(Closed) Chain store ring love / i diamond love, share pics

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Post # 61
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We bought princess cut from Reeds, which an American mall chain on the east side of the country. It was 1 carat, ridiculously overpriced, with a terrible cut, I3 clarity, non-certed. It had little sparkle, even less fire, and almost no brilliance. It looked like a piece of dirty glass. We had no idea about anything, and were just excited to have a ring. 

Then I started combing the boards here and elsewhere and I couldn’t understand why my princess cut didn’t look like other people’s princess cuts. 

It caused us to study and learn as much about diamonds as we could. We returned the stone. For less money, we went on James Allen and bought a GIA certified Asscher cut of the same carat weight and much better clarity/cut quality. 

It’d be one thing if these diamonds were priced accordingly. But oftentimes they aren’t. This is just my personal experience with a chain store, I’m sure many other people have had better experiences. The rings in this thread are really pretty, and I’m glad people are happy with what they’ve got. I sacrifice color instead of clarity. I’ll buy J-N colored stones over higher colors any day. But the money I save I put towards cut and clarity. 

Post # 62
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378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Love love love my ring from Peoples (Zales) 😊. 1 CT tw, h colour SI1 clarity. So happy with it and wouldn’t trade it for anything 😁

Post # 63
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have a half carat radiant that’s an I1. It was a hand down from my grandmother. I will say the crushed ice cut can certainly hide flaws. I can’t tell what are facets and what are inclusions until I loupe it. 

Post # 64
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Painswick Church and the Falcon Hotel

My 0.99ct diamond is I1 no black spots but a white line, I still love it 😊  

Post # 65
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

My ring is from Jared. I got it half off in their vault value sales section. It’s certified SI2 H color ideal cut diamonds. It’s being set with a light blue sapphire. I bought a band to go with it and some diamond earrings yesterday. I had Jared reward bucks so wanted to use them up. I’ve bought from both Zales and Kays in the past and I wouldn’t buy from them again. I don’t like the fact that they have to ship stuff out to be repaired. Jared fixes it right in store and I love that. 

Post # 66
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I love mine from jareds and I have had an amazing experience 😍 I love that they do their work right there and I can trade in and upgrade and just pay the difference SI 1 .50 

Post # 67
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Blushing bee

Thank you OP for this thread. The ring I absolutely fell head over heels for a ring from Zales. My BF & I went to one in Jersey Gardens while on a mini vaca [for a wedding haha]. We went to get our ring sizes & browse a bit. Initially I saw NOTHING that appealed to me. My BF showed me some that he liked that I was so/so about. Ultimately, I wasn’t enthused. While on our way out of the store this ring [that sat in the middle of a case with about 100 other rings] caught my peripheral. I went to it, tried it on & almost died. πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜‚ 

The only thing is it was on clearance ☹️ & once it’s gone, it’s gone. So, I searched for it online when we got back from our mini vaca & there was only 1 within 50 miles from us. In a store about an hour from our home but 20 minutes outside of where my BF works. I told him & he didn’t say much but a few days later I looked online & the store didn’t have that ring anymore. πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘€ I freaked & told him. His reaction wasn’t out of the norm just a simple “Well, what’s meant to be will be, baby.” & now my BF is very adamant about sticking to our budget when I could NEVER get him to [he’s the spender & I’m the saver]… I sure hope this means what I think it means!!! πŸ˜ƒ

A lil backstory, I know all about the 4c’s. My 91 year old Grandmother is a diamond connoisseur. Her collection is freakin amazing & she taught me a lot. However, when you find something that fits you & your personality… you don’t care about the store it came from or how the quality compares to others. I ALWAYS said I wanted to custom make my ring bc of the knowledge I had. But that all went out the window the second I put that Zales ring on my finger. & the best thing is… it’s totally Grandmother approved! [of course I had to show her from their website & she totally loved it]. 

What’s right for some isn’t always right for others.

Follow YOUR bliss ladies. πŸ’œ

Post # 68
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134 posts
Blushing bee

Thank you OP for this thread. The ring I absolutely fell head over heels for is from Zales. My BF & I went to one in Jersey Gardens while on a mini vaca [for a wedding haha]. We went to get our ring sizes & browse a bit. Initially I saw NOTHING that appealed to me. My BF showed me some that he liked & I was so/so. While on my way out of the store this ring that sat in the middle of a case with about 100 other rings caught my peripheral. I went to it, tried it on & almost died. πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜‚ 

 

The only thing is it was on clearance ☹️ & once it’s gone, it’s gone. So, I searched for it online when we got back from our mini vaca & there was only 1 within 50 miles from us. In a store about an hour from our home but 20 minutes outside of where my BF works. I told him & he didn’t say much but a few days later I looked online & the store didn’t have that ring anymore. πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘€ & now my BF is very adamant about sticking to our budget when I could NEVER get him to [he’s the spender & I’m the saver]… I sure hope this means what I think it means!!! πŸ˜ƒ

I know all about the 4c’s. My 91 year old Grandmother is a diamond connoisseur. Her collection is freakin amazing & she taught me a lot. However, when you find something that fits you & your personality… you don’t care about the store it came from or how the quality compares to others. I ALWAYS said I wanted to custom make my ring bc of the knowledge I had. But that all went out the window the second I put that Zales ring on my finger. & the best thing is… it’s totally Grandmother approved! [of course I had to show her from the website & she totally loved it]. 

What’s right for some isn’t always right for others. 

Follow YOUR bliss ladies. πŸ’œ

Post # 69
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Sugar Beekeeper

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herrera2016 :  

I love that whole look!  I would  not solder , then you can have them either way .

Post # 70
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Sugar Beekeeper

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alybetter :  

I never heard of a crushed ice cut before -its perfectly lovely. I don’t  care about flaws  myself , but I can see that a cut which minmises  them is an added bonus !  

Post # 71
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

 

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elderbee :  

Crushed ice cuts definitely help with lower clarity diamonds. There are plenty of cushions with that look, and I believe all radiants are faceted that way. I prefer a more geometric or uniformed facet pattern, which is why I’ve never done anything that radiant.  

Post # 72
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Worker bee

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ohana :  I am positive I had something similar happen to me years ago! I sent mine to be dipped through Kay’s and when it came back there were inclusions in the diamonds that I am sure were not there prior. I never knew of a lawsuit and had no proof there were no inclusions prior as my (now ex) husband didn’t think to keep the paperwork from when he bought it… I’ve pawned the ring off now but this would have been interesting to know back then!

Post # 73
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Helper bee

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jgfish :  The whole lawsuit thing was a disaster. It’s impossible to fight – but I learned my lesson. I’ll NEVER go back there ever again. The other day I needed a new container of cleaner and there was only a Kay on my way home. I decided to forgo cleaning my ring until I can get out to another shop today. I can’t give them money. 

I know that it was my ex husband’s ring and maybe it was a cosmic sign , but all I can think is that if anything ever happened to my current engagement ring I would be beyond devistated. I can’t imagine how women feel who lost a ring that meant the world to them, with so much sentimental attachment. Even if their rings are pretty (which many of them are) how do you line the pockets of such a heartless company? 

That’s why I took a major size cut and spent the money I would have spent on carat size and went to an ethical online retailer. 

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