(Closed) Looking at rings, Online v. In store

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@MrsPHopefully:  I preferred shopping online to compare specs and prices easier.  But it sounds like you need to figure out what style you want (in store) and narrow it down from there.

Post # 4
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7312 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Totally normal. You’ll have the same experience when dress shopping, too. Looking online to try and figure out what looks good on your actual physical being is pretty useless. Shop in store, narrow down what you like and don’t like, then price compare online. Note the stone shape (round? square? oval? marquise? pear?), width of the band (thin, medium, thick?), wheter you like stones on the band or something plain, knife edge or smooth, halo/3 stone/solitaire/cluster, mounting style (trellis, tiffany, tension, bezel, etc.). Once you know he individual elements of the rings that you like, it’s much easier to shop online.

I went in thinking I wanted a cushion cut with single halo and pave diamonds on a thin band. I tried it on and it felt like way too much bling. It looks beautiful on other people, but it just wasn’t the right style for me. I ended up with a hybrid solitaire/3 stone, round brilliant that was custom made. The only thing that stayed from my original ring idea was the thin band. I always knew it would have to be a thin band because thicker ones just make my fingers look fat.

Post # 5
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1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Totally normal.  It’s just like how some clothes will look great on a hanger but not on your body.  Sometimes you just need to see things in person to get a good feel for them.

Post # 7
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8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@MrsPHopefully:  Totally normal. For a while I thought I wanted a classic round solitaire (and I still flip flop, especially when I see gorgeous pictures of them on other womens’ hands), but when I tried some on I was pretty underwhelmed. I also like looking at emerald cuts online, but in real life they’re just not me.

I think you should order a ring online only if you’re pretty sure about the style. Blue Nile does have excellent prices and a great return policy, though, so it’s not like you’d be totally out of luck if you ordered and it didn’t quite work.

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