There seems to be a lot of upcoming nuptials in the Personal Fiance niche so I feel the need to talk about my experience with buying our wedding rings online, for cheap.
My proposal was very traditional. I knew nothing about the ring, the timing, anything. We had been together for many years at this point (started dating at 16) so trusted he knew me well enough and knew us well enough to get it right in both engagement ring and timing. He totally surprised me with both choice of ring and timing. It was special.
I’m a simple girl. I don’t wear jewelry beyond stud earrings and now my wedding rings so would have picked something very small and simple for myself. I wouldn’t have even bought a real diamond and gone lab made all the way but like I said, he’s traditional so I 100% left it up to him. He surprised me with a three stone diamond ring set in white gold on my last day of classes (upon completing my second university degree), it was beautiful and perfect since he spend weeks choosing it.
With the engagement stress long gone, I started having a say in everything else wedding related, such the wedding rings. I went into local jewelry stores to try on different band styles with my ring and my fingers to see what I did and did not like. I toyed with the idea of getting lab made diamond wedding bands to match my ring but couldn’t find a style I liked. They were all much more ornate than I was looking for. I found the simple wedding band I wanted but wasn’t so happy with dishing out so much money for a piece of jewelry.
I started searching around online one night and found the exact ring I wanted, at 60% less than the jewelry store was offering. I have bought things online before but somehow felt reluctant to buy such an important item online and though it was 60% off, it was still a chunk of change for both my ring and the ring my husband picked out. I thought about it for weeks, did more research and bit the bullet and input my credit card information.
I decided to buy the rings from this site based on testimonials, the satisfaction guarantee that came with it and of course, the price. I’m so glad I did it. The rings arrived within a few weeks (getting held up in customs) and were exactly as promised. I had a local jeweler do a quick check on them to make sure they were in fact as they said as they passed with flying colors. For less than $300 I bought both my wedding band as well as my husbands. While I did get dinged for another $50 in custom fees it was still worth every penny. Almost five years later and we have no regret, quite the opposite, we’re looking at buying another ring to (in my husband’s words) complete my ”set”.
If you buy anything online, especially something as important as your wedding bands, do your research! I have nothing but good things to say about the company we used but have heard horror stories from other friends. If you’re not 100% comfortable with anything about the transaction don’t do it or get clarification.
My husband was reluctant at first to buy our wedding bands online, thought it was weird and impersonal but when I showed him the price difference he quickly came around 🙂