Post # 1
Hi, so a while ago I posted about a dillemma with the ring I was proposed to on Christmas Eve. The first ring was a 1/10 ct cluster in 10k white/rose gold. Although small, it was pretty but it was damaged before I even wore it because the side stone fell out. Okay. We went to the store and picked out a 6mm white sapphire ring in sterling silver. Both rings were from Zales, and really budget ones (under $200).The second one was my style and everything was perfect until today. In the middle of lunch, I noticed my ring felt lopsided and I go to turn it and the whole head was gone! It was just a silver square with prongs where the halo head and stone sat. I couldn’t believe it. We decided to just return it altogether. We’re both pretty upset that this sort of issue happened twice but the good news is I will be getting a better, less cheap ring when the return is processed in 21 days (stupid store policy).
Has anyone had a similar experience with Zales or another mall/chain jewellor? I’m very gentle with my rings so I know it wasn’t due to me being rough with it. Also, my mother works a lot with her hands and has silver rings from Avon and they’ve lasted for years with no damage. Ugh! Should we just go to a small jeweller or pawn shop???
Post # 3
go for a small jeweler! my fi went to shane co and has had a great experience so far!
we were just shopping the other day and walked into zales(not our first time) just to casually look at jewelry and wedding rings. and they chase you down like hawks! i refuse to buy from them because i like having my privacy while i shop and they have no respect for that!
i have also looked at there stuff a lot online before i was engaged and there quality for price did not seem very good either. i would look at a more local place or a place that is not a standard chain store (i guess shane co is considered a chain store but they dont make commission so theyre more helpful).
Post # 4
@Mircat: I’ve avoided saying this but since barely anyone has replied I’ll put in my two cents worth. Sorry Mircat but if you’re spending less than $200 on a forever, everyday wear ring, you are risking bad wear or lots of issues, nothing to do with bad luck. I’m not saying they’re all bad, but it’s a greater risk. No doubt that when you pay extra you’re paying for quality (I’m talking about the setting and material not so much the gemstone). I’m glad you’re forking out a bit extra this time, I hope your new ring holds up well for you 🙂
Post # 5
It’s probably a mix of the materials, quality and general crappiness of those out of the box stores. Is there any way you could get a metal besides silver and go to a local store? I think you can get more for your money there and hand pick stones which helps with the price.
Post # 6
@Mircat: Sterling silvwr is a soft metal, so I think that may be where your problem is. Have you looked on Etsy? There is a lot you can do with a $200 budget on Etsy.
Post # 7
Ive had some pretty bad luck with rings, and found that part of the problem was that they were purchsed from a mall chain store (kays, not zales.) Ive perchased estate jewelry for about the same price from a little local shop that has lasted me years of hard wear. If I were you, I would return it. I would then go to all of the pawn shops or local jewelers and even look on etsy to find what you wanted. You can get a GREAT deal on jewelry just because it is previously owned, and theres nothing wrong with that. Good luck, and be surr to share pictures of whatever ring you decide on!! =)
Post # 8
My RHR is from Zales, but it’s very, very low profile and I don’t wear it when doing certian activities (washing dishes, working out, etc.). The e-ring that I was absolutely in love with was from Zales as well, but FI got a way better deal (and much nicer stones) from a small, local place.
Post # 9
@Mircat: Both rings were from Zales…
This is your problem. Mall jewelers don’t carry the greatest quality settings.
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Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
yeah, sorry but you get what you pay for. a $200 gold & diamond ring is going to not be the best craftsmanship, and zales is like the old navy of ring shops.
there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a $200 engagement ring. but if that’s your budget, you might have better luck going with a different store, and going for something like semi precious stones, or a nice setting that has CZ that you plan to upgrade one day.
Post # 12
Our budget for the next ring will be around $400. I don’t want a diamond but I do want a white gold setting.
@prettyinpink11: I actually looked at moissy now with the larger budget. I like the paloma style ring :http://www.moissaniteco.com/5ct-round-brilliant-cut-moissanite-antique-reproduction-ring-p-11551.html
If we dont order it, we most likely will check the pawn shop. I know the rings were crappy quality, hopefully the third will be the charm.
Post # 13
all the best with your next ring.
i had the same experience (same ring broke on me twice despite it being off my finger more than on it). was not exactly cheap but clearly not quality.
waiting for me new ring, much simpler but from a local jeweller and better quality. think i’ll still be nervous of it for a while but still can’t wait.
i think going simple is important because then there can be more focus on secure setting. my first ring had too much pave and small diamonds for the money.
Post # 14
I agree there is so much on ETSY and have you ever considered a second hand ring…. you can get some great deals and may be able to get a diamond…. just a thought.
Post # 14
My rings have come from Kay’s. i am (apparantly) very lucky. i didnt read these boards before and knock on wood have not had a problem with my rings. i have a 1/2 carat supreme fit band that i love and wear as rhr everyday, i barely take it off except when i clean or work in the yard. im so OCD i would be afraid of ordering online, however, just like in all cases im sure there is people out there with bad experiences at various places. what is important to one may not be important to all. i have a simple solitaire becuase i dont want to worry about pave diamonds falling out and i like the warranty plan i was able to have. we all have very beautiful diamond/gemstone rings that reflect our style and make us unique. i am a big fan of reviews. i would suggest to anyone purchasing locally to research the store in your area and made a decision. 🙂
Post # 15
Honestly you can sometimes get great deals at pawn shops, or better yet if theres a nice gold/bullion/silver shop- more likely to buy quality. But it’s a risk and you really need to know jewelry to judge wether it’s a good buy or not.
honestly for 400 I would go to Etsy! They have less over head costs then a brick and mortar so theyll generally be cheaper. You can get something beautiful!
and agreed- it’s not luck it’s Zales, especially in their lower end rings Id imagine.