(Closed) "…that might suit your price range" Ring shopping experience. Post yours!

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 46
6369 posts
Bee Keeper

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Annalee3970:  I’m sorry to hear you had a bad experience 🙁  that lady was incredibly rude.  That’s why both my husband and I went online.  He did recommend me going into stores first to try styles on, but I knew that if I did, I would be treated like you were.  We have similar builds.  Whenever I’m out with our daughter now, I get a second look becuase often people can’t believe that I’m one in my 20’s, graduated college, have a full time job and a husband.  Since I look like I’m 18 at the oldest and I dress in athletic clothes a lot (I run almost all the time) so I’m often judged on how I look as well.  

Have you had any positive experiences with your FH being there as well?

Post # 47
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Busy bee

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Annalee3970:  I’ve had some very similar experiences to you, when I was looking for a wedding band. Let me preface this by saying I’m a PhD student, and usually go around with a backpack, no makeup, hair pulled back, jeans. I study birds, so I am out in the forest lots, no frills needed there. I went into one of these big chain stores and was looking around at wedding bands. I also wear an amazing engagement ring my fiancee got me which is worth upwards of 5 figures, platinum, with over 1 carat centre stone, and over 2 carats total. I am guessing based on what I wear on a regular basis I was ignored, the store was completely dead, not a single person in it. I was seriously looking at styled I would like and wanted to try some on with my ring. I was really angry leaving the store, because I am assuming I was not taken seriously. Finally my Fiance and I decided to have my wedding band custom made just like my engagement ring was. My Fiance had designed the ring on his own, and so meeting the man he trusted to design my engagement ring was a fun experience, he was so nice and courteous, and listened to exactly everything I had to say. I cannot recommend them enough, and my Fiance said he was never treated poorly there, even though he’s never decked out in a suit. If you live in Ontario Canada, please go to J.H. young for your jewelery needs, I have had such an amazing experience with them. 

Post # 48
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

When SO and I went to look at engagement rings, I was actually really worried about having one of these bad experiences that I read about on here, but both the sales people at Helzberg and Zales were incredibly nice and patient with us. Especially Helzberg. We’re ordering from online, but we wanted to get a feel for the style/center stone size that pleased both of us, and there was absolutely no pressure to buy or do anything other than explore our options.

Post # 49
674 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

The day we went to a couple stores to look at engagement rings we were dressed in gym clothes. We went to a higher end jewelry store in Houston to look at Tacori and Art Carved rings, they were super nice and showed me anything I wanted to try on without attitude or skepticism and even showed DH loose diamonds without asking our budget, etc. (at that point in time I had no idea how expensive Tacori was, I just liked the style and wanted to see what shapes and styles looked best on my hand).

Next we went to Jared and were directed to the lower cost engagement rings that already included center stones, without anybody asking our budget. We shifted our way to the stand alone settings so I could try some on, then DH wanted to see the quality of some of their loose diamonds and was directed to stones < .5 ct (he knew he wanted to get me at least .75 ct upwards to 1 ct).  Bless the old woman’s heart, when DH asked to look at the bigger stones she said “Well these are probably over your price range, honey” and kept picking up stones, checking the prices and setting them back down.  When she finally did ask him our budget and if he would like information on financing she was floored that he wanted to pay in full with a budget almost double what she was expecting.

The salesperson at the higher end store was younger (30s), and the salesperson at Jared was quite a bit older (in her 70s) so I’m guessing our experience had more to do with the fact that the older saleswoman was just going by our outfits being that we didn’t look so put together that day, she was not rude about it though.

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