Post # 46
Generally speaking, you can depend on a mall jeweler to give you less for more.
And online retailers are perfect for those who have a relatively small budget. You can far more easily find the best stone for the best price and the setting you want. Shopping online is ideal for budget-minded shoppers who don’t want to be taken advantage of.
Post # 47
I have a mall e-ring and I’m also wearing my mom’s mall e-ring as a RHR. (Some Bees, or their rings, predate online shopping.) I can agree with many of the objections to mall stores cited by PPs, because in many cases all those concerns are valid. (Buyer beware, and all that.) If I had planned to reside in one area over my lifetime, or purchase a more costly (or principal piece) e-ring, or desire a custom/bespoke ring, then I would’ve gone with a local bench. But that wasn’t our story.
I like the warranty/national servicing that came with the franchise. It’s been serviced in eight US states so far and I like being “in the system”. But, like slomotion, I’d work with a local bench long before I’d let them ship it off somewhere if it needed major repairs, warranty be danged. In fact, if that happens, I’d probably not repair it but break it apart, add some more stones, and enjoy its “newer version”.
Just my $0.02.
Post # 48
That’s an odd statement, because from what I understand you can get more value for your dollar buying online vs in a chain store. It’s just logistics. Online retailers have much less overhead, so they can charge less.
OP, I think you can get a good quality stone/setting from a mall jeweler, but please do your research and get familiar with diamond stats, grading reports, cut factors, and pricing. Also accept you may pay more. But hey, that may be worth it to you, if it means being able to try on the exact ring you’ll be purchasing. Just do your research! Good luck
Post # 49
My intent wasn’t to be an asshole so I apologize.
The fact is that the bee is a select sample group and most of us are highly educated and have some money. The average person that goes to a mall chain probably doesn’t know anything about diamond specs or the 4 c’s. They see a pretty ring and buy it because they buy everything from the mall. Most people hear custom/local jeweler and think “cha-Ching $$$”.. Most lower/middle class people don’t have the time/energy/resources/money to go and design a custom ring.
Post # 50
Yeah, that window shopping thing without the intent to buy? That stuff grinds my gears. You’re taking up a worker’s tine (and thus company money), using the facility and inventory (and this company money) to look for a ring to purchase elsewhere. Not. A. Fan.
Post # 52
Agree with most posters it’s the quality vs price ratio. Before I got educated (like Pricescope hardcore diamond forum), we put a deposit on an EGL stone I thought was a steal, .97 on paper from the first store we went to. Thank goodness I had an uneasy feeling, it ended up being too deep and was “face up” like a proper cut .8. The store didn’t really tell me the difference between EGL vs GIA either and got the deposit back.
What’s hard is that really before you shop, you just may see diamonds oh as sparkly nice things. But with the internet nowadays you can really shop around and get some info. Have you ever seen a WELL CUT (clarity, color aside) diamond vs an average one? Chances are smaller they exist in a mall store. High Performace Diamonds is a great site for videos and YouTube Good Old Gold. But hey, there are plenty of people who love their mall rings and don’t look back.
Here some people might not even see the difference with these or you could be a stickler 😛
What’s nice is a well cut diamond can look bigger and one can compromise a tad on clarity and color. I was lucky, I found a local jeweler that can be very technical but also looks for values…an eyeclean SI or with a flaw that’s on the edge or maybe a lower color grading but higher on the scale in that grade, eg a “high” I that almost looks like and H.
Post # 53
Mall jewelery stores dont carry anything that’s anything worthy. Zales has all I1-I2’S and a very few selcetions with SI2 diamonds and they want about 10K for a round carat SI2 diamond H-I COLOR….. I think thats beyond crazy to me . Meanwhile on bluenile and ritani you can get the same diamond that’s an SI2 I color for less then 5K. Ive done my research and they just really RIP YOU OFF and mrshmc1204:
one thing has nothing to do with the other I am a middle/lower class B and I like to get my hard earned moneys worth. I think any bee who is rich / middle / lower class could agree on that….
Post # 54
I think also because they offer store accounts there, for some buyers they’re buying credit as much as they’re buying jewelry.
Post # 55
If you don’t want to buy online and you don’t have quality independent jewellers where you live then do yourself a huge favor and look at Costco. They have some really nice diamonds.