(Closed) Places to TRY ON rings in NYC (not necessarily to purchase)

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
273 posts
Helper bee

Hi- I know exactly what your talking about. I live in Long Island, but my boyfriend lives in NYC. I went to the diamond district a few weeks ago with my mom to get ideas of what I liked so that I could show my boyfriend. It is VERY intimidating, because they all want to make a sale.

I did find it helpful however to go with someone else and just browse the windows to see what I liked. If you find something you love, most of the time they know you are just looking anyway especiallly if you are not with your boyfriend, grab a card and leave. I would ask them to write the model number of the setting and the information on the back of the card so that if your boyfriend came to buy that ring it would be easy for him to know exactly where to go (plus it makes it seem like you are serious)

If you still don’t feel comfortable doing that, I definitely suggest going to Michael C Fina. They have an engagement ring area downstairs and the sales people there are extraordinarily helpful–definitely not pushy. Just tell them straight up that you are looking to get an idea of the kind of ring you like so you could let your boyfriend know. Ask for a card, pretend to be interested and leave!

PS- the only reason I suggested Michael C Fina, is because I found a preowned ring online from someone who had purchased there in June. He broke up with his girlfriend but had bought the ring from them. We met at the Michael C Fina store, to do the exchange and even though they knew we weren’t buying anything from them, they were VERY helpful with any questions we had and are resizing the ring right now for us for free.

Post # 4
4150 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I went to the diamond district with a girlfriend and tried on rings.  If you go when they’re not too busy (not on a weekend), they tend to be more open to you trying things on.

Post # 6
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Michael C Fina is great! That’s where me and my FH went to try on and purchase my e-ring. They have a great selection of rings and the salespeople are very helpful and not pushy. Everytime I go though there’s always a roomful of people so be patient. There’s lots of rings to look at while you wait!

Post # 10
294 posts
Helper bee

i agree with everyone else about Michael C. Fina.  we went there to look for rings and they had a ton of different designers and styles and were very nice to work with.  they let me try on a bunch of different rings, and never pressured us to buy.  we also went to the tiffany’s on fifth, but they were not nearly as accomodating. 

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