Post # 1
Hi all- Anyone able to show me pictures of your beautiful rings and where you purchased them in Chicago? I have been engaged for over 2 months and have been wearing a $200 ring that my fiancee proposed to me with- knowing that I would participate in picking out my “real” engagement ring after the fact. i live in Madison, WI and we only have a few jewelry stores here outside of what you find in the mall.
I have seen lots of rings I love on pinterest- finding them in person has been the challenge. We went down to Chicago last month and went to jewelers row- I didn’t find anything all that unsual although there were a few places that did custom work one which I liked alot (Diamond Scassi).
I had an actual picture of what I wanted (from pinterest of course) so I decided to go with the local custom place- I went today to see my CAD drawings- and they really don’t look much like the pinterest picture- so I thinking I am going to walk away from my small deposit and head down to Chicago again (I really wanted to get my ring locally but that now seems unlikely). I have a diamond from my grandmother- so we can spend more on a setting if I could just find one that was really special/pretty.
I like stuff that has a bit of a vintage feel to it and I like thinner bands (most of the custom stuff locally has very chunky bands). i would love to be able to see the setting in person as opposed to imagining what it will look like (the custom thing didn’t go so well up here).
Post # 3
Congratulation! my fiance did the same and let me choose my ring. I went to Justice of the Peace Jewelers in St. Charles, Il. They were very helpful and took time to help me the best part is they do Custom work! I looked at rings I liked and found this one but needed 6 prongs because of my job (im a nurse) and they were able to custom add the prongs. The best part is I chose my ring and was able to pick it up THE NEXT DAY!
Post # 4
so we went to many jewlers in the city- a lot had rings I liked parts of and not the whole thing.
I took all the elements I wanted let the Soon to be Mr know and he had a local (cute family) owned shop, whip this up.
This setting appraised at 4500 (JUST THE SETTING) the prongs are diamonds, so is the band and then the full band is HAND engraved by the store’s original owner (the very cute old father). I know my Fiance paid less than 1500 for the setting…
they do amazing work, are VERY fair and are extremely communicative.
One thing is CAD always looks chunky and not what the ring would look like, look past the sharp edges and such- also a good fair jeweler should do a mock up with out COST
he did 5 or 6 for my fiance before any many was spent- and he’s done two or three for me on his ring.
the place is called gvjewelery.com in Chicago on Foster ave. if you have questions- message me!
Post # 5
Thank younoth for your feedback..i got these messages a bit too late :). Your rings are beautiful! I ended up going backto the diamond district and picking something out about a month ago. They should be shipping it sometime next week…now a few months to wear it before i add my wedding band!
Post # 6
i’m happy you found something!