Does anyone have this 1 carat t.w diamond framed ring set from Zales?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@taylormc101:  I don’t have it, but I did take a look at it.  I always give this tip to people who go to Zales/Kay/Jared — if you are paying near that price then get a better clarity center stone.  For the price you are paying you should not have an I1-2 diamond in the center.  You can work out deals with these stores and they will upgrade/discount to make a sale.  Tell them you want at least a SI1 clarity stone, if not a VS.

You’ll end up with the same beautiful ring/setting, and a much better center diamond to boot! Its amazing what these stores can do for you if you just insist on it – they badly want the sale and have far more leeway than people imagine.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

I would look at independent jewellers personally speaking; I think you could get a lot more bang for your buck by going that route. To me, $3400 is on the expensive side for that set given a) it’s 14k white gold and b) the specs on the diamonds aren’t great.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@barbie86:  I totally agree with that.  I didn’t want to say anything if she has her heart set on the Zale’s piece but you would do much better to avoid the chain stores.  They really try to sell terrible quality diamonds at hugely inflated prices. (I’ve been jaw dropped at the prices they ask for I-2 clarity stones, its almost fraud.)

Private, small, jewelery stores are good but they can be pricey. I think shopping online is really the best way to go, or at least have those small independent stores match you on the prices you can get for diamonds online or buy your diamond online – and then give them the business of the ring/setting/etc…

My husband got an excellent quality (and size) diamond online for my engagement ring – he would have paid x5 as much, for half the quality at the chain stores for a similar carat sized stone.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MirnaMinkoff:  In the UK, independent stores are the cheapest lol; however, things are so different here, and we REALLY get ripped off! Chain stores are CRAZY expensive! But people here in the UK don’t seem to know as much about diamonds generally speaking, hence why those stores are still popular.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have to agree with PP’s. For that price tag, I’d rather get something like this. The center stone is larger and the diamonds are better quality.

Have you been to any local independent jewelers to try things on? When I first started shopping I felt like seeing things in person really helped me choose what was the best look for me.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@taylormc101:  excellent! PP have already given a heads up on the specs, so I just wanted to add that it looks gorgeous! I love round diamonds set in a cushion halo- the round just sparkles like mad and is so classic. It will be beautiful. 

Post # 10
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236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@taylormc101:  Ya! It’s fine to go to any store as long as you are an educated consumer. I have 2 majorissues with the chain stores. One is trying to sell poor quality diamonds/gems at prices that should get you much higher quality. They take advantage of the fact most people don’t know much about diamonds (why should they – that is until it’s time to buy one) but the one thing that most have heard about is “carat size” – it might be all they know about diamonds, so its the only thing they consider when buying. This is how the chains sell terrible quality diamonds at hugely inflated prices.

Get the setting you like – but shop around for the center stone. Look online and compare prices. Maybe Zales will try to price match – but just know your bottom line on the clarity, carat size and color you want. ( Also chose the the type of cut you want and make sure the cut quality is very good – this is all information that should be provided, up front, right on the GIA report) Chain stores tend to try and hide the diamond grading specs – ask for them and on thewebsites you usually have to open a separate tab to read the specs. Always do this. Keep in mind some chains will use labs that rate stones higher than they are, GIA is always good – if you see other lab names – simply research their reputation.

My other issue with chain stores is much of their jewelry is poorly mass manufactured overseas and corners are cut – BUT this isnt always true of erings. The chain erings tend to be some of their best quality stuff, some of this is due to carrying brand name rings which have better standards and/or are made in the US or Israel. I would always ask where the jewelry is manufactured, then inspect it closely. (Make sure band is solid, not carved or hollowed out) but as I said many of their E-rings tend to be of a much higher quality than the rest of the other jewelry they carry.

The best thing you can do is simply research and read – education will make it safe to shop at any honest store.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@taylormc101:  My girlfriend has that exact ring bought from Peoples and it looks wonderful on her hands.  This specific ring has not been graded as higher than the specs on the website and therefore doesn’t come with an independant lab report.  The stone quality has never been an issue and she is a fairly picky consumer.  Her FI was also able to special order in yellow gold.  It is a beautiful ring!

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