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 😉