(Closed) I feel bad… accidentally told jeweler our budget

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Oy. One option would be for your Boyfriend or Best Friend to pull the jeweler aside and say something like along the lines of he was trying to look like a big man in front of you and therefore put the dollar amount up higher than it actually is, and the REAL budget is ___ and he really needs the guy to work with that because, he understands right?

It could work! 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Dont feel bad at all! Just walk in and say you know I said that ___ was the MAX we would spend. BUT I would feel more comfortable at this ___. Can you do anything for that? As simple as that, people change their minds all the time!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I don’t know much about the jewelry business, but couldn’t you guys just tell him that you misquoted your budget?  That you’d actually like to see some less expensive stones, as you realized the price you quoted was out of reach?  It happens a lot, people *think* they’re going to spend an amount, but then after discussion, decide it needs to be lower. 

Good luck and let us know how it turns out!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you get the feeling he is pulling one on you, tell him flat out. As a negotiating tactic, that is a good one. Let him know, I told you something in trust, and now I feel like you are not being fair with me.

By The Way, my Fiance bought my sapphire online. Love it, saved probably 40%. If things don’t work out, PM me and I’ll send you the website we used. It has a 360 degree video of every stone, so you get a good sense of it.

Post # 7
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979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would just be upfront and say that while that is your budget, you are interested in seeing the whole range of options they have to offer. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My opinion after dealing with jewelers…They’d rather make a mid-size sale as to make no sale at all!  I’d go in after doing my homework…know what you can get for how much $$$, and know what is a “good deal”.  Trust me, they are not going to loose $$$ on anything, and the mark-up is so inflated that they can work with you.  I’d go in and say, okay, I know that I can get a ___ size stone for about ___ and that be top quality.  What do you have in that range.  Let him know that you’ve done your homework and that you’re not going to be snowballed.  If he doesn’t come to the party, use the line about “My homeowner’s insurance will be more than glad to cover my ring for a small fee if we purchase the stone elsewhere.”.  He will be more than glad to accomodate you if he thinks he might loose the sale…

Just my 2 cents.  Don’t sweat letting the price range slip, you may just have to do extra homework so that you have something solid to stand on!  Happy stone shopping!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m in the jewelry business, specifically, I’m a Gemologist.  My first question, Bunny, is why aquamarine?  I would never sell someone an aquamarine as a e-ring due to the fact you are going to wear it every day for many years=) and aquamarines are a bit fragile.  Aquamarine is the same stone as Emerald (Beryl) and is much softer than a diamond.  Depending on how hard you are on your jewelry you will notice abrading (surface scratches, nicks, and chips) over time….

Is it the color that your after? or another reason for wanting aqua?  Pricing will depend on size and quality, and very nice aqua can get pricey.  I would be leary of buying online without seeing it in person to decide if you truly love the stone on your hand (shape, shade, cut)  Its hard to compare $ online because you never really know if you are comparing apples to apples and getting the same quality stone.

Do your homework and go to another jeweler to compare what they have in person, that way you know you are looking at things that are the same size, cut, color, etc and you should be able to make an informed decision.

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