(Closed) Ring shopping! “Learning”

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

ask about the different parts of the GIA report.  Find out what things like ‘surface graining not shown’ mean or what the difference in flourescene colors are.  Definitely look over a few GIA reports and see what parts you have questions about

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I wanted to make sure it had a wedding band that would go with it.  If a ring is lovely but you are going to have a terrible time finding a band to go with it then it may not be worth it.  Its something some jewelers won’t talk about.  

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Start here: pricescope.com

You can educate yourself a whoooole lot better by reading up on all that than by listening to someone trying to give you a sales pitch at a jewelry store. Best of luck!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@BluegrassBunny: Oh cool! Well you’ve gotten yourself a great head start then. Yeah I would agree that it would be a great idea to see it all in person, especially with a resource like that– a personally reccommended jeweler who you can probably trust to not get pushy on you. It will be good for you to see stones right there in front of you so you can see what your preferences in size and color are, and to see how you really can’t see inclusions in most stones that are less than internally-flawless! 🙂

Although, if you are on a budget, you might want to take your ring design after you’ve figured it out, and show it to some of the PS vendors to compare quotes. There are some that can do amazing custom work for a lot less than you’ll find at pretty much any brick & mortar store. Have fun shopping!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I wish I had found out my ring size during our ‘educational trip’. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I just picked out my wedding bands (2!) this past weekend. I was torn between a thin, curved band with small diamonds all the way across and 2 (one on each side) bands with 5 bigger diamonds.  The curved one was more simple, showed off my amazing engagement ring more, and fit together better (I have a 3 stone princess cut e-ring). When I was trying to decide the sales lady mentioned that the curved rings were just coming back into style and the amount they carried had quadrupled. This made me realize that the curved band would also go OUT of style and look dated pretty quickly. Thus, I chose the 2 bands with 5 round diamonds. It’s just something to think about because I never really thought about it before.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@MsHangry: ditto!  I don’t know why getting my ring size did not cross my mind!

My ring was 2 whole sizes too big and it literally took 3 entire weeks to get it back.   Most rings don’t take that long but it was not fun to part with it right after getting it!

I would also pay attention to the size of the diamonds to see what looks good on your hand, and what you are comfortable with.  Have fun!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I would take a look at a few different colours and grades of diamonds. It is all personal preference, but just keep in mind that for the amount of money most people would spend, you cannot have it all – perfect cut, perfect colour, perfect clarity and a large diamond. So decide which factors are the most important. We decided we wanted high clarity and a better colour, but you might find that cut and carat are more important to you. So look at a lot, and decide what’s important before you choose a center stone.

Also, I second the people who said figure out your size.

Last tip – remember that you can bargain on the price of rings. I went with FH to buy my ring, and we simply said “We like this ring, but it”s a little out of our price range. Can you do any better on the price?” and she knocked 20% off the price. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Lots of places that offer financing will offer you a discount if you pay up front (i.e. not using their financing)– ask about that too.

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