Stores in NYC to look for erings/try on different styles and not buy (for now)

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We wanted to avoid the diamond district at all cost. We checked out Kwiat and Greenwich Jewelers, but ended up purchasing from Ascot Diamonds. I loved them, and it was an incredible experience. We’re definitely going to get our wedding bands from there. 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015

My fiance and I went browsing here after I came across the website and fell in love:

http://antiqueengagementrings.com/shopping/

Leigh Jay Nacht is a small studio but GLORIOUS — they were so happy to let us browse, and even took high-quality pictures of our top three contenders and emailed them to us after we left. A few weeks left, my fiance ordered my ring, and the rest is happy happy history. You can spend anywhere from $500-70,000 there. That’s the glorious thing about antique and vintage rings!

Post # 8
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Newbee

My boyfriend and I had browsed a few different stores in the diamond district about a month ago. I loved Lauren B Jewelry (you can also look at her instagram!) in terms of style. we didnt end up going with her since her diamond was about $1000 more than an identical spec diamond some place else. We made an appointment and they had styles that I had mentioned liking laid out.  

Another place that we liked was I.D. Jewelry (its off of 47th street but on a higher floor so it doesn’t feel so busy everywhere). He had very good prices and lots of different settings. 

I ended up going with Niletti creations who created a custom ring for me (although my boyfriend hasn’t proposed yet so I don’t know how it has turned out..) We chose him based off of price and the fact that I didn’t feel like he wasn’t pushy to make the sale but still appreciated our business. He was reccommended to us from a family friend who had been shopping at that store for 20+ years and he also had a good selection to try on and browse. 

One place I would say to avoid is Jangmi jewlery unless you are set on having a round diamond. I was personally looking for an oval and they basically told me that round was better and didnt show me anything but round! 

Post # 9
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Newbee

From your other post I saw stating that you loved rose gold I should also add that I ended up going with a thin band rose gold halo with an oval diamond. I am dying to see it and will post once he proposes! 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - City Winery New York, NY

My fiancé and I browsed together. We did the “fun” trip to Cartier, but loved Zolands in the diamond district. He bought my engagement ring there and we will probably get bands there as well. I know the diamond district can seem overwhelming, but you can get some incredible deals there. Make an appointment at Zolands and ask for Irena. She is not pushy and she knows her shit. We didn’t love the options they had for his budget in emerald cut and went back to meet with her for a second time and she had brought in a lot more options. 

For what it is worth, when I had my ring appraised, it was appraised for WELL over the cost (which I know is somewhat normal, but it seemed like we got an excellent deal.)

Best of luck! If you end up at Zolands, tell Irena Lacey sent you! 🙂

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

missmorris710:  We did not have a great experience at kwiat. They were sort of rude, and couldn’t really be bothered with us, so we just left. We didn’t even get to look at any rings. The people at greenwich were nice, I just didn’t fall in love with any of the settings there. They were a tiny bit pushy, they just offering to create a custom ring – which is nice, but my boyfriend really wanted to see it before we purchased it and we had told them that several times. We also went to a store in Boston, and the customer service at Ascot was just the best by far. I also really loved their selection of rings, so it was the perfect combo. I had been looking for a ring with a thinner band and all the other jewelers kept telling me I would not be able to find anything under 2 mm, and Ascot had exactly what I wanted, a 1.7 mm pave band. 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

missmorris710:  the Tiffany’s flagship is kiss butt nice and wow are there some glorious rings! You could get an idea of the style you want and get something similar elsewhere if you don’t want the markup.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We got my ring at Greenwich Jewelers — thought I wasn’t part of the actual buying part, I did pick out a few for him to choose from before he went looking. Lots of pretty choices, and very on-trend styles. Plus, my ring actually broke a few weeks after we got engaged (oops) and they were really accomodating.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

missmorris710:  Greenwich Jewelers has amazing stuff. I ended up modeling my wedding band off of a design they had. They are priced pretty high, but they have lovely stuff. If you find something you love, but isn’t in budget, I would highly recommend reaching out to a non-NYC jeweler to get something similar made. Saved me 5K on my band doing that.

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