(Closed) Best place to buy an engagement ring?

posted 3 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

An independent local jeweler or online from a reputable place (Brian Gavin, Blue Nile etc) if you want diamonds. Chain stores are great for trying on different styles but their diamonds are often poor quality and overpriced for what you get. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Avoid those chain stores! Like PP, you’re paying way too much in a chain store for the quality of stone you’d be getting. 

What I did was find a ring I loved online, tracked down an independent jewelry store that could order it for me, then my SO ordered the ring through there (as the maker of the setting does not sell directly to consumers, only to retailers). When the setting comes in 2.5 weeks from now, he will bring the jeweler the stone we picked out and purchased elsewhere, and they will set it in the setting for a $75 fee. 

There are some really great online jewelers here that I’m sure many other bees would be happy to tell you about! 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I would avoid chain stores. They are overpriced. I got my ring from majesty diamonds. It’s a whole seller that sells good quality rings for an affordable piece. We went to the showroom because it’s a Montreal based company and I live there but they have a website that has an abundance of choices. Small local jewellery store we also get places to look. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

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Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

If you’re buying diamonds, go to the pricescope forum. Tell the regulars there your budget and what you like and they’ll help you find the best for your money. 

Good old gold have some good YouTube tutorials so you can learn about the important ‘Cs’ when choosing.

If you have a soft spot for old cuts like I do, jewels by grace has some nice deals.

Also secondhand is a great way to get good value.  

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

If you’re like me, and you like larger stones, I think buying secondhand is the best bang for your buck! My Fiance got my ring off Etsy (which I agree, can be risky) but a I had tried similar styles in person and loved them. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 1993

Yes, go to Pricescope.  They know their stuff and you will get the best bang for your buck.  

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I got mine from Shane Co. Absolutly loved thier service and my ring is perfect. Thier sales people were really knowledgable but not pushy at all! It’s one of the few places we went to that didn’t try to push diamonds on us (we made it clear we would be buying a sapphire centerstone). We got our wedding bands from them as well.

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