Bang for your buck

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I never thought I would be a mall store girl but since they buy in bulk the prices are good (imo!) My ring is from zales. I think we definitely got “bang for our buck” and it was about $2500 on sale. If you want a bigger ring I wouldn’t suggest boutique stores. we went to a few and just for a stone they were quoting $3000 plus. 

Here’s a pic for comparison for size. Pic doesn’t show sparkle, but trust me, this thing sparkles 😉 

Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - The Centurian Palace

I will always suggest checking out pawn shops. My SO and I  looked at several jewelry stores but in the end we needed something more reasonably priced. We found a gorgeous 1 carat solitaire that he got for $875. Id post a pic but I’m still waiting for the proposal. There were lots of brand name usually VERY expensive brands (Tacori, Verragio,Kay) way below their normal price points. Happy Shopping! I can’t wait to see what you get!

Post # 4
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Helper bee

Rosados box on etsy.com has gorgeous rings. Or you could check out b2cjewels.com maybe go onto pricescope.com and ask for help. They can refer you to online vendors that have 100% upgrades if you want to purchase a small diamond and upgrade it later. They are diamond experts and will help you find the best diamond within your price range. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Definitely check out pricescope to get information. You can start by just reading the Rocky Talky section. Also loupe troop and diamond bistro are sites that sell used jewelry if you’re ok with previously owned rings/stones. Pre-owned is probably the best way to save $, as jewelry markup is considerable esp at brick and mortar stores. 

Post # 6
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8603 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Idonowidont.com and ebay if you don’t mind preowned.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

My SO bought my e-ring from James Allen. We went and looked in brick and mortar stores and I know that had he gotten something even comparable (they didn’t have anything exactly like I wanted) he would have spent at least $3k more than what he paid. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Congratulations!  I’d look somewhere that offers an upgrade policy.  If that were my budget, I’d probably be looking at a fancy shape (less expensive than round per carat in general) and put my money into the diamond rather than the setting.  If I were set on round, I’d probably go down to an I color, eye-clean ideal cut in the 2/3-3/4 carat neighborhood.  You can certainly maximize that budget and end up with something sparkly (that you may end up feeling no need to upgrade!)

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Another vote for a pawn store or a nice consignment sore or a jewlery store that sells pre-owned. Especially if you’re thinking about a diamond – they’re so durable, it’s not like  the lose any value being second-hand. True vintage settings may get a little thin in the bad, but any jeweler can beef those up easily and cheaply. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

I don’t know what styles you like but here are a couple of examples of the price difference between Sam’s Club and a chain jewelry store.

Here is a 1 carat total weight emerald cut halo, $1799 at Sam’s Club:

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/1-00tw-halo-rg-7-90988-50ctw-ec-ctr/prod14700571.ip?navAction=

And here is a similar ring at Zales for $2799, but it’s only 3/4 carat total weight:

http://www.zales.com/emerald-cut-diamond-engagement-ring-14k-white-gold/product.jsp?productId=13273835′ defer=’defer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

i would highly recommend blue nile (for any price range) – my husband and I did a lot of research in store and online and to us, they had the best value. My ring appraised by a 3rd party for thousands more than my husband paid for it, and I’ve had 2 friends that also have their rings from blue nile (i’m positive our husbands talked), and they had the same experience. To each their own, but I’d recommend taking a look on their website! They have a great return policy too, if you decide you don’t like what you get.

 

Post # 13
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567 posts
Busy bee

ccaaseyy:  we actually got ours from Macys. It’s from Le Vian a 1 carat deep blue natural sapphire with diamond side stones. Macy’s always has sales and allows you to use any coupons as well. My ring was priced well over 4k at some large name brand jewelry stores but he only paid about $1300 in the end at macys. Plus Le Vian comes with a life time guarantee. 

 

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