Post # 1
So we’ve been looking at the average places. We don’t have a ton of money to spend, so Shane Co and EERobbins are a little out of the question. I found a gorgeous ring at Kay Jewelers, but have recently been scared off by the TERRIBLE reviews. I struggled to find one review online where someone was happy with the Kay ring.
The other places i’m contemplating are Fred Meyer, Helzberg diamonds, and Ben Bridge. I don’t really want to buy online either because I’m apprehensive as to what it’d actually look like in person. Any ideas? 🙂
Post # 3
What does this ring look like? I know some bees have helped others in the past with ideas. If price is the issue, I know certain gemstones are reasonable, and if you want a diamond look, some have used Moissy or Asha, which are gorgeous.
Post # 4
This is the ring I fell in LOVE with, but it is from Kay jewelers. Like I said, it’s had HORRIBLE reviews. I love the circle diamond, I love the swirl and I love the halo-esque look. Basically, I love this ring. I haven’t really found anything like this on other sites.
Post # 5
They ring itself is 5 stars. I wouldn’t worry about it. There are many bees with rings frtom Kay.
Post # 6
Have you tried Blue Nile? I have a few friends with beautiful rings from there. Also, shop around and try little local jewelry shops. Often times they have low overhead and can pass those savings on to you! There are also a lot of Bees who have beautiful rings from sellers on Etsy. I know Laurie Sarah is one that comes highly recommended and will work with your price range!
Post # 7
Hi! I’m a jewelery designer in Tucson, AZ and I always encourage my friends to take a picture of what they like to a local independant jeweler or jewlers (always good to shop around!) to see if they can’t match the price with a higher quality piece. 9/10 the local jeweler is able to and you’ll have a reputable source, are supporting a local business and they will stand behind their work. There is a perception that as local jewelers we’re more expensive but we almost always beat the chain stores because we don’t have a “higher up executive” to answer to it’s just us! Best of luck shopping!
Post # 8
If you don’t have a private jeweler or diamond distributor that you would like to work with, Blue Nile is a great website and Costco has excellent engagement rings as well:
Post # 9
I ended up getting my engagement ring from Blue Nile and love it, but my band is from Kays, which I also love. So far I have no complaints from Kays or with my ring!
Post # 10
Do you have a Spence Diamonds nearby? One of my friends bought his FI’s engagement ring there and believes he got a pretty good deal.
Post # 11
Thanks for the input ladies. I always thought independent jewelers would be more expensive, but I will definitely hunt down a couple and show them what I fell in love with. 🙂 I cruised the Blue Nile website, but am a little apprehensive about it. I have heard quite a few good things about it though.
No Spence diamonds near by either, but I will definitely be checking out etsy too.. never thought of that one. 🙂
Post # 12
One of my best friends got her ring from Kay’s and she has had nothing but great things to say about their customer service. She smacked her hand into something and it messed up the prong… which wasn’t noticed until she had her ring check. They fixed it for free within a week, dipped it, and it looked brand spanking new.
Post # 13
If you would like a dimanond, Blue Nile is the BEST place to shop for one.
Post # 14
@anenglish15: Hi! I have my ring set from Kay’s and I have nothing but good things to say about the experience. FI picked out my solitaire diamond and when it came time for us to choose our wedding bands, we dealt with the same sales manager. I can’t help you with pricing differences because Fiance chose the ring alone.
I think their customer service, atleast in the store I go to, is excellent. But I can see how they can get bad reviews since it is a big chain store. I had my ring fixed recently since a small diamond in my e-ring popped out somehow (I’m sure it’s work related since I lift constantly) and it looks more sparkly and beautiful to me! Luckily, I’m not a disappointed customer. Go with whatever jewlery store makes you feel most comfortable and also check their service plans or policies when it comes to wear and tear of the ring. These things will probably be helpful in the decision process. Good luck!