Post # 1
My SO is a “guy’s guy” – aka HATES shopping. For anything. Ever. We were watching duck dynasty last night (love it – haha) and it was the episode where one of the guy’s wives makes him buy a wedding ring to wear because he lost his. I commented that (like clothing, etc. stores), a jewelry store is probably the last place a guy wants to be, and wouldn’t they rather just order it online. I was shocked when my SO replied “No, maybe women shop online. Guys go to stores. They blow everything up online. You have to see it in person to see the sparkle, quality of the cut, and actual carat. I bought yours in a store”.
WHAAAAATTTTT??? I did not know he knew those words!
I was just speechless and excited because although we have talked about a wedding/engagement/etc often, we have never had a detailed discussion about rings.
Don’t know at all if he has actually bought a ring, because he has bought me diamond earrings and I wasn’t sure if he was referring to those… and didn’t want to ask in case it ruined a surprise.
I just worry he will waste money if he does/already has bought from a store. I understand the apprehension of buying online but the overhead of employees/stores/etc. really jacks up the prices of buying in-store.
I really like kind of uncommon rings and want either a bezel solitaire or a five stone band (anniversary style) as an engagement ring, and those are not common in many stores.
What do you bees think? Is it better to buy online or in store?
Post # 3
@misswhereami: I bought mine on MCo.com, but if they had had a store, I would have loved to see it in person first! B&Ms are just usually more expensive (for obvious reasons). If I was you, I’d bring it up and ask what he meant. But that’s just me and I would want to know!
Post # 4
@misswhereami: I vote online, though I am bias because mine is from James Allen. I have friends who have rings from the big named stores, and while they are lovely…I feel that they are quite over priced. youncan always try on styles in stores and then order something similiar.
Post # 5
@misswhereami: Lucky you. My guy only buys online. He hates going into stores. I can’t tell you how much shit we have to return because he can’t try it on, it’s not what he was looking for, it’s defective, etc… Not to mention the return shipping charges.
Post # 6
@misswhereami: Online gets my vote. But I agree with PPs who advise looking in stores first to try things on … then go find at least a stone online to save the mark-up 🙂 I can totally live with finding and purchasing a setting in a B&M but a stone … probably not!
Post # 7
I bought my DH’s wedding ring online. He still won’t believe it’s real gold since we bought it on the internet instead of in a “real store”
Post # 8
He bought my e-ring online after a lot of research. He could get a higher quality stone and more bang for his buck that way.
We looked in stores first though, to get an idea of style and size.
Post # 9
If you go to a trustworthy, local jeweler the mark up isn’t that much higher. When looking at diamonds, we compared our jewelers to blue nile and prices were very comparable. In fact, our jeweler ended up being able to give us a really good deal on our diamond and setting since we became friendly with him through the process.
I also thikn it’s super important to see diamonds before buying and you don’t always have the luxury of doing that online. Judging a stone for its beauty to you versus its specs is so important.
Post # 10
I’m a tactile shopper, so I dislike online shopping. We did end up purchasing my ring online, but that’s because it came from Japan. We couldn’t find anyone in the US that we were happy with. In general, he shops online more than I do. I’m not happy unless I can pick up it, feel the texture, weight, etc. I’m fine with paying more for that.
Post # 11
@misswhereami: I feel you can get a better price online. when we were looking for rings, I suggested that he could get a better deal online, but he really liked the sales person we have been talking to, and purchased both the stone and setting from her. My ring is being made, and won’t be done for another 3 weeks. I don’t know the stats on it yet, but it does kind of bug me that he could have saved money, or went up in color/clarity, but I’m just letting it go! it was his choice, and I am positive I will love it because it came from him 🙂
Post # 12
My SO loves Duck Dynasty too hahaha.
I think it really depends. You’re totally right about the overhead. I would go to Blue Nile for a round brilliant ring in a simple setting because it’s easy to play with the specs and get a pretty good idea of what you’re buying.
For fancy shapes or intricate settings I’d be a bit more apprehensive.
We ordered mine from Diamond by Lauren. It was a bit of a risk (especially since we’re in Canada so had to pay all the import fees and taxes) but it was worth it. They have super detailed photos and videos, though.. and it’s definitely a reputable place… came with a GIA report etc. so I am glad we went with them. Great prices too.
Post # 13
I would only buy an engagement ring in person, from a local jeweler.
Post # 14
I think I am more on board with local jewelers – I also like to see the acutal thing on my hand first. I’m not much of a jewelry person so I don’t know what different shapes look like. If it’s not too much with a local jeweler I feel much better about it – you just don’t want to see someone throw out a lot of money for no reason.
Post # 15
@misswhereami: Definitely stay away from the chain retailers, they are notorious for artificially inflating prices, just so they can mark it down and make it look like a great deal. You can’t go wrong with a trusted, family-owned jeweler in my opinion. There are definitely perks to working locally – for example, my jeweler will clean and inspect and re-dip my ring whenever I want for free. They also replace sidestone that fall out of the setting free of charge for life. You don’t necessarily get those things with a chain or online retailer. Plus, it’s usually a situation where you’ll have to send your ring away to get fixed, which I’m personally not comfortable with.
Post # 16
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I’m with your SO on this one. Buying expensive jewelry online is like rolling the dice to me. I would only buy from a retail store.
Lots of people buy online and that works for them. But we spent about $15K on my e-ring and both our wedding rings. I wouldn’t drop money like that on an online purchase.