Post # 16
My e-ring and wedding band are from Jared and I’ve never had a problem. We got a great deal, a beautiful diamond, and I love that I don’t have to send it away to get it cleaned. I priced out rings elsewhere, and for what I got it honestly was pretty comparable. I know that’s not always the case, though.
Post # 17
It is a really pretty setting, but personally, I would not purchase an engagement ring from Jared. In general I think their prices are high compared to the quality and service they offer. A friend of mine has a super-premium engagement ring from Jared and while it looks beautiful, the rhodium plating on the white gold started flaking off after only a couple of months. While she was initially in love with her ring, I know this issue with the quality made her really sad. If you do decide to go with them, make sure the diamond is GIA or AGS certified- some of the diamonds they sell don’t come with those certifications.
Post # 18
The prices at stores like Jared are high, but the quality of the stones usually does not match them. Jared usually uses less respected grading agencies like EGL, which kind of fluffs them up. For ex, a stone graded as an “I” color from GIA might be graded as an “H” or “G” from EGL. Make sure you know the specs for your stone. Don’t buy a ring with the stone already in a setting. You can usually find out the spot price for a stone if you know all the specifications.
You can probably find better value from a local family owned jewelery store that doesn’t spend millions on advertisting.
Lastly, most of the markup is in the setting, so find out what they want for the setting and shop around! GL
Post # 19
I highly reccomend checking out James Allen. This is where my Fiance and I designed my ring. Im not sure if they have that particular setting but Im sure they have something similar. My favorite part was the ability to pick out our own diamond. It was important to me that the diamond we got was very high quality rather than focusing on size. You are able to see the diamond zoomed in at some crazy level (40x??) and its really cool. The ring comes with all the certifications and an appraisal so you can get it insured. Their customer service is amazing. We chose James Allen over Blue Nile since you are not able to see every diamond on Blue Nile.
Post # 20
Just do your homework and make sure they have a GIA certificate for your diamond so you can compare the cost. That’s a pretty popular setting style and I think typically you’ll find that you can get a better deal at a local jeweler (or even a more ‘regional’ chain.) Fiance and I shopped at several different stores around town and he talked me into going into Jared with him even though we weren’t going to buy there, just because he thought they’d have the widest selection of settings for me to test-drive.
Also make sure they have an in-house jeweler who works out of their store. Otherwise if you need repair on your ring, someone either comes by to pick up/drop off your ring to/from the actual jeweler, or they ship it back and forth to/from the jeweler.
When we went, we felt like the loose diamonds they showed us were much higher in price than the local jewelers we visited, even though the quality wasn’t any better. Fiance ended up buying from a more local chain (Rogers Jewelry) which is similar to regional chains like International Diamond Center in the southeast. (I think price-wise James Allen or Blue Nile might get you even more bang for your buck. Check out Rare Carat for price comparisons across online retailers.)
I went pave for my setting as well, and the local chain also has a lifetime warranty on both the diamond and the setting. I can drop in for cleanings whenever I want, have it re-dipped (it’s white gold) for free every 6 months, and if we move out of state, they partner with other jewelers nation-wide to honor their guarantee.
I think these days a lot of the benefits of going with a large/nationwide company are being matched by local, reputable jewelers.
Post # 21
That is a beautiful setting but I am thinking a custom jeweler could recreate this maybe even for less. Then a lot of times the warranty is just included. And then of course you have to pick out a diamond and that is where you will probably be able to save a few bucks if you go with an independent jeweler vs a chain. At least with my experience. Either way it is beautiful. What size stone are you thinking of setting in it?
Post # 22
My engagement ring is from Zales & from what my Fiance said he got it for a steal as it was a discontinued style. It’s certified VS2 (center stone that’s stamped) plus the other 76 diamonds are also certified. Certification number is also engraved inside the band. It’s been appraised for WAY more than even Zales had it listed for as retail & the appraiser said my center stone could stand to go up a grade as its almost flawless in regard to inclusions. Im a firm believer in not following everyone elses lead. Some people do get really amazing deals & jewelry from Chain stores. Follow your heart & what you like & want, if that leads you to Jared then wonderful. If it leads you to a private jeweler then that’s wonderful also. 🙂 Happy hunting hun!
Post # 23
If you have fallen in love with ring, I think you should get it.
But – I’d think about. Don’t make any rash decisions. Explore your options. There are tons of good and bad reviews on Jared.
Post # 24
I personally think $2000 for that setting is a bit more than I would be willing to spend on it. I recommend looking around for similar styles before rushing and making a rash decision.
$2000 is a lot of money for just a setting. I would check places like James Allen, or even Etsy (where I purchased mine). You have a large budget, and I think you can get better quality for the price, if not a lower price.
Just my opinion though! Pretty style. Let us know what you decide on!
Post # 25
I would go to a “ma & pa” jewelry store tbh. You get better prices and service than those chains! Show them what you like and see what they can do for you.
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Please go to Pricescope.com. They will get you the best stone and setting and the people there are exceedingly kind and helpful