- 10 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
So I really love my engagement ring. We spent about a month looking for it. I found one that I really loved, but it was more than I was comfortable asking my fiance to pay, so I kept looking for a ring that had the elements I loved. I found it, and it’s beautiful and I adore it. The only problem? I’m concerned about the quality of the ring.
We purchased it from a local jewelry store called The Jewelers Guild. They specialize in antique-looking engagement ring settings, which is exactly what I wanted. They were also affordable (ie they had settings for less than $700), which is another thing I wanted. When we went in to look at rings they mentioned that they value settings over stones, which is something that resonated with me. Now I’m a little bitter about it, because I don’t feel like my ring represents that mindset. First of all, the setting broke two days after i had it resized bigger. They fixed it, but when I got it back I noticed (later) that the band was crooked and that there was a gouge in the side of it. None of these things are really noticeable to anyone but me, but they relaly bother me. Secondly, the detail work is lacking. One side of the ring is very detailed, but the opposite side is not. There’s one swirl in particular that bugs me, because the side opposite from it looks blank, like there was no type of decoration done at all! Thirdly, the stone is not tight in the setting. It moves. I don’t think it can fall out, but it makes me uncomfortable and scared to clean it (which, since it’s filigree, needs to happen).
I love my ring, but I feel like I can’t really wear it everyday without worrying I’m going to ruin it. I feel like I have a piece of glass on my finger. I’m not necessarily upset with their workmanship, but I am upset with how the jeweler has treated my ring since we’ve purchased it. I feel like they’re being careless about it, and not taking my concerns seriously because (it feels like) they think I’m being too nitpicky. I kind of want to return the ring, but I haven’t found -any- alternatives that even compare that are in the same price range. It breaks my heart to be thinking about giving it up, but I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to take the ring to them to fix only to discover something else is messed up, but I dont want to spend a lot of money at another jeweler getting them to fix it. My fiance offered to buy the same ring, but in a bigger setting size (bigger stone, more gold, etc.) but it’s about a $200 difference. I’ve found some alternatives that would be okay, but I just feel like this setting is my ring.
I feel like my options are this:
1) Return the ring and exchange it for bigger setting/another ring in the store (possible $200 expense, plus resizing because I refuse to let them resize my rings again)
2) Return the ring and start over (sad :()
3) Keep my ring and take it to another jeweler to fix (another expense)
4) Keep my ring and be extremely careful with it.
5) Take the ring back and insist jeweler makes another one.
I’m not really a fan of any of those options.
The other really frustrating thing about this store is that their hours suck. They are only open Wednesday-Saturday, and their hours are 10-5, 10-6, 10-7, and 11-5. I work until five Monday-Friday. It’s not really possible to get there by 6 pm or drop in on my lunch break. That basically limits me to Friday and Saturday, which is driving me absolutely crazy.
Okay, so now that I’ve told you my ring drama, does anyone have any advice/insight on what to do? Has anyone else just not been able to win in terms of their engagment ring?