The Best Stores to Buy Engagement Rings

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If you're thinking about proposing marriage, you will need to find an engagement ring. You may already have a clear idea of the kind of ring you want to buy, or you may still be mulling over several options, but in either case, a good jewelry store can help firm your decision, or their staff may recommend something better than you'd originally planned to buy.

Jared

  • Jared, a division of Sterling Jewelers with locations across the United States, opened its first store in 1993 and is the largest specialty retail jeweler in the world. Jared sells engagement and wedding rings, diamonds, gems, jewelry and watches. Every Jared store features a staff of master jewelers, repair technicians, diamontologists, timepiece specialists and sales consultants. Jared also offers more than 1,000 choices in bridal jewelry, with hundreds of ring mountings, and provides a lifetime guarantee on all diamonds. You can visit Jared stores in more than 50 locations in the U.S., and you can also shop for rings at the company's website.

Robbins Brothers

  • Robbins Brothers--The Engagement Ring Store, has been in the engagement ring business since the 1920s, and has stores in California and Texas, and online for customers who don't live in those states. Robbins Brothers sells classic solitaire, three-stone, side-stone, designer and even pre-owned engagement rings. The store provides a lifetime diamond and gemstone warranty, and will replace any diamond that chips, cracks or separates from its mounting. In addition, you can trade-in the center diamond of any ring 1/4-carat or larger that you bought from the store, and receive the full purchase price toward another diamond of at least twice the original purchase price.

Kay Jewelers

  • Kay Jewelers, founded in 1916, has more than 900 stores in the U.S., and sells signature engagement rings such as the "Leo Diamond," the "Neil Lane Bridal," and the "Tolkowsky" collection of solitaire rings. Kay Jewelers offers a free lifetime cleaning and inspection of diamonds and color gemstone jewelry, and a 60-day in-store return for all jewelry with the exception of custom-designed pieces. All diamond, emerald, ruby and sapphire mountings are guaranteed for 12 months from the date of purchase against defects in material or workmanship. The company also will repair or replace any defective mountings for no charge during this 12-month period.

Zales

  • Zales has been selling jewelry since 1924 and has more than 680 stores in the U.S. Zales offers custom-designed and solitaire engagement rings, and also has three exclusive collections: the celebration diamond, prestige diamond and engravable diamond. The celebration diamond is an extremely rare diamond that undergoes a five-step examination based on color and clarity. Only 1 percent of all diamonds qualify as celebration diamonds. The prestige diamond collection has more than 40,000 diamonds up to 10 carats, with thousands of setting choices. The engravable collection allows you to engrave the name of a loved one onto any ring, including engagement rings. Zales provides a 100-day risk-free return policy, a lifetime diamond commitment and a layaway plan that allows you to put 10 percent of the purchase price down, and pay the rest in 10 equal monthly payments.

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