(Closed) Shopping for rings…question!

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Worker bee

to me that sounds nuts! i am not sure i would want to deal with a jeweler that is going to start out like this, you know?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Maybe the designer doesn’t take rings back if no one buys them. In such cases a deposit is justified. I don’t know where you live, but I imagine you can find a lovely ring without such a long drive and a deposit. Admittedly this is coming from someone who was so picky she custom ordered wedding bands from different jewelers to get just the right ones. Obviously custom orders required a non-refundable deposit on sight unseen items, and full payment before seeing them in person. That makes your deposit seem more okay.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t think that would be worth it unless you know 100% that you want the ring. Which, isn’t that the point of trying it on? to find this out? seems a little silly to me that they would charge this, but I’m not a jeweler, so who knows. I would say try to find another ring, unless you have your heart set on this one. Maybe when you go visit family or friends in the next few months they live near a jeweler who has it in stock?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

That sucks! Is it possible you can look around and try on rings similar to this setting to get an idea of what it’s like? If you just make sure you like the general style/shape, etc then maybe you can order this exact ring without trying this particular one. I feel like even if I were going to pay the money to get the setting to the store, I’d still look at similar stuff first- just so I don’t waste my money.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i think a 40 dollar deposit is reasonable to have them ship in a ring that they probably cannot return back to the designer.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

I agree that this is not unheard of.  Bridal shops do the same thing if you want them to bring in a sample dress that they don’t have in the shop.  That being said.. there are soooo many similar looking rings out there.  I’m quite sure you can find something you love without having to put down money before you are sure.  Can you post a pic of the ring you love so people can suggest similar styles/designers that might work for you.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I know that Belden will make wax replica of a custom ring free of charge.  The saleswoman at Belden said it would take 2 weeks since the wax ring is carved by hand.  I almost had this done, but then changed my mind, so I am not sure about the quality. 

I also know that Jared offered to ship a ring from another Jared store to one closer to me in order for me to try on the ring.  This was free of charge.  Although they claimed it would only take a week, yet a month later they randomly called my bf’s cell and left a msg saying the ring had arrived and was available for me to try on.  Luckily my bf had already purchased the ring of my dreams from another store (not Belden or Jareds) so I didn’t care at that point.

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