If you follow jewelry on Instagram, you’ve probably heard of Lauren B Jewelry.
This NYC-based brand boasts almost half a million followers—more than the official accounts of Kay Jewelers and Zales combined!
The brand is known for its beautiful engagement ring designs and its signature sparkle. But is Lauren B Jewelry as fancy as it looks on social media?
We’ll uncover the truth in this honest review.
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Lauren B is based in Midtown Manhattan, near New York’s famous diamond district.
The name comes from founder Lauren Behar Shmueli, a third-generation jeweler who’s been in the business since 2001.
Lauren and her brother Aric Behar run the jewelry store, along with a small but qualified team of professional jewelers. I was impressed to see that many of them are GIA certified, the industry leader in gemology.
Lauren B focuses on unique wedding and engagement ring design. The brand sells several jewelry styles and gemstone options, plus personal custom design services to create the perfect ring.
First off, Lauren B Jewelry is not cheap. For perspective, the brand published a blog post a few years back offering “Black Friday Bargains” under $6,000.
But an expensive ring can still be of great value if it’s impeccably made. Unfortunately, nearly every negative review I’ve read of the brand has the same complaint—poor craftsmanship.
There aren’t many negative reviews, perhaps only a dozen or so out of a thousand comments. But the consistency is startling.
A woman will write that her fiance gave her a ring, but the center stone fell out. Lauren B replaced it, then one of the pave diamonds in the prong fell out.
Exasperated, the couple took the stone for a third-party appraisal, and the expert jeweler found loose prongs and cracks in the metal. There are three or four reviews with this same story.
One reviewer even said the employee from Lauren B said it was the woman’s fault for wearing her ring every day. Another reviewer said the Lauren B staff said the metal was too weak to hold diamonds.
For a premium jeweler, these kinds of little problems are unacceptable.
My guess is that these couples designed custom pieces with mismatched stones and settings that don’t hold up well together. But that’s a jeweler’s responsibility—to use their expertise to craft a quality ring using a couple’s inspiration.
Lauren B has a lot of positive reviews. Nearly every bride has kind words to say about the jeweler, whether it’s the finely crafted diamond, radiant gemstone, or perfect engagement ring.
On Google, Lauren B scores 4.9 stars with an incredible 964 reviews. Yelp gives the company 4.5 stars based on 251 reviews, and the Lauren B Facebook page has 4.6 stars based on 77 reviews.
Wedding sites are also positive, though with not as many reviews—Lauren B earned 4.1 stars on WeddingWire from 31 reviews and 3.9 stars on The Knot with 9 reviews.
The reviews praise the customer service experience at the shop and their attention to detail while planning each handmade ring.
Most jewelry brands have generic comments, but Lauren B reviewers offer detailed praise of the team and how helpful they are during the buying process.
My only hesitation is that while there aren’t many negative reviews, they’re remarkably consistent. It appears that very occasionally, Lauren B produces imperfect pieces and doesn’t handle customer service in a way that makes up for the mistake.
The final word on Lauren B jewelry
If you’re looking fora unique or custom engagement ring, Lauren B Jewelry will deliver.
You can find the perfect gold jewelry accessories and even choose the ideal color and carat weight from their selection of loose diamonds.
Lauren B’s staff will be there to guide you through the design process and help you create a ring you’ll cherish for generations.
There’s only one drawback—you’ll need a hefty budget to make it work.