(Closed) Where to shop for engagement rings in London?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Busy bee

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
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Bumble bee

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 # 5
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Busy bee

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
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Bumble bee

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
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Busy bee

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
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Blushing bee

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.

HTH!

 

Post # 9
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Wannabee

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 # 11
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Worker bee

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
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Newbee

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 # 14
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Bee Keeper

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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!

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