Post # 1
I’m looking at wedding bands on zales, Kay, and hannoush. The prices are MUCH better online than in store! I’m worried because I won’t be able to see what it looks like until it comes in. Has anyone bought their band from one of these stores online? If so, pictures would be helpful!!
Post # 2
aberk156 : My original wedding set was from Gemvara, I bought it unseen in real life, only the CADS they upload on line. and I think it’s gorgeous! I hope others upload from the places you mentioned.
Post # 3
Yes! We went with Brilliant Earth. I did try their rings on in-store, but fiancé ordered the actual ring and diamond online and unseen. Awesome experience.
However, would NOT recommend Kay. Look up their customer reviews online before you proceed with them.
Post # 4
aberk156 : we just ordered our bands on overstock. they should arrive next week. After doing a lot of research, I’m cautiously optimistic. they have a 30 day return policy but you have to pay for return shipping if the reason is you just don’t like it. even so, it’s ridiculously cheap. FH ordered 3 different bands to try on, all tungsten (what he wanted) and the combined price isn’t anywhere near the price of 1 tungsten ring in-store at kays, where we tried stuff on to get an idea of what we liked. Anyway, stand by I’ll let you know if it all goes horribly wrong.
Post # 5
I bought my antique wedding band through an etsy seller. At first I was a little let down, but now that I have it on I like it a lot. Its dainty and it is platinum.
Post # 6
I bought my husband’s wedding band from Blue Nile.
Post # 7
Another vote for avoiding Kay. My friend is currently dealing with them over her wedding ring and it’s been a comedy of errors.
But if you’re set on the mall store route, nothing is stopping you from going in there and trying everything on…then buying it online. Not super fun for the salespeople, true, but it’s an option.
Post # 8
aberk156 : Yes, we got ours from http://www.e-weddingbands.com/index.html, I can’t recommend them highly enough. Over the years I’ve purchased several bands from them, in various metals, and I am always impressed with the quality and customer service. Prices are incredible, too. I’ve also returned rings to them so I know how great their policies are, no risk.
Here’s their 2mm platinum band:
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2017 - State Park
I second e-weddingbands. Excellent customer service, great prices and quality. Had to send one back to resize and they were wonderful. Can’t recommend highly enough!
Avoid especially Zales but I think any of those big names are something to think twice about.
Post # 10
We purchased from jamesallen.com and it was a great experience. You get 360, 20x magnification video of the actual rings. And added bonus, saved about 20%over brick and mortar prices.
Post # 11
Goirishgrl : Just curious, are you actually based in Ireland? Did you get customs charges on the James Allen bands?
Was it still a 20% saving when shipping, handling and customs fees are considered?
Post # 12
I got my wedding ring off Etsy (and my engagement ring is from moissaniteco.com). I didn’t see either ring in person until they arrived in the mail. My husband’s ring was also an online purchase. We found the selection MUCH better online, and the prices were better as well.
I think it would be perfectly reasonable to go in to the stores, try on the bands that you like, tell them you are just looking, and do NOT want to buy that day… and then go home and get the one you love online. Why spend more in store?
Post # 13
I looked in store and ordered it online when they had a sale. I got mine from Zales and I’m very happy with it.
Post # 14
cinderdora : sorry dear, guess my user name is a bit misleading. I am not in Ireland, so have no idea of customs/international shipping costs.
Post # 15
Goirishgrl : Thanks anyway 🙂 worth a shot to ask! Everything is so expensive here, it’s hard to work out if the savings are enough to balance all the extra fees :'(