Post # 17
@Apple_Blossom: More than close; Jared and Kay are owned by the same company, and I was told they carry the same merchandise (by a Kay employee) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sterling_Jewelers
I looked at rings with a previous boyfriend (we ended up going out separate ways) and the woman at Jared’s was SO pushy…she tried to get him to sign up for a line of credit right away, before I even said there was something I liked! Not cool. Hopefully your SO won’t be treated in the same fashion.
My ring is from Rogers and Hollands, another mall store; my fiance had a custom setting made from a trunk show they hosted. I’ve only had it for 2 months, but the quality seems solid.
Post # 18
We have found much better prices and service with local jewellers than with Peoples, Jared, or Mappins. But that was just our experience so I’m not sure how much that says. We found that while the quality was pretty similar, the local jewellers offered us much better deals so that we could get more for our money.
Post # 19
@memo: my best friend used to work at jared. It may have been particular to our local store but just…..no. pm me if you want details of what went on there. I would advise against it. There are plenty of places that will fit your budget. That was mine, too. I especially like adiamor.com. check it out if you’ve never looked at their site!
Post # 20
My ring is from Jareds and I’ve never had a problem. When I had to get it resized they actually got it done faster than they quoted. The staff has always been friendly and helpful.
I don’t know how much my ring cost though, so I can’t tell you anything about their prices.
Post # 21
@memo: I’d try Blue Nile. I wouldn’t shop at People’s for anything serious. I bought diamond earrings from there back when I was in university.. knowing nothing of the 4Cs and they’re ok, but nothing special.
Post # 22
Thanks everyone for your opinions! I appreciate it
@DomesticDiva: I’ve been to quite a few stores in various locations (in Canada), and I’ve had really pleasant experiences every time.
I’ve had(seen) 2 places that were pushy. One other mall store was trying to force me into their company card, even though I said I wanted to just get ideas for my SO, and he’d be the one purchasing it, so I don’t need one.
I went to Birks (not sure if you have them in the States, but their kind of like tiffany’s) with a friend when she wanted to find a ring and give ideas to her SO. The sales guy tried to make her put down a deposit on it w/o him even being there. She, silly enough, gave the guy her contact info (including phone #) and he called her like 5 times and texted her too! He was way too much!
@canarydiamond: I have mentioned blue nile and similar to my SO, but he doesn’t like the idea of buying a ring online. He wants to go in a see it in person
Post # 23
My ring is from People’s. We’ve had a great experience. They had great selection and excellent prices. We also purchased the lifetime warranty which I highly recommend. Covers all damage to the ring, including loss of stones. If a stone falls out, they replace for free. Covers plating and detailed cleanings too!
Post # 24
@memo: I didn’t know Jared was the same as Peoples, I know Zales is. Mappins is also the same company. I can’t stand Mappins, had terrible customer service there, the guy told me all sorts of incorrect information about a ring I loved. I have other jewellery from People’s and they’ve given me a hard time when I’ve needed simple things – getting stones tightened even when we had the warranty.
My ring is from Spence, I’m not sure if you have those where you are, they’re a small company and I couldn’t be happiier with my ring or the service we received.
Post # 25
@memo: Birks is RIDICULOUS! Their prices are waaaay inflated and the sales people are beyond pushy!
Post # 26
Please don’t consider People’s. Like PPs have said, their diamonds are shit quality for the price of a down payment sometimes.
Fiance bought my 10K WG promise ring there, and it looked really nice. However, he also paid extra for the lifetime protection plan on it, and when we brought it in once to get the prongs tightened, they refused to do it even though that’s one of the things covered on the plan. Their reason? The ring was over 2 years old… duh, that’s why he bought a lifetime protection plan.
Also, when I went in to look at their engagement rings, I was wearing my own, and told them the specs of my center stone and they looked at me like I was nuts for trying to find something with the same (or a lower) price. My stone was J colour, VS2, Ideal cut. I asked them if they had anything in the size I was looking for (0.7) and for my budget, and the rep scoffed and said I was lying about how much I paid for my center stone! I paid $2200 for it, and they said they wouldn’t sell something with those specs for less than $6000. I bought it off Blue Nile with a GIA Certificate. The diamond with the best clarity in two of the stores I went to was SI2.
Post # 27
Jared sells junk! The settings are clunky and tacky and the stone quality is very poor. And on top of it you will over pay for what you get. Blue Nile, Adiamor and James Allen have excellent certified diamonds and beautiful settings, and at great prices. And if you are nervous about online ordering they all have great return policies.
Post # 28
@MsGinkgo: I’ve been to Spence too! I’ve shown my SO some that I like from there. Also checked out Ben Moss.
It’s I1/I2 aswell though. when I saw it, I only saw an inclusion in the centre stone, so I wonder if it could be upgraded.
Post # 29
I liked ben moss but I didn’t love the selection, it was pretty limited and after going to Spence I found their prices to be inflated. I’m a HUGE fan of Spence and recommend it to everyone – mine is from the Mississauga location and everyone there has been super helpful, I’ve already been in to have it cleaned and sized down a half size and they’ve been so super helpful!
Post # 30
my experience has been great! do your research before you go in and know what youre looking for. I think a lot of people make this mistake. it is worth having the free repairs and dips as well. They always do a good job and are usually really fast. I would not go with a ring that already has a diamond in it though as those are usually lower quality, you can pick your setting and diamond out seperately which is awesome.
Post # 31
@DomesticDiva: That makes sense, actually. I knew a lot of them were connected, but I’m never really sure which ones are, ha.
@GeorgiaBride5: Out of curiousity, what happens if you move away? I’m not dissing on your choice or anything- I’m truly curious about if you’ve thought about what happens if you leave the area and can’t take the ring to the “local store.”