(Closed) Curious, where did you get your ring

posted 9 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What kind of store did you get your ring

    Big box/department store/warehouse store (e.g. Target, Walmart, Macys, Costco)

    Chain Jewelry Store (e.g. Kays, Jareds, Tiffanys) -- including their online counterparts

    Online Only Store (e.g. Blue Nile, MoissyCo, James Allen)

    Local Jeweler, but its a common designer (e.g. Taccori)

    Local Jeweler, their own design

    Local Jeweler, custom design

    Actually, mine was a heirloom hand-me-down

    What ring?

    Thirft Store/Vintage Store/Ebay/Other Second Hand

  • Post # 3
    2701 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    i got mine at a reputable jeweler downtown. It is family owned

    Post # 4
    549 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We went to a local jeweler. They didn’t have exactly what I wanted, so I sent Fiance a few pics as example from an online jeweler. I think they ordered the setting and helped Fiance to choose the right diamond for it.

    Post # 5
    4369 posts
    Honey bee

    Blue nile.  

    Post # 6
    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013


    Post # 7
    522 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m not ashamed to say I have a Walmart engagement ring. I absolutely love it, and as someone who really prides herself on her thriftiness and budget-conciousness, as does my Fiance, it makes me very happy to know he didn’t spend a ton on it. 

    Post # 8
    2721 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I couldn’t vote because my new ring is a combination. I had a ring from Kay but had to return due to them damaging it. To replace my set we purchased an Old Mine Cut diamond on ebay and went to a local jewler for the setting and band. 

    Post # 9
    1355 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    My Fiance got mine at Zales, so we got our bands there as well so we could have them covered under the same protection plan (and get them dipped for free at the same place).

    I looked my ring up online, and the ring’s clarity is supposed to be I1, which surprised me because I feel like my ring has fairly good clarity, and I can’t really see any inclusions. It stays shiny and sparkly even if it’s been a while since I’ve cleaned it, so I wonder if I got lucky and ended up with a better quality rock than what it says online. I do agree that these chains tend to have lower quality stones, and if I’d picked my own ring, I think I would’ve ended up with a ring from Blue Nile or Brilliant Earth. That being said, I love my ring and think my Fiance made a good choice in the design.

    Post # 10
    2104 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    FYI- James Allen isn’t online only. They have an office in Frederick, MD that Fiance had a few stones sent to so that he could look them over. 

    Post # 11
    742 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Mine was a custom job at a fairly local jeweler that makes jewelry by hand. When it came back it was nothing like what I asked for (I just asked for a low set tiffany style 2mm knife edge) but the ring I got tapered to 1mm at the shoulders and widened to 4mm at the bottom for no reason. Now it’s a 2mm almost halo profile instead after we went mad. I never got my knife edge but I didn’t want anymore errors. It is a beautifully crafted ring and it has a lot of Platinum in it. 

    Post # 12
    7898 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    The first time I was married, the ring was from a local jeweler but was a design by a national supplier. This time around, my ring is an heirloom. In my experience, your money goes further going to a reputable local jeweler than going to a national chain or department store, and you will be workig with people who really, truly know what they are doing and what they are talking about. My dad sells fine jewelry at Macy’s and would never buy fine jewelry except for watches there. You’re just getting ripped off, even when the jewelry is on sale, and the people helping you are not jewelers, just sales people. They know something about jewelry, but not like a jeweler does.

    Post # 13
    1490 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    My husband bought my engagement ring at a jeweler on Chicago’s Jeweler’s Row. He designed the ring from two different designs and selected the stone himself. We got our wedding bands at another local jewelry store where my friend worked. They had a wedding band trunk show, so we got our rings at pretty reasonable rate during the trunk show.

    Post # 14
    1658 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Family owned local jeweler. FH picked out my ring there, and we got a great deal on our bands when we went back. They’re so sweet, and they remember me whenever I go in to get it cleaned.

    Post # 15
    5426 posts
    Bee Keeper

    You don’t have pawn shop… that’s where we will be looking… but I guess it could be considered with the second hand stores.

    Post # 16
    389 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Setting is from a chain and center stone (natural sapphire) is from a local (well 2 hours away from me) jeweler.

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