Ahh, do you smell that?! It’s love in the air! With February underway, it is the season for warm fuzzy feelings and marriage proposals. I thought now would be a great time to talk about an affordable engagement ring option. Wether you’re ready to take the next step in your relationship, but still need time to save up for the one or you’re looking for a temporary ring to wear (like me!) than this post is for you.
Towards the end of last year I dropped a few pounds, unexpectedly. I am pretty sure it was due to stress and poor eating habits…BUT that’s neither here nor there. The point is, I noticed the change right away when my precious engagement ring started to slip clean off my finger! If you read My Engagement Story, you already know how much I cherish my ring. I couldn’t risk wearing it and letting my forgetful self lose it; I’d be so heartbroken. I decided to stop wearing it but I had been wearing it for so long, I feel awkward and naked without it. I remembered a company I had came across on Instagram named Modern Gents Trading Co. and decided to give them a try. Rose Gold metal with Morganite or Moissanite jewels will forever be my preference, so I am glad to see they had a selection of rings in that finish (along with the usual silver and gold). I had been lurking on this website and adding things to my cart for quite awhile. To my surprise, Modern Gents Trading Co. noticed this as well and sent me a 25% OFF code to further entice me into making a purchase..so I did! The online shopping experience was fairly easy and there were plenty of reviews, buyer photos and videos to get a feel of how the jewelry really looked. Their Instagram posts and Stories were helpful as well.
So, was it worth it?
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Fast forward to receiving my ring in the mail. I purchased The Lovely. This ring is a 3ct. Cushion Cut simulated Morganite stone, set with simulated Diamonds on a 925 silver band, plated in Rose Gold ($49.95 USD). After my coupon code, I was able to purchase this ring for a mere $37-38 USD! That’s a fraction of what Mr. Right spent on my authentic engagement ring (and it was on the more affordable side; being under $400). I also purchased The One And Only, a Rose gold plated 925 Silver band featuring a simulated Diamond solitary stone. It comes in Gold, Rose Gold and Silver. This option was just to see how I would like the style. The style is nice, however, it wasn’t for me. It didn’t seem as realistic as the other; more on the lines of very sparkly and pretty costume jewelry or a cocktail ring I could pick up from Cato Plus; not really engagement ring status for me.
**I wore The Lovely for 2-3 days and here are my findings:
Initial Wear and Review (Score: 10/10)
I found The Lovely to be everything Modern Gents Trading Co. had promised! It doesn’t just sparkle and shine, this one has fire whilst under florescent lighting or natural sunlight! I was skeptical about the thin and dainty band of this ring, but it held up well and did not bend, dent or scratch. Granted, I am at a computer most of my day, but I always have a habit of knocking my ring or scratching it against something. It weathered every day usage pretty well. One thing that I closely kept an eye on was how clean and sparkly it would remain. With true Morganite, it is often in need of a clean. This ring did not get cloudy or dirty, which is great because I love hand lotion (which can be a No-no for morganite’s sparkle factor). Overall, I am really pleased and I look forward to purchasing more pieces from Modern Gents Trading Co. in the future. I will update ever so often on the longevity of how this ring stands up, as I wear my e-ring daily.
Customer Service (Score: 10/10)
We all hate having to deal with most online Customer Services when handling a Return/Exchange, but in the case of Modern Gents, I had absolutely no issues. I knew right away that The One And Only was not meant for me, so I followed their instructions for the return process. In the same manner, I also needed to exchange my Lovely, because the size was a bit big. I hadn’t been able to get my ring finger re-sized in a jewelry store, so I took a guess at my new size. I originally ordered a 7.5, but in fact the size 7 is the best fit. (Yay, for going down a whole ring size!) The return/exchange process was fairly easy. I thought it was quite nice and generous, that if you would allow for store credit on a return, that they will give you an extra $5 to spend! Sweet!
I opted for my full refund, which arrived back to my checking account in 48 hours after my return was processed. My exchange was processed and replacement shipped the next business day! I was so glad to not be too long without ANY kind of engagement ring on. (Clearly, I am attached).
**Please note, that Modern Gents Trading Co. advises against wearing your ring prior to processing a return. If the ring shows signs of wear, you can be subject to a 20% restocking fee on your return amount.
I will say, there is a definitely variation in the color of their simulated Morganite stones that you must be aware of. The first ring I purchased differed from the one shown in the advertising video on their page here. Mine was a deeper and more saturated stone that pulled more orange and resembled a Citrine gem stone. True Morganite has a light, peachy tone. The second ring I received was much like the one shown in the video; lighter in color and leaned more toward a yellow tone, like that of a Canary Diamond or Yellow Sapphire, which looks even more gorgeous paired with the Rose Gold metal. I love both equally, but some buyers may not like those differences, especially when you’re expecting one thing (like I was, on the first order) and you get something slightly different. Overall, I am really pleased with my (not so) little temporary engagement ring. I honestly can’t stop looking at it and watching it shine and I hope to make more purchases from this company in the future!
I’ll be back in a month to give you an update on how its holding up!