Post # 1
So my OH and I have decided to go shopping for rings – EEEE! The proposal is a while off yet, but we’re going to get an idea of what I like so he can surprise me a little later down the line (plus my ring size, as I actually don’t know what it is!).
I live in South London, so when he comes to visit me later in the month we’re going to go shopping – and I’m not really sure where to go! I’ve heard that Hatton Garden is the best place in London for engagement rings, but I’m worried that we’ll both be intimidated as we’re not really sure what we’re doing. I just want to be able to look at and try on a load of different styles to see what works, rather than make a load of individual bespoke appointments with jewellers who’ll give us the hard sell!
Greys Antiques sounds more my speed as there are lots of sellers under one roof to look at, but I don’t know that I want an antique ring. I suppose we’re only going for ring inspiration, rather than actually buying one from Greys, but I’m not sure if it would be a wasted trip.
I also really like the idea of going to 77 Diamonds, as my Boyfriend or Best Friend liked the build-your-own-ring style of the website, plus they seem to be really good value, so he may eventually buy from there. However, as they’re by appointment only, I don’t know if they’ll be happy with me if I make an appointment just to try a load of rings on and then leave!
Please help me bees! I’m so uninformed when it comes to ring shopping, and I don’t want it to be an intimidating experience for me and the OH (who’s quite shy).
Post # 2
i was at Hatton Garden for the first time 3 weeks ago. I’ve always tried to avoid Hatton garden Bec I thought the sales people would be pushy and initimidating. But I was surprised at how relaxed it was! And the store people weren’t pushy at all (well the ones we came across). I think they know it’s a big sentimental purchase so they understand customers need time to make the right choice. I was glad I went in the end bec it’s just so much easier when the stores are all close together, plus there are new and antique ring stores. Besides that I think there are some jewellery stores in Bond Street area, Mayfair, Westfields
Post # 3
I’ve been to Hatton Garden multiple times for ring shopping. It’s very relaxed. You don’t need bespoke appointments, you won’t be given the hard sell. They honestly are pretty happy for you just to try things on and have a chat about what you might want.
By all means, try other places, but you’ve got the wrong idea of Hatton Garden and you’d be missing out if you didn’t go.
Post # 4
1judejude: littlebuzz: Ah, thanks so much for your feedback ladies! It looks like I got the wrong measure of HG, so maybe we’ll go after all! 🙂 I’ll let you know how it goes!
Post # 5
Yes you don’t need to have appointments for Hatton Garden. We didn’t have any appointments and just showed up thinking that we didn’t want any sales people to talk to us. However, once we found a ring like, we changed our mind and asked for an appointment on the spot. The sales person was very nice and helpful, no hard sell at all. He also explained the metals which was very useful. In the end he said we should just take the time to find the right ring for us, and that was it!
Post # 6
Also try to get in a different mindset about being worried people will be pissed off with you for trying things without making a purchase. This is your engagement ring and a hell of a lot of money – they can deal with it!
Post # 7
On a side note, after we went ring shopping in Hatton Garden, we went the ‘Bleeding Heart’, a French bistro for a glass of wine to reflect on all the pretty rings we’ve seen. It’s less than 5 mins from the main Street and has a beautiful and relaxed indoor/outdoor setting.
Post # 8
For good value i would recommend “fine diamonds r us” which looks kind of ghetto from its internet site but is run by a nice Indian guy and they have a little office on Hatton Garden. The prices seem competitive to me.
You can also haggle on Hatton Garden especially if you buy a loose stone.
Post # 9
I got my diamond from 77 diamonds as they offer the best value. I got the loose diamond set in HG with my wedding band. 77 diamonds’s band price is higher than HG in my opinion.
Why don’t you go to HG for inspiration first before you make a purchase? Also you can go to the showroom of Bluenile which I heard is quite good too. You also need to book an appointment with them.
Best of luck. xx
Post # 10
Thank you so much for all your helpful advice bees! I feel a lot better about the process now. 🙂 I wasn’t expecting to feel this nervous! I can’t even talk to my married friends about it because we’re keeping it strictly hush hush – thank god I have the Bee!
Post # 11
We went to Hatton Garden and I’ve also been to Grey’s antiques just to browse. Grey’s antique’s is beautiful and have alot more variety in terms of unique designs especially regarding gemstones (kind of kicking myself we didn’t go there first!) however the prices are steep…
Hatton Garden was great, really relaxed, we went to 4-5 shops trying on rings we liked in the window. Pretty much all the jewellers will showcase their designs in the window. There’s also alot of places will have separate settings and loose stones so you can try on. We opted for a gemstone ring, and the colour shades vary so having alot of loose stones helped us look at what shade was preferable. This also massively helped me decide what setting which I hadn’t even considered previously. And of course haggle – my fiance went with his friend when that friend was buying a ring and they bargained heavily and had a great lads day out.
We ended up going custom in the end and I couldn’t recommend my jeweller highly enough. She’s a freelance but knows her stuff when it comes to gemstones, diamonds and jewellery design and her prices were much more resonable than Hatton Garden (we saved almost 1/3rd off what was quoted in HG for better ring)
One of my friends boyfriend purchased her diamond from 77 diamonds and said they were brilliant. He got it set in HG.
Post # 12
Another vote for Hatton Garden! I didn’t go with my fiance, but he said that the experience was nice – v.low pressure and everyone willing to give lots of advice (without pressuring to buy)
Post # 13
Hi all, I just wanted to update you as we went to Hatton Garden yesterday – apart from a little blip at the start, it went really well and I loved the experience!
So basically we had an appointment at Diamond Heaven first, and then just wandered around looking at different jewellers – and I WISH we had done it the other way around!
The setting of Darling Husband was really dodgy-feeling (buzzing to get into an unmarked door and then having to go through a weird building and buzzing another door with a paper sign on it), which wasn’t helped by the fact that there was a creepy woman outside who stopped us to ask if we were selling jewellery, which threw us a little. Once we were inside the office the lady we saw was lovely and professional, but my OH and I were a bit quiet as we didn’t know much about what we were doing! It was also hard to get the full effect of the rings we tried on as she was dropping loose stones into different settings for us, but the settings were way too big for the size of stone we were looking at, so all you could see was prong! Still, once I’d calmed down and stopped feeling intimidated, Darling Husband did give us some great price points to work from – although I didn’t get that excited feeling I was expecting from any of the rings.
So then we wandered up and down Hatton Garden and Greville St looking in windows, and ended up trying rings in Dynasty, Ovadia and Finecraft – all of which were fantastic! I found rings I loved in all of them, and working from the original Darling Husband price points meant that we knew what was a good deal for us – if we looked in the window and a plain 0.5ct was 3k we just walked off as we knew we could do better! It also meant I tried some styles I’d never expected to like, and ended up totally falling in love with pave bands, halos and yellow diamonds!
We left feeling really happy and confident (I couldn’t stop smiling), and I just wish we’d been more confident in Diamond Heaven.
Very long story short – Hatton Garden can be a great experience for beginner shoppers, and any UK bees shopping in London should take a trip!
Post # 14
thatweddinggirl : glad you had fun. We loved all our ring shopping together 🙂
my husband became a diamond geek. Good old gold make some very informative you tube videos about all things diamond. Pricescope forum is also amazingly useful. They’ll also help you get the best diamond for your money once you’ve decided on the style you like.
Post # 15
So pleased you had a good time at Hatton Garden. My husband and I bought my engagement ring from Savvy & Sand at HG and I still remember the whole experience so fondly. Good luck finding the perfect ring for you!