Post # 15
I went shopping with and without my Fiance. I am a young bride so I felt slightly uneasy about it. However the service was always great and I never felt judged for my age. when I went alone I also was just looking for what I like, so I never gave a price range. I do think the shop assistants judge your apperances to have an idea what person you are, whether you will be looking for smth flashy or modest. That said I can say they did a great job and most rings I was shown were exactly in the price area I had in mind. Forgot to mention, we looked only into high end brand names and we are located in Europe.
Post # 16
- Wedding: A very pretty church.
Fair enough, you should go with what you like. I would say that for a lot of the larger online stores (like Blue Nile) making rings that fit is very much their business, but you need to feel confident, it’s a big investment. I am very jealous, I adore vintage jewellery but have huge fingers, in your position I’d be hunting through the smaller sizes and add some sizing beads/sizing down
there are some stunning old rings out there begging to be slightly resized!
Post # 17
Well I’m glad you didn’t purchase from anyone who gave you poor customer service! Have you tried Pascoes (do they have that in AUS?)? Michael Hills in NZ were only rude to me once and I’ve never gone back. But our local Pascoes are fantastic, they are always super chatty and helpful – even when I have gone back to get freebies done (e.g. ring clean under warranty).
Also – they are happy to give ‘deals’ even when they are not advertised 😀
Post # 18
I agree with people who said it depends on the store. I was looking at jewellery ok Michael hill the other day and they cleaned my ering for free which I didn’t get from there. I didn’t actually end up buying anything and I know they did it to try to get me to come back but as I know that, I won’t let that sway my opinion.
one thing to be aware of is the MH does not offer all qualities of diamonds. They only have G< and VS2< and try to tell you that you can tell an F> but yet she couldn’t stop saying how sparkly my ring was. But I believe it read you are going with moi moi so that info isn’t relevent anyway.
Post # 19
I’m also petite and young (22) and aluld go after class so Id be in shorts and tshirt. The only place I’ve received bad service like you is at the mall jewelers. I went into a local store and they were so nice and attentive. She even let me try on a 36 thousand dollar emerald. That was where we decided to get my ring custom made. I went into another local jeweler and asked about something. In the conversation, my custom engagement ring came up and the owner of the store actually had the balls to tell me that my ring would be ugly if I let them design it like we talked about. I quickly walked out and have never recommended that place…he was just mad I wasn’t getting it from him.
Post # 20
I’ve seen some beautiful Art Deco styles online (etsy, brilliant earth) that I think would be hard to find in stores and would love to purchase a ring from there but again I worry more about the return policies and the hassle if something goes wrong 🙁 on the flip side I also love the clean look of a plain platinum engagement ring with a bezel set moissonite with a plain platinum wedding band and moi moi the store we will purchase from has both and fabulous service. The links you’ve posted are stunning…I might just get a wedding band from there (etsy) and take the plunge 🙂
Post # 21
I’ve had the opposite experience kind of– times I’ve been dressed like crap the salespeople were very “helpful” and pushy trying to get me to buy things and offering payment plans (because of course there’s extra interest & fees to made on those plans). Times I’ve been dressed nicely the sales people were polite but never overly friendly to get sales.
Post # 22
What if your design was really not very nice (it happens, not all of us are born with ideal taste) and the salesman just wanted to prevent you from disappointment?
Post # 23
I’ve been to a few different stores to look at rings and get a better idea about what I like (not engaged yet, but my boyfriend is planning!).
I actually had 100% good experiences. I went to a local jeweler who explained the whole process of combining a diamond and a setting. They were really nice. Another local place I went to was just as great – the guy encouraged me to try on all different kinds of stuff and seemed excited to see them on me.
I think the best experience I had was at Jared, so I wanted to share that! I went in wearing jeans and an oversized t-shirt and I’m 22 (but usually confused for younger). I was treated like a millionaire in the best way. They offered me water or a cappuccino, let me try on anything I wanted, and the saleswoman carried my favorites around the store as we looked so that I could keep putting them back on to compare. I also told her a ballpark budget of $1,000 to $1,500 and that didn’t deter her at all.
Probably my least awesome experience (but still not a bad one) was at Kay’s in the mall. I asked about rose gold and she said there wasn’t any, when in actuality there were some in a case another jeweler was showing a couple rings from. She was also the only person who seemed noticeably concerned with selling me a specific thing (she showed me a diamond and then wanted my boyfriend to come in and buy THAT diamond specifically).
But overall I had an awesome time looking, and it was a guarantee that they wouldn’t make a sale that day with me.
Post # 24
Most places were very nice when we were shopping.
The exception: one sales person who was trying to infer that my preference for a lab created diamond had more to do with price than a philosophical disagreement with the mining industry. Nevermind than an ~1.7 carat lab-created stone costs more than a decent 2 carat mined stone…
That was the last “in-store” experience for us. I pointed him to Brilliant Earth and Blue Nile after that.
Post # 26
He never even saw my design. He kept talking about how he could find me something similar but had nothing anywhere close. It had nothing to do with my design and everything to do with the fact that it wasn’t from his store. My ring was designed to have mine and my FI’s late mother’s diamonds in it and he was completely ignoring the fact that is what I wanted and just wanted me to buy something he had in stock…
Post # 27
I didn’t really have any bad experiences e ring shopping budget wise. My husband is 6 years older than me and has a rolex fetish (he has a bunch of them…), so when we would go into stores looking we always got great customer service…WHICH IS HORRIBLE. I think that you should get great service no matter what you are wearing or not wearing. Just because you come in sweats doesn’t mean you are broke or if you are all dressed up…doesn’t mean that you are rich.
Anyways, I am a very educated consumer and i did get bad service at a local family jeweler based on my “preferences” for a stone. We knew we were going to buy the setting through them as it was special order and had to be done through a jeweler and they were the only local one that could send the diamond to NY to get set by the setting manufacturer. I had told them i wanted an AGS000 RB I color as close to 1ct as possible and eye clean. First, he told me he had no clue what AGS even was and thats it’s not a reputable grader….after which the OWNER came running over and said how great AGS is and they could call in whatever i wanted, oh and let me mention they are a hearts on fire dealer, which is graded by AGS….LOL. OK foul one. Second, he said I colored stones are not engagement ring quality and i should be getting a G colored stone or higher….FOUL 2. Third, he whipped out 3-4 EGL graded stones and said i need to go by my eyes and not by the paper…FOUL 3. OK so I agree with going by eyes and not just paper, but i didn’t have an idealscope in my back pocket and EGL is notorious for crap grading and AGS is KNOWN for their strict cut grading…also 000 assures that it has ideal light performance.
Long story short…we walked out and SO laughed and said he was happy i know what im talking about because he would have gotten taken for a RIDE! We ended up purchasing from Ritani online and ended up with an AGS000 1.01 I VS2. When he dropped it off to be set, the sales person said that it was an “incredible” stone and he couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. He said that the general public isn’t looking for quality they are looking for quantity (bigger carat etc) and that I caught him off guard. Irregardless of any of that, it’s bad ethics IMO. You should be educating people so they are all getting beautiful diamonds!
Sorry about how long that was!
Post # 28
I’m sorry that happened to you.
I had a very negative experience at one of the more upscale jewelry stores in my city, on one of my first expeditions to check out wedding bands. The salesman said that he didn’t usually see customers coming in with diamonds as small as the one in my e-ring (!) and went on to comment that most of his ring sales were in the $10,000 plus category (as if that’s something to brag about).
I asked to see some bands behind the case and he acted like it was a huge pain and waste of his time to pull things out for me, so I left. But to this day, I can’t drive by that store without remembering how ugly he was toward me, on a day when i walked in feeling so happy, excited and hopeful. What a jerk.
Post # 29
I had that a few times, I look much younger than I am and people often assumed that DH and I couldn’t afford what we wanted. We just left those stores and they lost our business. I want to work with someone who treats us with respect regardless of what they think we can afford.
Post # 30
We have been in plenty of stores when we started looking. Thankfully, I can say we only had one bad experience with a Zales. The sales people ignored us completely.
I will say we are a very young couple. We are 23 now, but we were 20 when we first started looking, and we looked like college students.
Most stores worked with us, trying to find a ring we liked, though some stores were pushy on payment plans so we could get a more expensive ring.
We got my ring from a local jeweler, who was so wonderful to us. He found a ring in our price range which I loved, and he was willing to work with us on a payment plan. We are most likely going to go back to him for our wedding bands.