- 4 years ago
Thank you for very much your time.
Quick Synopsis of Question: I would like some insight on how you (or your significant other) chose your e-ring/wedding set. While advice on ring shopping is always appreciated, what I really would like to know is your story in your search to find a ring.
Backstory of Couple: I have been dating a wonderful man for several years (nine years anniversary in November – woot woot!). We have been through a lot together, overcome a lot of difficulty, and grown together a lot from the tender ages of 15 (me) & 16 (him) when we began dating. He is one of the few choices in my life that I could unequivocally say I have no doubts about.
While we have talked about marriage early on, it has become a reality during our conversations in the past summer. We have selected a wedding date in 2015, and have decided a proposal will happen next summer. I am very excited!
Ring Shopping – Our Experience: We have started ring shopping, and I am completely lost. I thought I wanted a round or princess diamond diamond with a halo, and a pave band and matching set, but I’m not sure anymore. We’ve started out at some malls – Charm Diamond, Ben Moss, XS Diamonds, Kays, Macy’s, JC Penny’s etc. and all I got was conflicting advice.
XS Diamonds told me certification was a waste of time (I disagreed). Ben Moss told me colour (haha I am Canadian, ignore the “u” in “colour”!) and clarity were most important, and then Kays showed me a Tolkowsky diamond and said it was the cut that was important.
All the companies keep teaching me the 4 Cs: Cut, Clarity, Clarity, and Carat Weight (none mention the fifth C – COST!) but I don’t find that the salespeople really listen to what I think my taste is when they show me rings.
I’m not sure the mall is even the best place to look. We started there because we thought the mark-up would be high, and we would get a top line to then compare to when we went to smaller jewelers. I keep thinking online is the best deal, but I like trying the ring on in the store. The store sales people keep telling me in store is better: online the price is set, but in store they can negotiate the price – is that even true?
Your Advice/Input/Suggestions/Story: I’ve been taking pictures and notes in a notebook of the ring’s I have liked (or thought I liked and then looked back and realized I disliked!) but I’d love to hear your stories and experiences. Where did you get your ring, and how did you/your SO choose? What was your experience? Where did you search for your ring? How long did it take? What factors did you consider? How did you know that was the ring you wanted? Was the mental image you had before shopping similar or different to the set you ended up with? What tips and tricks would you recommend when dealing with sales people? Unexpected places to ring a ring? Did you see a difference between the mall and local jewellers?
I’ve also developed an interest in Verragio rings, and would love to hear from bees that went to an authorized retailer. What was your experience like?
Tips are appreciated, but I would love to hear your story more. Please feel free to post a pic of your e-ring/wedding set!