(Closed) Where would you buy your diamond ring?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Where would you prefer to buy your diamond ring?
    local jewelry store, as recommended by family or friends : (30 votes)
    48 %
    jeweler who makes custom made wedding/engagement rings : (18 votes)
    29 %
    online store such as bluenile.com : (13 votes)
    21 %
    recommendation via wedding site such as theknot.com, or weddingbee.com or other : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I picked local jewelery store, but I’d also be willing to work with someone who does custom pieces.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I think if you have a clear idea, it doesn’t necessarily matter where you get it — I wouldn’t blame you for doing some shopping around to get the best deal, especially in this economy =)! My FI got my e-ring off bluenile.com b/c it was the best deal he could find and he liked the convenience of it. But if you want to go with something with more meaning, it would be nice to work with a custom jeweler…i think that’s a detail your future FI would definitely appreciate =)!

    Post # 5
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    We went with a local store that has 3 branches that are all family ran. They carried a particular designer I loved and got their diamonds from a specific company my fiance had researched out. ( His best friends dad owns a jewelery company -not the one he bought from- so he got lots of good info on ring shopping) The customer service and attention to detail was also one of the main reasons the FI bought the ring from them. I’m so excited every time I go in there and get my ring cleaned…everyone is just so nice!

    Post # 6
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    Blushing bee

    I went custom, but it was online!  Whiteflash.com.  They had great customer service as well as an in-house inventory of round and princess diamonds.  They’re very honest with their opinions:  I wanted a super sparkly square diamond, and they found a perfect one in my budget.

    Why not do the best of both worlds:  find an online jeweler with a brick-and-mortar store?  I see you’re in NY (even though married years ago.  =)):  Engagement Rings Direct and Good Old Gold are great. 

    Post # 7
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    Blushing bee

    I was very hesisitant on buying my jewelry online, especially something as important as my wedding rings. I wanted a place that would clean my ring whenever I wanted, size my ring and order specialty rings for me that I could see in person if they didn’t carry them in the store (all FREE of charge!). My FI went was a local jeweler as well which had been family owned for the past 3 generations. Many of the "chain" jewelry stores had been going out of business and we wanted a plce that had longevity and knew would take care of my ring forever! Its great that you are looking around, but remember, the best deal isn’t always the best thing!

    Post # 8
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I picked out a style I loved, but it only came in platinum. My FI bought the stone through his brother in law (who has a friend who is a jeweler), then we went to a store that had settings. We showed them pics of what I wanted and they flipped through a book, and THERE IT WAS! It was about 1/2 carat bigger than i wanted, but it was the style i was dying for. So, we ordered the setting from a jeweler but got the hook up on my center stone

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I think any of the choices are fine.  It all depends on what you want.  You can always buy the stone on bluenile and have it set by a jeweler.  A good website for diamond info is http://www.pricescope.com.

     

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    Mine is really not any of those so I had to pick other. It’s a well known jewelry store, not local not personalized and it was bought in the store.

    I just always knew (and my husband knew ^^) that I am a Tiffany girl. I am ok with a smaller stone as long as I can see it without using a magnifying glass :>

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    He got mine at a local jeweler that does custom work. We went to a couple of chain stores to look first and then we went to our local jeweler. We liked the custom work and believe it or not, the prices were comparible. He got a custom ring for the same price as a cookie cutter ring at  a chain store. The diamond is a little smaller but nearly flawless, great color, cut, etc. And that’s where we are going for our bands. We try to make it a point to support local businesses.

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I didn’t reply because it appears (and I apologize if I assumed incorrectly) that David Posnett is a jeweler and the poll looks as if he’s doing some market research for his business use. I suppose it’s not against wedding policy for vendors to post polls, however, I choose not to participate.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    Got my e-ring from Costco 🙂 A friend of mine did as well.  Had great customer service, they have high standards for stones & materials, and got a great price….appraised for $2k more than was paid.  Plus, since we’re in WA, we were supporting a local business.  That said, they have a very small selection that varies store to store, so what they have has to be what you’re looking for.

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    we got my ring at Queen of Heirs in Houston.

    It is a 1930’s antique ring. It had an old european cut diamond but that has been replaced. I will see it for the first time since the new stone in a couple of weeks!

    There are a lot of great places to look online. I do recommend Queen of Heirs, but I wasn’ the kind of girl that knew what I wanted my ring to look like. I just knew that I didn’t want a ring made from some casting that a million other rings were made from. I also knew I didn’t want a ring that felt stale to me. I wanted a ring that was loved and had a story.

    It was an amazing feeling when I put that ring on and it was my size and it winked at me. I had tried on others but nothing felt like this ring.

    But do yourself a favor, look, and then look and then look some more. 

    You will wear this ring for the rest of your life. And hopefully won’t pick a ring your partner will be paying for either emotionally (say you don’t like it or it is too small or too not whatever) or financially.

    My sister got a beautiful ring from Simon G. 

    I also did some googling on unique rings. There are tons out there.

    Best of luck.

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