(Closed) Show off your rings from Kay's!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

With so many other options, Kay would be last on my list of places to buy a diamond, or any other jewelry for that matter. As a former employee, I handled countless diamonds and was shocked at the low quality that I had to present to customers. (Especially when I knew of other places where the same diamonds or better could be purchased for less money). I3 stones present structural problems and are a known durability risk for chipping/cracking. They are usually littered with inclusions that prevent the diamond from sparkling. In additon, the cut of Kay stones is average, unless you select their pricey Tolkowsky cut. And even then the clarity is a crap shoot b/c they will charge the same for a VS through I3 depending on what is sent to the store. If all they have is the I3 that day, that’s the one they’ll push.

Their stones are much more expensive for the quality you receive compared to online retailers like Lumera, James Allen and Blue Nile. For comparison’s sake you can find a 1ct/I1/H-I Tolkowsky on Kay’s site for $6.4k vs a 1ct/I1/G GIA cert excellent cut on Lumera for $3.8k.

The Kay repairshop that works out of their sister store Jared, constantly messed up customer’s jewelry. Things came back dinged up, crooked, engraving gone, or worst–missing entirely. It was frustrating for the customers to say the least. I dealt with furious customers on a daily basis. They even set one of my own rings completely crooked and didn’t even properly solder the head to the shank at a completely different Jared’s location from the one that I usually worked with. 

I know a lot of Bees love Kays so my first hand experience is not meant to offend, but I could never in good conscience recommend them to anyone.

Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2016

We looked at most of the jewelry stores, including Kay’s, Zales, etc and I couldn’t believe how much they jack up the prices. After doing some research we found James Allen and couldn’t be happier! I couldn’t find many bad reviews if at all. I got a 1.4 carat, VVS2, E in color for $8500. The band has .3 carats pave stones set in platinum. My ring was just under $10k. That same ring at Kay’s would probably be twice as much if not more. I’m not knocking the rings from these stores, just the mark up on them. You can get so much more for your money if you look elsewhere. The only negative is that you can’t see the stone in person but like a previous poster said you can see it pretty well online, and won’t be disappointed seeing it in person!

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2020 - Santa Barbara

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

This is a Kay’s ring that I picked up out of Pawn. It is a Leo diamond, 1/2 ct in 14k with a platinumm head. It has a Gemez cert and an IGI cert. It is a decent stone but not earth shattering. I paid 500 for it but it retails for between 2700 and 3400 depending on the stone stats (for a 1/2 ct)  The Leo stones run from VS to I1 and from G to J in color. The Leo cut is a deeper cut so the ct sizes are a litle smaller in mm.

I know Kays is convenient and people love the warrante and service…just kknow what you are paying for 🙂

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Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I should mention, my Leo is an SI1, I color stone (which probbably translates to an SI2/I1 and J color in GIA translation. This stone is more like what an I2/I3 sone will look like

Post # 21
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Newbee

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burstingbee39:  she is right. It is an awful place to work. I used to work their as well and although the people u work with can be awesome people..the higher ups really dont care about their employees and only loves u for the moment.its no wonder every time u visit one of heir stores the staffs are always different. But the engagement rings wise, they have a great selection.

But honestly, for an I3 diamond I would advise u to look at in the store first cause the incursions will be visible and u can see for urself if u like the cut also. I believe this is what some people identify as a traditional cut only cause it’s not certified. my advise is to shop and compare from other places before u make ur final choice. Compare the 4 C’s with the price.

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Post # 22
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Newbee

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GemmaBella:  im sorry but, I have to correct u. Not all of their repair shops does crappy work. It depend. and to be honest although I do agree that their diamonds can be over priced and exaggerated (like the leo diamond is only available at Kay’s, which is a complete lie. The truth is only to America.u can find them in Asia and Europe.) but to be honest, Leo and tolkowsky took yrs of researching to perfect their design, and in a way they are exclusive.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The Leo is interesting becsue it has extra facets. It produces a splntery type of light return and not everyone likes it.Bottom line, it is oveiced for the quality of the diamond if you compar to loose diamonds of similaecs. However, they are set, it is convenient and it is immediate. Those factors mean a lot to some, and may be worth thtra cost. Mine is not what we call a world beater (in the horse show world) but it performs very nicely. Go see the ring. If you like it and are comfortable with the price, all you need. The only I3 I have seen looked like rock salt, but I have seen some I1 stones that present quite well.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee

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sonikara:  You are not correcting me, just stating your opinion. 

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: A restaurant on the beach

I don’t think that an I3 diamond is suitable for an engagement ring. Another poster mentioned that she hit her ring and the diamond cracked. Do you really want to have to worry about your diamond potentially breaking? You should consider buying an SI1 or 2. It will have more sparkle and you won’t have to worry about its durability (most likely). For that price you should be getting a stone that is beautiful and durable! 

 

Bluenile has amazing stones. I’ve loved everything I’ve purchased from them.

1/2 ct solitaire in platinum, H, VS2, $2600 ($1500 if you get 14kt gold) 

http://www.bluenile.com/preset-petite-solitaire-engagement-ring-platinum_50897?elem=img&track=product

 

0.3ct center with halo and pave bands, $1995

http://www.diamondsbylauren.com/index.php/jewelry/diamond-halo-ring-30ct-h-vs1-daussi-cushion-diamond-triple-row-diamond-shank-r3628

 

0.51ct, SI1 round with a bezel

http://www.diamondsbylauren.com/index.php/jewelry/diamond-ring-51ct-f-si2-eye-clean-bezel-set-pink-gold-r5629

 

If you don’t mind pears this is a 0.54 ct SI2 pear for $1,995. 

http://www.diamondsbylauren.com/index.php/jewelry/diamond-54ct-pear-shape-diamond-high-white-chubby-make-white-gold-solitaire-ring

 

Here is one with a halo so it’ll appear slightly bigger! 0.55 ctw, VVS2, $2795

http://www.diamondsbylauren.com/index.php/jewelry/loose-colorless-diamond-55ct-f-vvs2-cushion-cut-gia-lovely-stone-r5296

 

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Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I suggest your Fiance shop around. My Fiance went to kays, went to jared, went a few other places and settled on a ring from a well known jeweler in our area. Each store gave him more information on diamonds and ratings and settings and metal types. He knows WAY more about jewelry than I do now. Also, shop around. You can often find a way better quality ring for a much better price if you’re willing to do the leg work. I’m 100% satisfied with my ring and the place it was purchased. I sent it to get sized down 3/4 of a size and I was able to pick it up the next day. They have the ability to custom make my wedding band and their overall customer service is phenomenal. I’ve had jewelery fixed from big name stores before and I end up sending things back numerous times.  With our jeweler we didn’t have to “purchase a protection plan” it’s protected 100% forever.  Big name stores just aren’t worth it and there are plenty of independent stores who actually care about their customers that are alternatives. You’re not stuck shopping online. 

Post # 27
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Bumble Beekeeper

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Gabrielle91:  such awesome suggestions! That DBL pear bezel is gorg.

Post # 28
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Busy bee

I have two. My wedding wrap is from Kay’s and I have an amethyst ring that’s usually a right hand ring. Both are good quality and I’ve never had a problem.

 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Blue Hound Farm

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BridetoBee2017:  agree totally, you should never have to buy a warranty on your jewelery, a good jeweler will stand behind their product 100%.

When I was calling around to jewelry shops trying to locate a particular setting I was interested in, if they do much as mentioned the word warranty, it was “thank you for your time, bye!”

I believe warranties are the hallmark of crappy jewelers

I fully  recommend James Allen. We got our .69 Gia excellent cut SI2, eye clean, J stone from them and easily could have purchased a simple solitaire a setting for $300 from them to go with  it. And their return policy is excellent, free shipping both ways, no questions asked. 

Post # 30
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Bumble bee

 

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