A boutique jeweler or well-known retailer: What’s the difference?
Whether you’re seeking the perfect pair of gemstone stud earrings or a luxurious diamond engagement ring, purchasing jewelry is an investment. Customers at the beginning of their buying journey often feel lost in the sea of options, from big box retailers to internationally renowned jewelry brands to family-owned boutiques like Lucy & Mui.
We know it can be overwhelming.
So what is the difference between heading to your nearest shopping center and working with a small business like ours? There are two main areas of difference: service and product.
Service. At budget retailers, you can expect to spend time perusing the options and “window shopping” while you wait for the next available jeweler. Big stores are a great place to browse ring options, but you might not receive the personalized attention you can expect with a private jeweler. For a bespoke engagement ring at Lucy & Mui, we first schedule a private consultation to hear your story. From there, we sketch design options, one of which will come to life as the one-of-a-kind jewelry piece you envisioned. The experience is less rushed and more customized to your preferences and budget.
Product. Here at Lucy & Mui, we work hard to choose only the best stones and precious metals for our custom designs. Big box stores might have more options, but they can feel a bit “cookie cutter” to those who spend long on the jewelry selection process. This is because the jewelry tends to be mass-produced. Does this mean you can’t find a dazzling ring at a giant retailer? Absolutely not. But we are proud of our ability to wow with distinct designs. And because we select each stone by hand, we can work with you to find that perfect centerstone for your price point. Our diamond selection process is thorough, prioritizing cut and visible beauty above all else.
Whichever type of jewelry experience or piece you prefer, we recommend you take the time to research options and ethical sourcing processes. There’s no need to rush a big purchase. Each and every adornment, from delicate stacking rings to brilliant gem-encrusted wedding sets, are both a financial and emotional investment. Let us know if we can help!