(Closed) Jewelry Snob

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

look at small boutique jewelry stores. they usually have the best pieces and the best prices.  Does your city have a jewelry district?

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

My setting is literally called “Tiffany setting” but we got it (and the diamond) from FBIL’s father, who is a jeweler. I love their classic style, too, and we couldn’t afford anything extravagant. I don’t trust the big name jewelers like Jared, Kay, etc because I know the markups are so ridiculously high for what they’re selling you. I think you’d be better off sharing your vision with a smaller store, and seeing what they can special order for you and make at the store. I picked out my diamond and then the setting. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Have you looked at Tiffany items on Ebay?  I browsed it the other day and they had some nice things.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I got my engagement ring from an independent jeweler on the internet, and we got our wedding rings at an independent jewelry store near us.  Do you have any jewelry stores near you that aren’t Jared or Zales or whatever?  You can also shop better antique stores or estate sales.  But I bet that there are some more affordable items at Tiffany too.  If I am not mistaken, Miss Scissors ring is from there. It’s not your traditional diamond solitaire, but I think it is totally lovely.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Yeah, go to a local, well-established, family owned jewelry store. Those are the kinds of places that carry designer pieces, and have the ability to get you something really special. You also tend to get great service. It won’t be the level of the Tiffany’s guarantee (I actually bought my first piece this weekend!), but you’ll be pleased with the quality.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Try whiteflash.com

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I didn’t mean like CostCo or a chain, I meant a family owned or other independent place. Obviously check reviews first!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I don’t have any store suggestions, but I just wanted to say that I think it’s really, really important to learn about what makes a good piece of jewelry.  There are great deals to be had in antique stores, estate sales, and local jewelers, but you have to know what you looking for.  This is a good sort of skill to have in life, and since you said you don’t really know what you’re looking for, I think it would be helpful for you to peruse some quick guides to buying jewelry.  You’ll learn how to get the beauty of a piece of jewelry from Tiffany’s without paying the huge pricetag just for the name.  I did a lot of reading about jewelry before we bought my ring (it’s a big pear-cut sapphire with diamond halo), and we found an incredible deal on it at a local jeweler in NYC.  We wouldn’t have been able to afford something nearly as nice otherwise (we’re paying with a financing plan, but this is something I WANTED to do since we’re students and it helps us build credit).

Here’s some good resources:

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/products/pro02.shtm

http://www.thediamondbuyingguide.com/

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I just got a sterling silver pendant and chain. Its super cute, but I bought it at a charity auction, so I am not sure what it is called.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

http://www.hannoush.com

I got my e-ring and all my other jewlery there (wedding bands will be from there too).  It is a local store that branched out to the NE and NY area.  I actually went to school w/ the owner’s sons.  They do fabulous work and are family owned and operated.  I think they are also willing to customize as well.

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