Post # 1
Just a fun poll for this Sunday morning,…
I was browsing the mall yesterday and thought I’d take a look at Kays while I was right next to it in a nail place and I was shocked by how poor quality the diamonds were for what looked to be very marked up prices… It made me curious where most people buy rings, if they bargain shop for the best quality/cost combo or they just go to the chain jewelers? It was really important to me to get something that not everyone had so I got my diamond in NYC and ordered a common designer (that isn’t carried in a lot of places) through a local jeweler for the setting….
Post # 3
i got mine at a reputable jeweler downtown. It is family owned
Post # 4
We went to a local jeweler. They didn’t have exactly what I wanted, so I sent FI a few pics as example from an online jeweler. I think they ordered the setting and helped FI to choose the right diamond for it.
Post # 7
I’m not ashamed to say I have a Walmart engagement ring. I absolutely love it, and as someone who really prides herself on her thriftiness and budget-conciousness, as does my FI, it makes me very happy to know he didn’t spend a ton on it.
Post # 8
I couldn’t vote because my new ring is a combination. I had a ring from Kay but had to return due to them damaging it. To replace my set we purchased an Old Mine Cut diamond on ebay and went to a local jewler for the setting and band.
Post # 9
My FI got mine at Zales, so we got our bands there as well so we could have them covered under the same protection plan (and get them dipped for free at the same place).
I looked my ring up online, and the ring’s clarity is supposed to be I1, which surprised me because I feel like my ring has fairly good clarity, and I can’t really see any inclusions. It stays shiny and sparkly even if it’s been a while since I’ve cleaned it, so I wonder if I got lucky and ended up with a better quality rock than what it says online. I do agree that these chains tend to have lower quality stones, and if I’d picked my own ring, I think I would’ve ended up with a ring from Blue Nile or Brilliant Earth. That being said, I love my ring and think my FI made a good choice in the design.
Post # 10
FYI- James Allen isn’t online only. They have an office in Frederick, MD that FI had a few stones sent to so that he could look them over.
Post # 11
Mine was a custom job at a fairly local jeweler that makes jewelry by hand. When it came back it was nothing like what I asked for (I just asked for a low set tiffany style 2mm knife edge) but the ring I got tapered to 1mm at the shoulders and widened to 4mm at the bottom for no reason. Now it’s a 2mm almost halo profile instead after we went mad. I never got my knife edge but I didn’t want anymore errors. It is a beautifully crafted ring and it has a lot of Platinum in it.
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
The first time I was married, the ring was from a local jeweler but was a design by a national supplier. This time around, my ring is an heirloom. In my experience, your money goes further going to a reputable local jeweler than going to a national chain or department store, and you will be workig with people who really, truly know what they are doing and what they are talking about. My dad sells fine jewelry at Macy’s and would never buy fine jewelry except for watches there. You’re just getting ripped off, even when the jewelry is on sale, and the people helping you are not jewelers, just sales people. They know something about jewelry, but not like a jeweler does.
Post # 13
My husband bought my engagement ring at a jeweler on Chicago’s Jeweler’s Row. He designed the ring from two different designs and selected the stone himself. We got our wedding bands at another local jewelry store where my friend worked. They had a wedding band trunk show, so we got our rings at pretty reasonable rate during the trunk show.
Post # 14
Family owned local jeweler. FH picked out my ring there, and we got a great deal on our bands when we went back. They’re so sweet, and they remember me whenever I go in to get it cleaned.
Post # 15
You don’t have pawn shop… that’s where we will be looking… but I guess it could be considered with the second hand stores.
Post # 16
Setting is from a chain and center stone (natural sapphire) is from a local (well 2 hours away from me) jeweler.