Post # 31
You are in Australia right? Please don’t get anything from the likes of Prouds/ michael hill. Have you seen that 90% of their diamonds are P1/ I1 to P2 I2? The prices they charge, especially at Michael Hill is MADNESS!!!!! You could get a bigger stone of hugely better quality by going with a reputable online retailer (James allen/ Blue Nile/ Schubachs etc) even with the cruddy AU dollar and import tax.
Isn’t Moi Moi mainly selling moissanite? If you want moissanite get it from the US! Do not pay crazy prices in AU. I just saw a trillion ring there for nearly $2500 I am convinced you could get for 1/2 that price elsewhere.
*** want to add that I have been avidly buying jewellery from overseas for about 10 years after becoming obsessed with diamonds and gems. I hate seeing Aussie consumers get ripped off.
Post # 32
Since when does Tiffany & Co. offer a layaway plan of putting half down and paying the rest later? I have diamond earrings and diamonds by the yard from Tiffany & Co. and they never offered my Fiance a layaway plan. He had to pay in full when he bought them.
Post # 33
I don’t know but that’s what happened. He didn’t quite have the full amount in his card account, and his daily limit for transactions was below the cost of the ring so I guess he just paid the deposit and the rest when he picked it up, maybe they let him because he was buying the one on display rather than having to order one in? If I was a different size at the time or was getting a different size/quality/colour diamond, he would have had to pay a deposit to get the right one ordered in and then the rest when he picked it up. So I guess they just did the same thing except for the having to order it in part.
Post # 34
Wow. That tops mine. I think that Fiance and I both don’t like shopping for things in person without extensive online research, so we’d been researching for a month before we went into a real store.
I went in on my own to a nearby jewelry store and the woman was friendly, she didn’t really listen to what I wanted (I literally said, “I work with my hands all day long, I don’t want a diamond inside diamonds” and she showed me increasingly complicated halos) but she definitely didn’t belittle me.
We went in together to a jewelry store on July 4th, and that was fun, but also a little different. The woman was not listening to what we wanted (a sapphire) and just kept showing me different rings. She also was explaining a shank to us and then said, “Well, you won’t need one.” after just explaining that women with really slender fingers like them. I joked about my fatty fat fingers for weeks.
However, the BEST experience we had was at Brilliant Earth in SF. Fiance made an appointment well in advance and the woman there was SO friendly and SO polite. She really, really listened to us and brought out rings that I did like and suggested others based on what I loved/disliked about the earlier ones. That was hands down the best experience we could have had.
Post # 35
The only problem we really had was that sales associates immediately felt the need to discuss payment plans, store credit cards, etc. with us when we were looking at more expensive rings (5k+) because they assumed Fiance could not afford to pay for the ring in full (probably due to age, he’s only 23 I’m 21 and we do look our age). When Fiance asked if he could just pay the ring in full instead of splitting up payments they were pretty shocked lol but other than that most people were super respectful – sorry to hear you had such a bad experience!
Post # 36
yup I’m in Australia SYDNEY (woohoo!!) when I started looking at rings I wanted to see what was out there and wanted to cast my net out wide since I was just/am looking for quotes and styles. Prouds & MH were just near by so I thought I’d pop in. At the time I didn’t know exactly what style I was after I just knew I wanted something in platinum failing that white gold… Moi Moi do both moissonite and diamonds (I think they can also mix and match moissonite with daimonds I’m not 100% sure though) although moimoi are expensive they’re service is great, they can do custom pieces and I just feel more secure shopping locally and popping into a physical store (even though it’s super expensive here)- I am very tempted to go online and I have seen Some real gems especially on BRILLIANT EARTH, ETSY and BLUE NILE but I might take the plunge on smaller jewellery pieces rather than my engagement ring/wedding band…
Post # 37
I’ve heard great things from brilliant earth – I LOVE their collection ^.^
Post # 38
it pays to do your research that’s for sure. I went into a thrift store who sell jewellery and the guy behind the counter was SO helpful he knew so much and even let me use their eye loop to look through and explained to me what I was seeing in the diamond – kelyesdescope of colors. I asked him jokingly why he was working here and he said he used to own a jewellery business which included cutting diamonds etc… and drifted into this kind of business as a part timerbut always “educates” customers who purchase anything with a diamond in it so they can get close to what they are after as opposed to a CZ pretending to be a diamond.. This is how it should be.
Post # 39
- Wedding: November 2013 - Garden
I can’t speak for Prouds, but I know someone who worked for Michael Hill and the sales staff are put under some pretty intense pressure to meet really high sales targets every day, and a huge part of their income is commission, so if they don’t meet the targets they can really struggle. I understand that the staff turnover can be quite high becaus eof the amount of pressure. I think the sales staff at some of these chain stores just feel like cogs in a machine, and everyone who walks in is either going to pay them or they’re wasting their time. Horrible mentality, but that’s the way it seems to be.
Post # 40
We had a terrible experience at Tiffany when we were sopping around for wedding bands. My e-ring is quite modest and the guy pretty much sniffed at it and said he didn’t think he could suit ‘our price range’ at all! He actually showed me an EARRING that he said could “maybe” be made into a ring and showed me stuff made for kids!
We didn’t even give him a price range. Like you, I am only 5′ and tiny and we weren’t dressed to impress. When I wanted to try something I liked on, he told me he “didn’t think I could afford it” in a really snotty way, and kept sighing and looking at other potential customers. I will never buy anything at Tiffany.
Post # 41
- Wedding: June 2015 - Historic house and gardens
That makes my experience make more sense. I went to Michael Hill with Fiance, wanting to look at emerald cuts and get ideas, and the girl just kept shoving all shapes of rings in my face. It was exhausting! We ended up leaving really annoyed.
Went into Mazzucchelli’s and got ignored at first (we were dressed pretty casual that day), but once they realised we had cash they couldn’t have been nicer…haha. They were actually really good and had heaps of advice though. We were impressed.
It just goes to show that people do judge a book by it’s cover
Post # 42
Before Fiance proposed we went together to browse for rings. The best experience I had was at Joseph Gann in the Diamond Building in downtown Boston but had decent customer service at each jeweler. when be proposed months later the ring was from Joseph Gann and Fiance said they were very helpful. Every time I have gone in to get a cleaning and when I went to pick out a band the customer service was great. I’ve usually just gone in there wearing yoga pants and sneakers or jeans and they have never turned their nose down.
Post # 43
My fiance and I went to a well-known Washington, DC jewelry store to buy our wedding bands. We weren’t dressed particularly nicely, but I was rocking my very nice (and very pricey) sapphire engagement ring so they should have realized we had money and were willing to spend it. The salesman barely gave us the time of day – it was like pulling teeth to get him to show us different widths, etc. It seemed like he deliberately did not want to make the sale.
His loss. We ordered our platinum bands from Blue Nile. I feel like writing a note to the company letting them know the sale they lost out on.
Post # 44
That is why DH bought mine online. .. He’s an engineer and his office dress code was dad jeans and old polos. He looked like a slob and was pointed towards $1k rings. There’s nothing wrong with that price point, but our budget was much, much higher.
When I went in to similar stores in office clothes I was told I “shouldn’t settle for anything less than 2 carats”. I laughed and told them that government employees were not paid anywhere near that well.
Online the customer service was great (blue Nile) and there was no snap judgement of his budget based on his appearance.
Post # 45
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
I only went in Zales and Helzberg and they were rather friendly. However the saleswomen in Zales couldn’t possibly fathom that I thought 1ct was too big and looked “ridiculous” on my small hands. I felt a bit awkward because she kept acting like what I wanted wasn’t “right”. Helzberg was fine, we just went in and got size and tried a few on but their diamonds just didn’t seem good quality. We ended up ordering a setting online and then he purchased a diamond at a local jeweler and had it set.