We had an incredible experience with Goodman's, talk about a good old fashion jeweler. The owner, John, is always around and often is one of the many smiling faces who greets you at the door. He and his staff are very knowledgeable when it comes to jewelery and never once did they try to out-do my budget, which was established from the get-go. I wanted a very specific sized diamond, which was just a fun little way to help remind us where we had come from and make it a bit more special. After looking at a couple diamonds which didn't make my heart pound the woman I worked with from start to finish (March to April of the following year - God bless her soul!), Carol Ann, suggested we ask John if he would be able to pick a diamond out on his upcoming trip to South Africa. Without questioning it for a second John was happy to oblige and sat down with me to take down the specific specs I wanted in an engagement diamond as well as the diamonds I wanted for the wedding band. The diamonds he brought back (for no extra cost) were absolutely breathtaking! What made it all the more special is the pride he took in picking out the diamonds and the excitement he and the others at Goodman's shared in experience. In fact, my mother who had been looking for a new diamond for literally five years came up to Goodman's and found an incredible diamond and had a ring custom made within months. Five years of multiple trips (from central Illinois) to St. Louis, Chicago and every larger city an hour from our town, all of which she did in a few months at Goodman's. Which leads me to the next part of the story, the actual ring! They patiently helped me (not an artist at the least) create and design a custom engagement ring and wedding band. Did I mention I'm incredibly indecisive, not an artist and that they were so patient with me? Lauren's ring turned out perfect! The experience was everything I hoped it would be. There is a reason the store has survived on State Street for over 75 years. A rating of 5/5 doesn't do the experience I had justice, they deserve a 10!
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