- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
Last Saturday, Fiance and I went to our local mall to shop for wedding bands. At this mall, you can literally stand in the middle of the mall and see a Zales, Kay, Littman, Helzberg, and JB Robinson. Three on the top floor, two on the bottom right by the elevator. For jewelry shopping, you can’t get much more convenience!
Fiance and I knew exactly what we wanted. Plain, white gold 10k bands. His, size 12 and 6mm, mine size 6 and 3mm. By the way, we could afford a higher gold content, but specifically chose 10k because it slightly harder. Our jobs and our hobbies are both rough on our hands (which is a big reason I chose to not have an e-ring) 🙂
We went to every store I mentioned above and said exactly what we wanted, and asked how much it would cost.
Zales didn’t have what we wanted at all. They didn’t have any of the comfort fit, and were pretty standoffish. I don’t have an engagement ring (for various reasons) and seemed annoyed we weren’t shopping for a diamond ring when they saw my naked hand.
Littman said they didn’t stock 10k, and they’d have to call their manufacturer to see if they’d make it. They even pressured me into having a diamond wedding band, even though we said we wanted matching bands. They suggested that because I frequently have to pick up power tools at work that I have a separate “work” wedding band. Ugh.
JB Robinson finally had what we wanted! No guilt for being an e-ring-less bride. It was going to be about $800 for both our rings (including warranty). They didn’t comment at all that I didn’t have a ring on my finger.
Kays was going to charge $900 for our rings total, after warranty. They didn’t seem offended like Zales and Littman that I wasn’t wearing nor did I want a diamond. The odd thing was that FI’s ring was going to cost $200 more than at any other store that had our rings… for practically the exact same ring!
Helzberg turned out to be the best, by far, and who we chose to buy our rings from. We went in there telling them exactly what we wanted, and they didn’t judge us at all. It turns out that they don’t offer a 3mm in 10k, so what did they do? They took the cost of a 2mm 10k and a 4mm 10k and averaged that. That’s what they charged me for a 14k 3mm. We ended up paying under $700 for both our bands and warranty (and tax).
I’m kind of curious if anyone else had similar experiences with mall jewelry stores. I wonder if it is company culture, or if we just ended up with rude salespersons.