Post # 1
I just want to pimp a mall store that I think has a clever marketing pitch to compete with onlin sales.
Bailey Banks and Biddle have a whole line of engagement rings (that’s not unusual.) But what’s unusual is that they devote a section of their store to mock-up rings. Mock-ups are the size and scale of their real thing, but with fake gems. That means that you can perch on a stool and try on a bunch of rings at your leisure–all of them are set out. The sales people will leave you alone if that’s what you want.
I found this very useful becuase I couldn’t get an idea of size and scale from online photos. I actually used this to talk myself out of something. I had wanted to set my solitaire into a halo, but after trying some on, decided not to do that. The rings were just not substantial for the money I wanted to spend. I’m kinda cheap!
Post # 3
I got my e-ring there years ago. They didn’t have the faux rings then, but the sales people were so friendly and nice, really knew their stuff. Our local store closed and I was sad, but I’m glad to know they are still around!
Post # 4
@kerensa: Honestly, I don’t work for them, but I thought that the salespeople were incredibly nice and knowledgeable as well, I tlaked to two of them.
And from one of them I learned that white gold had to be re-done every so often. I had no idea! That’s exaclty what I DON”T want. BBB sells a white gold ring that doesn’t have to be re-done (re-plated or whatever it’s called.) But I’m a little skeptical of that.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t be skeptical of white gold that doesn’t need replating. It means it’s probably mixed with palladium, which is naturally white. It’s available at just about every jeweler. They just have to special order it from the casting houses, which is where a lot of settings come from.