(Closed) Bad Luck with Rings?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
683 posts
Busy bee

go for a small jeweler! my fi went to shane co and has had a great experience so far!

we were just shopping the other day and walked into zales(not our first time) just to casually look at jewelry and wedding rings. and they chase you down like hawks! i refuse to buy from them because i like having my privacy while i shop and they have no respect for that!

i have also looked at there stuff a lot online before i was engaged and there quality for price did not seem very good either. i would look at a more local place or a place that is not a standard chain store (i guess shane co is considered a chain store but they dont make commission so theyre more helpful).

Post # 4
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Mircat:  I’ve avoided saying this but since barely anyone has replied I’ll put in my two cents worth. Sorry Mircat but if you’re spending less than $200 on a forever, everyday wear ring, you are risking bad wear or lots of issues, nothing to do with bad luck. I’m not saying they’re all bad, but it’s a greater risk. No doubt that when you pay extra you’re paying for quality (I’m talking about the setting and material not so much the gemstone). I’m glad you’re forking out a bit extra this time, I hope your new ring holds up well for you 🙂 

Post # 5
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

It’s probably a mix of the materials, quality and general crappiness of those out of the box stores. Is there any way you could get a metal besides silver and go to a local store? I think you can get more for your money there and hand pick stones which helps with the price.

Post # 6
5224 posts
Bee Keeper

@Mircat:  Sterling silvwr is a soft metal, so I think that may be where your problem is. Have you looked on Etsy? There is a lot you can do with a $200 budget on Etsy.

Post # 7
1122 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Ive had some pretty bad luck with rings, and found that part of the problem was that they were purchsed from a mall chain store (kays, not zales.) Ive perchased estate jewelry for about the same price from a little local shop that has lasted me years of hard wear. If I were you, I would return it. I would then go to all of the pawn shops or local jewelers and even look on etsy to find what you wanted. You can get a GREAT deal on jewelry just because it is previously owned, and theres nothing wrong with that. Good luck, and be surr to share pictures of whatever ring you decide on!! =)

Post # 8
522 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

My RHR is from Zales, but it’s very, very low profile and I don’t wear it when doing certian activities (washing dishes, working out, etc.). The e-ring that I was absolutely in love with was from Zales as well, but Fiance got a way better deal (and much nicer stones) from a small, local place.

Post # 9
418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Mircat:    Both rings were from Zales… 

This is your problem.  Mall jewelers don’t carry the greatest quality settings. 

Post # 11
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent\'s backyard

yeah, sorry but you get what you pay for. a $200 gold & diamond ring is going to not be the best craftsmanship, and zales is like the old navy of ring shops. 

there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a $200 engagement ring. but if that’s your budget, you might have better luck going with a different store, and going for something like semi precious stones, or a nice setting that has CZ that you plan to upgrade one day. 

Post # 13
245 posts
Helper bee

all the best with your next ring.

i had the same experience (same ring broke on me twice despite it being off my finger more than on it). was not exactly cheap but clearly not quality.

waiting for me new ring, much simpler but from a local jeweller and better quality. think i’ll still be nervous of it for a while but still can’t wait.

i think going simple is important because then there can be more focus on secure setting. my first ring had too much pave and small diamonds for the money.

Post # 14
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I agree there is so much on ETSY and have you ever considered a second hand ring…. you can get some great deals and may be able to get a diamond…. just a thought. 

Post # 14
349 posts
Helper bee

My rings have come from Kay’s.  i am (apparantly) very lucky.  i didnt read these boards before and knock on wood have not had a problem with my rings.  i have a 1/2 carat supreme fit band that i love and wear as rhr everyday, i barely take it off except when i clean or work in the yard.  im so OCD i would be afraid of ordering online, however, just like in all cases im sure there is people out there with bad experiences at various places.  what is important to one may not be important to all.  i have a simple solitaire becuase i dont want to worry about pave diamonds falling out and i like the warranty plan i was able to have.  we all have very beautiful diamond/gemstone rings that reflect our style and make us unique.  i am a big fan of reviews.  i would suggest to anyone purchasing locally to research the store in your area and made a decision.  🙂

Post # 15
9595 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Honestly you can sometimes get great deals at pawn shops, or better yet if theres a nice gold/bullion/silver shop- more likely to buy quality. But it’s a risk and you really need to know jewelry to judge wether it’s a good buy or not.

honestly for 400 I would go to Etsy! They have less over head costs then a brick and mortar so theyll generally be cheaper. You can get something beautiful!

and agreed- it’s not luck it’s Zales, especially in their lower end rings Id imagine. 

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