disgusted with big chain jewelry stores

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Totalkaos1983:  I personally don’t trust big chain/mall jewelery stores, but some bees have no issues with them.  Since I don’t shop there, I’m not sure if the stone quality (or lack thereof) is typical.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Totalkaos1983:  If they’re going out of business, they probably aren’t getting in new stock. It’s probably all they have left. That’s my guess.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Totalkaos1983:  Or maybe they’re going out of business because their stones are so bad, it could really go either way lol.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Totalkaos1983:  Chain jewelry stores typically don’t carry top quality stones. They’re geared more towards the  general public who can’t afford a flawless diamond. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Who cares? If you can see the inclusions and milky color I’m sure the other customers can too. If they see those inclusions and still purchase the ring than that’s on the customer, not the store. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

All chain stores ( zales, kays helzberg ect) that I have been in carry horrible stones , usually SI2-I3 clarity. I have no idea why people buy from them either. I was online looking at Zales wedding bands and not one of them was graded higher than I1 clarity. Thanks but no thanks.

 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’ve never shopped at a store like this for my jewelry, but perhaps since they’re going out of business, the selection is picked over? Alternately, they may just sell poorer quality stones.

Chains aren’t generally known to have high quality diamonds, they cater to customers who cannot afford flawless (or near flawless) stones.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

msformaldehyde:  I wasn’t aware that my Kay’s ring has “horrible” stones.  They look pretty fantastic to me.

 

OP, it could be that they’re going out of business because of their non-flawless product, but I think it’s more likely that it’s just what they have left-over.  Think of it like any other store closing.  They tend to have a bunch of “left over” things to sell, not the latest and greatest.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Totalkaos1983:  Ew. Now that’s a problem! It sounds like they’re taking advantage of people who don’t know much about diamonds.

 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Its probably because the good ones were already bought if they are having a going out of business sale..my ring is from kay jewelers..i have a vs2 Leo diamond that is completely eye clean..so not all the diamonds are bad in chain jewelery stores

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

This is why it is so important for jewelery buyers to be informed. MOST chain stores stock both solitaires and bands carrying I grade stones. Granted, like every other jeweler, they DO have access to higher quality stones, but they often charge far more than what those stones are worth. That isn’t to say that all chain stores have “bad” rings, just that the buyer needs to be aware of what the real value of stones graded they way chain stores usually are are is. 

My mum is looking for a diamond band, and she was considering buying one at a department store. And while the price was good, I could find her higher quality stones and higher carat weights from reputable online sites. Unfortunately, she isn’t so onboard with online shopping, so I may smile and say the next diamond band she looks at in a store is pretty and that she should buy it, just so she buys something and feels good about it. : (

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