(Closed) zales and other mall chain stores

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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1746 posts
Bumble bee

I’m still on the hunt for a wedding band I like, and went to Jared just to browse while I was killing time til Fiance got off work. Sales person is showing me rings, I see one that looks alright and check the price tag $1100! for a .5 tcw band, 13 round stones I2-I3

Are you kidding me? I can get that same quality from Wal-Mart for a fraction of the cost.

Post # 3
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1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Don’t feel bad. Both my ering and wedding band are from zales. And guess what. I LOVE them!

Post # 5
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4682 posts
Honey bee

My ring is from a mall chain, and I think it’s beautiful. Not everyone is that worried about the 4 C’s. Weddingbee just makes it seem that way.

Post # 6
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1188 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I mean, I agree with you but no way this thread ends well. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

I agree that they do sell diamonds for prices above market values at mall stores.  They have huge overhead that they have to compensate for.  Rent at some locations can be $30,000 a month.  Guess where that mark-up you are paying is going, that’s right the rent!  There is no way they make any money unless they sell enough to cover the rent, employee salaries and the other cost of operating without having a large markup on the merchandise.  They do have nice perks, like lifetime warranties and trade-up programs, and free cleanings and polishings.  

You have to decide what is best for you.  You can save money and get some nice quality diamonds online but the ease of access to the mall stores are tempting.  

personally we purchased my diamond online and went to an independent jeweler! The location of the store was not in a fancy mall and at first I was apprehensive.  BUT….. He was awesome! He was not trying to over sell us, in fact he undersold us.  We only spent 25% of our budget. (not like we told him, he assumed we didnt have a lot to spend)  The customer service was amazing.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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cherryiice:  Have you not read the ring boards before? People get worked up about everything particularly if it seems critical. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

That’s been the general consensus of the chain stores for a long time.

Post # 13
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720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Yes for the most part those stores do have some crummy looking diamonds at high prices. But if you know where and how to shop you can get what you want.

I have a 1.0 carat G color Pear SI2 that was purchased at Jareds and graded by “Crap” GSI. We chose the stone and setting separately. The price Fiance paid for it was comparable if not better than Blue Nile. Trust me I looked for months. 

I got exactly what I wanted at a fantastic price, I don’t feel “had” at all. 

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

Also my Ering is from Helzberg and I love it 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Its typically a general consensus that mall chains don’t have great quality stuff. But on the flip side, some people would rather just walk into a store and buy a ready-made ring without having to spend a lot of time doing research, learning the 4Cs, then picking out a diamond and setting. And that’s completely fine. I was adamant about going to a private jewelry store. But picking out diamonds, learning the 4Cs, deciding where to compromise and finally price checking took about a month and many repeat visits. Some people don’t care to do all that. It’s all about personal choice. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee

The first time I went e-ring shopping with my then BF we went to the mall chain stores to get an idea of what I liked and what things looked like on my hand. It was a learning experience, not exactly in the 4 Cs category because I don’t really care, but I learned that I hated all modern rings (on me). 

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