- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
Ok so I have posted this same thread but I deleted it because I mistyped 3095 instead of 3995 and people were freaking out that my appraisal was 1K less that I paid when that was actually not the case. VW RINGS ARE WORTH WHAT YOU PAY AS LONG AS YOU GET SOME KIND OF DISCOUNT!! My bad!!
Ok, so everyone on this forum scared the crap out of me when it came to buying a Vera Wang ring. I’d like to share my legal appraisal, as well as my experience, as it would have been very helpful in my decision to know the facts ahead of time.
First things first, the appraisal. I’ve seen a lot of comments floating around that the rings are over priced. Personally, I got a 10% military discount on my set, I am not in the military- Zales just really wanted to make a sale. With that being said, we paid 4095 (reglular 4500) for my engagement ring and 584 (regular 695) for the wedding band.
Appraisal value VS price paid:
Engagement ring appraisal: $3995*
Engagement ring actual paid: $4095
Wedding band appraisal: $581
Wedding band actual cost: $584
On the appraisal I did unfortunately notice that the color of my main diamond is “J” when on the Zales website they specifically say that the diamond color is “H-I”.. this ticks me off, and when I take it in for repair/redip in the future I’m going to demand an H or I stone. That being said, the value of the ring was not affected enough to care.. and J is still in the same category as H-I, considered “near colorless”. You really cant tell with the naked eye that the diamond is slightly yellow-er than it should be, but every once in awhile I’ll take a picture of it in a weird light and it looks yellow. The diamond cut/quality was “I”, as promised in the specs. I should also mention that the 1 1/2 TCW of the engagement ring INCLUDES the sapphires. Diamonds do not make up the full advertised TCW. However the sapphires alone were were 25 bucks a piece, and they really add a special touch to the ring that I havent found anywhere else.
Would I buy this ring all over again? Absolutely. While it took 10 days just to get sized, and if I ever have a stone fall out I have to look at 3-4 weeks of repair.. the ring itself is stunning. I went to several stores and my heart just couldnt detach from this ring. I look at it all the time. I take pictures of it, like a psycho. I love it. It glows on my hand.. and while it is the smarkliest ring I’ve ever seen, I dont feel that its necissarily “bling”, or gaudy, at all.
All in all, the investment was spot on with our fake military discount, and I can have it fully insured thanks to the accurate appraisal. I would reccommend VW to a friend, theres just something nice about someone complimenting your ring and being able to say “thank you, its Vera Wang”. (I know, I’m shallow, ha.)
As for all the complaints about stones falling out, knock on wood and wish me luck. All of my diamonds seem pretty tight, and I didnt have to size down- I had to size up to a 7.5.
Okay, I’m done sharing! Wishing you all well! 🙂