(Closed) Zales? Kay? Gordons? Samuels? Local jeweler?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 47
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

He went to Jared

Post # 48
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Reputable local jeweler in my former city.

Post # 49
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Can I also add that I’ve had BETTER experiences at Kay’s than local jewelry stores?

Local store 1: does not carry very much.

Local store 2: owner does not get along with my aunt.

Local store 3: treats me like I shouldn’t even be there.  I would go there every year to buy a small gift for my mom, and refused to look at the more expensive things.

 

Whereas the Kay’s I go to knows me, knows my Fiance, knows how he proposed, what my ring is, what we do for a living…

It’s a very individual experience.  I think ruling out chain stores right away is a bit…  Well, snobby, honestly.  If you try it and don’t like it, fine.  But to hold them away without seeing it in person?  Premature judgement.

Post # 50
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My fiance bought a diamond directly from a wholesaler and worked with his designer to create a modernized version of my grandmother’s engagement ring. I’d initially hoped to used that setting for my own – the diamond from it had been reset into my mom’s ring, so I liked the fact that it had generations of history behind it – but it was a very closed setting so it would have diminished the sparkle of a new diamond, plus it would have only been able to hold about a half-carat stone. I love it. I don’t ever want to know what he paid for it, because it is far more extravagant than I expected, but I can’t imagine a ring that would suit me better.

 

Post # 51
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@FutureMrsHolmes:  I used James Allen for mine, and I take it to a local jeweler for repairs (haven’t needed to) and redipping, etc. I wouldn’t use a chain store. There are too many sketchy stories on the Bee about all of them.

Post # 52
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Bumble bee

Shane co! Their amazing. And when you pick your ring up from having any work done they hand you your ring and a loupe to check your diamond (if it has a GIA inscription) to know it wasn’t switched. Their customer service is phenomenal and unlike many chain jewelers they have a repair shop in store so your ring never gets sent anywhere and it only takes 2 days to get back to you. I love them & won’t ever buy from Kay’s or anywhere else for jewelry EVER again. 

Post # 53
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@FoxyBride14:  Awesome! Where in NY are you?

Post # 54
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Blushing bee

Mall stores overcharge way too much for the quality they sell.  I’d stick to a family owned, brick and mortar store or James Allen, Good Old Gold, or Brian Gavin Diamonds for the online route.

Post # 55
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@classical_wolf:  long island – the Massapequa area. What about you. 

Post # 56
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@FoxyBride14:  Long Island — Farmingdale. My Mom lives in Massapequa though 😀

Post # 57
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@classical_wolf:  oh nice! We are looking for houses now, so I don’t know where we will end up lol 

Post # 58
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

My e-ring is from a local store and my wedding band is from a chain. There are positives and negatives to both.

The local store has an awesome warranty where I don’t even need to get it checked every six months. If a diamond falls out and I haven’t brought it in for years they would replace it no questions asked. They are also super friendly when I go on to get it resized or related. They make friendly conversation but they don’t try to push sales on me. However, we ended up moving 8 hours away so now if something happens to my ring and I don’t want to wait until I’m in the area again I have to mail it to them. I’m not comfortable doing this so I just try to get it in for replating when I’m in the area of the local jeweler.

The chain store is friendly enough but I hate taking it in for the six month inspection. They try to push sales on me and tell me they will call me about events. Something that should take 5 minutes takes 15 because they keep trying to make a sale. I’ve never need l heard of them switching out diamonds but I have the certificates for everything so I guess I’m not to worried about it.

Post # 59
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My ring is from Shane Co. My FH hand picked the diamonds in it =) Absolutly beautiful diamond!Also you can go back and they will size it within two sizes for free!

 

Post # 60
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Bee Keeper

@FutureMrsHolmes:  I’m from the UK, so I don’t know if things are different here, but, our high street/chain stores are VERY overpriced. You CAN get decent deals, but you need to know what you’re looking for.

For any big purchases in future I’d always go with an independent jeweller; you get WAY more for your money here by going independent, plus when it comes to something like diamonds, the choice is SO much better; our chain stores here are really limited, eg you can’t pick the specs, they come the standard (usually quite poor) specs.

Post # 61
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

My stone is from bluenile my setting is from jareds and my wedding band is from zales.  One thing I love about jareds is the jeweler is right in the store so any problems they can usually fix right away and it doesnt have to be sent out for weeks at a time. I just had my stone reset at jareds I picked it out sunday and it was done monday and they did a fantastic job.

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