Engagement Ring success - thanks institches!

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  1. mordecai

    mordecai Immoderator

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    A few months ago I began the process of piecing together an engagement ring. I had studied up on diamond qualities and had a design picked out, but didn't really know how to start the process. An SF friend told me that user institches worked in the jewelry business and so I decided to ask him for some advice.

    He was very accommodating and listened to what I wanted, and then explained to me how I could better achieve the desired effect within my budget by focusing more on qualities other than the ones I had chosen. I was a bit skeptical, because the ring was a little unusual, but he convinced me that he understood the sort of classic-modern look I was going for. He was very patient and easy to get a hold of when I had questions, and never once made me feel pressured to buy from him. I had planned on only buying the stone at first, but he assured me that one of the jewelers he worked with could craft the ring I wanted and that I would be able to receive the completed piece instead.

    The result was amazing. It honestly came out better than the ring that it was based on and when I gave it to my [now] fiancé she was floored. She gets compliments all the time and can't stop looking at it. The stone looks alive. It had to be sent back for a resizing, but institches had his company cover all of the shipping costs and returned it to us in a couple of days. He didn't try to get me to exceed my budget, and in fact a local jeweler who I showed it to was blown away when I told him what I'd paid.

    He hasn't asked me to say anything about it, but I felt like I should. Because we are 3000 miles apart, I purchased the stone and the ring sight-unseen and had to put a lot of trust in his ability to deliver what I wanted. He exceeded my expectations and I would highly recommend that anyone thinking about buying a stone or having a piece crafted talk to him.

    The photos don't do it justice, but this is the ring:

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  2. mordecai

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    Congratulations on getting engaged. The ring looks fantastic.

    EDIT: If I ever manage to find a woman who would put up with me long enough to get married, i'll reach out to Stitches too. :)
     
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  4. nootje

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    Congrats!

    Love the design. Stitchy certainly showed some quality service.. (although I'm amazed he managed to work on this between posting).
     


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    erictheobscure Senior member

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    +1 on the congrats and on props to stitches.
     




  6. hugeevilrobot

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    I almost feel bad for going with a standard round engagement ring now- that is *awesome*. Congratulations.
     


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    baller, very nice.
     


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    Kai Senior member

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    That's beautiful. I can see why your fiance would love it.

    Congrats to you, and props to Stitches for being so helpful.
     


  9. in stitches

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    first of all, thank you very much mordy, for going ahead and sharing such a glowing review of my services. i really appreciate that, and it means a great deal to me.

    the most important thing to me always, is that your fiancé is proud to wear the ring we had made for her, and that you are happy with our services, and feel that you were properly taken care of. i am very happy to see that that is the case. i hope you both have many happy healthy years together, always as in love with each other, as you are now.

    from my point of view, i would also like to say that dealing with mordecai was a pleasure. not every customer is easy to please, even the ones that are not buying sight-unseen, from thousands of miles away.

    you were patient, collected, willing to learn, understand, and acknowledge that there may be new ideas to consider. often, people who know very little about buying an engagement ring, have all kinds of ideas about what is best. and their stubbornness, is almost always to their detriment. you were the exact opposite, and i am sure that that contributed greatly to the successful outcome we came to, together.

    lastly, it takes a lot of trust to make that kind of purchase from someone you have never met, that is thousands of miles away. im sure it was not easy, and i appreciate that you put your trust in me, and that you feel satisfied, and confident, in your decision to do so.

    thank again for your kind words, you have made my day.

    thanks to jr mouse for pointing me to this thread, and thanks to everyone for the compliments, much appreciated.
     
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  10. mordecai

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    Thanks everyone
     
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    of course, with 32k posts in the last year, he is ALWAYS going to know where to find you.
    seriously, kudos to both of you.
     


  12. in stitches

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    lol, ahem, 2 years, buddy. and thanks. :)
     


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    Beautiful.
     


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    Stitch, you owe me a finder's fee. ;)
     


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