You’re thinking about the ring. Here’s some advice.
Is three months salary really a thing?
What you spend on a ring is a personal decision. We would never try to convince you otherwise. As long as you and your significant other are happy with the ring, then it’s money well spent.
I don’t even know how and where to start…
You’re not the first to feel this way and you definitely won’t be the last! Marriage and everything that comes with (including the ring), is a huge decision. We recommend booking a 15 minute drop in appointment so we can share our process with you.
Do I have to be an expert at diamonds so I don’t get taken advantage of?.
At La Bijouterie, we pride ourselves on educating our customers in the most unbiased way possible. It’s always helpful to do some research on your own, but in no way do you need to have an extensive background in diamonds. Trust is key when finding a jeweler and we like to establish that from the very begining.
What if she doesn’t like the ring?
We always recommend that our couples share what they are looking for in their dream ring, but if that doesn’t work out, there are always options, especially with the setting.
I don’t think I can afford the ring she deserves.
You want to give her the world and we get that. Learning about the 4 C’s can help you determine the areas that cost the most and the least in order to help you pick the perfect diamond that fits within your budget.
When should I start the ring buying process?
We suggest having an initial meeting 4 months before you’d like to propose to stay on the safe side. With that said, there are certain rings that need far less lead time. Book an initial appointment to get a better idea of timing.
At La Bijouterie, we love helping customer find the exact diamond that fits any budget and any style. Book an appointment today!
Scheduling time to visit us at La Bijouterie does a couple important things:
- It offers us the opportunity to give you the 1:1 attention you deserve. You can ask questions and we are able to listen to exactly what you’re looking for, uninterrupted.
- It helps us keep costs low and our pricing extremely competitive since we don’t have to hire multiple sales reps available for walk-ins. These savings are then transferred to our customers.
Absolutely not! We have learned from years of experience in the industry that pressuring someone as they’re trying to make one of the biggest decisions of their lives benefits no one. Appointments are a time for you to ask questions, share your thoughts, and for us to listen and share our years of industry knowledge with you.
As a first step, we ask that you book a 15 minute browsing appointment so we can show you a few samples and learn more about what you’re looking for. If from there you’d like to move forward with pricing and customization, we offer a 30 minute Phase 2 appointment. We want our customers to leave feeling delighted with the experience they’ve received, never pressured.
La Bijouterie prides itself on specializing in custom jewelry. We believe that the piece you choose should be as unique as your love which is why the majority of our jewelry is created from scratch, bringing to life you and your partner’s vision. Having less inventory also helps us keep costs down.
One word - quality. Both with regard to the diamond itself, and the customer experience you are receiving. Most online diamond companies enable you to search by the 4 C's- Cut, Clarity, Carat and Cost. Even searching by ideal cut, grade, clarity, carat and cost will render you a vast amount of results - some thousands of dollars apart from one another. How are you then able to make an educated decision on which diamond is best? Especially since it is a blind purchase.
At La Bijouterie, we believe the internet is a great place to buy everyday items at a discount, but not a diamond that will someday be a family heirloom. We work with you to find the perfect diamond for your budget and for your love. We only work with the top diamond retailers in the industry and only cut corners when it’s necessary to create your ideal diamond shape.
When it comes to customer experience, you can rest assured that your satisfaction is our utmost concern and that your happiness is our singular focus. Online stores do not offer any quality guarantee and you’re left in the dark to fix the issue yourself, sometimes costing thousands of additional dollars. At La Bijouterie, if there's something you’re not happy with, it's our mission to fix it and ensure you continue to be happy with the item you purchased, in order to maintain a lifelong relationship with you.
Although initially it may seem like you're getting a better deal on a diamond by purchasing it online, it usually ends up being far from the case. Just the fact that you must make the decision of which diamond to choose is already such daunting task for a person that has no knowledge of diamonds. It takes years for a diamond dealer to understand the industry—how can you be expected to by simply reading some results online and visiting a couple of jewelry stores? Not to mention the lack of customer service that comes along with making one of the most important purchases of your life.
We encourage clients considering the online route do conduct a little experiment...
Steps to follow:
- Go to a well-known online diamond retailer website.
- Enter in the same carat, color, clarity, and cut filters (the 4 C's). If you're unsure where to begin, we recommend entering in a carat weight of 1.00, color G, clarity VVS1, and excellent Cut.
- Notice the results are vast even though these diamonds have the exact same specifications, but their prices range by the thousands.
- Which one should you choose and why?
The idea of this exercise is to simply show you how complicated it is to choose a diamond. At La Bijouterie, we love helping customer find the exact diamond that fits any budget and any style. Book an appointment today!
You might be wondering what the difference is between a man made (or lab made) diamond verses a naturally occurring one, and the answer is quite simple. A man made or lab made diamond is omitting the timelessness and everlasting value a naturally occurring diamond possesses. It takes away the precious scarcity and value that has made today’s diamonds so popular and desired. Although to the naked eye, these so-called diamonds may look real, they are quite fake and unfortunately do not hold their value. Imagine years later passing down a lab made stone...one that no longer holds its value due to how common it is to create. Now imagine passing down a family heirloom diamond, one that no matter how old or dusty it becomes, remains timeless. A prized treasure for generations to come. It’s the scarcity and naturally occurring timeless beauty you are purchasing when you seek out a precious diamond gem.
This is a common misconception about lab made or man made diamonds. You see, in order for a lab made diamonds to be created, it actually involves more chemicals and electricity consumption and is worse for the environment than those that are naturally occurring. Also, this topic rarely touches on the communities in Africa that heavily rely on the diamond business for their wellbeing - it is often their family business. At La Bijouterie, we never work with conflict diamonds. We strictly work with ethically sourced GIA certified diamonds, and you will receive a GIA certificate and appraisal with your jewel. We’ve worked in the diamond wholesale business for generations and only work with trusted and ethical sources.
If you are against buying diamonds, then you should definitively not even consider buying a lab grown diamond, as they are incredibly overpriced. Today’s diamond margins have dropped between 10-15% but lab grown diamonds margins are well above the 200%. The best alternative would be Moissanite, or perhaps a diamond is simply not in your repertoire of jewelry taste. In that case you may enjoy looking at a sapphire, emerald, ruby, or other colored diamond gems. We are happy to walk you through our selection of precious stones to help you find the one that speaks to you.