Cartier

The second stop on my quest for the perfect ring was Cartier. Because, well, Cartier. In addition to sourcing the perfect little gem, part of my experiment is to compare my experiences at all levels of jewelry purveyors. And also because I wanted an excuse to go into Cartier…

I visited the location at 59th and 5th Ave and I have to admit that I was intimidated to walk-in and ask for help given my mini-budget, relative to Cartier terms. But that was all in my head; the staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. Sales Associate Jason B assisted me and while he admitted there wasn’t too much in my price range, he made some great recommendations.

We started, very appropriately, with the Love ring. I tried the mini version ($1,070) and the classic version, both in rose gold ($1,650). Next up was the storied Trinity classic ring, ($1,580) which was first launched in 1924 and is one of the brand’s most popular and recognized styles. Each color of its three interlocking bands holds a special meaning: white gold is for friendship, yellow is for fidelity and rose is for love.

Each of these rings were handsome and elegant, but they felt somewhat masculine and lacked the sparkle factor of a gem, so I ultimately ruled them out. But there was something interesting about the idea of a simple band. I’ve always loved the super thin, barely there diamond bands, so I figured why not go back and give one a try? So I went back again!

On my second trip, I was helped by Anna M who was equally as lovely as Jason. She helped me try on a 0.25 carat eternity band ($2,840) which was so gorgeously simple. I fell in love with it, but it did seem too much like a wedding band, which is not the look I’m going for here. But since I was already there, I figured why not try the rings I was dying to try: the yellow diamonds. Anna was kind enough to indulge me, and for a few brief moments I was in diamond heaven. Alas, those sparklers were not coming home with me, so I moved on…