Post # 1
I’ve found a wedding ring I really love, and it even comes in palladium like my engagement ring! It’s a hand carved floral ring. Really unique – I’ve searched high and low but nothing compares. I love the way it doesn’t have a straight edge but moves in and out, without being too curly and fancy like other floral rings I have seen.
The catch? This jeweller makes all its rings in London but has no London shop. I even emailed yesterday to ask if they had any plans to re-open their London shop and the answer is sadly no. Their only shop is in Tokyo.
This means I can’t try on the ring before ordering, so I won’t get to see it in person or how it looks with my engagement ring. And because all rings are made to order, their return policy says they can’t give a full refund. I suppose I could try to sell it on eBay if it didn’t work out? It costs £400…
I’m really struggling to find a different ring. I’m worried I’ll find a plain band too plain, the engraved bands I’ve seen have more of a vintage look than I was going for, and diamond bands are usually too blingy (I’m in the UK). I’ve considered loads of options and I keep coming back to this ring as the perfect combination of plain metal (as in, no stones) and patterned.
Whatever happens, I will wait a few months. To make sure I’m still in love with the ring, and to see how my ring size changes in the summer. I’m not getting married until 2014 so I have loads of time. I am just curious to know what other people would do. Take the risk or keep looking?
I made a pretty poor mock-up on Paint of my ring and the wedding ring using a picture from their website. Sorry for my poor computer skills!
Thanks for reading my essay 🙂
Post # 3
I like your idea of waiting a few months. That may give you time to find another ring that you love just as much (or more!) but is less risky a proposition. I’d do the same thing. Also, have you found any reviews of the company? I often depend on reviews when on the fence about online purchases. Good luck!
Post # 4
My FH ordered a made to order engagement ring online and it was more beautiful than I could have imagined.
Post # 5
I would be hesitant to go with a company that doesn’t have a good return policy. I would also advise waiting a bit longer and shopping around. You may find something similar or better somewhere else.
Post # 6
Since you have time, if I were you I would make a habit of popping into jewelry stores whenever you see one and asking to try on wedding bands that are as similar as possible. Who knows, you might end up finding something you like better. But if you don’t then you can feel a little better about purchasing the made to order ring without trying it on first.
Post # 7
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
Darling Husband and I ordered all of our rings without seeing them in person and we love them! I say go for it!
Post # 8
@Audrey2: Do they have a lot of pictures and the specifications of the ring? As long as it is described adequately and the pictures look good, I would say go for it.
Post # 9
@mchitt329: Thanks for your positive experiences!
@HisMoon: I’m finding it hard to find reviews online but I will keep looking! But another bee bought the same ring from them and she has given me a positive review of her experience. They are also blogged very widely (not that this means anything necessarily).
@MrsBlueSeptember: Yes, it’s the return policy which is making me hesitate too…
@moderndaisy: That’s a good idea, thank you! I will have to search for some jewellery shops that aren’t high street chains 🙂
@BluePeaches: They have lots of pictures especially because they have separate listings for all the different metals and thicknesses. The ring is available in 2mm, 2.5mm and 3mm thicknesses and it’s made in 950 palladium same as my e-ring, so the specs are perfect.
Thanks to all of you for your advice, given me some things to think about! 🙂