Chris & Rachels’s Engagement Ring
Chris’ Thoughts on the Vanessa Nicole Experience
First, This review is WAY overdue…Second, I signed up for Yelp for the sole purpose of reviewing Vanessa Nicole Jewels.
The way I heard about VNJ is through the recommendation of my buddy Joe…now if you have a buddy Joe and he tells you that there’s no other place to go than VNJ, you listen to your buddy Joe! With that in mind, I personally don’t have any other ring places to compare, but going to VNJ was definitely the right decision. I knew that I didn’t want to go to some retailer and hand over a bunch of cash for some ring that was another person’s vision. I wanted it to be personal and special and that’s exactly what we got.
Let me set the scene…it’s two weeks before our anniversary and my soon-to-be-parents-in-law are in town visiting. I’m a little old fashioned and wanted to ask her dad’s permission. On the way to the airport I secure the blessing from both mom and dad…step one check! Now I need a ring, but time is a’ wasting. So as I mentioned I call my buddy Joe “dude…where did you get that sweet ring for your wife, I remember you had a great experience”? Joe says “go to Vanessa, don’t bother with anyone else”.
So I contact Vanessa and explain the situation about the time constraint and that I would like a loose diamond to present for the proposal. I’m a geologist and wanted to give her a rock because she’s my rock and that sounds pretty darn clever. I wanted to design the ring with my fiancé so I only needed the center stone, but I’m obviously ignorant about such things and this is when I realize I made the right decision. Vanessa smartly suggested that instead of a loose diamond, that could easily be lost in the outdoors, how about she creates a temporary setting (to use for free) so it can be worn and it won’t get lost while we work on designing the perfect setting. Vanessa you’re brilliant! So the proposal with the temporary setting and my beautiful handpicked diamond goes off without a hitch, and we’re watching the sun set over Joshua Tree as a newly engaged couple.
Now it’s time for business. Rachel (the fiancé) and I are obviously new to the ring design process and a little nervous. Vanessa greeted Rachel with flowers and then proceeded to make what could have been a very confusing and frustrating process really a lot of fun. She was easy to work with on everything from going over multiple accent sapphires to looking at different settings to making sure we stayed within our budget. Vanessa was upfront, patient, understanding, and very quick to respond to our many e-mails as questions came up. We really felt like we were working with an old friend. Also, getting to see the ring in a 3-D CAD rendering before pulling the trigger was HUGE! It’s really a big investment and it was awesome to see what the ring was going to look like before making the final decision.
In truth when it comes to buying an engagement ring there are a lot of options out there. If you want to just walk in to a store and walk away with a ring and be done with it that’s fine…you may be able to find some bargain and feel good about it, but if you want something custom and you want the process and experience to be special then go to VNJ. I really feel like we started this thing out in a good way…with something we created together.
Thanks so much Vanessa!
– Chris Kohel