(Closed) Is the jeweler trying to rip me off??

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Why don’t you just buy it from Blue Nile? If they can afford to negotiate by offering almost $200 off a band for your FH, they should be able to match the cost, though.

Look for a tungsten ring online. When we shopped for rings, the “alternative” metals were marked up at an alarming rate over what is available online. It made me question why that’s even possible – the first thing I do before making a purchase is comparison shop online. Are people not doing that to pay $300 for a ring they can get for $60 online?!

Post # 4
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1285 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I look at jewelers like car salesmen, they are selling a luxury item and trying to make a large profit on it. It is great that he gave you a good deal on the ering, but do you HAVE to use him for the wedding band? I would shop around and negotiate. If you want to use him, bring him the rate of a competitor and see if he will match.

Post # 5
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5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ pinkshoes – Check out ID Jewelry, they have many different styles of eternity rings for reasonable prices. http://idjewelryonline.com/index.php?cPath=22_53&page=1&sort=2a

 

@ crayfish – About tungsten rings, are the ones online for cheaper cobalt free? My fiance and I chose the slightly more expensive ($200-ish Triton brand) because we knew what we were getting. I’ve heard a lot of the lower-priced tungsten rings contain cobalt.

 

Post # 7
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827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Uhhh that’s ridiculous.  I just got a 12 stone about the same tcw platinum band with special metal engraving around the band and engraved inside for $850.  Granted, we went to a small jeweler and he is a friend of the family.  Actually wait, you’re in MA?  If you want, I would absolutely PM you pictures of my band and who we went with, they are in Boston.  But yes….the jeweler is ripping you off.

Post # 10
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5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

What makes cobalt mixed with tungsten less desireable or  “worse” (for lack of a better word)?

 

It weakens the ring; making it easier to break or even scratch. And cobalt can cause skin reactions.

Also, there is speculation and have been studies that coorelate cobalt-alloys to higher risk of cancer.

Post # 11
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827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Here are pictures of my rings (I would send a better one of the wedding ring, but it’s at home, clearly not on my finger permanently yet, as I haven’t gotten married lol).  Also is a picture I sent the jeweler to replicate:

Post # 13
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827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We just bought them in March.  So uh, I still don’t believe him hah. 

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