- 7 years ago
- Wedding: April 2014
My mom and her boyfriend just got engaged. Or more accurately, they both came to the conclusion that they’re getting married in a few months. Haha. It was kind of spur of the moment and he didnt get her a ring or anything, so he told her to go pick one out, and then he’d go buy it for her. She decided she wanted to go without him the first time, but didnt want to go alone, so I went with her.
We went to Zales, Kay’s, LeRoy’s, and Ashcroft and Oak.
My mom has very specific tastes. She only likes princess cuts, and she only likes solitaires, but she wants a unique band.
At Zales, the sales woman was nice, but kept trying to sway my mom to other styles, and couldnt seem to understand that my mom wanted a solitaire. She kept trying to get her to look at halos and 3 stone rings. Then when she gave up on that, she kept trying to get her to try on huge bulky ring guards, even though my mom said she just wanted a channel set band.
At LeRoy’s, the woman just seemed very uninterested. She didnt ask what style my mom liked, didnt ask for the budget, nothing. She just sat there the entire time and waited for my mom to ask to try something on. Then when my mom found a ring she liked and asked if the woman could write down the ring number so they could come back later and know which one it was, she just looked at my mom like she was stupid.
At Ashcroft and Oak, the guy just left such a bad taste in my mouth. The way he talked was just very condescending. When my mom told him she wanted to stay under $1500, he just rolled his eyes and gave her a look. Then about 5 minutes later he blurts out “you know the man is supposed to spend 3 months worth of paychecks on the engagement ring.” I wanted to punch him. She did end up falling in love with a ring, but it was over $2000, and then he told her that the price didnt include a diamond. She was confused of course, because it was just a white gold band, no stones in it, so why would it cost that much? We got on their website afterwards and found out that without the diamond it was actually under $800.
The only place that we couldnt complain about was Kay’s, but she’s leery about getting a ring from them, cause she’s read a bunch of horror stories on their facebook.
When I was ring shopping, I knew I didnt want a typical engagement ring, so we didnt go to any stores like that, so this was my first experience. Is that normal behavior? It was just very off putting.