Post # 1
Hi! This is my first post. I am not officially engaged yet, but I have been really researching the perfect ring, because it’s coming :). I have watched all of my friends get engaged, married, and start having children. Meanwhile. I have been traveling, working, and continuing to go to school. I have FINALLY met my best friend and soulmate, so, I am so excited for us to take the next step in our relationship, but I must admit, I am a little particular about what kind of ring I want. I have fallen in love with Morganite and peach sapphires. As of now I am leaning toward the peach sapphires for strictly strength and durability purposes. However, I never imagined getting a ring online, but I have found some really beautiful ones and have seen through other posts on here that others have had success… I would love some feedback on pros and cons and experiences with online vs. jewelry store purchases. Thanks!
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
I purchased four rings online and returned three. I’m insanely picky about the tiniest details, and I find that photos of rings online tend to make them look pretty different. usually the rings look bigger/chunkier, more sparkly, or just in general better in the online photos than they do IRL. any flaws will probably not be seen in the photo.
another con is that if you want to return it, you should pay to insure it with Fedex or UPS. there might also be restocking fees. so you might lose some money in the process but I think it’s worth it to get exactly the ring you want. most chains will let you return online purchases in their stores.
when it comes to small sellers like etsy and ebay, that is more of a risk but you can get some really unique things and good deals this way. I think other bees might have more experience and better advice than what I gan give you. I do know that major credit cards should protect you with those purchases (not debit cards), but look into that and know the details before you buy. (note: many etsy sellers will let you return purchases. be sure to establish whether you can do that before you buy.)
Post # 4
@hphipp1: Welcome to the hive! I am a HUGE fan of ordering online. Like PP I have ordered many pieces of jewelry and simply sent back the things I didnt like. The one downside is that you wont have a local jewelr/warranty for fixing anything that might go wrong. But on the flip side you can see 8 million pictures online and often get a better price. I got my DW’s e-ring online (Eric Stein on etsy) and it is GORGEOUS in person. And the price was very reasonable! I think for peach sapphires etsy and The Natural Sapphire Company have some very pretty options. Good luck!! Her ring:
Post # 5
My Fiance bought my ring from a seller on Etsy called Eidelprecious and she specializes in peach/champange sapphires and she was AMAZING to work with! FI had a few questions about certian rings and her work and she responded within 1-2 days during the week – her responses were not long – they were short and to the point but she did answer all of his questions. Once he decided on a ring he purchased and had it within a 2 weeks. and its is GORGEOUS. she does state that her pieces are “eye clean” and i did notice that my stone isn’t perfect but it is pretty darn close and if i would have seen it in person before buying it we still would have. It was everything I wanted and more and the fact that he had such a good experience buying from her made it nice too.
Post # 6
Thanks so much! THis is really helpful!
Post # 7
i just bought my gf’s engagement ring from Rare Earth on Etsy and I was in the same boat! I was definitely hesistant about figuring out the right size center stone, the craftsmanship and other important things.If you are still hesitant, I would look at the reviews and see if people would actually recommend them. For me, I searched for the sellers name, Rare Earth, on WB, price scope, google and looked at the reviews left on Etsy and I felt pretty comfortable ordering from her. Also, a lot of people have bought rings through her and that made me feel even more comfortable. I purchased a CAD design ring that no one ever ordered before so I hope it comes out the way I like, but from the rings that she had created and pictured looked great compared to other sellers on Etsy.
Also, ordering online depends on your size as well. My gf has a size 10 so I won’t be able to return it at all! Some sellers won’t let you return based on your finger size because they don’t have the chance to sell it if you don’t like it. That is what happened to me, and I got an extra charge for sizing.
Once i get the ring in a cuple of weeks, I’ll make sure to add pictures online…
Post # 8
I never buy anything online but I may in the future.
Try look at Blue Nile or Brilliant Earth. I carefully compare the two website on their spec and found that Brilliant Earth offer slightly better diamond. I chat with their online rep before and they have excellent customer service. Their wooden box are pretty too.
Post # 9
@hphipp1: I think it’s important to have that jewelry store experience so you know what style of ring looks best on you. But I honestly think buying your ring online is the best way to get exactly what you want with the best deal. Just make sure you like the style on your hand whether it’s halo, solitaire, three stone, etc. What I thought I wanted did not look right on my hand.
Post # 10
@hphipp1: I’ve done both. We bought a ring from a jeweler, and also one from online.
Ring from store:
Pros – Was a unique style, non-gold, fit fine
Cons – Cracked within weeks of wearing it, had to send back twice (it was soldered, not replaced), looks bad now with the repair job. Don’t feel like I can wear it again safely.
Ring from online:
Pros – Excellent price (I’d share but nobody would believe me lol), Sturdy solid ring, got decent reviews online, feels comfortable to wear.
Cons – A bit tall, easier to snag on stuff, prongs are a little sharp.
Overall, I loved my storebought ring for the unique design, but it was my own fault for picking a metal that was too soft for daily wear. So I found the online ring made with a stronger metal, cheaper price, and for the most part I’m happy with it. If anything changes, I’m sure I’ll post on the Bee about it. 😀
Post # 11
My FI purchased from antiquejewelrymall.com It was a ring style my sister conveniently sent his way 🙂
I, frankly, was floored by quality. I was more concerned about the setting than the diamond. The setting is perfect. The diamond is so much more than I was expecting based on specs. The cut is SO good.
My brother who did the typical guy thing and researched like mad about the 4 Cs and wanted the best possible diamond and hand picked his FI’s stone out of many with a jeweler was so impressed with my stone and said something to the tune of “I think I may have been taken for a ride when I shopped…”
Anyway, antique jewelry mall does all kinds of stones, good return policy, etc. I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase again. Check them out.
And I realize I sound like a crazy infomercial, but seriously, just a good experience with them.