Post # 1
OK so dumb question- but how to you get jewelers to show you diamonds? I want to compare the 4 C’s.
All of the stores I go to only want to show me settings and they only have CZs in them (or no stone at all).
I’ve been to several stores. One even insinuated that my bf and the jeweler would pick out my diamond at a later date without me. And that they’d talk prices without me. Another store gave my bf a card with the prices written down instead of saying them out loud in front of me. This is a big JOINT purchase and it’s irritating to be excluded.
Are there any particular stores that let you check out diamonds side by side for comparison? I’m a little fed up with snooty diamond stores.
Post # 3
That’s garbage! Now you definitely know which stores you WON’T buy your ring from! I can’t believe they have been treating you like this. Were they family-run jewelry stores? That’s where we picked out my ring from, and they were very helpful and willing to answer any of my questions and show me whatever I wanted to see.
I noticed at some of the mall chain stores that they weren’t very willng to talk diamond quality with me. Especially one store, where their one specialty line of diamonds are sold at one set price per “size”, whether the diamond is .94 or 1.15. Now don’t try to tell me there wouldn’t be a difference in price for those at any other jewelry store!
I’d just march into a store and tell them you want to find a quality diamond and would like to see some options in your price range. If they don’t pull out a couple and help explain their differences to you, I’d stay on the search for a helpful jeweler. Keep in mind that you’ll be bringing in your ring for “checkups” to the store you buy your ring from, so you want that to be an enjoyable experience!
Post # 4
It was a joint purchase between my fiance and myself when we picked my engagement ring. We made that clear to the people we dealt with and I let them know that I knew the budget and they could (and would) deal with me.
If the jewelers are trying to exclude you or won’t show you diamonds – go elsewhere!
I don’t know if this made a difference, but I did a lot of the talking and I was upfront with them about being invovled in the purchase. They may be trying to be polite thinking that your bf is purchasing the ring and they will be discussing finances (and diamonds) with him. A few jewelers asked me if I knew the budget and if I was going to be involved in picking the diamonds and we told them yes. The jeweler we ended up using met with me and heard what I wanted before my fiance even set foot in the store.
Maybe post where you are so you can get some references for jewelers in your area that will be happy to work with you.
Post # 5
If you want to see some loose diamonds, tell them “I would like to see some loose diamonds in (1.0 carat, 1.5 carat- whatever you want) sizes”.
By the time I walked into a jewelry store, with or without my fiance, I knew all about the 4 C’s and knew what I was talking about, so they took me seriously. Don’t bother with the stores in the mall- they usually don’t know anything about diamonds and don’t even have GIA graded diamonds. Try going to stores where they have just the ring settings so you can easily plop in loose diamonds.
Post # 6
We went to Jared & a local jewely store and they both told US all the specs and prices. We also both picked out my center stone
Post # 7
Have you considered online jewelers?
I never thought a diamond was something that could be purchased online until I found PriceScope.
So far, I’ve dealt with 3 online jewelers (Good Old Gold, Eternity Diamonds, and ID Jewelry), all have been fabulous to work with! And I got a better quality diamond and ring for cheaper than I would have at a brick & mortar jewelry store.
Post # 8
@MissBuffalo: That’s really sexist.