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Lifetime Jewelry Warranties: What's the Catch?
At first glance, having a lifetime warranty on your his and hers wedding bands sounds like a great idea. It promises to give you peace of mind, knowing that your precious rings are protected for life against damage.
But when you look more closely at these lifetime jewelry warranties (also called extended service plans, protection plans, etc.), they aren’t as clear or reassuring. Once you read the fine print, what do these plans actually offer?
Kay & Jared
Extended Service Plan
Kay Jewelers and Jared The Galleria of Jewelry are owned by the same parent company, Signet Jewelers Limited, and offer extended service plans with nearly identical language. (Zales is also a Signet company, but its plan has slightly different wording – more on that below.)
Kay and Jared’s extended service plan advertises that “with one payment, you get coverage for your jewelry for its lifetime.”
If you want to protect your his and hers wedding bands, you pay a one-time fee (based on the cost of your rings) with no deductible, and have access to a repair plan. This “only covers wear during normal wear and use of the merchandise,” and includes labor and parts to maintain jewelry in usable condition. Some of the services included in the extended service plan are:
- Ring sizing
- Prong retipping
- Prong replacement
- Head replacement
- Diamond or color stone tightening
- Chain soldering
- Clasp replacement
Kay and Jared make it clear that this plan covers only repairs, not replacements. The extended service plan does not cover:
- Replacing diamonds or gemstones
- Repairing or replacing materials “resulting from excessive or abusive treatment of the merchandise other than normal wear and tear”
- Loss, theft or damage resulting from “loss, theft, misuse, abuse or Act of God”
For the extended service plan to be valid, you must maintain any requirements detailed in warranties or guarantees. Unauthorized repairs or service (for example, from a vendor that’s not Kay or Jared, or not authorized by the company) can void the plan’s coverage.
This plan only offers to make adjustments or repairs that fall into the “normal wear and tear” category – and what that means still seems to be open to interpretation.
Lifetime Diamond & Color Gemstone Guarantee
Kay and Jared also have a separate plan, the Lifetime Diamond & Color Gemstone Guarantee. It covers repairs or replacements for jewelry mounting for the first 12 months. It also covers the lifetime replacement of a diamond, emerald, ruby or sapphire if it “chips, breaks, or is lost from its original setting during normal wear.” This guarantee is only valid if you bring in your jewelry to a Kay or Jared store for inspection every six months, for life. A recent BuzzFeed story highlighted some couples’ negative experiences with the extended service plan and the diamond and gemstone guarantee.
Zales Lifetime Service Program
The Zales Lifetime Jewelry Protection Plan covers repairs “under normal conditions for the lifetime of your jewelry,” including:
- Prong or mounting repairs
- Stone tightening
- Replacing lost or chipped gemstones and diamonds
It does not cover “theft, mysterious disappearance, loss or damage other than that incurred in normal wear.”
The Zales Lifetime Diamond Commitment will replace chipped, lost or broken diamonds from the original setting; it also requires semiannual inspections at a Zales store, or the plan is voided.
What this means for you:
If a lifetime guarantee sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It’s important to read the fine print to make sure the service plan you’re buying really covers what you need it to. How will it protect your his and hers wedding bands? Will it cover all standard repairs? Will it replace missing diamonds? Will it insist on mandatory inspections twice a year?
The My Trio Rings Extended Service Plan
My Trio Rings has a straightforward extended service plan with excellent, easy-to-understand coverage. It’s valid for five years and completely on your schedule. You’re entitled to send your rings in once a year, but you’re not required to (miss a year, and you’re still covered for the full five years). The plan includes:
- Resizing within two ring sizes
- Rhodium polishing for gold
- Steam and ultra-sonic cleaning
- Updated engraving
- Prong re-tipping
- Stone tightening
- Missing diamonds replacement (up to 1/5 carat, not including accidental damage)
There’s no hidden catch – just reliable protection at an affordable price.
Convince Your Better Half
7 reasons to buy matching ring sets online
Need help building a case for why you should get matching ring sets from My Trio Rings? Here are a few helpful pointers to nudge your partner to a yes!
Wedding planning sticker shock: the struggle is real. It's tough feeling stuck between your dream wedding and your real-life budget and priorities. But buying matching ring sets online allows you to have your cake and eat it too. We cut out the high markups and extra costs most jewelry stores tack on. So buy those perfect diamond rings you love - and still be able to keep that nest egg or save for that down payment or splurge on that honeymoon.
There's a reason "a cubic zirconia is forever" never quite caught on. There's no replacement for real diamonds. All of our matching ring sets contain certified authentic, naturally mined, conflict-free diamonds that will keep their sparkle for a lifetime.
When people look at the two of you, they can see at a glance you're meant to be together. Our matching ring sets are the same: they're designed to complement each other perfectly, and they reflect your one-of-a-kind match.
Think of all of the ways you'd love to spend a Saturday afternoon together. Is one of them trekking from store to store, looking at hundreds of rings and trying to make a decision without bickering? Throw in a pushy salesperson and an astronomical price tag, and you have a pretty tempting proposition. Or you could save yourself a lot of hassle and buy matching ring sets online. Get help from our experts and find exactly what you want in one go - with zero stressful trips to the jewelry store.
Shopping in a brick-and-mortar store means you naturally have a more limited selection than you do online. We design all of our rings in-house, which means you can customize your ring sets to fit your exact style and specifications. Not that it's a competition, but think of the smug satisfaction you'll get showing off your amazing ring sets, and knowing what a great deal you got.
Whether it's our No-Fee Layaway Plan or 0% financing through BillMeLater, My Trio Rings will not only save you money but also help you pay off your purchase over time.
Better color, better clarity, better prices.
Compare our selection to any other jeweler, and you'll see that no one offers better value for the same color and clarity of diamond and gold wedding rings. Four generations of expertise are pretty handy when it comes to helping customers save big!
8 Little Things that Show You're a Perfect Match
If someone asked you to describe what you love about your partner, what would you say? You might start with the big qualities you value – he’s kind, generous and funny; she’s smart, loving and creative. But when you dig down deep into the reasons you fell in love and are ready to slip on wedding bands sets, it’s really the accumulation of a thousand little things.
UK-based artist Philippa Rice has created a beautiful visual record of some of these small ways you show love in her comic series Soppy. Each illustration captures a sweet, private moment shared between Rice and her boyfriend, and the collection is something everyone in a serious relationship can relate to.
Inspired by Rice’s art, here are eight of our favorite little signs that you’ve found your perfect match.
1. Even the boring stuff is fun when you’re together.
Grocery shopping, making breakfast, doing laundry. These day-to-day activities can range from mundane to dreadful, but when you’re together, they immediately become more enjoyable. You share a glass of wine while the pasta is boiling, or you make up silly games to cope with that interminable line at the store.
2. You like doing your own thing, but you also like being in the same space.
He’s an avid reader, you’re always working on something crafty; she’s a programmer, you’re a gamer. Sometimes you need to do your own thing separately, but sometimes it’s also nice to be in the same room, working on different projects in companionable silence.
3. You can talk about anything.
From how you’d handle the zombie apocalypse to where you want to be in 10 years, you two aren’t afraid to tackle the important topics. Even if you’ve been together for years, you still surprise each other and remember why you fell in love in the first place. You make an effort to keep learning about one another, from the silly to the serious.
4. You empathize with each other.
You feel awful when he’s having a bad day, and you’re on his side when he’s coping with conflict. You notice when she’s upset by something, and you listen to understand her feelings. You show each other consideration and compassion in small daily interactions, and you know you have each other’s back.
5. You’re affectionate in your own unique way.
Maybe your style is to hug and kiss as much as possible; maybe it’s to hold hands or fall asleep with your legs intertwined. Whatever it is, you show each other affection every day.
6. You do nice things for one another.
You go to the post office to mail a package for him when he has to work late; you make dinner for her because you know she’ll be tired when she gets home. You try to let go of keeping score and instead make an effort to do the things you know your partner will appreciate.
7. You get past challenges without lashing out at each other.
When you have to get through something unpleasant together – paying bills, building IKEA furniture, narrowing down your wedding guest list – you take a deep breath and try to do it with good humor. At best, you end up having fun with it; at worst, you’re civil and you can breathe a sigh of relief when it’s done.
8. You don’t need much to enjoy yourselves.
Whether it’s hibernating with Netflix and takeout or checking out a new corner of your neighborhood, you two are guaranteed to have a good time. When you’re together, you bring out the best in each other – day in and day out.
Have you found your perfect match? Find the matching wedding bands sets to show the world.
5 Things Your Significant Other Should Know Before Meeting Your Family
So you’re ready to meet each other’s families for the first time.
You probably already know what a big deal this is. Knock it out of the park, and you’re set up for years of pleasant get-togethers. Strike out, and you’ve got some damage control to look forward to. After all, there’s a reason meeting the parents is such a classic trope for sitcoms and rom-coms.
There’s a lot of pressure to make a great impression, but this can be challenging since every family has its own unique dynamic, quirks and rules. Before you bring your beloved home to meet your family, here’s a quick rundown of what he or she should know before you two exchange wedding bands sets.
1. Do your homework.
Start off on the right foot by asking your partner for an insider’s perspective on the family. What overall background should you know? Are there any sensitive subjects you should avoid? Any topics you should know more about? Get all the info you can – her parents’ work, her siblings’ school, her favorite cousin’s hobbies – and brainstorm a few conversation starters to fill awkward silences.
2. Show genuine interest.
Here’s where all your research comes in handy. Find common ground on topics you can discuss with his family members – and when in doubt, ask questions. If Dad is an avid birdwatcher who loves to travel, ask about trips he’s taken and what destinations are on his bucket list. If Mom runs her own small business, ask about her current projects and what she’s learned from being an entrepreneur. Be a good active listener: give good non-verbal cues that you’re interested, and don’t interrupt. This is a simple but effective way to show you’re engaged in what the other person is saying, and you are immediately perceived as more friendly and likeable.
3. Be the best version of yourself.
Think of meeting your significant other’s family as a slightly more relaxed job interview. You want to impress them, but you don’t want to come off as a robot with no personality. Dress nicely, taking your style up a few notches from what you’d wear out with friends. Use the rules you’d apply to chatting with your own grandparents or relations you don’t know well – be warm and polite, avoid cursing, and stay away from controversial topics like politics or religion if possible.
4. Pay attention to their cues.
Some families are casual and low-key, and the parents will insist you call them by their first names right away. Others are more traditional and appreciate formality until you’ve established your place in the family. Err on the side of politeness, and adapt as you go. Defer to the house rules, and follow your partner’s lead. If you’re staying over and you’re expected to stay in separate rooms, do so without comment. Go with the flow, and recognize you’re a newcomer. If things get tense or uncomfortable, pretend you’re an anthropologist studying the ways of a foreign people. Take notes, sit out any family drama and try not to take anything personally.
5. Be courteous and considerate.
Most parents simply want their children to find partners who will treat them well and make them happy. Demonstrate from the beginning that you are that person, through how you interact with everyone around you. Be considerate and respectful toward your partner in front of her family. If you’re visiting their home, bring a small gift – a bottle of wine or flowers – when you arrive. Offer to help prepare or clean up after the meal. Even if they decline, you’ll win points for asking. Give honest compliments freely – about the house, the food, the neighborhood. Write a short thank-you note afterward – it’s simple and old-fashioned and always appreciated.
Follow this advice, and you’ll be well on your way to calling your future in-laws Mom and Dad!