(Closed) Engagement Ring- Which store should we shop

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion

My stone is from James Allen. They have great prices and a lot of inventory (stone quality was also very important to us). My setting is from a local jeweler so that I have someone to cheek it, clean it, etc. It sounds like you have access to many jewelers, but of you can’t find something you like, try online.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@goldfish2308:  Blue Nile is a great place to buy loose diamonds and you don’t have to necessarily purchase their settings either. My FI and I got a diamond off of Blue Nile and didn’t have any issues. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Shop online. Blue Nile, James Allen, whiteflash, Brian Gavin, Debebians…..

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

 +1 to all the PPs about online stores.

I find that Zales are over priced for what they offer.  You would be able to find great quality stones online for a great price than a brick-and-mortar store. 

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Agree with PP.  I’d stay away from Kays, Zales, Belden, any mall store.  Online retailers will give you MUCH better bang for your buck.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

DO NOT go to retail stores. You will get ripped off.  I HIGHLY suggest Dyer’s in Aston, PA.  My ring is from there and he is NOTHING but honest and you will be able to get a way bigger ring then 1.2 for that money.  My FI’s family goes there, and only there, for 20+ years.  My ring is 1.25 brillaint cut, very close to your specs and my setting is another .75 ct and it was no where near that much.  Depending on what part of Philly, it will take you no more then 45 mins – 1 hour to get there.  Message me for details if interested.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@goldfish2308:  congratulations and welcome to the hive.

i agree with pp.  zales, kays, etc are usually overpriced for what you get.  i would check out some reputable online diamond retailers and some local jewellers as well.

definitely do your research before purchasing anything.  you can always ask us bees for their opinions too if you are unsure.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Eh, FI got my ring from Kay for a great price and it appraised for 2.5x what he paid for it. 

That said, with your budget and the specs you’re looking at, I’d check out some online retailers (Blue Nile, James Allen), and local places instead. You’ll get more for your money, with the option for custom!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I would not go to Zales or Kays or any of those chain stores. I have read too many horror stories from bees.

I would definitely recommend Blue Nile. DH purposed my center stone from there and got a setting made else where.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsT2009:  +1 James Allen 

 

Their rings have a lifetime warranty. And they don’t force you to buy any “extra” insurance or have mandatory ring examinations (although we bought a setting too not just the stone). 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would shop online, from a place like James Allen, Whiteflash, Brian Gavin Diamonds, Engagement Rings Direct, High Performance Diamonds, or Good Old Gold, that have been in business a while and have high quality and many happy customers. With your budget, you should be looking for an ideal cut. I would not waste your money on clarity above VS2, since at that level you’ll have no visible inclusions and no durability issues. I would also look at diamond color of GIA-certified diamonds in person to see what your preference is. Pricescope.com has a ton of resources if you haven’t been there yet.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@goldfish2308:  Don’t discount Tiffany too quickly – their customer service is second to none, and they don’t even offer lesser-quality diamonds in their stores.  I originally thought it would just by paying for the name, but we were surprised by how good the prices were for the quality we got.

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