Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2017 - Combermere Abbey
My bf of two years is taking me e-ring shopping for the first time in two weeks! We are just going to our city centre to get my finger sized, and try a few different styles to see what I like/don’t like. I was wondering if anyone had some shops in the UK they would recommend.
We live in Manchester but don’t mind travelling around, and we go between here and London frequently.
Sorry if this sort of thread has been posted before!
Post # 2
- Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK
if you go to London you should make an appointment to see Purely Diamonds, they have hundreds of styles and can suit any budget. Their staff are really helpful and will also do custom work if you can’t find somethign that is perfect.
Their website is really good, I spend ages looking at all the different styles:
Post # 3
peoniesbaby: Hatton Garden in London for the win. There are vintage rings in some shops, others will custom make a ring for you. Hyde Park Design custom made my wedding band and I strongly recommend them.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2018 - The Venue, Barkisland, UK
I thought Manchester had a jewellery quarter…
Next nearest big one would be Birmingham which has a good rep, otherwise there’s London.
My ring actually came from the high street (H Samuels) but it’s everything I wanted so didn’t feel the need to look around more than a couple of chains.
Post # 5
peoniesbaby: try Manchester jewellery quarter (near house of Fraser) They have lots of jewellers on king street
Post # 6
peoniesbaby: My e-ring is from Samara James which has one showroom near London. They are amazing to work with and do it all for a part of the cost! Ernst Jones quoted my ring with a worse quality diamond for like £6k but Samara James did it £2k, was custom made and I got to hand choose my diamond (something I wish happened more in the UK). They do it cheaply, better quality, get to choose your stone and are extremely helpful. I would say stay away from high street chains, you end up paying triple for worse quality and not very easy to deal with if any problems arise (had a nightmare experience with Fraser Hart and would say avoid like the plague!).
Post # 7
I got my engagement ring from a small jewellers in York, the cobbles have a lot of small jewellers. I got my wedding ring custom made from Ernest Jones. I know that H Samules and Ernest Jones do wedding events about three times a year where they offer discounts on rings. There’ll definitely be some kind of event around Christmas and Valentine’s Day (thinking for when you’re shopping for wedding rings as you probably won’t want to wait for your engagement ring, I know I didn’t).
Post # 8
We also went to Hatton Garden – we basically went up and down the road and tried on a bunch of different styles. We found we got a much better deal here than on the high street and paid the same as we would have done using Blue Nile, which was our back up option, if you wanted to get an idea of pricing. Happy shopping!
Post # 9
Recommend looking online as my e-ring via blue nile uk costs less than a third of most high street stores and far better specs!
Post # 10
pawn shops ( for something unique and with history)
aurther kays in St abs square, Manchester ( black and gold shop on the corner), there is also a few in the little tunnel bit there too.
F.hinds in the Trafford centre,
john Lewis in the Trafford Centre
there is two little stalls in the in door market in Manchester Arndale
bury-there is a stall outside in the market and a few little independent shops in the shopping centre.
bolton- a shop in the in door market
Oldham- a few independent shops
Ashton under lyne- in the indoor market and across from it
hope these help, these are the ones I can think off in andround Manchester
happy ring shopping
Post # 11
peoniesbaby: what’s your budget? If that’s too rude please forgive me. I ask as it might be worth you taking a trip to NYC diamond district for the money you’ll save if bigger budget if you fancy a holiday too. I’m writing this post making the huge assumption that diamonds are what you had in mind.
If you like old cut stones then jewels by grace (online) is a goodie and I can PM you the name of the U.K. based antique diamond dealer where my Fiance got my ring from in the end. Prior to this he was all set to buy online from the states after becoming a diamond geek and finding best value for best spec this way.
if you want to be savvy about what you buy then head over to the pricescope forums. You’ll also get help to find certain diamonds and/or get some expert advice on stones you fancy either online or from a supplier/shop in the uk.
all this is to help you get the most bang for your buck. i understand if you don’t want the faff and just want to pick something lovely and sparkly from a shop.
also think about what wedding band you want – as this may dictate your choice of e-ring somewhat.
Happy shopping! And keep us updated won’t you?
Post # 12
peoniesbaby: hello fellow Manchester bee! My fiancé got mine from Beaverbrooks in the Arndale and said they were ace & v helpful. Explained everything to him & he came back a “diamond expert” ha ha. You also get free ring cleanings for life there which is useful. We got our actual wedding rings from Chisholm Hunter on the bottom floor (across from WHSmith I think) & they were fantastic too.
Post # 13
thosethreewords: seconded. There are tonnes of them down King street. There’s also Philip Stoner in Spinningfields, and a few across from St Anne’s church when you’re walking into St Anne’s square. Can’t remember the names but I walk past them every day at lunch and they have gorgeous stuff in the windows!
Post # 14
A boring suggestion but Blue Nile will blow high street chains out of the water for quality and price. You can search for GIA graded stones and set your spec parameters when you search. They have a wide range of settings but you can also buy a loose diamond and have it set elsewhere.
Gray’s Antiques just off Bond Street in London contains a number of vendors selling gorgeous antique and vintage rings if that is something you would consider. I love to go round and ogle them.
Otherwise, I’ve heard good reports about Birmingham’s jewellery quarter and some vendors in Hatton Garden.
if you fall in love with something in a shop, try to make yourself walk away, having noted the specs of the ring and do a quick online check to see if the price is there or thereabouts, – you might still decide to buy it even if it isn’t the best value, but having a rule of walking away helps prevent you making an impulse or tired decision you might regret.
Finally, all new precious gem jewellery loses at least a third of its value (not replacement value obviously) as soon as it leaves the store, I would recommend only buying stones that are certified by a reputable lab such as GIA, AGS or HRD. Not only does that enable you to check you are not paying vastly over the odds (by searching for stones with the same specs online) but it will help your ring hold it’s value better, and ensure that in the event of loss or theft, your insurers replace your ring with one of the same quality. The value of a 1 carat diamond could vary by thousands depending on spec. If the paperwork with your ring doesn’t describe the quality of the cut for example, your insurance company will not replace your ring with one with stones with an excellent cut, most diamonds sold in UK high street chains are not certified by reputable, independent labs; they grade themselves and rarely even mention cut, just colour, carat and clarity.
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2017 - Combermere Abbey
Thank you so much for all the suggestions everyone! I did not expect so many responses. I will definitely show SO this thread.