My FI and I have recently gotten engaged, but there wasn't a ring at the time. We're looking to buy one now, but we can't figure out where in the Raleigh area would be the best place to go. I'm not a big jewelry girl, so I don't know a lot about the local jewelers. I've done some research, but almost everything in our price range comes out with bad reviews, and the best reviews are for jewelers that may not fit out budget. We'd like to avoid mall stores if possible based on the fact that our budget is small and we don't want any price gouging if we can help it. The original budget was around $1000, but my FI says that I can have whatever I want, so I'd like to keep it under $2000 if possible. Can any of you lovelies think of anywhere that I could keep to budget and still come out of the store with a ring that I'll love? Any recommendations would be wonderful!
An aside, I've looked into Diamonds Direct Raleigh and Diamonds Direct Crabtree, and with all of the strange reviews and vibes I've gotten from other customers, I feel like we need to take a pass on them. So, outside of them, any suggestions?