Post # 1
I want to hear your stories, the good, the bad, the ugly, and the magical.
My SO and i decided to start at a small jewelry store that specializes in affordable rings. it was terrible. the lady helping us told a co-worker we were an “unimportant couple” because we wanted a moissanite instead of a diamond. For this being my 1st experience, I was disappointed.
My SO saw that I was upset so he took me over to Robbin’s Bros. it was 2 hours before they closed, the sun was setting, and as we walked through their doors all of the lights lit up the rings beautifully. i was nearly blinded, and so excited. we were greeted with smiles by our sales rep, Damon. he asked what style we were looking for, and i explained, a princess with a halo and some vintage detail.
as I tried rings on I realized I was falling in love with the round brilliant cut diamond with a halo. Damon let me run the whole show, He and my SO followed me round all the cases of rings. Trying on nearly every one. They were so patient and helpful. it was so much. I felt like I was the only girl in the world.
I ended up choosing 3 gorgeous rings. from their my SO can choose the final one. This was the best experience I could ever imagine.
The next day my SO brought up the option to have a ring made! So we went and talked to a few jewelers. We ended up leaving designs with 2 different jewelers.
How much better can it get. He might pick a beautiful pre-made ring that i love, or have one custom made just for me? I’m in heaven!
What was your experience like? how did he choose the ring perfect for you?
Post # 3
Sounds amazing!! I love the idea of picking out 3 and letting him choose, never thought of that.
May have to borrow your idea. My Fiance is very technical when it comes to choosing, it’s like he’s buying a tv or camera, which is why he knows it’s difficult because I can literally hate something for no reason at all and love something else that I originally may have been against.
God help him – I don’t know how he’s going to pull it off.
Post # 4
@tiny tuna: He’ll figure it out, don’t worry.
And I believe,when it’s true love, when he puts the ring on your finger it won’t matter which ring it is. He’s telling you he wants you to be his wife, forever. That’s huge and so romantic, I don’t think anything else will matter.
Post # 5
We went to 3 stores, the first was a disaster. They had a ring I liked, but nothing that I thought was “unique” enough for me. The sales lady there was crazy, I felt like she was trying to sell me a happy meal! She kept schmoozing us but talking to me like I was a child.
The second store I wasn’t sure about at first, they didn’t have rings in the style that I thought I wanted. The sales girl pulled some rings out that were beautiful, I just wasn’t sure though so we decided to go to the next store…
Horrible. HORRIBLE. These are home town stores and my dad went to HS with the owners of the 3rd store. The sales people wouldn’t even bother with giving us attention. I’m sorry but we were going to drop a large amount of money, paying in full up-front. They didn’t bother with us, I honestly had 3 different people just walk by us and say “You doing okay?” without looking at us or opening a case for me to see a ring. I was so upset. We left immediately and were downtown so we sat on a bench and talked. I kept thinking about this one ring again and again, but it was NOT what I set out to find. AT ALL! I swore up and down I’d never get a round center stone, but my hub knows me better than anyone and we walked back down the street, picked it out, ordered it and it was mine!
I’ve never been treated better than we were at that store–even before we picked out “the” ring. Anything we do as far as jewelry we will forever go there! I still (a year later) walk by and our sales girl will pop outside and grab me to say hello and ask how we’re doing.
Post # 6
I love the end of your story. So perfect.
Isn’t it funny how what you think you love in pictures isn’t always what’s perfect for you?
Post # 7
@KansasPrincess11: Yikes!! Sometimes you get too much attention and sometimes none, I would do just what you did and walk out. Places like that don’t deserve any business.
Insane. Loved your story btw, glad you got something you love.
Post # 8
We looked at rings for a little over a year before just recently choosing one. It was kind of something to do between classes for a while, or if he knew I was bumming out he’d take me to look again.. we’ve never had a bad experience, really. We had one where we felt ignored, we complained, and they profusely apologized and since then all our interaction with that company has been great!
When we first started looking though, within a week I found “the one.” I loved it. He considered buying it at the time. I told him not to just because it would feel like too much pressure, even if he didn’t give it to me for a long time! Well, we were going to buy it in February because Helzberg doesn’t have any locations in Utah and I was taking a trip home anyway. A week before my trip, I looked it up online again to see that it was GONE. I texted him frantically at 2AM and told him it was gone. I called the next day and they confirmed it had been discontinued. We looked at rings after he got off work that night and I found one that was super similar to the original one we’d had in mind.. but prettier 🙂 He bought it then, which I’m excited for becausee that one just disappeared from the Jared website, as well. It would have been two discontinued; I’d have been a tad annoyed!
The funny thing, though, is that I visited Helzberg when I went home and I saw the ring we’d picked before… and I didn’t like it as much as the one we have now! Which.. I’m glad for. Although he offered to return it if I still wanted the original one we’d chosen. What a sport.
Post # 9
I’ve looked at rings forever (I shop for a living) so I knew exactly what I wanted. It took me 2 minutes to pick out a setting and then a stone from the first store we went to, and 5 minutes for the transaction to be complete. Quick and painless. 🙂
Post # 10
My e-ring story: my man picked it out, showed it to me, asked “Is this the one?” and I said “Yes” :o)
Post # 11
@SandAndSea & @tiny tuna: Thank you! We got so lucky walking into that store! What I ended up learning later, one of my bridesmaids is really close with the owners’ daughter…talk about a small world! At the daughters wedding they even asked my friend how I was doing–the owners! Talk about customer service! 🙂
Post # 12
@Lysistrata: That’s sweet, i love it!
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
My love is determined to find my ring by himself. No hints, no top three, no photos. So, with the pressure completely off of me to find “the ring” I have just been having fun every once in awhile visiting different stores during their slow periods. One store recently reopened with about 50% more stock, I explained to the saleslady that I was just there to play because I don’t get to choose my ring, and we had a blast trying anything and everything on. I am so glad that he wants to choose the engagement ring because I honestly could not narrow it down. I love all different shapes and styles.
Post # 14
I was in a jewelry store with my mom, who was getting a ring re-sized. I fell in love with an engagement ring and found out it was on sale until the next day. My boyfriend and I had been looking at rings before this, so I went home and told him about the ring I had seen. We went in to look at it together and he bought it then! I’m still waiting to get it though… (he must be waiting for some specific time to propose).
I mentioned to the salesperson that I saw an inclusion from the side. She said she would call around to all of the other stores to find the best diamond she could. I ended up with F colour instead of H and although my diamond still has an inclusion, it is much less noticeable and you have to look more closely to see it. I was so happy!
Post # 15
I loved this: “And I believe,when it’s true love, when he puts the ring on your finger it won’t matter which ring it is. He’s telling you he wants you to be his wife, forever. That’s huge and so romantic, I don’t think anything else will matter”
Post # 16
I dont have a ring shopping story… 🙂 the ring just appeared 🙂 haha nah he did everything without me knowing (contacted my uncle in NZ and organised his to make a ring.. email/faxed him designs) and then the day after my uncle came over to Australia to visit the families…. he proposed… very sneaky and very wonderful 🙂
HAHAHAHA he was saying “your uncle is coming over in 3months” “your uncle will be here soon” “it’ll be good to see your uncle” (he’s not a social/family person so it was strange for him to be excited that someone was coming over LOL) i was like “yeah…. he’s my uncle why are you so excited?” HAHAHA 🙂
He also asked me what size my mums ring was (i was the same size ring as her at the time) LOL still didn’t click!