(Closed) buying a wedding ring down town LA

posted 8 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
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73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hi!  My brother in law got my sisters e ring down there. …gorgeous ring and of course, it was real.  However, one of the prongs broke about a year ago ( they have been married almost 5 years)….well he didn’t get insurance on the ring so he couldn’t take it back to the jeweler to get fixed.  They ended up going to a jeweler where they live and after looking at the ring he told them it was cracked!  So now she has another ring to kind of keep her feeling like she has a ring until they can get enough money to fix the other ring…they are waiting for their 5th anniversary.

 

Now, don’t think this happens everywhere down there!!!  I don’t want to scare you, if you can find a jeweler that maybe a friend/co worker/family member knows and trusts you will be good!  The prices are soooo much better down there and it’s fun going down there too!

 

Good luck!

Post # 4
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55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My FH bought my ring from Vartan the jeweler in downtown LA.  He researched the entire area and practically interviewed every jeweler in the district… put a lot of time in and eventually found one he was happy with.  He actually brought the ring to work and turns out one of his coworkers bought an e-ring from Vartan as well.  Small world.  

We’ve since been back for some jewelery repairs (stuff I inherited that needed a new chain, etc.), and just last week we went to try on wedding bands.  We’re in the middle of buying those now (My FH is negotiating – I suck at that!).  His number is 213.622.5743 and the address is http://www.alekvartan.com.

Of course I recommend that you visit LOTS of other jewelers down there & get educated so you know when it’s a good deal and when to run away!  And get it appraised and insured immediately after you get it.  Good luck!!!

Post # 5
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1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

My husband bought my ring from a jeweler in DT LA .. payed no taxes … and got a great deal. It also came with a certificate and is insured. will never lose value and we can upgrade it at any time.

 

I love it.

Post # 6
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316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My Fiance bought my ring from Baida Jewelers in Downtown LA.  They custom made it for him and it’s beautiful! I had it appraised at 3 times worth what Fiance purchased it for.

Post # 7
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285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

FH bought my center stone in Seattle, but we had a setting custom made by Eli’s Jewelry in the Jewelry District. They were amazing and the prices were half of what we were quoted at other places for settings that were no where near as beautiful. They also finished my ring in less than a week (they quoted two weeks) and other places said 6-8 weeks. I would really recommend going to the jewelry district, but do your research first or it will be overwhelming. I looked up reviews and Yelp beforehand and Eli’s had all five star reviews. They are a small family owned business and are very knowledgable. He talked to me for 40 minutes about the differences between white gold and platinum and actually incouraged us to go with the less expensive white gold. The setting is a micropave band and halo with 102 diamonds and etching on the bottom half (I opted not to get diamonds all the way around). We got a matching band as well that has 72 diamonds. For the two of these together (center stone not included) we paid$2,100, but it is worth waaaay more than that!

What kind of ring are you looking for?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you can – – check out the below thread about the LA jewelry district…I think it will totally help you out Wink

Los Angeles Jewelery district

 

Post # 9
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15 posts
Newbee

My Fiance bought my Engagement Ring and W-ring from Grady G. Taylor Jeweler in the jewelry district downtown. Stewart was our jeweler and we could not have had a better experience. We had gone downtown several times, but were put off by the pushy merchants. (Not to mention the fact that we did not trust any of them!) I was referred to Stewart by a friend of mine who has been a long-time family friend of Stewart’s, so we knew we were in good hands!

Post # 10
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25 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I got my wedding band in downtown LA, but it is hard to find trustworthy people. Definitely look at Yelp and other review sites before you go! Reliable places that I really liked were Eli’s Jewelry and Bridal Rings Co. Icing on the Ring and Debebians had some great selections as well. And the price was DEFINITELY better than what I saw at Robbins Bros and other such retail stores!

Here’s a stock photo of my band! I was looking for something a little less ordinary and I adore it! Got it for a GREAT price too.

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Post # 11
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35 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I second on going to ELI’s!! My fiancee got my engagement ring there and got a GREAT deal. We recently went back to look at wedding bands and plan to get them there soon.  I honestly like Raffi more than Eli… he’s a lot nicer. Might wanna ask for him when you go? Ehh they’re all super nice I guess. 🙂

Post # 12
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555 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

In case it helps we went looking years ago at the Pasadena Jewelry Mart, the ONLY place that popped out at us was Prestige Jewelers. We went back this weekend to look at e-rings and wedding bands and they’re still there and they matched our first experience. She is awesome they are SO helpful and honest and the prices are insanely reasonable! We had discussed getting married 2 years into our relationship 4 years later we’re now finally set and ready, we were a little backwards in that we didn’t do the ring thing yet but we’ve set a date. Anyway I honestly thought we would have to get my wedding band later or maybe do something more understated now and upgrade later but with their prices we’re able to do everything!

I believe the Pasadena Jewelry mart is on the South East corner of Colorado and Morengo (not sure of the spelling but it’s the fair oaks/morengo off ramps)

Post # 13
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75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My fiance and I both bought our rings in the jewelry district, as well as resized my mother’s engagement ring.

I WOULD NOT recommend the place I went to, Icing on the Ring.  I placed an order on an eternity-style ring, but they decided to use a different style for the basis for my ring, resulting in smaller diamonds and fewer of them.  When I complained they used the wrong ring, they told me I must have been confused and refused to change it.  So we’ve paid for one ring and have gotten something lesser.

Wherever you choose to go, bring a notebook and write down every last detail!  In fact, bring a camera and take a picture of the ring you want, the style #, the number and size and clarity of the diamonds.  At this place, they put the same label on a lesser ring and claimed I’d ordered that one, so they’re not beyond a literal bait-and-switch to get more of your money.

I’m sure you can get a good deal in the jewelry district, but be extremely extremely extremely careful if you do!

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