Do you have either of these rings ? Looking for reviews

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Those are so pretty! I don’t have a twisted shank, but I do have small diamonds just like those in my band. And, two weeks ago one of them fell out. (We’ve been engaged since Christmas.) My first reaction, of course, was that I was so bummed! I couldn’t believe one of the stones fell out already. Also, I didn’t think it was a big deal financially since the ring is insured. But, turns out I had to pay for it because our insurance broker explained to us that we shouldn’t sumbit a claim for something so small. (Because it’s such a tiny stone, it was only $30 to get it replaced.) Of course a $30 fix is really no big deal. But, if each of the 14 little guys were to fall out of the band over time and have to get replaced one-by-one, suddenly we’re talking $420 for a ring that ony cost about $900 in the first place. Is that likely to happen? No, probably not. But just something to consider. Also, my ring was purchased from overstock.com, so I’m sure that makes a difference. If Fiance had purchased it from a regular neighborhood jeweler (like the one we went to for the repair), they probaly would have covered that sort of fix, regardless of insurance, especially since the ring was fairly new.

Post # 4
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786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t have either of those rings, but I do have a ring from Kay’s and it has small stones like that with a curvy setting and I haven’t had one of the stones fall out yet, I’ve had it since Sept. Also the warranty plan you can buy through them I believe covers any stones that might fall out and need replacing. Hope that helps.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I don’t have a curvy setting either, but I have a setting from Jared’s and we purchased the ESP (Extended Service Plan) on it and it’s basically already paid for itself. The price of the ESP depends on the price of the ring, but I highly recommend it. They pay for any of the smaller lost stones (not sure about the center stone…), replating, re-sizing, all sorts of things. I have a halo setting with channel-set side-stones and I lost one of the stones from the halo 3 days after getting it and they had it replaced in 24 hours.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I don’t have these rings, but I wanted to jump in and say that I think the zales set is prettier. also, the wedding band could be worn alone, wheras the band in set #1 would look funny w/o the e-ring next to it.

Post # 7
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3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

You might want to consider going to a local independent jeweler to have a ring like one of those custom made. Mine is currently being made (cushion cut halo with pave diamonds along the split shank) and to avoid the hassle of dealing with stones falling out, our jeweler insisted that the small stones be “bead-set” with four tiny prongs on each stone instead of four prongs on each stone, but shared with the adjacent stones. This is how Tiffany’s does most of (or perhaps all of) their pave stones for the most security.

 

A “visual” example to explain the difference:

Bead set :o::o::o::o::o:

Prong Set :o:o:o:o:o:o:

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think the Neil Lane set is lovely. 🙂

Though I preferred Zales diamonds to Kay’s, which is why my ring is from Zales.

Go try them on!!! That’s half the fun hehe

Post # 10
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2114 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I personally like the Zales ring – i think the other one takes away from the solitaire and is just too busy for my personal taste

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t have rings like that, but Fiance and I looked at Zales for rings (he proposed, then let me choose my ring). We bought one because we thought we loved it and it was a great sale, but after looking around we realized Zales didn’t have very good quality. When we went to return we also found they had pretty poor customer service- they tried refusing to return it (only a couple weeks later) when they told us we could, and didn’t even call us to tell us when the resized rings were available for pickup. I’ve heard other bad things about Zales, but maybe that’s just my local store and not all of them.

All these rings are lovely though, so I can see why it’s so hard to choose!

Post # 14
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591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

You can get something similar from a locally based jeweler, or they could make or order something like it. The upside to this is that they usually offer warranties or a guarantee, they can ensure that the diamonds are set tightly, and are usually more likely to help you out or fix it should something go wrong.

Not to hate on the big box stores, but a lot of your money goes toward their overhead (big flashy stores, big flashy ads) instead of the actual product you get. And the college sophomore heifer working part time behind the counter usually isn’t going to give you much help or care if something is wrong with your ring. A lot of people steer away from local because they’re leery of the price but if you shop around a little you can find someone reputable AND reasonable so you don’t have to worry about your ring!

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I probably like the Neil Lane ring better.  The first Zales ring looks too matchy matchy (although with a different band I’d probably like it).

I’d go to the stores and try them on.  You might be able to get a better deal online.  By online I mean from a place like Blue Nile or even Zales or Kay’s own website.  When we were shopping for my engagement ring Kay’s wasn’t that nice to us (left us waiting forever even though their was nobody else in the store).  We did have a good experience at Zales, though.

Big box stores (and some local jewelers) have good protection plans that come with their products.  This is especially great if you get a pave ring or other ring with a lot of stones.  Just be sure to read all the fine print about bringing it in for cleanings and checks.

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