Post # 1
Hello everyone! My namr is Sarah and I have been a loooooong time stalker of this site and especially the ring boards. i am very excited to now be a member and be able to communicate with you all! My boyfriend of 6&1/2 years (yes im adding the 1/2) has decided that it is time for us to start seariously looking at engagement rings! We are going next week to look at some local places!! Eeekkkk!!! I am over the moon with excitement but have a few questions that I thought id ask. first of all, are zalea, kays, mall jewelers really a no no if we want the best for our money? I dont want to go there and be dissapointed so if it’s just a waste of time we will skip them all together. But I have looked at their websites and find some of the rings pretty. Also, is it creepy if we take pictures of the rings we like? And lastly, is there a lot of pressure from the salespeople? I’m worried that I am going to get overwhelmed at the sight of all the rings and the pressure from the jewelers and totally lose focus!!
Any advice or tips yall have is much appreciated!!!!
I have amilliom more questions and I’m sure I will be posting often as this process progresses. Sorry for all the typos. I’m on my cracked iPhone! And sorry for such a rant. Thanks ladies!!!
Post # 2
If you want the best quality for your money the best place to shop is online. I recommend jamesallen.com and bluenile. However it is a good idea to go around to jewelry stores in your area to try on rings to get an idea of what styles you like. Taking pictures of rings while your looking is always a good idea but some jewelry stores will not allow it. Congrats and welcome!
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2014 - Enoch Turner School House
I second everything that the PP said!
Post # 4
B2cjewels.com has great prices. Go to stores to get idea of what you like then look online. Also I recommend going to pricescope.com for advice. They are friendly diamond experts, they can point you in right direction.
Post # 4
Ditto for me, exactly what I was going to write. Exciting!!! Try on LOTS of different styles then buy from Blue Nile, James Allen or Whiteflash.
And don’t get suckered in to “buy it today on sale” or “this is the only ring for you” salesmanship, you can always get something made exactly how you want and unfortunately the bright, bright lights of the mall shops will not give a true indication of how the diamond is going to behave in normal situations. Even a crap diamond will still look sparkly under 50 downlights! Ask for the diamond specs for every ring and before you go into any store, first do your homework and get educated about cut, colour, clarity etc. My stepson got told that the dirty big carbon inclusion in the I-2 ring they were trying to sell him didn’t matter because you couldn’t see it with the naked eye. They forgot to mention that it makes the stone look dull as the light can’t reflect properly.
Have fun! 🙂
Post # 5
Thank y’all so much for your input. i learned about blueNile from here and have been playing with the build a ring options lol. i have done some research on the web about the specs and have a general idea of what is best for me but haven really ever shopped for diamond jewelers so I don’t have anything real to compare it to. However, I think I feel like the cut and clarity will be the most inportant factor for me and then carat and finally the color. but that could all change once we start looking. Haha!! i just need to do some research on like tables and depth and all that stuff cuz that is like a different language to me!
Post # 6
my ring is from zales and they have had customer service. we couldn’t afford more $$ rings and i wanted a place i could go see the ring in person. otherwise i probably would’ve used another site like bluenile or brilliantearth. but im very happy with my ring and have only gotten compliments 🙂
Post # 7
Go to Pricescope.com. Tell them what you want and what you want to spend. They are AMAZING. They will find you the most beautiful stone and setting in your price range. They love helping people get the most bang for their buck.
Post # 8
SO and I decided pretty early on that online was the way to go for the best bang for our buck. He ended up buying my ring from James Allen but we did go to brick and mortar stores to do some browsing and to find my actual ring size. Sales people can be pushy but at the end of the day you can just tell them thank you and that you’re going to think about it and keep looking. We probably saved $3,000+ by going with James Allen. I haven’t actually seen my ring yet but I know the setting and SO says it’s gorgeous and I’m going to absolutely love it when the time comes for it to finally be mine. Their customer service is amazing and they have a really good return policy. You can check out their website and the FAQ. It’s super informative. Goodluck and congratulations on this next step 🙂
Post # 9
Hi. I’m in the same boat as you. We’ve been dating for a little more than 6.5 years and we just ordered the ring on Friday! Ring shopping is soooo excited and fun…for the girl at least! My SO doesn’t like to shop online. I even suggested it to him but he wanted to see the rings in person. You will find better prices online. What we did was we found a diamond at one of the local jewelers and the setting was from another local jeweler. I think local jewelers are so much better than mall jewelers. The one we went to doesn’t get paid commission with a sale so they were really laid back, not pushy at all. They helped us and made good suggestions and gave us many options. Local jewelers with a good family reputation is a good route to go if you want to see the ring In person.
Post # 10
We bought my diamond online from Adiamor (great company), then decided to have the setting made by Kays… Worst decision ever! Cost us $1,000 more and when we got it it didn’t look anything like how we wanted It to be… And it was in 14k rose gold despite us asking for 18k from the beginning! they even told us that we couldn’t return it despite it being their fault… Decided to talk to someone else from corporate, and the sales person didn’t even tell them the truth, luckily we had proof and was able to return the ring. We decided to return the ring to a different Kays though, and got a full refund back.
Cant hurt to go to your local jewelry store though and try on some rings :).
Post # 11
I think colour is the most important factor – its what really makes the ring sparkly. Clarity not so much (depending on the cut – if you go for a Round Brilliant you can get away with less quality clarity but if you go for step cut like an Asscher then clarity can be quite important).
If you find the sales people pushy then just walk away – they don’t deserve your business! Just take your time and shop around.
The best I advice that I can give you is to think about your own personal jewelery style and your overall style – dont get a ring thats dainty and blingy if you like plain and simple etc… I was drawn in by all the sparkling pave and halos in the shop lighting which Id never really been a fan of before and I very nearly ended up getting something that really wasn’t my style at all!
Post # 12
BambiP: I respectfully beg to differ re your comment that colour is the most important factor in sparklienss. In fact, cut, and to a lesser extent, clarity, are what makes a diamond sparkle! Some of the sparkliest diamonds I have seen have been graded a H colour or lower.
OP, please try on various styles, see what works and then buy online. You won’t regret it.
Post # 13
Olivepepper: Quite possibly and it was probably bad of me to put that because I was really just repeating what sales people had told me and I am very gullible!! Because I am so easily sold too I found the whole process a little overwhelming and did feel pressure to buy the best colour and the best cut etc but what it comes down to it it is what you like The look of yourself. The diamond/ring I ended up choosing I didn’t even know the specs of until after I had made up my mind that was what I wanted! I think you just have to see the diamonds as it really all depends and I think you can make some good savings by sacrificing on some things.
Post # 15
I don’t know how to respond to each of you by name yet. Sorry I’m still trying to figure out the boards on my tiny phone. Thank yysll all so much for your adcixe and information. I love searching the zalea website to get an idea of styles bu wen I look at te product specs the diamonds are low quality and expensive and then the good quality ones are insanely expensive. i still might look there just for ideas but am more excited to be going to a few local places around town that some friend of mone have referred us too.
once I had picked a styke I will suggest shoppong online to my boyfriend Unless we find the one here.
Does anyone have a preference between blueNile and jamesallen? Or is it just personal opinoon? I have visited bluenile a lot but not halesallen. Maybe I should start a new thread for that question lol sorry!
I’m just so excited that this is happening!!! and I am so greatful to you ladies who have helped me and informed me so far on my ring journey!!!