FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
These are the things we get asked most often. If you have a question, we may already have an answer for you below. If not, just reach out at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to get to the bottom of whatever it is you’re looking to find out.
Okay, I've placed my order. When will it ship?
The general answer is 2 days to 3 weeks for most items. Obviously, pieces that are in stock will be ready to ship much sooner than custom-made designs. For specific information, refer to each product description for a more accurate timeframe.
Once my order has shipped, how long will it take to get here?
Usually 2 to 4 business days with our standard free shipping. There are also a number of options to speed up delivery that you can select at checkout. Keep in mind, these times are estimates and may vary a little depending upon our carriers’ capacity. You know, certain holidays etc.
Can I track my order?
Sure can. Once we’ve filled your order, we’ll email you a link so you can track until your heart’s content.
Why isn’t anything happening when I click on my tracking number?
Not to worry. There’s usually a brief delay from the time our orders are processed and organized, to when they’re picked up by the postal service. Check back after 5pm and you’ll likely find your order has been scanned into the system and is now on its way.
I made a purchase at full price and you now have a site wide sale on can I get a price adjustment?
What should I do if there’s an issue with my delivery?
Oh no! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get it sorted right away.
Do you ship where I live?
We ship virtually everywhere in the world, so the answer is almost definitely yes—within reason of course. If you’re unsure if we’d be able to deliver to you, drop us a note at email@example.com and we’d be happy to let you know.
Do you offer free shipping?
Yes, on all orders over $100 to Canada and the United States. And we’re working on providing a free option for our customers in other parts of the world, too. Stay tuned.
Who are your shipping partners?
We use Canada Post and we’ve found them to be speedy and reliable.
How are customs, duties and taxes handled?
If applicable, any and all duties and taxes are automatically calculated and adjusted to where you are ordering from—or shipping to, if it’s in a different country than where you are.
This means you only pay once for your order, at the time of checkout. You’ll never have to pay anything upon arrival.
Can I pick up my order in person?
Yes you can! If you live or find yourself in Toronto, we're happy to offer in-person pickup at our downtown office at 27 Queen Street East, Suite 1406 on weekdays between approximately 10am and 4pm (excluding holidays). Simply select "Pick Up" as your delivery method when checking out and you'll be notified with additional details on when you can schedule your pick up from our office and collect your jewelry!
Do you offer same day delivery services in the Greater Toronto Area?
Yes we do! if the address your order is being sent to is eligible for same day delivery, an option will appear for you at checkout. We are using a delivery company called Swyft that will ensure you receive your order by 10:30pm the same say if you order before 12pm EST or the following day by 10:30pm EST if you order after 12pm EST.
Swyft's delivery attempts were unsuccessful. Will my package be returned?
Swyft will always return packages that they were not able to deliver successfully. Returns are sent back to our office on Wednesdays and Fridays. Customer Service will contact you when we receive your order back to coordinate another delivery.
Does Swyft ship to commercial addresses?
Yes, they do! Swyft can accommodate both residential and commercial addresses. Please be advised that the commercial address needs to be accessible between the hours of 4pm - 10:30pm for the driver to hand over the package safely.
I selected Swyft same day delivery and entered the wrong address at checkout, what do I do?
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the tracking number and updated address before 1pm of the day the package is to be delivered and we will change the address for you.
I did not receive my package on the same-day despite placing an order before 12pm. Will the delivery be attempted again?
Yes! Swyft will always re-attempt a delivery a second time on the next available business day if the delivery was unsuccessful on the first attempt.
Can I choose any font in the world for engraving?
While we’re open to requests regarding specific fonts, it’s important to understand that we’ve chosen our fonts based on simplicity, clarity and legibility and that’s why we recommend using one of them. But by all means, if you’d like to use a font that isn’t listed, please email us at email@example.com and we’ll see what we can do. Sound good?
Can I get my piece personalized?
The short answer is: “absolutely yes.” The personalization options you see on a product page are just the pre-set standard customizations—creating something unique for you is what we love most. We want to hear about your inspiring ideas for a custom design and work with you to bring it to life. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s get started!
Can I order something for someone in a different country?
Aren’t you sweet? But of course! When you’re at the checkout page, just be sure to enter the address of where you want your gift delivered and we’ll take it from there.
Can I buy in my local currency?
You can if you live in Canada or the United States. If you’re using the Canadian website (vanderhoutjewlry.com), the transaction will be processed in Canadian dollars.
If you’re visiting our American website (vanderhoutjewlry.us), transactions will be in US dollars.
Can I get a refund?
You can get a refund if your piece is not personalized and you request your refund within 30 days of purchase. Keep in mind, our prices may change depending on the gold market price fluctuations and available stock. We do not refund the difference between purchase price and price-at-present. For more information, have a look on the product pages under Shipping Information and Returns.
Can I exchange by necklace/bracelet/ring for a different size?
You can exchange the size of any product that is not personalized or made-to-order free of charge within 30 days of purchase. Simply email us at email@example.com and a VDH team member will be happy to assist you with your exchange.
Personalized products include any product in our initial collection, names necklaces, and engraved pieces. Made-to-order products are noted as such in a product's description. Each of our personalized and made-to-order products are individually crafted by our team of goldsmiths. Making a change to these products, such as lengthening or shortening a chain, is a labor intensive process and requires an additional fee.
Do your products look like what I am seeing online?
All of the images you see on our site are photographs. So, while some pieces may appear slightly larger or smaller than their actual size, the details are depicted accurately.
We’re happy to answer any questions about specific dimensions or details that aren’t displayed in the product description. Ask away at firstname.lastname@example.org
How will I know my order has gone through successfully?
You’ll know when you receive a confirmation email to the address you provided at checkout. It will contain your order number and other important information, so it’s a good idea to keep it around. It’s essentially your receipt.
Do you accept my credit card/PayPal/Visa gift card/VDH gift card?
Oh my yes. We accept virtually all forms of payment. As always, if you run into any problems, please email email@example.com
How quickly are orders processed?
Assuming your purchase is successful and payment is captured, in-stock orders are almost always ready to ship within 5 business days—although we definitely do our best to get it out the door even earlier. Custom pieces can take between 1 and 4 weeks. The product description for each piece provides an estimate for how long it takes us to prepare your order. Shipping times are not included in this estimate.
How do I know if my order has shipped?
You’ll receive an email letting you know that your order is on its way.
Uh-oh. Can I cancel my order?
Orders cancelled within 24 hours of receiving a confirmation email will be fully refunded. To cancel your order, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please don’t forget to include the order number you wish to be cancelled.
Ooops. Can I edit my order?
The best answer to this question is—just email us at email@example.com as soon as humanly possible. Chances are, we’ll be able to accommodate most requests if we know about them in good time.
The piece I want is out of stock. Can I pre-order it?
Absolutely. And here’s a little tip—we often have discounts on pre-order items. Please refer to our Return and Exchange Policy page for more details.
How long will it take for my pre-order item to arrive?
Pre-order items usually take between 6 and 10 weeks to be restocked.
Keep in mind, however, this is based on when we go out of stock and not from when you pre-ordered. You can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get a better idea of when a particular piece will be available again.
How do I use a promo code?
A promo code bar will appear during the checkout process. Just enter your promo code there, and the appropriate discount will be applied to your subtotal. Codes are case-sensitive so be sure to enter it exactly as you see it written.
Can I combine promo codes together?
Unfortunately, no. A for Effort though. You can, however, use a promo code when buying something with a gift card.
What do I do if my promo code expires?
To be completely honest, there’s nothing we can do about that other than say ‘we get it, we’re sorry, we’ve been there.’ Expired promo codes are the worst.
Do you have a store or a showroom?
The answer right now is no. One of the reasons we’re able to offer the quality we do at the prices we do, is because we’re not paying all the associated overhead costs to keep a store open. But our Instagram is kind of like a showroom. Maybe stop by and check it out? @vanderhoutjewelry
I’d love to visit head office and meet everyone. Where is it?
We’re at 27 Queen Street East, Suite 1406 in Toronto, Canada. Drop us an email at email@example.com and let’s set up a time for you to come on by.
Do you do repairs?
We can. If you’ve had your piece for longer than 30 days and think it needs repair outside of our warranty, send us a detailed email and we’ll happily provide an estimate for the work. It would also be extremely helpful if you include a photo of the specific issue. One more thing—the shipping costs to and from us will be included in our estimate.
Why has the price of an item I purchased changed since I received it?
The simplest answer is—solid gold and genuine gemstones are commodities and so their market prices may fluctuate on occasion. We work hard to minimize how often this happens, but it is a reality when dealing with high-quality precious metals and materials.
Are your diamonds ethically sourced?
Our diamonds are conflict free and ethically sourced through the Kimberly Process guidelines. For more on the Kimberly Process, please visit: The Kimberley Process (KP) | KimberleyProcess
Do you have any insider tips for keeping my jewelry beautiful?
Sure we do! Here are three simple ones that can work wonders.
- To maintain its lustre, show your gold a little love by rubbing it gently with a toothbrush and some warm water.
- Keep those gemstones and diamonds sparkling like crazy—add a few drops of regular dish soap to a bowl of water and do the toothbrush trick mentioned above. Don’t forget to be gentle! Follow with a rinse and dry with a soft cloth.
- Don't just toss your jewelry in a drawer or jewelry case. Try to make sure they’re laid out nice because pieces can scratch each other and get tangled.
Remember, we’re always here to answer your questions! Never hesitate to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org