Post # 1
I am having a hard time deciding which wedding band to choose. I want a thin (2.5 mm or so) wedding band with channel set round diamonds.
I went to a locally owned jewelry store and they were having a 50% off anniversary sale, I tried on this ring i really like, it’s .3 tcw channel cut ring, 2.5 mm, G colour diamonds and S1 clarity (my e-ring is a D colour so I would like to stay somewhere near that colour) the ring is $799 (plus tax would bring it to almost $900)
It’s a little more than I was expecting to spend so I thought I would look online and see if I can find something similar. I found one ring at e-weddingbands.com that is very similar, it’s .25 tcw, 2.5mm band, and the diamonds range from G-H-I and the clarity ranges from VS2-S2. The ring is only $299 (plus shipping and tax it would be approx $370)
I can’t decide if I should get cheaper ring. I live in Canada so it’s not as easy as just ordering the ring and then returning it if I don’t like it because I would have to pay another shipping fee and I would lose out on the tax and duty I have to pay when it crosses the border) as well there is only one ring at the local jewelry store on sale. The lady said once it’s sold she can make a new one, but it will be more expensive given the rise in gold prices.
I think the online one is probably good, but part of me is saying that this is one aspect of my wedding i shouldn’t cheap out on as after it’s all said and done the ring and the photos (and of course my hubby) will be all that’s left.
What would you do?
Post # 3
Go with the cheaper ring. I bought mine at Kay’s for $250 on sale over the summer.
Post # 4
If it’s at all within my ability to afford, I always opt for a local merchant over an online dealer. I like to support small businesses and it’s like investing in your community. Also, a local jeweler will provide you with support after the purchase, fixing anything that might be wrong, replacing it if necessary, working with you to make sure it fits and looks great, and will provide complimentary cleanings and tune-ups (tightening the settings) going on into the future. You don’t get any of that relationship from a website.
Post # 5
Don’t cheap out on it!!! The ceremony and reception thoughts will eventually fade. Your ring however will be staring you in the face for a very long time!
Post # 6
nothing makes me happier (well, there are some things…) than saving money or getting a good deal, but this is one thing that even i would go for the more expensive version of. you’re going to be wearing it for the rest of your life. if the difference in price was $1000+ i would feel differently, but even the more expensive one is a decent price and if you love it, i would buy that one.
Post # 7
Higher price doesn’t necessarily mean better. It sounds like the two rings in question are about equal, go for the cheaper one. Remember that traditional jewelery stores have to charge more because they have more overhead expenses.
My wedding band from an online jeweler is going to cost about 1/3 as much as it would from the traditional jewelry store I originally saw it at ($900 versus $2500). And it’s just as good, if not better, quality!
Post # 8
I would prefer to save the money if it was the same ring, but I would not buy it online. I think it is nice to be in person to see the ring and try it on etc. I do not know anything about the clarity specifics posted, but IMO I would go to the local jewelry store 🙂
Post # 9
@abbyful: Ditto, ditto, ditto!
E-weddingbands has a great reputation. Just because they have cheap prices doesn’t mean their products are cheap! I would definitely go with a band from their site.
Post # 10
I think you should wait and look around a little more because $799 plus tax seems like a lot for .3 carats. Since your not getting married until June I would wait for the Christmas and Boxing Day sales. Your bound to get a better deal then.
Post # 11
kelmac – i have looked around quite a bit and it seems like around $700 is the going price for a .3 carat channel set ring. Many online are around that (or a bit more) of similar quality. of course there are similar style rings at zales or where ever and they cost much less, but the quality is quite a bit less too.
I guess I just question the e-weddingbands ring because it is soooo much cheaper. My FI ring he is going to get is tungsten (with no diamonds) and we are going to get it online for $179 (he is very specific as to the design of the ring and we can only find it with a couple online sites, so it’s a bit more than some of the other tungsten rings) anyways it seems odd to me that I can get a ring with diamonds made of gold for $100 more?
I am no good at big decisions 🙁
Post # 12
Hmmm that’s a tough one. I think I’d wait a bit longer to see if I could get a better deal on a better ring.
Post # 13
I’d get the one online – it’s practically the same ring! Why spend more than you have to? I also wouldn’t worry about the color/clarity too much. Smaller diamonds used as accents and such rarely have the specs of a larger center stone (or if they do – you pay a pretty penny for it).
Post # 14
@future Mrs.M: I would go with the local jeweler like you said you have to wear this forever. You mine as well have something that you love on your finger forever than something your not completely happy with. Although they aren’t that far away in color but if color is important then look for another ring. I personally like eweddingbands.com I plan on getting my future wedding band from them one day but it’s going to be a classic plain band for $156. Their prices are great IMO. I hope this helps.
Post # 15
Go with the local jeweler, esp. if you love this ring. I was thinking about ordering one online, but I like to see how a ring looks on my finger with my e-ring first.
Post # 16
I’m in Canada too, so I totally understand about the duty and all that (SO annoying!).
Honestly, I would keep looking. That seems high for the TCW you’re looking at. Have you tried overstock.com’s Canadian site? A quick glance over there shows similar bands with higher TCW for ~$600.
Another option: not sure where you are, but I’m within an hour of the border. If you are as well, then I always, always, always recommend hopping across the border and shopping in person. You may still have to pay duty/tax (depending on how forgiving the border agents are on any given day!), bit it’s worth it to shop in person. I would wait until after American Thanksgiving or Christmas and hit the sales – if it’s possible for you to do this I think you will find the savings are significant.