(Closed) Can my SO just walk into Kay Jewelers and buy me my ring then propose that night

posted 8 years ago in Waiting
Post # 3
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My partner bought a ring (at Kay, actually) and proposed the same night. It was a huge surprise and I loved that he was so impatient to propose after finding the right ring.


The only downside to not getting it sized beforehand is that Kay does not size in-store. They send the ring off and it takes 10 business days for it to return. I have been without my ring since Dec 28th and won’t have it until Jan 14th. This bothers me, as I had been wearing it for weeks and had grown rather attached! We had to do it this way because my partner did not know my ring size prior to purchasing (and couldn’t ask, as I had no clue the proposal was imminent). 


If you know the proposal is coming, and have even given input on a ring, it may be best to have it sized at the time of ordering. You may have to wait a bit longer for the proposal, but you won’t have to part with the ring after it’s been on your finger. 






Post # 4
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@fainavach1992: My Fiance and I ordered my ring together from a big-box store, but because we wanted it in gold we had to wait. That said, I’m under the impression that most stores don’t keep rings in stock past a certain sample size, and that’s why a lot of people may be waiting on theirs.

Post # 5
171 posts
Blushing bee

@fainavach1992:  1.) This depends on a few different things, yes he can walk into Kay, purchase a ring, and walk out the same day. Whether he can purchase “The Ring” is a little bit hareder to guess. First, is your ring size close enough to the display rings for him to be able to purchase it, give it to you and later get it resized if necessary? If it is close then you are fine as long as you don’t care if the ring fits perfect day 1. If it isn’t close then it is possible the ring in the case may not be able to be sized to fit you. Many rings particularly rings with diamonds in the band can not be resized more than 1 size (some even less). The other issue is if they have the ring you want in stock, in the material you want in a store near you. Many of the rings they have are available in multiple metals. If the display ring is the metal you want then you are likely all set. If the ring is not then you either have to settle or wait for one to come in. Also keep in mind that if the ring is not one of their most popular then they may only have 1 in stock, if they only have one even if you see it one day and he goes back that night it could be gone and there could be a wait for a new one.

2.) Do you still have the picture from the website? Do you have any other info on the ring? It is a coin flip whether the salesman will recognize the ring from the picture but they will have old bridal catalogs likely still in store and will be able to find the info with a little searching. If he goes in when the store is not swamped with people then the salesman would likely be happy to help in his search. Even if it isn’t online or in store he can probably still order it as it is rare that a designer destroy the molds for their designs. The molds are expensive to make once but pretty easy to keep around. It would probably technically go in as a custom order but the price shouldn’t be any worse than when it was available online.


I would definitely reccomend your boyfriend call the store or go in. Availability as I said earlier varies from ring to ring. if they have the ring in the right size and material with the right center stone in stock you are in luck. If not it has to be ordered. With a huge company like Kay the lead time for a ring that isn’t in stock could be anywhere from a day (if they have one ready to go at another store) to weeks if they have to get one made. Keep in mind that a lot of these stores are busy, just getting over the christmas rush and now preparing for Valentines day. If he goes in the salesman could give him exact prices and time frames now so he has that info when he is ready to buy.

Post # 6
4097 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@fainavach1992:  They usually keep a very limited number of sizes in store. Even online, if you’re under a size 6 you absolutely must have it resized (I fall under that category – didn’t get my wedding band in until the day of!) You really have no control over their stock. They rely on people needing custom orders/resizing for money.

Post # 7
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@fainavach1992:  I do know that my fiance got my ring at Kay’s and wasn’t able to propose that night as he had to wait a few days for the ring to come in.

Post # 8
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@fainavach1992:  I’m not sure this is helpful now, since yours was already sent out, but my engagement ring is from Kay. It was only sold in a size 6.5, and I wear a 5.25. I had it resized by another jeweler, who only had it for 4 hours. It came out perfectly, and I haven’t had any issues with diamonds coming loose on the band (people warned me of this). 

Post # 9
3108 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Not all rings can be sized, and Kay doesn’t carry all sizes at all times. Hopefully you’ll find another style you like and he can order the correct size. If he plans ahead, there’s really no reason he should need the ring within 2-3 days. Also, he could always propose with a temporary ring and the two of you could pick something out together.

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Post # 10
1756 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It also depends on the stone…if the stone in the “display ring” is what you want, than he could totally just buy the ring and propose that night.  But a lot of people have a stone picked out from elsewhere and have it set into a separate setting, and that is what takes time.  

Post # 11
2247 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yup! We walked into Kay to browse and purchased a ring right there! We put it on a 12 month payment plan so we just put a little down and walked out with the ring. If you custom order or need resizing then it will take longer. 

Post # 12
898 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@fainavach1992:  if you have the picture of the ring, you can take it to a jeweler and ask them to make it for you.  That is what I did with my ring.

Post # 13
293 posts
Helper bee

My husband bought my ring in the morning, and proposed at dinner time, from Kay’s. I am pretty much the standard ring size so mine fit perfectly. He also knew my ring size ahead of time as well. I think if the ring he falls in love with is in stock, he can pay and take it with him 🙂 You just may need to take it back in to get resized.

Post # 14
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My ring isn’t from Kay but from Shane co, but Fiance had to wait a few weeks for mine because Rey didn’t have my setting in my size in stock and they had to ship it in from a different store. They said that resizing would have taken three days and they don’t like to resize rings at first anyway (obviously they will, though). Their reasoning behind this is that every time you resize a ring you are messing with it’s integrity- when you make it larger you’re juat stretching out the gold/platinum making the ring thinner, and when you make it smaller they’re cutting it and reattaching the sides. They said it’s best to just get the correct size the first time to avoid extra resizing. Plus then you have to be ring-less post proposal.

Post # 15
1263 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@fainavach1992:  When you found that ring you love, you didn’t write down the skew number? When I was shopping around for rings, I made SURE I wrote down the stock number to EVERY single ring that I liked, so that SO would know what to look for.

Also, if the ring is in stock at the store, then yes, he can walk out with it that day, then bring it back later to have it resized. However, if the store is out of that particular ring, they will have to order it, which can take up to a month. 

I personally would rather him have it sized before he gave it to me, even if it took a little longer, because once that ring is on my finger… I’m not going to want to take it off to have it resized!

Post # 16
6 posts

Don’t you have a few months before you are getting engaged, per your previous posts?

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