This might be the first post I make... I apparently registered this username 7 months ago, I've been referring to CU for advice and information for a while now but wasn't aware I'd actually signed up before. Hmmm. Anyways, I moved to Columbus about 2 and a half years ago for medical school. I've made the decision that I'm going to be proposing to my girlfriend in the next year, and my mind has been utterly destroyed by shopping for engagement rings for the past week or two. I may be overly-analytical in my purchasing decisions - I mean, I can't spend $200 on a netbook without 3 weeks of research, and this ring is something I want to be around when I have grandkids. I'm frugal, but I'm not at all adverse to spending money - I just want it to be money well spent.
I've been looking online a lot, often because it's easy and available when I have time (which is usually weekends) but I've seen so many horror stories of stones falling out and poor quality once rings were received that it has made me leery. I'm also a "shop local" kind of guy, I love gallery hop and the small independent stores and restaurants in the Short North, and if this is a major purchase I could make locally that would be nice.
Okay, I am making this all tl;dr. To boil it down, I have limited time to shop around and I'm wondering if there are any local jewelers who you'd recommend. I don't think I have the budget for custom but I'd consider it too.