I was invited to a restyle show and another sale event at two jewelry stores in the mall half an hour away; silly me, I signed up for email alerts right before I found DBL so I get lots of lovely notices in my email now.
I talked my stepmother into going with me. She's still talking about a Crown-something diamond she saw while on a cruise with my dad and about getting a wrap/ring guard/enhancer for her RB solitaire. I really, really wanted to see what style enhancer she likes because Dad always asks us children what she wants for Christmas.
We get to the first one and right off the bat, I can tell I'm going to have some issues. Oh... a little backstory. Hubs gave me a plain ol' WG solitaire setting and told me he's taken care of my upgrade but I have to wait a few more weeks. He said 30 days so.. I don't know. I asked if its from here and he said no so I don't even know if I want the details.
Anyway, I told the jeweler I just wanted to look at settings and enhancers. Do you know what is horrible about looking at rings in stores after seeing David's pictures? Nothing is nice enough! LOL no, really. I looked at halos that seemed kind of insubstantial. I looked at some that had diamonds under the crown - really dinky, barely visible diamonds. I only knew they were there because the sales people told me so and because if I turned it a certain way, I caught a teensy little flash. I attempted to discuss the merits of bezel vs prong. This store wouldn't even consider a bezel! Maybe I'm not being exactly fair though because apparently the people who took over the store were apparently from the wholesaler. But, that still makes little to no sense to me because if they had someone there who could do sizing and setting of a stone, why wouldn't they be able to bezel a stone into their own setting even if they had to send it off to the factory to be done?
Oh and I didn't mention that I took the setting I have with me and told them that all I know is that my stone fits into it and its round. Dear God I hope it isn't a RB (no offense to those of you who love them, that cut just isn't for me). After the fourth or fifth setting I tried on, I asked for my own setting back. It took them HALF AN HOUR to get it back to me! They lost it!! How the HECK does that happen?!
So, after having to hear the high-pressured sales pitches for every single thing I looked at, I asked them to just write down the numbers of the ones I kind of liked so I could look it all up later and decide if any really work for me (can you tell I wasn't really impressed?). Then they really laid it on thick - how this show was that night only, that they could not guarantee they would have these specific items after this night. How I should just open a store card in my name instead of discussing such a large purchase with my husband - which really gets me. Hubs and I simply don't have the kind of budget where I can blow enough for a decent used car without discussing it with him first. I feel it would be disrespectful of me to come home and casually announce I just spent 3-4 months worth of our mortgage on something I don't even know would fit the stone he is giving me. I find it EXTREMELY disrespectful of them to even suggest I do something like that behind my husband's back.
Needless to say, I should have just left at that point. Instead I laughed it off like it was a joke. Then of course, I mention something about maybe looking for something with colored diamonds instead. Which, for once, I GOT TO SEE IN PERSON! The best part of the whole night as a matter of fact! I got to see up close and personal the difference between a treated yellow and a natural yellow, a treated green, and a fairly large selection of fancy browns. Of course, I won't be buying one anywhere other than DBL especially after I got a look at the prices they wanted for theirs and they were all TINY. Thank God for David because if not, I'd never be able to afford pretty, natural colored stones. Heck, I haven't even bought one yet and I'm already composing my reviews for DBL! LOL
Anyway, we left this store right after I got to see the colored diamonds (and the sales people started ignoring me since I made it clear I had no intention of making a purchase) and headed to the next one. My stepmom made the comment that she didn't like any of their enhancers and we had a good little b****-fest about their attempted arm-twisting while walking over to the next one.
The next mall store just made me giggle. Fairly young sales associates who just wanted to chirp about their "IDEAL cut diamonds" - as if that is all anyone ever cared about. Seriously, the way these girls went on and on about the ideal cut, I hated to burst their bubbles and tell them their precious ideal cuts were really, really ugly what with the visible carbon and clouds that were so huge it would take up a good chunk of diamond. I really behaved myself though - I confined myself to merely asking if the diamonds were upgradable to a VS2-eye clean SI. The ladies were really sweet though they didn't seem to know much about diamonds.
I did get to talk about old euro cut diamonds with the sales girl. She admired my wedding ring before offering to clean it. She said she has one from her aunt but her mother won't let her wear it, which I thought was a total shame.
All in all, it was a total bust at the mall. Funny - I feel the same way about the clothes there too so I am finding myself with little to no reason to go there at all now. I will just have to keep on drooling over DBL diamonds and plotting my first purchase here.