(Closed) We Broke up.

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 32
Member
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

i just broke up with my ring yesterday. i’m on number 2 waiting for number 3 to arrive.

here is my post about it

new ring

Post # 33
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9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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@strawbabies: wrote…

I’ve got a weird question. How come he got the original one from the UK? Is it hard to find jewelry in Canada?

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@RayKay:  replied…

LOL no it is not hard to find jewelery in Canada. We are a big and populated country with many jewelers, from chain stores to independents. Ha ha, I just found that funny but I am not laughing at you.

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Sorry, but I am going to disagree with RAYKAY on this one… (although there is certainly more choice if you live in one of our Mega Cities… Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver)

For the rest of us… even in the larger cities, pickings are slim… and it really does boil down to geography and population

We certainly are a BIG country (about the size of all of Europe) but we have a very scant population (Canada = 35 Million, US = 311 Million, Europe = 738 Million)… so when it comes to retailers we have a lot less here than in either the USA or Europe.

Add in the fact that a lot of the chain Jewellery Stores here are one-in-the-same (ie two of our biggest chains, Peoples & Mappins are the same company).  So a lot of what is availalbe is the same-old-same old from store to store.

Personally, I had a devil of a time finding a ring I liked (had my heart set on) after seeing a particular style while on vacation in the USA… as there just is less choice here… never did find one like the setting I saw in the USA (wide band, lots of diamonds, more cocktail ring look, Princess Quad feature set on the diagonal)

In the end, I found my ring at a small Independent Jewellery Store, who ordered their rings from various sources abroad (and also made some custom items).  On the otherhand, it was about 3x the price of what I had originally figured we would budget for the ring… (and probably closing in on 2x what the ring would have cost me in the USA)

Consequently a lot of Canadians do buy their rings while abroad, or on-line.

The UPSIDE is there is more to choose from… being able to source the world (especially on-line), and prices tend to be a lot less (less in many cases than the alternative of having a custom one made of something you’ve seen elsewhere).  The DOWNSIDE, is the paperwork for importation, and paying out the relative duties & taxes (can add as much as 25% to 50% to the basic cost of the ring)

PS… Where Canada does shine in the Jewellery Market tho is having access to “Canadian Diamonds”… so although a setting one likes may be hard to find, getting quality diamonds isn’t !!  My ring is made with Canadian Diamonds, and that makes me quite happy (those not always easy to come by elsewhere).

 

Post # 34
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4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Your new ring is gorgeous and I’m so glad you feel more comfortable with that decision but holy moses your first ring is a show stopper!

Post # 35
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3229 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have to say I like your first ring better but great job at saving a ton of cash!  Now you can put that cash to good use AND have a ring that you’re completely in love with.  Please come back and post pics of your new ring on your hand.

Post # 36
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239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have heard very good things about the Amora Moissy rings. Let us know how it turned out! Hope this new one works out a lot better for you 🙂

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