Post # 1
I’m headed to the diamond district in NYC next week to look for my wedding band!! Woohoo!! I was hoping some bee’s could point me in the right direction and recommend some stores that I should check out.
Post # 3
@dfurst: I’ve never been there, but FI went there when he was shopping for my engagement ring.
He said they were less expensive than the “name brand” stores, but still much more expensive then the online retailers (bluenile.com, adiamor.com, etc).
Post # 4
@KatNYC2011:thanks for the advice. I decided that I wanted to buy my band at a store vs. online. When we bought my e-ring I tried on bands with it and noticed that the colors of the diamonds in the bands were not even close to the color of my e-ring. I figure that if I buy it in a store I will be able to see the diamonds in person and match what would work with my ring.
Post # 5
@dfurst: Sending you a PM. 🙂
Post # 6
My fiance went to Forever Diamonds, and I highly recommend them. (According to google, their address is 66 W 47th St. Booth 37 & 38). My brain is fading a bit right now, but I’m going to copy and paste my yelp review because I feel like that’s refective of what I’d say anyway. But, just to add…he got me a necklace from there for Valentine’s Day, and it’s beautiful and also really nicely matches my ring. 🙂 So, 4 thumbs up to them!
But, anywho here’s my yelp review.
My finance bought my engagement ring from these jewelers, and from what he told me they were a wonderful business to work with. Not only did they work with him to custom design the ring, they went out of their way to replace the stone when he discovered the one he initially purchased was scratched. (From what I was told, the jeweler spent half an hour searching other booths to find a stone that matched in cut and color). And it is a beautiful ring.
More recently, we went back to look at wedding rings. They let us in after closing time and spent 20 or 30 minutes with us while we looked, making very unpushy suggestions and giving us honest feedback on what looked good. The price they quoted us was at least a few hundred dollars less than the price printed in the catalogs we were given, and it seemed like there was even wiggle room with that. The nicest part of this though was that they not only remembered my fiance and were very friendly towards him, the jeweler who helped him initially cleaned my ring for free without me asking (and made it look much nicer!)
We’re definitely going to go back here. The prices were great, the staff was really friendly and not at all pushy, and it really felt like they cared about helping us.
Post # 7
My fiance got my ring at Sea Wave Diamonds on 47th Street (the diamond district). He said the guys were great to work with and he really felt like they would good people and knew what they were talking about. From what he told me, he met with a lot of different stores and vendors before he chose someone to work with and these guys were his favorite.
I actually met them twice before he decided on them (we initially went ring shopping together but he made all the final decisions without me). They were really nice and I think I remember them mentioning that if you found a diamond for a better price on Blue Nile they would try to give you a comparable diamond for a comparable price to what was online. I think they just want you to buy the diamond from them so they’re willing to be flexible with the price because they know about their online competition. This is what I remember from June ’10 but I don’t know if they still do this.
Have fun, engagement ring shopping was one of the most exciting things to do and that block is like diamond heaven. Also, if you don’t see something you love, almost all the vendors will jump at the chance to custom make something for you.