(Closed) Whats the difference between a Jcpenney wedding band vs jewelry store?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

When it comes to JUST METALS there will be very little difference between one store’s merchandise and another

(When it comes to Gemstones, I truly believe the gap / differences are far more significant)

The differences tend to lie in just a few elements… the Jewellery Store is more than likely carrying a “brand name” vs a generic brand / knock off.

As well Jewellery Stores tend to have better Customer Service when it comes to things like Warranty, Service, Repairs etc.

Altho, sometimes it is also true that there could be a difference in quality as well between the two bands (for metal rings usually found in the thin-ness of the metal) … in which case you’d have to actually go see the rings in person so you are able to compare.

Personally, I’d buy a ring from a Private Jewellers before a Chain Jewellery Store, and a Chain Jewellery Store before a Department Store, and a Department Store before an on-line company where you don’t see the quality of the item you are buying BEFORE you make the purchase.

But I realize that this just might be me… everyone is different on what they consider to be good value, customer service and acceptable pricing against those trade-offs.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 5
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9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO alyssars1: A quick GOOGLE for Bruteti pulled up this result… a Trademark Registry.

 http://trademarks.justia.com/857/57/brute-ti-85757316.html

It appears that their rings are titanium… and possibly have some sort of coating on them that creates the “artistic” quality

My guess is that the Review you read, means that the coating chipped / came off.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Honestly, there’s nothing even different than the JC Penny one and a $17 one from ebay! That’s how we got DH’s ring. I definitely think it’s different for gemstones and such, but tungsten and titanium are pretty much “what you see is what you get.” 😀

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@jo.lee:  Ditto!  I bought the DH’s tungsten ring on ebay from a jeweler that also had a website.  They allowed me to counter offer so I was able to save $10 for the ring.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Yeah I got SO’s black tungsten ring off amazon for like $60, and he hasn’t had a problem with it at all. 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I dont think you’ll know the difference between those two rings unless you can find the mix of metals they used.  But to me, tungsten is tungsten.  We got my husbands tungsten carbide ring on overstock for $40, and it’s held up great for over a year so far.  No scratches or anything and he never takes it off for yard, car, house work or anything.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

No difference at all. Brand jewelry stores have a huge markup. My friend was a senior customer service manager for Zales. I think he said it was an average 3,000 % mark up from cost to produce and retail. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

The main difference is that Zales charges more for the same product so that you can help them pay for their elaborate advertising campaigns.

DH and I started out by looking at Jared’s… there were a dozen sales clerks standing around twiddling their thumbs. When we came in, they all gave us the red carpet treatment, rushing to get us complimentary cappucinos and cleaning our jewelry while we browsed. I tried on a gorgeous one carat half-eternity band that was priced at $2,500. DH was looking at a gold wedding band that was $400 I think.

A few days later we went to Sam’s Club to get tires and I happened to pass by the jewelry counter. I couldn’t believe my eyes… I saw almost the exact same half-eternity ring (same specs, etc) for $995! They had men’s gold wedding bands for about $150.

Needless to say, we got our rings at Sam’s Club! Much later, I picked out my eternity wedding band at Sam’s Club for a fraction of what we would have paid at Jared’s. We were happy to save a few thousand dollars in exchange for not being offered free cappucinos!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

No difference between these, or even the ones Amazon sells for less than $20. You’re paying for the jewellery store experience.

Post # 14
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1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

As PP has mentioned, thinness of ring (and durability) may be a factor.  To make it less expensive, they may “shave” part of the inside of the ring to make it thinner, weigh less (so you pay less, as precious metals’ values are determined by weight), and make it easier to break.

I would take a look at the inside of the ring to see how thick it is.  Good Luck!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

What about gold bands? Do stores like Penny’s re-plate it for free or have warranty?

Post # 16
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Worker bee

I bought my husbands tungsten  band for 29 bucks off ebay and it looks great and is very hefty. My friend got his at a jeweler and he paid 300. His is scratched already.

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