(Closed) Walmart engagement ring, HALF the price of what I paid, with a bigger stone?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Busy bee

I would stay away from Walmart. My ex got me a 1/4 carat solitaire. I kept the ring after we got divorced. A few years ago, I went to trade it in for cash.  The only thing worth anything was the gold. The diamond was a total fake!

Post # 17
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Costco is said to carry some nice rings, but I would never buy one from Walmart. Get it from a trusted retailer with certification. 

Post # 18
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Worker bee

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Tinatiny1:  I was swooning over the rings at Costco the other day. So sparkly!

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

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amberback: Yeah, but after currency conversion, taxes and duties she would end up right around 3k, assuming she spent 3k in Canadian dollars for her ring.

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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amberback:  That was my sentiment too in OP’s first thread. 

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missmewhenimhere:  I still think you overpaid and you could get a larger and/or better stone for the same money even being in Canada. Lots of these reputable online ring/diamond companies sell to Canada. You seem uncertain about your ring choice and $$ paid for it, so if you are still within the return period, bring it back until you are 100% sure otherwise you might regret it when the window has passed.

Post # 21
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Busy bee

walmart rings are the type of item that might look good at first and then start to look bad a few years later. whether it’s the materials or the craftsmanship (or both), walmart stuff is cheap for a reason. 

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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missmewhenimhere:  Can you take back the one you got? I wouldn’t buy any fine jewelry from Walmart- especially not something you will wear daily and that you want to last forever.

Their jewelry is cheaply made and they don’t have quality stones. You definitely overpaid for your ring and the other ring is probably not good quality either. When you get such an intricate setting you need to make sure that the quality is good otherwise you will constantly be replacing stones.

If anything ever happens to the ring, you are either going to have to send the ring out for weeks if not months for them to repair it (if they even have repair services) or you will have to take it to a jeweler to get fixed and they will charge you a fortune since you didn’t buy it from them.

I reallllllly suggest sending the ring back and looking elsewhere. If you’re willing to come to the states, theres TONS of stores that will be better as well as private jewelers. For larger chain stores I would suggest Helzberg, Kay, Jareds, Zales, etc… If you’re looking for a smaller jeweler with great quality materials that is very affordable and will guarantee his work- contact David Klass. If you tell him what you are looking for, he can definitely help you! You can also look here on the boards where there are tons of people that used him for their rings including me!

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Post # 23
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Honey bee

My wedding band is from Pompeii. It sucks, I had no budget, so I live with it, but I bet if I put Swarovski crystals in there it’d be more sparkly than the sad excuse of diamonds I have right now (see how it doesn’t sparkle at all compared to the engagement ring on top)

morganite-ring

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Post # 24
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Busy bee

I have two rings from pompeii3 that I really love! The diamonds aren’t triple excellent or anything, but they sparkle nicely and I receive lots of compliments. 

Post # 25
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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missmewhenimhere:  Unless your fiance is uncomfortable with what he paid, I would not recommend going back and forth returning rings. Do you like yours? Is it well made, suitable to last decades? Is he totally okay with the 3K he spent? If so, don’t put yourself through the hustle.

A previous poster suggested buying a ring in the States. Let’s say you find a ring for, oh, $2,500… by the time you add taxes and either travel expenses (if you drive across the border) or shipping costs, you’ll have lost a good chunk of the $500 you saved.

Honest advice: stop looking at rings. Enjoy the one you have. Start planning a wedding or something!

Post # 26
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Blushing bee

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Tinatiny1:  Agree with Costco. My sister got her’s there for a fraction of the price. Shoot, they carry $400k rings. Who would’ve thought…

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

You also need to keep in mind that Wal-mart’s prices are low for a lot of reasons – one that it’s a huge corporation that moves lots of product, but also that many of their staff work for minimum wage (which is $7.25/hour here in the U.S. – not a living wage by any stretch of the imagination). Another company might sell the same ring with a similar-quality diamond, but not be able to price it as low as Wal-mart does. That doesn’t mean that you’re overpaying if you patronize that business.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Pompeii doesn’t have nice quality diamonds, but I totally scored a plain band from them for super cheap. Score! Maybe I’ll buy another one. 

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

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Tinatiny1:  Costco has some seriously amazing rings! Heck, the one by my house even carries Cartier watches. Crazy!

Post # 30
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Busy bee

A friend of mine has a Pompeii ring….

I wouldn’t recommend it.

It doesn’t look like a diamond, it looks fake.

She has this set:

http://www.pompeii3.com/p-3954-150ct-vintage-halo-princess-cut-diamond-engagement-ring-set-14k-white-gold.aspx

It’s awful. It looks filthy even when she cleans it. The engraving sucks and looks worn after less than a year. She grossly overpaid for it. Her center is a 1ct I3…it’s like the bottom of the barrel and she knows it. I would never tell her but her ring is awful. Please don’t get this one lol I’m sorry

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