- country chic
- 6 years ago
- Wedding: November 1999
Just a small observation when I was at the jeweler’s yesterday picking up my ring that needed sizing down:
I was sitting there waiting to be helped and there were 2 guys there looking at e-rings. One was the buyer and he brought his buddy with for his opinion I assume.
Anyway, the guy was looking at a very vintage-y type setting and he asked my opinion on it. The center held a round stone and had a wide halo and a lot of scrollwork on the sides. It was pretty and I asked if his Girlfriend had given any kinds of hints as to what she wanted. He said no. Then his buddy said “All she said is she wants a princess” (The jeweler had stepped away). I wasn’t trying to sound like a know-it-all, or do the jeweler’s job, but I said that the center is round not princess. I pointed to where settings that held princess stones were.
So I get my ring and was about to leave and the guy asked me about another setting. (the jeweler was back now) Clearly the jeweler was annoyed that this guy was asking my opinion. The setting had a low basket head and I asked if there was a matching wedding band as it would be hard to find one to match up, The guy looked at me like I had 3 heads and said “I have to buy 2 rings?” The jeweler was pretty condescending and said to the guy “Well, yeah! Unless you expect your girl to just wear one ring!” She (jeweler) then pointed to some wedding sets. Then the guy’s buddy said “She also said she wants a solitaire” The guy said “Oh yeah, what does that mean?” The jeweler explained and then said “Oh your girl really doesn’t want a solitaire! These settings are so much prettier than just a boring solitaire!”
I felt so bad for this guy! I said if she wants a solitaire then get her one because obviously she knows what she wants. So he went over to where the solitaire settings were and found one that had a matching diamond band. His buddy agreed that it was a great set and they both thanked me for my help. The jeweler kept giving me the evil eye this whole time and said maybe I should get credit for the sale.
Now, this was not a chain store – just a local family run jeweler that I have given my business to the last few months (I bought my new setting there). It was clear the guy had not done his research but I’m glad his buddy was there to help him out! If this poor guy was alone at this jeweler, she would have talked him into something completely different than his Girlfriend wanted! Obviously this guy was nervous but it seems to me like he was almost taken advantage of.
Since Darling Husband picked out my e-ring I don’t know if he went through something similar, but are all jewelers like this? I really feel bad for these guys that are really trying to get it right.