Buying an engagement ring… HELP!

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Your first choice in purchasing an engagement ring?
    Purchase only from a local jeweler : (9 votes)
    43 %
    Purchase from Blue Nile : (9 votes)
    43 %
    Purchase from Union Diamond : (0 votes)
    Purchase from Ritani : (0 votes)
    He should only shop at Jared : (0 votes)
    Other : (3 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We had my ring custom designed at brilliance.com.  The stone is GIA certified, with the appropriate paperwork.  It is also laser inscribed.  The jewelers were wonderful to work with.  We used an A Jaffe ring as our inspiration and went from there, making it personal to us.  I really thought they were wonderful.

    Post # 3
    Member
    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    My ring is insured through USAA.  I believe I can send it twice a year for rhodium plating and prong checks.  I have only had it a few months so I haven’t sent it yet.

    Post # 4
    Member
    1298 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    kre8ivejen:  You could source the diamond from an online source, like blue nile or james allen, as the main expense of a typical ring is the stone, and you would be able to potentially save money on the stone. Then have it set in a setting you chose at a local store. Then you would have the store you could go back to for the maintenance/repairs on the ring in the future. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    613 posts
    Busy bee

    My FI got mine from a local jeweler he enjoyed going and looking at the diamond and hand picking it himself. Also INSURANCE INSURANCE INSURANCE!! I’m double covered once with our renters insurance and also on FIs parents jewelry insurance plan. The plan with FIs parents require me to have my prongs inspected annually and the jeweler he got the ring from will do it for free and make any repairs needed. I have white gold and the jeweler told me if cared for properly you should never have to get it replated. He also gave me jewelry cleaner (side note I saw the same cleaning kit at macys jewelry counter for $9 and it works great.) But I don’t put down online as long as it from a reparable site.

    Happy Ring shopping!

    Post # 6
    Member
    1883 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I would purchase from a place like blue nile, make sure to get ring insurance, and then find a trusted local jeweler to do the ring checkups. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    2891 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    kre8ivejen: go ask the nice kids at Pricescope — they can find amazing deals to maximize your budget. 

    We went with Blue Nile — it was the best bang for our buck. I can send it back to BN every year for a cleaning and prong check. I also have a local jeweler I love who will clean my ring for free in front of me while I look at other things. The markup there was just insane relative to Blue Nile. 

    Also ring insurance is ring insurance. A lot of bees use Jeweler’s Mutual since it covers mysterious dissappearance. Just make sure that you have your ring documented like whoa just in case — where it’s from, the cert and certed specs etc. so your equivalent is truly equivalent.

    Post # 8
    Member
    1622 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May

    An emerald cut sounds amazing! Can’t help with a good online vendor but I can vouch for white gold and say I have been very happy with it. Haven’t need to Redip mine yet and it has held up great for me. we liked it so much FI ordered his wedding band in white gold. 

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