur delivery charge.
Back Orders: We do not offer a back-order service.
Can I keep adding and changing my order once placed?
To ensure that orders for all customers are processed as fairly and efficiently as possible, customers cannot add to, or alter their orders, once they have been placed and confirmed by us.
Are goods on pre-order charged at the price they were when first ordered?
Prices are fixed to customers at the point of despatch (see Terms and Conditions). Customers are entitled to cancel orders if the price of a previously ordered item is increased and therefore unacceptable to them.
Which postal system do you use and how is the delivery charge calculated?
We offer free postage on orders for items in stock that total over £300 (excluding VAT) in the UK mainland, and £350 (excluding VAT) in the Scottish Highlands, EU and rest of the world.
(Please note that if an order is placed that falls below £300/£350 due to an error in stock numbers on the CME website then Buyers will still qualify for free carriage).
For UK orders under £300 we charge a flat rate of £4.99 postage and £9.99 for orders (excluding VAT) for the Scottish Highlands, EU and the Rest of the World (prices March 2022). International orders over 2 kilos will incur additional carriage charges.
UK orders are generally delivered by DHL, or Royal Mail Special Delivery. Non-UK orders are delivered by the DHL service.
What is your delivery time?
We aim to despatch orders within two days of receipt of your order.
If you have a mistake in your order, please let us know as soon as possible and we will attempt to rectify this as soon as possible. If you need to return an item sent in error – please post this back and we will refund or send a replacement.
How long will you keep my order?
Orders must be paid for within 30 days otherwise the order will be cancelled and the items returned to stock. This helps us to ensure that popular lines are not tied up on orders that may be unwanted.
Can I open an account?
Most customers are proforma but if customers order regularly and at a reasonable level over a period of at least twelve months they may apply for an account. We have a form to complete, and you will be asked to provide credit references.
What about a discount?
CME offers good quality at very competitive prices and keep our prices low for all customers. Consequently, we do not routinely offer discounts on stock items.
We do also have an extensive range of discounted goods – please see the Special Offers section of the website.
How often do you change your prices?
We make every effort to keep our prices stable. However, as we deal only in precious metals, prices are subject to fluctuations in precious metal values and currency rates so there are times when we need to adjust the prices. Prices are fixed to customers at the point of delivery (see Terms and Conditions) but, otherwise, prices may go up or down. We do not add a surcharge to existing stock when prices soar, and we pass savings on to customers when prices are low.
Can we return items if I don’t like them?
We do not offer a sale-or-return service (please see Terms and Conditions). Items which have manufacturing faults will, of course, be exchanged or refunded. Postage will be refunded on manufacturing faults but not on items returned for other reasons.
If an item is discounted or a special offer – does this mean that it is going to be discontinued?
This is generally the case although we may have a significant amount of the special offer in stock. Occasionally we discount a running line. Please contact us for information if you wish to know the stock availability. Special offers that sell particularly well are occasionally re-instated as current lines.
Do your products come boxed?
As our goods are unbranded the majority of our customers prefer to use their own branded packaging. However, we do have a selection of plain boxes available separately as shown in the Sundries section of the website.
Can I have bespoke items ordered or made?
Yes, we love to collaborate with companies to develop new items for their ranges. Please be aware that for bespoke items the minimum quantity may be 50 items or more. Please contact the buying and design team email@example.com to discuss any project you would like to develop.
Can we use your images?
CME customers are welcome to use all of the stock images on the website. These can be accessed by right clicking any image on the website and pressing the download option.
We also have a photo share service which shares some banner and lifestyle shots. These can be accessed by navigating to ‘My Account’ and pressing the ‘Downloadable Images’ button.
Can I let my customers view items on your website?
Yes, and there is the ability to hide our prices when you do so – just click on ‘My Account’ and then ‘Hide Website Prices.’ When you’re done, go back and turn them on again.
Please see our ‘how to’ videos for help with using features of the website.
Is your live chat a robot?
No, you will be chatting to one of our members of staff.
Is your jewellery real silver?
Yes, we deal only in precious metals; Sterling Silver and 9 and 18 carat gold. (Please see Hallmarking information under ‘Hallmark Guarantee.’) The UK Hallmarking Act requires all silver items over 7.78g to be hallmarked and all gold over 1.0 g. Below these weights there is no legal obligation for items to be stamped although they must still comply with the necessary standards. However, we recognise that customer confidence requires some form of proof and therefore the majority of our silver products will be stamped with 925, SIL or SILVER and gold with 375 or 750 respectively. (See the Metals and Materials and Hallmark Guarantee sections for further explanation.)
What are the platings and coatings used?
Fashions for yellow and rose gold colours but at affordable prices led us to offer gold-on-silver items as part of our range. In addition, many items also have coatings to resist wear and/or tarnishing. Please see our Metals and Materials section which has further detail about the metals and materials used in our products. Please note that we deal only in precious metals.
Does silver tarnish?
Unfortunately tarnishing due to the chemical composition of silver can be a problem for silver and low carat gold items.
Sterling silver is an alloy of silver and small amounts of base metals such as copper. The chemical make-up of silver means that it can be prone to tarnishing as the copper reacts with sulphur-containing gases in the air to form a layer of the compound copper sulphide (Cu2S).
Tarnish occurs gradually when the surface of metal is exposed to air and moisture. A chemical reaction begins to take place (known as oxidation), as the metal reacts with sulphur in the air which, in turn, starts to form a dark layer all over the items in question. This process can be exacerbated by being exposed to the air, the presence of moisture, chemicals, or bodily sweat, etc.
Traders are advised to store their jewellery prior to sale in a dry place away from light or heat and to equip their workplace with impregnated silver cloths or solutions which can help if tarnishing develops.
Are your products hypoallergenic?
We cannot determine with absolute certainty that the Sterling silver jewellery purchased is 100% hypoallergenic. However, we reduce the risk of allergy in all products by ensuring that,
Pure silver itself is hypoallergenic. However, Sterling silver is an alloy which contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% of other metals as pure silver is too soft for making jewellery. Allergy to pure silver is extremely rare but allergies may occur to other metals used to make up the remaining 7.5%. Copper is the most common metal used to make sterling silver, as copper is an exceptionally strong material. Allergies to copper are very rare.
Pure gold is hypoallergenic. However, 9ct, 14ct, 18ct and 22ct gold are alloys; a mix of gold and other metals such as copper, palladium, zinc and silver and therefore cannot be claimed as 100% hypoallergenic.
Rhodium is hypoallergenic as it is tarnish resistant. Rhodium-plated jewellery offers a fine layer of rhodium that can protect the user’s skin from exposure to the any allergenic metals.
Do you use eco-or recycled silver?
We recycle all of our scrap silver. This is used to manufacture products that are made in the UK. Many of our overseas suppliers also use recycled silver. We do not advertise this as we cannot be sure that these are made from our recycled silver directly or that no new silver has been added.
Can you explain ring sizing to me?
Unfortunately, there is no international standard for converting ring sizes from one country to another. The UK, generally, uses letters of the alphabet with the most popular sizes depending on the style of ring and it’s intended wearer – men usually require larger sizes than women.
We stock from as small as size D, through, in some cases, to size Z whilst trying to stock those sizes likely to be requested for that style. (Sizes L-R are those most commonly available.)
CME illustrations and product descriptions or descriptions of size, dimension, style, weight etc. are given in good faith, however, cannot be guaranteed as absolutely correct. In particular, some ring manufacturers do not work to UK sizes, so we offer the nearest approximation available.
How can I be sure I’m sending the right ring size to my customer?
We advise all retailers to have the means to size and check their own rings. Most jewellers find a standard ring stick the best option- the size is taken from the leading edge of the ring (nearest the handle of the ring stick).