(Closed) UK bees, where did you get your e-ring from?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

minta :  it’s worth remembering though if you get a ring shipped over from the US you are liable for VAT (20% tax) and duty fees which on a pricy item like a diamond ring will be quite a lot. 

Post # 32
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511 posts
Busy bee

Yes that’s true. I was expecting to pay custom tax once I received my ring from Canada, but i noted that my Etsy seller labelled my ring as a ‘gift’ on the custom label. Thus, I was happy to see that i had no tax to pay when the post arrived! Very clever indeed, i thought. 

Post # 34
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6269 posts
Bee Keeper

thatweddinggirl :  pricescope forum will be very helpful for finding the best for your buck. 

Post # 35
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Bumble bee

thatweddinggirl :  My heart diamond e-ring was custom made by Samara James, who have a showroom not too far away from London. 

We looked around a lot of the usual jewellers, like the typical chains and found that you really didn’t get much for your money and not at a better quality. When you buy from a chain store you are basically paying triple like the real price, paying for all the stores they own, the staff and all the insurance that it costs to keep the rings in all the stores (which is a lot). And you often don’t get to choose your diamond and end up with whatever they choose for you, usually a lower quality one. 

I went into Ernst Jones to get a quote for the ring I wanted and they wanted £6k! For a 0.5. Samara James did mine for £2k and I was able to choose a better quality diamond. I strongly recommend them and looking into smaller/independent jewellers, you will often get a better deal and be more involved with the ring you get. 

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