His ring…Help!

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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4939 posts
Honey bee

BeeinBlush:  I don’t know how set you are on going with this particular jeweler, but you might be able to get a better price online. I don’t know the specifics of what you wanted to get for your FI’s ring, but I have ordered from e-weddingbands.com and was really happy with their service and prices.

Also, depending on if the jewelery store is a chain or a “mom and pop” type store, you might be able to negotiate on the price of your FI’s band — especially if you are planning to also buy cufflinks from them. It really depends on the store and on the person with whom you are dealing.

Post # 3
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4797 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

BeeinBlush:  We went to ShaneCo and got my husband’s mostly plain white gold band for like $800. It’s very handsome. Kinda convex, brushed metal in the middle with a thin line on the edges being shiny white gold. It’s also engraved on the inside.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

BeeinBlush:  Yeah, are you set on that jeweller? If not, shop around. Even if you are, still shop around, and if you get a better price elsewhere, approach the jeweller and see if they can improve theirs (just make sure that it’s the same thing eg the same weight, thickness, and so on).

We paid just over 1700 for OH’s ring and it’s a platinum band weighing 17.2g.

Post # 5
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249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

BeeinBlush:  Yeah, check online.  I know I can get a men’s 5mm platinum band for 1200 from brilliant earth’s site.  They use recycled metals.  The white gold would be under 1K, I’m sure.

Post # 6
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687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

http://www.amazon.com/Mens-Platinum-Comfort-Fit-Plain-Wedding/dp/B001AEK19U/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1407875256&sr=8-3&keywords=mens+platinum+5mm+wedding+band+comfort+fit

http://www.amazon.com/Mens-White-Comfort-Plain-Wedding/dp/B001AYHNB4/ref=pd_sbs_jw_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=1823B8DPMVE7TPVVXK07

The Amazon Curated Collection is actually all Benchmark brand rings, which cost close to double that at your local jeweler. You can also register for the Benchmark lifetime warranty, which includes free resizing for life. 

Post # 8
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431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Their verson of “fair pricing” and yours are completely different, believe me, they’re after profit!  I recommend online too!  I have insider info from DH who often does an off-duty detail at a similar type jewelry store and even when they discount on top of a discount they’re never losing money.  I have no problem paying a profit, obviously, it’s a business, but I do think there is a better happy medium between price I’m willing to pay and profit they usually want 🙂

Post # 9
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5421 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

BeeinBlush:  12,000 on the setting and band? Woah, what are you getting? That seems really steep!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

My husbands two tone 18k gold + baguette diamond band custom made cost around $1800 AND we are in Aus. So i definotely recommend you shop around especially as it seems like something you could find in most stores. Good luck and let us know how you go 🙂

also, $12000 for a setting? Wow. Must be one hell of a setting and bling.  Do you have any pics or drawings of it?

Post # 11
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1201 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

BeeinBlush:  $1500 for plain white gold?! In what universe? My partner’s platinum band was less than that O.o

Post # 13
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5421 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

Sounds lovely 🙂 

Re: your OH’s ring: 1500 is not necessarily crazy, but, it totally depends on the weight. I checked out the place we bought our rings from, which is the most competitively priced company I’ve found in the UK, and while their average prices for a men’s 18ct white gold band are around the £500/$800 mark, I did see one priced at £1000/$1600. However, that ring was 8mm wide and weighed in at 20.5g.

Basically, I would find out the exact specs, particularly the exact weight in grams of the metal, and then go from there. If they’re charging 1500 for a 10g ring, then yes, you are getting ripped off. Whereas if it’s a 20g ring that’s probably a fair price. 

The other thing I’d say is to consider if you’d like the rings from the same place. We really wanted ours to be from the same company and to have matching makers stamps etc. It might be that that is important to you and so you don’t mind paying a little extra. But definitely shop around and if you find a better deal elsewhere, see if they can match it for you. 

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