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SEClint
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Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
Did a search and of course got Kay, jared, James Allen, forevermark etc.

Was wondering if anyone had any experience with custom jewelry with any of those highly marketed businesses. Or if there is a better local place in louisiana to go to?



LSU6262
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
Bought my wife's ring from Ritani
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Lambdatiger1989
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
Beje designs in Metairie is fantastic. They can fit any budget. Everything they do is custom and you can pick exactly what you want at the price you want to spend. Not your typical jewelry store. 504-832-1115.


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soccerfüt
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
Big Chief "Deke" Bellavia says for you to go to Aucion Hart.

It's where da Saints shop.

Aucion Hart.

The official jeweler of your New Orleans Saints.


OneSaintsFan
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Member since Jan 2009
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
Paul's Jewelry in Lafayette is where I went and designed my wife's ring, Jacob at their River Ranch location does an amazing job working with you to get exactly what you want.


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OldHickory
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
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Aucion Hart.


Boycott 'em.


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Drunken Crawfish
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
Go on BlueNile.com and order a loose diamond then go to your local jewelry store and pick out a band and have them set it. Wil end up saving you a good bit. Keep in mind most jewelry prices are marked up 300% or so. You have room to negotiate


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Displaced
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
You can buy stones from Blue Nile, but keep in mind that the stones on there are typically the ones that don't show well in person.


tigeraddict
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
if you are in Baton Rouge, i would highly recommend

Southern Crafts

2625 Aubin Ln
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
(225) 292-0150

if you are looking for something truly custom. He made my wife's rings, and he took an old ring that belonged to my late grandmother, melted it down and used the gold to make my band.

EDIT: the owner's name is Art
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TDsngumbo
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
Just cut off your balls and place them on top your wallet. Hand wallet to girlfriend.
Save money.


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CapDHook
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
I did Jared Allen. Picked out the loose diamond first, they have a good explanation on what each of the ratings mean and visuals which helps out a lot.

You can also skype a jeweler to walk you through what you are looking at or evaluate a stone you are interested in.

The bands are pretty generic but I found one that worked cause they have a lot of options. They send you the ring, paperwork and appraise the final value for you if you want it to be insured. I took it to a place in town and they were pretty close to the appraisal Allen gave it.

Ultimately, it's cheaper than buying from a store if you know what your looking for, less overhead for them to cover. It's also tax free which can expand your price range for em.

They also do sales for valentines day and such that you can get 30-40% off bands, that's where my fiance and I bought ours as well and we checked local jewelers and Allen was far cheaper in terms of wedding bands.


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Ingeniero
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
Go see Mr. Anthony at Aucoin Hart.


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Tiger Vision
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
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You can buy stones from Blue Nile, but keep in mind that the stones on there are typically the ones that don't show well in person.


What do you mean by this? Blue Nile diamonds are graded by GIA just like everyone else.


Displaced
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
They (some) are the stones that don't sell at brick and mortar stores. Sure they have the GIA cert, but they don't have the window appeal to sell in stores.


shawnlsu
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
We had my wife's ring melted down and she designed the new one last year for our 10th. Layne's in Gonzales did it and she loves it. Turned out to be fairly inexpensive even with my new band included.


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arkiebrian
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
Don't do it.


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CapDHook
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
Yea but those are ranked different. You'd have to look at the cut, color ect. They definitely have some crappier diamonds that don't have mass retail appeal but the price reflects that


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Tiger Vision
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
As in the 4c's of cut, clarity, color and carat? This is an international standard for grading diamonds based on actual facts as to the quality of the diamond.

There is no window appeal grading. Sounds like you own a brick and mortar jewelry store.

Blue Nile has diamonds of all grades. If you buy a cheap low grade diamond with inclusions and a bad cut then that's what you get. If you choose a better quality diamond then that's what you get.
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bayoubengals01
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Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2014
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
KG Jeweler in Baton Rouge. Will design/make any ring you want and you wont find a better price.

I gave him a few concepts and ideas for my wife's engagement ring and he mocked it up on his computer and nailed it.

I wouldn't go anywhere else.


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S
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re: Best place to design and buy an engagement ring?
I'll ask my personal jeweler.


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