Post # 1
I need some advice. About a week ago my boyfriend surprised me with the news that he is taking me to San Diego for the weekend, ring shopping! Background: We live in the middle of nowhere, between SD and Phoenix for his job. SO, I’ve done TONS of looking around every since he told my on New Years to expect an engagement by the end of the year. But, I havent really gone into a store.
My question: What exactly is the correct etiquette? We will most likely be getting the diamond online, so do you tell them up front if you end up finding something youre in love with? Or do you maybe try to hint at it and then see if theyre willing to match a decent price from online? We already have a budget in mind, so negotiating wouldnt be an issue and it would be all cash so I think that might be incentive to get a good deal? I come from a long line of negotiators, my cousin says “if its over a couple hundred dollars, you can negotiate the price down” and so thats pretty much what I do. I dont want to offend one of the salesman/woman if I begin throwing all of these ideas/options out.
Any ideas? Advice? What did you do? Oooh, and if youd like to leave your ring porn below to give me some ideas, I would most definitely love it. Thanks for being so great!
Post # 3
Always ask what the manager can offer you. They’ll give you the deepest discount.
There’s nothing wrong with just buying a setting from them. You’ll just need to tell them the size of the stone you’ll be purchasing separately so they can advise you as to whether or not it will fit in the setting. It’s not an etiquette thing, it’s just business.
If you find a diamond through them but know you can get it cheaper online from a reputable dealer, ask what the manager can do for you. But you can’t just say I can get X diamond for Y price. You’ll need to back it up with specs if you want to convice them to give you a discount.
It’s kinda hard to offend a salesperson. They’re there to make a sale, not be your friend.
If you find a setting and stone at the same place ask if they’ll give you a break if you buy both through them.
Hope you have a great time! 🙂
Post # 4
Don’t make any definite decisions until you go! I was certain that I wanted a cushion cut solitaire. I ended up getting a round center stone with a halo and pave band (pretty much the exact opposite) If you have cash, that is definitely a good bargaining chip! They can always lower the price and cash definitely sways them! Once you get there and start trying them on, chances are you’re gonna want to bring one home with you so don’t be closed off to the idea (: I had my wedding set soldered together, so no e-ring porn, but here’s some wedding set porn!
Post # 5
Thanks ladies! I appreciate the info! : )
Post # 6
I recommend going into Tiffanys to try on rings. It may be a little bit out of budget but their service is top notch and they really know what they are talking about. When my Fiance and I went ring shopping we went there and they gave us materials so we could make an infromed decision. Plus they have a ton of beautiful rings to give you an idea of the cut and setting you want.
Post # 7
@sfbridetobe: That’s definitely one of the places we are going, I had initally fallen in love with the 12k Tiffany Legacy, my huney told me it was a littttle over budget hahah, but I am still so in love with it I want to go see if theres a way I could maybe get just the setting and buying my own diamond and if that might be in my price range! And there solitaires are beautiful! /drool