608 Fifth Ave., Ste. 509, New York, NY, 10022
at 49th St.
By MayberryAfterMidnight on 4/4/2012
My fiance and I did A LOT of research online for my engagement ring before ever setting foot in a jewelry store. Interestingly enough, Wedding Ring Originals was the first and only place we went. Mel (the owner) was fantastic - he spent more than 2 hours that first day discussing all of our options and what would be the best fit for us. He was patient (neither of us knows anything about diamonds or rings) and incredibly helpful. He was also completely honest with us - what we could get for our price range and what was worth splurging on. When we came back the next day to discuss concerns, he was equally as patient. Having worked in the business for more than 40 years, he definitely knows his stuff. When I told him what I wanted - and didn't want! - in an engagement ring, he completely understood. The ring did take a bit longer than expected to come in (he had originally said he needed at least 4 weeks, but it ended up being 6 weeks), but the ring was worth the wait. It came back EXACTLY how we had described and the quality is amazing. They have a tremendous selection (but probably more on their website than in the actual store) and their website is very user-friendly (believe me, after looking over nearly 50 other sites, it was a nice change). I cannot recommend Wedding Ring Originals and Mel enough.
By letitiaschuman on 12/23/2011
After viewing rings online, we worked with Mel via telephone. He produced absolutely beautiful rings that were exactly what we had imagined. He and my husband custom designed one ring. He modified the width of another and he created an engagement ring that completely captured my personality. He even taught us about diamonds and helped us select one that met both our requirements and budget. The rings arrived safely and on-time and we were even able to handle a small repair via mail. I really think this was the perfect shopping experience. It's the way making a major purchase should be.
By wayneacris on 9/28/2011
I am getting married soon. On browsing the net I came about the website. I viewed the products I was interested in and I called Mel. I proceeded to puchase the wedding rings over the phone and took his professional advise. His service and response was fantastic and the rings arrived on time on the date that he specified they would be ready. He was very helpful and quality of the rings produced are brillant. A pleasure to do business with him. It good to know that there are still good customer services left. Well done Mel!!!
By tannd7 on 8/21/2011
I looked for a wedding band for more than 3 months, I tried every single wedding band in NYC and nothing seem to look that special to me, or to match my vintage engagement ring. Not to mentioned that I tried every single well known jewelry store in Manhattan and New Jersey. Finally I found Wedding Ring Originals. Diana is the name of the lovely Lady that helped me out, she was so patience with me, she showed me all the rings, she let me tried them over and over, she didn't pushed me in any direction but kindly showed me every thing that cached my eye. The selection they have is large and very unique. When I finally made up my mind about my wedding band, she rushed my order and I got my ring in about 2 weeks, instead of the 6 regular weeks that any other store will make me wait. I am definitely going to recommend people to buy their rings from them, is one of the best shopping experiences I ever had. Tania D.
By constablemeow on 8/20/2011
mel made me the most beautiful wedding band i have ever seen! he's just a wonderful person to work with and i would highly recommend this place to anyone.
By marishka313 on 7/18/2011
I live in Dubai and looking for a wedding ring for 2 months, but could not find anything suitable here. Then I decided to find it online because I wanted something special. As soon as I saw the ring Mel - just realized - I'll find something here that I need. And next day I was ready to order. Mel was very gracious and agreed to send the ring by courier. Today, I got it and I can say that this ring - the best I've ever seen! It is amazing! Thanks again Mel for the help and great service!
By markellis on 6/28/2011
My fiance and I had been looking for wedding rings for a few weeks, but we had not found anything that we loved. After looking for options via an internet search, we came across reviews for Mel. We decided to visit his offices as soon as we saw the extensive amount of positive responses people talked about in these reviews. There are few different reasons that we enjoyed working with Mel. The first is that he is very patient. He must have shown my wife 20 different options. It is important to note that many of these rings are very unique. Because they make custom rings at Melâ€™s studio, there are rings that you will not have seen anywhere else. The second reason is that when it came to choosing the best ring for my wife, Mel gave his input. Instead of telling us we should purchase the most expensive option, he suggested we choose the most appropriate for my wife. You will find that most jewelers you work with are going to push the more expensive ring. Mel never does that. The last reason we enjoyed working with Mel is because he is a kind and knowledgeable man who honestly seems to love helping couples find the perfect rings. I will be telling people in the future to visit Mel if they need jewelry, and that is the best compliment you can give any business-owner. Oh, and he did do a great job helping me find the best wedding band as wellâ€¦ but this is about our wives gentlemen, not us ;)
By claraw12c on 2/13/2011
When we started the search for wedding rings, we had a hard time because I felt that my husband and I should wear matching rings. The problem was he wanted a plain band and I wanted a little sparkle. Mel was able to recommend 2 rings that had a similar feel without being identical. He was also able to get my ring customized with a little more sparkle than the original design. From placing the order with Germany (Christian Bauer) and getting a call from Mel to pick them up, it only took about three weeks. Mel made us feel at ease for the whole process. We would definitely go there is we have any other jewelry needs.
By ohjoshe80 on 1/7/2011
I cannot possibly say enough good things about my experience here. I live in Los Angeles, but was planning on proposing to my girlfriend the next time we went to New York. She suprised me on a Saturday with a trip to NYC that Wednesday to see my family (for Thanksgiving and my Birthday). We got in Thrusday at 7 a.m. (Thanksgiving). I told my family that I needed to get a ring immediately. So my Sister and mother take my girlfriend to get their nails done and my Brother takes me to see MEL with the words, "If anybody can make this happen - it's this guy." He couldn't have been more right. By the time I arrived, Mel had a large number of loose diamonds, all within my price range. Not only did he offer my a thousand options all within my price range, but he laid a mountain of diamond buying knowledge on me. It was like taking a diamond buying class. Seriously. In the end, not only did he get me EXACTLY what I wanted, but he had it all done IN TWO HOURS!!!! From the loose diamond and the raw, unpolished, setting all the way to my fiancee screaming her head off on West 69th street, it felt like a matter of moments. Mel even ran out of the door and down the street to the guy who makes the settings to grab a few different selections for me to sort through... then when I asked about upping my budget he said, "No - what for? This is the ring." The man didn't even upsell me. I'll say again: I absolutely cannot say enough good things about my experience here.
By adj2106 on 12/19/2010
I recently helped my good friend's boyfriend design her engagement ring (a complete surprise for my friend). We were lucky enough to meet Mel at Wedding Ring Originals and have him escort us through what could have been a nerve-wracking, anxiety-provoking, uninteresting experience. Instead, with Mel's expert knowledge and warm personality, we had a delightful, informative, interesting, easy, and FUN time building what turned out to be a phenomenally beautiful diamond engagement ring. I have to say, as the owner of a 5-carat diamond engagement ring and several lovely diamond eternity bands (one from Tiffany), the ring that Mel designed for my friend is the most gorgeous ring I have ever seen. Mel selected several center stones for us to examine, showed us a number of settings, and gently guided us towards options that would yield a ring to fit within my companion's budget while taking his girlfriend's breath away when she opened the box. Not only did Mel deliver, but when my companion and I went to pick up the ring, it left us breathless too. The final product - an extremely high-quality cushion-cut stone in a halo setting with pave diamonds on the shank - is a ring anyone would envy. Even though I myself was not shopping for a ring, I will be a client of Mel's for life. As will my friend and her now-fiance; because with a ring like that, of course she said yes!