Post # 1
I’ve had some really, really good and exciting progress happen in my relationship lately–to the point where Boyfriend or Best Friend and I have been looking online together at styles of rings!
Because of the savings factor it’s very likely (although not positive) that he would buy the ring online. However, because it’s such a big purchase he wants us to go out together and try on rings to make sure that we like the ring in person as well as online, and to get an idea for what size band/diamond looks good.
I’m really not a jewelry person at all (and neither is he really) so we’re trying to figure out the best place to go just to get educated about diamonds/engagement ring styles. We won’t necessarily be buying from that store so that’s a consideration–we’d rather not have a really heavy sales pitch/guilt trip just for browsing.
Would it be better to go to a huge chain store that might have a ton of styles? Or pick a high end store that might have more attentive customer service? Or something else entirely?
What did you do, or wish you had done?
Post # 3
@Taylor4: If you’re really hoping to get educated on diamonds and jewelry, I would go the local route. I don’t think that they would sales pitch you as heavy as the chain jewelers would. They may also be more patient in the process as well since they’re integral in the process of selecting a setting and stone. My husband went to Chicago’s diamond district and researched stones and settings there. He learned the most from those experiences compared to the chain jewelers.
Post # 4
Definitely go to a local jeweler. From my experience designing my ring at a local jewelry store here, their prices are competitive (so much so that you might be able to afford to buy it in-store rather than online), and they are very focused on customer service, as that is what keeps their business alive.
Enjoy ring shopping. I sure did! 🙂
Post # 5
I went to a local place, and got all the info I needed. Fiance went to his uncle, who is a jeweler and wound up making my ring. Def. go local. You will be treated better and get their full attention. I went during the day on an off time, and there was noone in the store, so since they were all bored, the staff spent a lot of time with me.
Post # 6
i’m not sure if there is one where you live, but i would definitely suggest bailley banks and biddle. they have a “design studio” which is basically an area where they have tons and tons of ring styles that you can try on freely without having a sales person help you. i think all the rings are just CZs and such, but it’s a great way to try on a lot of different styles to get an idea of what you could be interested way. and it’s super low stress since there isnt a sales person breathing down your neck, and you don’t have to be like lemme try this one on and that one and that one. you can just pick whatever you want to try on, and they have a great variety of options. they also have rings with different size stones so you can see what you like best of your finger. its great!
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens
We went to both local jewelers and chain stores. Why don’t you try both? Each one had different ways of educating us about jewelry and stones.
We wound up going to a local jeweler to actually purchase the ring. Where do you plan to get your ring cleaned/serviced if you buy it online? Just something to think about.
Post # 8
I voted for all the options (except other, because I didn’t have a comment for where “other” would be).
Remember, you can go TRY ON rings anywhere and you don’t have to buy from those places. I went to several chain stores and a couple local jewelers to try on rings. But in the end, I ordered from online companies (Good Old Gold, Eternity Diamonds, and ID Jewelry) because I got much more bang for the buck!
Post # 9
@highwire: Surprisingly, some of the online retailers have service arrangements. You can mail back your ring every 6 months and get it cleaned/repaired. I guess the other option would be just to pay a local jeweler to do it. (For the basics.) Maybe other ladies who have bought rings online can weigh in.
Post # 10
We shopped around starting at the high end retailers, went to a local chain retailer, an antique jewelery, and finallly a small local shop in our neighborhood. Used the shopping sround to figure out what we liked/could afford/wanted and when we came across THE ring at the local neighborhood jeweler we knew it was meant to be. Good luck!
Post # 11
I tried on rings at both (individual and chain) and found out the style I wanted and also the maximum carat size my little size 5 finger could handle comfortably 🙂 Fiance then proposed months later and he got it at a chain store. His reasoning: for the cut,clarity and size the price was the best at the chain store at that time. It helped it was near the holidays I’m sure so sales were everywhere. That’s not to say one’s better than the other. It truly depends on the store and sales people. I’ve had great experience in the customer service at the big name store. So no complaints about them here. In the end, try it everywhere and then you can comparison shop. Have fun! I’m not into jewelry much but I loved this experience!!
Post # 12
I’m not engaged (yet!) but my boyfriend and I looked at rings in the Chicago jeweler’s row, as well as Tiffany’s. To my surprise, we had the worst customer experience at Tiffany’s. I almost felt like the sales woman didn’t think we were serious, and that really turned me off. They also didn’t have a huge selection. I think you should go to a variety of places so you can see what works best for you and the man. 🙂
Post # 13
@AshleyR83: I had the exact opposite experience at Tiffany’s! Did you get the booklet about the C’s? I found that to be super helpful when we were looking online at loose diamonds!
Post # 14
@Mrs.Mittens: They did give us the information booklet, yes. I wanted to see the Tiffany novo in a 2 carat size, which they didn’t have, and they made no offer to call it in. 🙁 I did get to try the novo in in a 3 carat size, which was awesome – although looked a little ridic on my 4.75 finger! 🙂
Post # 15
Try on rings everywhere. Every store will have different styles available, and you can learn a lot by hearing it more than once from several places.
I ended up buying from a local jeweler though- I got HORRIBLE service at Jared’s and while I got pretty good service everywhere else, I bought from a local jeweler that had amazing customer service and a free lifetime protection plan. They were also by far the cheapest- local jewelers tend to be quite a bit less expensive for the same or even better quality of diamond.
Post # 16
@AshleyR83: I tried on some crazy Asscher cut that was like 3 carats and like $35,000! It looked weird on my finger and I’m a 6. If nothing else it was fun!