Post # 1
I had previously posted that I was in the market for a moissanite solitaire. My husband and I are on different terms with this. He wants me to go the diamond route.
Over the weekend we went to Jared (yes, I admit it) and I saw a 1 carat three stone diamond ring that I really like. The price seems reasonable to us, too. I don’t know how to explain it, but I feel that buying a ring from a large chain store is not the right way to go. However, the rings I’m seeing online with the same color/clarity aren’t that great as far as price.
If anyone has any recommendations on an online retailer I would appreciate it. Thanks!
Is it terribly awful if I cave and we buy the ring from Jared? I don’t know why I’m so conflicted about this.
Post # 3
I think if you love the ring, it doesn’t matter where you get it! Also, you don’t have to tell people where you got it if you are worried about the cliche of “Jared”. I would say go for it! Good luck girl!
Post # 4
I adore my three-stone diamond engagement ring. The price was better than a solitaire, which was helpful for my husband, and it meant I got a little extra sparkle. 🙂 Almost no one asks me where we got it, if that helps…
Post # 5
I know what you mean by large chains. My FI supported his family by getting my ring from his Uncle who owns his own jewelry store, so that was a relief to me. I felt like the process was more personalized.
However, some of the most amazing rings I have ever seen have come from stores like Jared’s, and there is nothing wrong with that. I love the fact that with larger stores such as Jared’s, you can go in and try on hundreds of rings and spend time looking at them on your hand, unlike going the online route.
A good thing about getting it from Jared’s is that thousands of people before you have bought from them and I don’t remember ever hearing anything horribly negative. At least you know it is easy to access where you got your ring from for cleaning, or if it ever needs repaired.
Go for it! If this is the ring you both agree on and are comfortable with, then don’t worry about where it is from.
Post # 6
I think you will get better quality from moissaniteco than from jared.
a pleasant surprise I got from my moissaniteco ring is that when the rhodium plating was polished off, it is still very white looking. I think the gold they used was better quality.
low price diamond rings are tempting, but you might end up paying for it later with weak prongs or gold that needs to be redipped too often.
Post # 7
What kinds of warranties/care plans are associated with online retailers? I only ask because I have no idea.
One huge “plus” of my ring coming from a chain retailer is the warranty and the care plan, from chips to loose stones to redipping for the white gold.
But, to be fair, I have no experience with online jewelers, so they might offer the same thing. Just something to think about!
Post # 8
I know chain stores get bad reps but my ring is from Zales and I have a lot of diamond jewelry from Jared and I have had great experiences with both of them. We bought my stone loose from a show at Zales and it was a good price and equal to that which I see elsewhere. The warranty at both locations is great.
So while I see the appeal of going to an idenpendent retailer, don’t throw out a chain store just because it’s a chain
Post # 9
I dont think there is anything wrong with buying from a chain store as long as you’ve researched the alternatives. In my case a private jeweler could give us a .85 diamond with the same stats as the chain stores half carats. Maybe it was because we were only interested in Canadian diamonds, maybe because we wanted a higher quality diamond, I dont know…but I will never buy from a chain again without talking to my jeweler first about what he thinks a particular piece is worth. If it’s crazy on sale he will tell us “I cant match that!”
Post # 10
My fiance got my 3 three-stone from a chain store and we have been pleased with the service. – If the customer service is good and the diamonds are quality, I say go for it!
Post # 11
Do NOT pay full price at Jared if you do go that route. The sales people there can come down on the price 20%. I used to work for Kay which is owned by the same comapny as Jared. Ask the sales person if that’s the best price they can do, and I can almost guarantee they’ll come down on the price. If they don’t ask to talk to the manager…
As for buying from a chain store, I think they get a worse rep than they deserve. Often they have really good service plans, and a chain store is less likely to go out of business in this economy than a local jeweler is. I hate to say that, because I highly support buying from local businesses, but if your local jeweler goes out of business, what happens to your warranty?
My rings were bought at two different chain stores, and I absolutely LOVE them. When you find what you love, I say go for it!
Post # 12
@Loribeth: Thanks for the tip!
I recently discovered Pricescope and ever since then I’ve been obsessed with finding the right ring with the right quality stones. In the end I should just go with what I like. If I had unlimited resources I would definitely buy the best quality ring.
Post # 13
@BRT: It doesn’t sound like there is a real solid reason for you not to buy a ring from Jared (their annoying jingle aside). Is it that the ring might be massed produced? using blood diamonds? If you don’t really have a reason and feel that the customer service and quality is there I don’t think that it will matter.
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
We got my ring from a chain store. Never again.
Post # 15
My engagement ring is from Jared’s and prior to purchasing it my fi shopped around for a better loose diamon price. He was trying to find a bigger size in the same price as the one he found at Jareds. Nowhere around was able to beat it. I love my Jared, its a nice new store everyone there is so nice if we come in. We have a lady who we usually see for anything we need and everything we’ve purchased from there since (wedding bands, pandora charms, etc) she gets credit for. I trust them and know the quality of what I received is good. I have 32 pave diamonds, 2 bezel set and my center stone on my ring and I’ve had it over 2 years and not one of them has been lost or even loose ever and I have seen many posts on wb regarding loose or lost pave diamonds.
I would definitely recommend Jared!