Post # 1
So my boyfriend and I went to look at rings today. We went to the Jewelry Exchange and ended up liking a .7 round. We put it on hold and then came home.
While I liked the ring…I still didn’t feel the woohoo! I thought I would when we got a ring. I decided that it was becuase 1) I didn’t know the specs of the ring (and thought it looked a little yellow). and 2) they don’t do refunds.
I did ask to see it compared to a certified diamond and he brought out a .71 SI1 H and it did look more yellow than that, but was more “sparkly” than the certified which is why we went with that one.
So when I got home and realized I didn’t feel completely comfortable with the purchase I began to look online. I found a .71 Ideal G SI2 with setting for $2300 which was the price the ring at the store would come out to be.
So I showed it to my boyfriend. He didn’t feel comfortable about purchasing a dimaond without seeing it, but I didn’t feel comfortable with the other ring. We ended up deciding to purchase the one online. It will get here this week. And we have 7 days to cancel our hold on the ring at the store. If I like the one we got online, we’ll cancel. If I think the ring at the store is better, we’ll return the online ring (bluenile, 30 days return policy)
However, I feel like if I don’t super super like the ring we bought online my boyfriend will be a bit….upset? Especially since it took a lot of convincing about buying it online.
I guess I just want some opinions. Would you have gone with an uncertified diamond? Did anyone buy from Jewelry Exchange before? How about Blue Nile?
Post # 3
@ranyamellon: a lot of bees have bought from blue nile and seem satisified!
Post # 4
I have heard awesome reviews of Blue Nile 🙂
Post # 5
What was the cut on the BN one? Based on the color alone, assuming BN is EX or VG cut, it sounds like that was the better choice for the same price. I’d have picked the certified BN one over uncert JE ring. From my limited browsing at JE, they were more expensive than reputable online sites.
Post # 6
@ranyamellon: i think you made the right decision going with BN! They have fantastic prices and the return policy can’t be beat.
You went with SI2.. did you have them check if the stone is eye clean?
Ideal cut = sparkle so it’s good you went with that!
Post # 7
@ranyamellon: I don’t have any experience with either of those places but I do have to say a ‘no returns’ policy does sound suspect. I’m guessing that they dont offer any sort of care package (except at a price)? I think you’ll find other stores a LOT different. Also, generally if you feel something seems wrong then I would say trust your gut.
Our experience-we did a LOT of research and shopping around online before making the decision to order a coloured diamond from a company in Israel. Generally they say don’t buy coloured stones online because you need to see then rather than relying on the cert colour because there is still variation. Anyway, short story is we went for it (even they had a 30 day returns) and the loose stone came out brilliantly and although I don’t have the ring yet, the appraisal came back for 3 times the price paid so we must have done something right!
The market for diamonds and rings is huge and there is the potential to get some great deals if you’re willing to shop around.
But my advice-go for a stone that has an independent grading cart (for colour and clarity and cut if you’re going round brilliant) such as from GIA.
Post # 8
@ranyamellon: Both my rings are from Blue Nile. They are fantastic to work with and I loved the experience I had with them..and I LOVE LOVE my rings!!
Post # 9
I would not buy a diamond that wasn’t certified. My ring is also from Blue Nile, we got a lot more for our money by going that route and very happy with my ring!