Post # 197
I don’t care how much you spent on your ring, and I know lots of people who got really cheap rings from etsy, auctions, etc and I think it’s great! Invest in your life instead of a piece of jewellry that will lose all its value anyway, by all means. However, I would never want a ring from Walmart because Walmart is evil. I will sometimes guiltily purchase small things there when I’m in a rush or need something after normal business hours, but looking at my ring every day and knowing it came from there would make me feel terrible.
Post # 198
People, the OP isn’t even a member anymore…
Post # 199
My best friend has a higher quality Engagement Ring and she bought a regular diamond band from walmart.. Over 10 years, you can DEFINITELY tell what came from where.. her walmart ring tarnished horribly and the diamonds are very poor quality and next to her still sparkly e-ring, her walmart ring looks like it came from a quarter machine after all these years.. I actually asked her why her band was yellow gold and her Engagement Ring was white, and why they looked so different but evidently they were both white gold at one point…. She upgraded her band now with something she found at a local jeweler’s and is fantastic quality, and it’s been a few years and it looks great.. I mean, if money is tight and you just want a ring to get the job for, I guess go for it. But in the long run, upgrading might be a nice idea… Although the diamonds may be real, it doesn’t mean its a good quality ring…
Post # 200
@kgirl91: I agree with you big time. They do have incredibly cheap stuff. And although that ring is pretty in the store and seems sparkly, the quality of both the metal and stones is very poor. Both my best friend and my fiances sister have rings from walmart and my friends ring is so horrid after 10 years that she threw it away, my fiances sister at first defended the heck out of her ring and bragged about how they spent $300 on it when at a Kay’s a similar ring is $2000, and after two months her ring looks like it’s been to hell and back. It’s tarnished, stones falling out, and the stones appear very cloudy.
I think people can tell if you have a low quality ring just by the way it wears over the years… My mom has a high quality ring bought in ’82 and it looks fantastic still and she’s never had it replated or even professionally cleaned.
I think a ring is an inportant symbol of two people’s love and I would prefer putting off an engagement and saving up for a nice ring vs. buying lower quality and needing an upgrade in a few years…
Post # 201
We got my husband’s Cobalt/Tungsten ring at a NEX.
Post # 202
As long as it is certified WHO CARES?! Honestly if my SO bought me a ring with outstanding quality and a certificate, I would give two shits less where it came from.
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Post # 204
Well since all of them loved it until they found out where it was from and then 4 of them made a 180 degree turn and more or less insults you (being almost rude about it even thou their FRIEND that will actually be the one wearing it and loves it), then my question would be “how fast can you dump your friends?”
You love it, your hubby love it, end of story!
Each one up to their own! When my friends gets engage or marries I complement them on their beautiful rings and wish them the best of luck with all my heart, I don’t start question their desicions of where they get it from, that’s just plain hurtful and rude.
Best of luck to you and congratulation on taking the first step into your “happily ever after”
Post # 205
*shrugs* mine was 80% off at a random jewelery store in the local mall… I would also have been okay with a walmart ring… I’m just glad we were able to save a bunch of money on it. I just dont get whats so great about having $2000+ sitting on your finger… <.<
Mine was an e-ring and band set and I think the whole thing was like $600 or something. They ONLY thing I might have done differently was get just the e-ring at the time for the same amount, and buy a band later… But really I’m just glad we were able to find a good deal…
Post # 206
The only thing that puts me off about Walmart rings, or any bargain brand ring, is that the diamonds are likely not cruelty free, and also, really, if you’re spending $40 for an engagement ring, are you ready to enter the financial world of marriage? It really has nothing to do with the brand. More the blood diamond industry and also, if you can’t afford an engagement ring, something that special, can you really afford to get married? I know, I know the sentiment is what matters, I agree with that 100%. And, I know people choose rings that are less expensive to save for other things or because they wanted a particular ring that wasn’t expensive. I would have worn a bread tie or nothing even at all, if I knew my fiance was financially stable. But, if I’m being forced to get a ring that is super cheap because we have literally no money, I’d say, hey, slow down, let’s wait a while longer till we’re financially stable.
That being said, I think the rings at Walmart are beautiful. But, I just can’t ethically forget that the origin of the diamonds probably isn’t that friendly.
Post # 207
@lenabee: What does “financially stable” mean? That is different for every person. I think its more about the maturity level of the couple and how “ready” both are for marriage as opposed to their financial situation.
As far as Walmart rings, I say sure, why not. I think you may be right about the ethical concerns, but there are ethical concerns with most of what you buy at Walmart or any dept. store for that matter(I tried boycotting China…….I would have needed to live in a tent:/). My ring came from a chain store at the mall(Ostermans I think?). Wealth is not one of the ways I measure success in myself or others. I could have had a larger diamond if I really wanted it, but I don’t consider engagement rings to be status symbols, so I am fine with my petite ring that works for me in every day life 🙂
Everyone is different though. If everyone got their rings at Walmart, we wouldn’t have the giant blingy beauties I love looking at on here. Yay diversity!
Post # 208
This was my old set I got the ering from the clearance section at walmart but I have always been the kind of person who if I like something I buy it. Don’t care where its from or ehst it cost, I fell in love with it so I wanted it, it came with a cert. Even.
Post # 209
@softballchic_2006: Quite honestly, I saw a poll yesterday on here that made me want to rage comment to the poster. It was using the term “Wal-Mart ring” as an insult…a bad thing. I felt that it was incredibly rude and snobby, not to mention insensitive to anyone who’s ring is from there. What the hell does it matter where the ring was purchased from?!
Post # 210
@softballchic_2006: No, it doesn’t matter.
Frankly, the fact that some of your friends think that Kay or Zales is some high end jewelry store is kind of indicative of their own lack of sophistication. I’m not knocking these stores, but they are simply garden variety mall jewelry stores – with the higher mark-up to prove it.
Rock your Wal-Mart ring.
Post # 211
@Bridey77: By financially stable I meant like having enough money to get by. If someone is forced to get a ring that is only say $20, that tells me they don’t really have enough money to get by yet. If someone wants one that’s inexpensive, that’s great! 🙂 I think as long as you like it, that’s what matters. But, if a woman is ever forced to get a ring she doesn’t like, because their finances are that bad, they should maybe save up a bit more for their house, and maybe set aside some money for the ring she wants. And I always vote moissanite if you can’t afford what you want in diamond. It’s beautiful, and it doesn’t break the bank, and you can get what you want. I’m not a big fan of Walmart in the first place because of ethical reasons, so it’s probably mostly ethics that bother me.