Post # 1
I’ve been doing some “research” before my bf and I officially go together and look at rings. I’ve been perusing the hive looking at you all’s beautiful e-rings. I’ve collected a few images on my computer that I have saved from looking online.
I went by myself to a local jewelry store just to try some things on to see how certain styles look on before I go with my bf. I can be very indecisive, so I don’t want to walk into a store with him and have no clue what I want–that will stress the both of us out, and I’m trying to make this as smooth as possible. BUT, when I tried on styles that I saw online, I didn’t like them at all! Then, I tried on styles that I knw I would have passed on online and liked them a lot.
This makes me nervous! Is this normal? Should I just stop looking online and strictly stick to seeing settings in person? Did you all have moments where you KNEW that you picked the right ring or is it kind of wishy washy? I ask this because there was a setting I saw a couple of days ago in person that I thought I liked a lot (but don’t love.) Then I looked at in online (Tacori) and hated it.
Post # 3
- 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
- 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
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 # 6
Ok, thanks all. I was worried that maybe I was being overly picky or something. I’m going to try and stop by another jewelry store today to try on some more styles. I freaked a bit the other day when I tried on a three stone ring (something I swore up and down I wouldn’t ever wear) and liked it.
Post # 7
@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.