- 4 years ago
- Wedding: April 2017
After typing this out I realized it is extremely long, if you don’t want to read it all, I don’t blame you. Just scroll down to the last paragraph.
For the past few months I have been looking at rings online only because my SO wasn’t ready to go to a jeweler yet, but he was ready for me to get ideas because he wants me to design my ring on my own.
I thought I had it all figured out online yaddy yaddy ya, but I didn’t.
When I first started looking at rings online I went to ShaneCo’s website because that’s where his mother got her ring from and that is where my SO wanted to get mine… Until we realized that we can get a better quality, bigger diamond on websites like Blue Nile, James Allen, etc. We were ready to buy a ring on Blue Nile that I like, but everything kind of changed today when we went to a jeweler.
SO’s mom convinced us to come to ShaneCo with her today because she needed to get her prongs adjusted and believe me she wants us to get married more than anyone, so we knew what she was doing. So we went along. They had the setting that I love and have loved since day 1 of searching online. It was so much more beautiful in person. And this is the part where I am torn…
I am not comfortable with my SO pretty much getting ripped off. Every diamond the sales person showed us I nailed it on the head when he played the “What color, what clarity, how many carats do you think this is?” game. I could easily tell the difference between a G, an E, a great cut, a bad one, and I could see inclusions in all of them besides the “Shane Cut.” he only showed us SI1 and SI2’s and one I1 just to see if I really knew what I was talking about with clarity. I told him I wanted FL-VS2 and D-F, but the diamonds he showed us were E-G and SI1-I1 for the same price that I could buy an E color VS2, Ideal cut diamond on Blue Nile. BUT now I feel like I really need to see my diamond in person before buying… But I do not want to pay the rip off prices of stores. I have been to two independent stores on my own in my small town and there prices were even more jacked up contrary to what most people say about independent stores.
So now I am torn because ShaneCo has that setting that I always go back to even when I think I like a new one, and I got to try it on in person and it made my stomach fall to my ass because it was everything I dreamed it would be from the online simulated picture, but the price of their diamonds are a rip off seeing as we can get a better and a bigger diamond on Blue Nile for the same prices as a smaller and worse quality diamond at Shane Co. And the whole downfall is after seeing diamonds in person I now feel like I HAVE to see the diamond in person before it’s bought, but I have yet to find a store that even comes close to matching Blue Nile’s prices, and SO isn’t much for buying a diamond at one place and a setting at another. Why can’t Blue Nile just be a store. /: