When I first began looking for an engagement ring, I shopped online looking at the big franchise jewellery stores for rings that were within my budget.
Unfortunately, I was constantly disappointed, because none of the online stores carried any interesting designs to my liking. I wanted it to be a special ring so that I could propose to my special someone. Who wouldn’t want that?
Then I decided to search for custom-designed rings, just for fun. I anticipated that anything that is “custom-designed” must be really expensive. That was how I came across Engage Diamond Studio’s website.
Unlike other jewellery websites that kept focusing on promoting their expensive products, Engage Diamonds Studio focused a lot on educating people about diamonds (cut, clarity, carat, colour, and etc.) and ring materials.
These were very interesting information, so I just kept on reading and reading and reading. To my surprise, it mentioned how it was actually LESS expensive to have rings custom-made. I decided to pay the store a visit after reading for quite awhile. It doesn’t hurt to just look around, right?
When I first entered the studio, I was greeted by Evelyn with a warm smile. I liked that, because in my experience most salesperson in the jewellery stores at the mall would just ignore me (probably because I looked like I had no money). I didn’t feel pressured or anything while I was at Engage Diamonds, and it was great.
It took some time, but I finally decided on a ring style that I really liked.
The only problem was: it was still well above my budget.
Well… no sweat. Evelyn suggested many alternatives to the ring design that brought down the price, yet still made the ring elegant and special. Evelyn also helped me to pick out the perfect diamond for the ring. It was extremely interesting and helpful to learn everything about diamonds and ring materials from Evelyn, and it made me feel that every dollar was well-spent on what I was getting. Also, when we made some changes to the ring design, I had a hard time visualizing it in my brain, but Evelyn reassured me that it would turn out gorgeous.
I trusted her, and it was a wise decision to do so.
Evelyn was very accommodating as well. I don’t actually live in Toronto, and I had to drive 1.5 hour each time I want to visit the store. I remember that my ring was ready for pick up just 1 day before the proposal day, and my work didn’t end until 5:30pm. I told Evelyn that I wasn’t sure if I could make it to the Studio before closing time due to weather and traffic, and to my surprise, Evelyn was willing to wait for me even after closing hours. I have to mention this because it was a very wonderful thing that she did for me. Much appreciated!
So in the end, I was able to find the ring that I couldn’t find anywhere else. I was able to put a lot of my visions into the ring design, so it’s not just another ring that could be bought anywhere else. My fiancé certainly loved it. The best part was that the entire purchasing process was enjoyable, and I felt that every step of the way I had a competent and thoughtful professional to help me through.
This made a whole world of difference.