Did you buy your diamond online? WHERE?! (looking to buy a radiant)

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I would recommend James Allen or Blue Nile. I got a diamond from BN a couple of years ago and it was drop dead beautiful. I purchased it for $2200 and when I took it into a name brand jewelry store and told them the specs they said they would sell a similar stone for $6000. So yeah more often than not with chain stores you’ll get ripped off big time.

I have a radiant cut now but it’s a CZ. When I upgrade it will definitely be through James Allen or Blue Nile. James Allen has real life images of the stone you’ll purchase as well so you can check for inclusions. Both stores have great customer service. 

Post # 3
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2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Jasd: the kids over at pricescope have a great list of recommended vendors. I wish we knew about them when we went through our process. We bought from blue nile and probably got a steep and deep, though it’s still gorgeous and I love it. 

I also have a tiny stand-in, a .17 ct melee from aper trading. The color is supposedly the same as my real ering, and I went down in clarity and cut because it’s so small, too small to be certified. It was the cheapest stone in that size that I could find, but it suited my purpose perfectly. 

Post # 6
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1987 posts
Buzzing bee

I have a .78 radiant cut from Blue Nile as my upgraded e-ring when my original one purchased elsewhere had stones come out and a couple other problems. Customer service was awesome and answered all of my questions when I was trying to figure out what I wanted. I have heard nothing but good things about BN, and I personally had a great experience with them. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  MrsYokiman.
Post # 8
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1987 posts
Buzzing bee

No problem! I was really, really happy with my experience and of course my ring! But I have heard good things about James Allen as well. It can be daunting with all of the choices, I know! 🙂

Post # 9
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1865 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

When my FI bought my radiant he went through a locally owned jeweler. She used her connections to find a jeweler in another location and had the diamond shipped to her store. Maybe if you can build a relationship with a local jeweler they can do something similar?

Post # 10
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1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Jasd:  I got a round but that’s because the setting I bought could only hold a round. There shouldn’t be any issue ordering a fancy cut online provided it’s GIA graded and from a reputable seller. Blue Nile will also price match diamonds of similar quality so if you find one cheaper online somewhere give them a link and they may be able to lower the price for you!

Post # 13
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2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Jasd: post what you’re looking for on pricescope and Be sure to include your budget and other requirements. They’ll point you in the right direction. When you narrow it down, give thEm 2-3 options. It’s like a poll here or a thread, but everyone there is super passionate about diamonds. They are super nice too. 🙂

Post # 14
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2052 posts
Buzzing bee

I second the local jeweler thing. My FI got a great diamond at an amazing price from a local jeweler.

There’s nothing wrong with buying online, but with such a big purchase it’s something I’d personally want to see in person before buying

Post # 15
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1653 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Jasd:  I have both a radiant and it’s from James Allen 🙂

 

my husband searched long and hard locally before deciding to go with JA.  Awesome customer service, no issues.  My e ring is 2 years old now..my wedding band is also from there (and discounted since my ering is from there).  Hope this helps!

from what I know, he did get a great deal..and I receive quite a few compliments!

 

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