(Closed) went engagement shopping with SO and need some HONEST feedback

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

It’s a beautiful set. I do agree with your SO that the center stone gets lost with all the bling on the band and wedding band, once you add that. There’s nothing wrong with a private/family jeweler. Most times they can offer you better pricing and quality too.

Post # 4
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If it were me… I would go with a very thin band if you are sticking with that diamond size. OR I would go with a thin band (which will cost less) and increase the diamond size a bit. I would also go to a local jeweler to get more bang for your buck!

Oh, wow! I just read your budget… you can get way more for your money!!! My ring cost 5500 and my center stone is 1ct and my setting is .63. I would def go to a local jeweler!!!

Post # 6
1798 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I kind of agree with your SO, maybe you can look for a similar style with a larger center stone.  Often you can get a better deal at small jewelers, so don’t rule it out until you go look. You have enough budget to get a really nice size, so don’t settle!

Post # 8
532 posts
Busy bee

I personally would not buy from a chain. I would go with an independent jeweler. You will get a more unique piece, and often a better deal.

I agree with your SO about the ring. It is not my personal taste, but if you like it, that’s what matters.

I  would put the money into a larger center stone and have a thinner band.

Post # 9
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I agree with the PP that the center stone does get lost. I would go to other places to look at rings and find out what you like and don’t like. This is what I did with my fiance and then he went online and found my dream ring at a lower price than family jewelers and 0% tax!

Post # 12
1747 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m a little biased being in the industry myself, but I think you can get a far better deal with a local jeweler. And probably a better quality diamond.  Kay has an incredible markup in my opinion.

By comparison, I own a jewelry store that specializes in pre-owned, estate and wholesale jewelry and for about that price, we have a .48 ctw Tiffany princess cut diamond set in platinum with VVS clarity and near perfect color. If you don’t want to go the pre-owned route, you can still get a better buy.

I would listen to your future Fiance ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
1013 posts
Bumble bee

@hopestobemrsv:  Most jewellers will explain all the 4 C;s to you (cut clarity carat colour) which define the diamonds. 

Post # 16
1497 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The band does tend to overwhelm the center diamond. It would be really pretty if the band were thinner.

Go to the private jeweler just to see what they have. I think they tend to have better quality.

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