Engagement Ring Shopping New York?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@sweetlittlemonster:  A lot of bees talk about the diamond district in new york though I don’t know where its at maybe a ny bee can help with that.

Post # 4
2059 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

FI and I went shopping in NYC and he purchased my ring there. We are both from/live on Long Island. One thing I’d caution on, is that if you’re from an area that’s not close to NYC, any time you need your ring serviced in anyway is going to be a huge hassle. My cousin wound up getting her e-ring through a diamond whole saler in NYC and getting her wedding band through the jeweler FI & I used, and our jeweler won’t touch her e-ring to clean it or polish it due to insurance reasons. So, if you get your ring here and live elsewhere, you may have a hard time if there are any sizing issues, if you want it cleaned/polished, etc. 


That said….if you’re visiting and definitely want your e-ring from NYC, you MUST, must, must go to the jeweler we used. They are top of the line quality all the way. You will need to make an appointment and it’s just on the outskirts of the diamond district.  I want to strongly advise you against buying a diamond e-ring on Canal street. Do not expect anything you get on Canal St. to be authentic, ever. Ever. Seriously. They will tell you marvelous stories of such things…everything there is fake. From Chanel bags, to CZs, to bootleg movies…don’t do it. You’ll get screwed over. Also, don’t buy a ring as a whole ring—purchase a stone and setting separately, then have the ring assembled and shipped to your boyfriend. Any inclusions or color can be masked by setting, and you want to know exactly what you’re committing to. 


My jeweler offers life time free service guarantees, and the sparkle and prices can’t be beat. We used David S Diamonds, the address is 550 5th Avenue. We deal with Amy for everything we do. To give you an idea of how phenomenal our deal was, I have a 1.11ct Canadian diamond, G color, VS2, excellent polish/symmetry, etc. It’s magnificent with light performance…we got my setting there, similar to the Tiffany Novo..it’s platinum, also G color VS2. My setting was $1,500 and my center diamond was around $5,200. If you plug in those specs to Blue Nile, James Allen, anywhere…especially with a Canadian diamond, the prices are thousands higher.


Should you go somewhere else-Do not buy anything without a GIA certificate…I have heard many places sell diamonds with fake certificates, as in..the certificates don’t actually match the stone you’re shown. Anything that sounds too good to be true probably is. Good luck!!! I really hope you use David S. Their attention to detail, service, and the selection of stones is unbeatable.

ETA-since I ranted about my stone, I felt like I should attach photos 😉



Post # 6
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@sweetlittlemonster:  Diamonds by Lauren is excellent, and they’re based in NYC. They specialize in colored diamonds but can design about anything. I would definitely stop by.

Post # 7
6407 posts
Bee Keeper

Canal Street has plastic designer bag knockoffs… that’s not where the diamond district is.

I do absolutely recommend the diamond district for window shopping for anyone, and for potentially actually purchasing a diamond, but only if you really know what you’re doing… it’s sleazy (like the diamond business is everywhere). Of course, still easily much better deals than one would find at Zales, etc.



Post # 8
650 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I live in nyc, and would never buy anything except a pashmina or knock off wallet on canal street. the risk is too great for a big purchase


i got  my wedding band for a STEAL ($450 down from $2k…18k micro pave diamonds) at Marina Jewelers at 47th and 6th right on the southeast corner. If you want, they said if you said  “Kate from Thalia” sent you, you will get a good deal. I dont  know if that’s true, but I know I for sure got a bargain. I worked with Raphael. 


Best of luck in the city! General rule of thumb is : ” if it looks too good to btriune…it is! “

Post # 9
164 posts
Blushing bee

I just wanted to add that AGS certifications are just as reputable as GIA. They are different in that they specialize in their cut and light performance grading (strive for a score of ‘0’), where their ideal 0 grade is more stringent than GIA’s Excellent grade (which is why Pricescope members recommend using the HCA calculator for GIA Ex diamonds, but not AGS graded stones).

I see many people insisting on only buying GIA certified stones, but I worry that they will pass on a gorgeous stones only because it is AGS graded and not as well known as GIA.

Here’s a very recent study on most of the major labs that shows just how much their grading can differ: http://www.diamonds.net/News/NewsItem.aspx?ArticleID=43417

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