Do chain stores show you loose stones?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ive never been shown a loose stone at a chain store. I think you might have to inquire to see one. I asked to see a OEC once at kays, and they said they could get one but didnt have any to show me. Which makes me think that they only show loose stones to someone that is getting something custom made.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

sry double posted :p

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@FauxPas2012:  as far as I know, Jared is the only chain that has loose stones in house. I saw a few ovals there but we ended up going to the diamond district, which has way more selection and better prices.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

FI and I were bored waiting for our movie to start the other night at the mall so we were in Helzberg and started chatting about diamonds. They didn’t have any in house we could see (Well…we were looking for asscher’s and I guess that isn’t that common) and they basically said that unless we are buying the stone from them and have the money that they won’t order one for us to look at. Makes sense. But the only asscher they did have was a really beat up cz that had the ct weight inscribed in the middle of the stone so you couldn’t even see what it looked like.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@FauxPas2012:  Shane Co- at least one of the locations near us has loose stones.  They have quite a few, but not hundreds- unless they have one they keep in thier giant vault that are shown upon request.  But yes. they did have some in cases out for display with specs so you could see them.  Kay Jewelers also had some.  I noticed when we were browsing bands.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Diamond’s Direct has loose stones. My fiance compared 3 different stones when choosing mine.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@FauxPas2012:  even most boutique stores wont have many stones in-stock- they have to order them to show.  FI has 3 or 4 diamond appointments over the course of 3 weeks before he picked my stones, and each time I believe he saw 3 centerstones (and the gemologist picked matching sidestone suggestions.) It does take a few days for them to come in each time, though, and that was through a small, upscale jewler who does all metalwork in-house. It just doesnt make sense for stores to hold a large inventory.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Zales have them. At least the ones in NYC does. I think depending on what you looking for. If they don’t have it in the store, they usually will order it in and then have you come back 2 ro 3 days later to take a look at it. At Zales, you can create your own ring and customize it.  It’s an option but I think most people that purchase rings at Zales, choose from the selection because the prices are more affordable.  People that are looking for a higher quality diamond, may go to a private jeweler or online jewelry stores like blue nile. Not to say that Zales don’t have higher quality diamonds because they do, it’s just that normally it’s overpriced and you can find it cheaper at a private jeweler. 

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