Have anyone purchased loose diamonds online? 2 ct +

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I didnt and I don’t know what exactly you’re looking for but good old gold and brian Gavin diamonds are solid vendors with excellent reputations. They frequent pricescope and I’m sure you’d find a ton of helpful customer reviews there. White flash is another with a great reputation. an oldey but a good is bluenile. Diamonds by Lauren is great and has a wide selection of products for every price point.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Have you been to the Pricescope forum? There’s a lot of discussions about diamond purchases, vendor experience etc.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

I am truly curious about those who want to buy a diamond sight unseen. I don’t get that.

But that said, I think it’s crazy-interesting how closely James Allen online co. photographs loose diamonds. That is useful for showing shape. Perhaps the photos are supposed to show inclusions, but I can’t see them. They certainly don’t show color.

A lot of people don’t realize that when you work with a local family owned jeweler, he will bring in loose stones for you to look at. I have a marquise and learned from that buying experience how different Marquis stones are. I wouldn’t buy online. And as you are doing, I woudn’t buy something already in a setting.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

Although you can research the heck out of diamond specs online,  I wouldn’t recommend buying a diamond that large (because this size is expensive, generally) sight-unseen, because every diamond is unique and even two that both have what seem like equally stellar stats may look very different in person. You especially need to see in person that the diamond doesn’t have any “dead spots” when you move it around to see the light play, etc.  If the vendor offers a full money-back refund if you are not satisfied with the stone for any reason, then tht would be the only circumstance I would suggest it. You also have to consider how a shipment of something that costly will be insured.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

I also recommend Pricescope for researching and diamond buying help, especially online. Not sure why folks on here refer to having to see it as reason not to buy online as you CAN return it if you get it and do not like it! You are not stuck with it anymore than you are a pair of pants ordered online. If ANY place had a “no returns” policy I would move right on! The PS folks also have lots of tips for ordering online (like sending to an independent appraiser, etc)

Quite honestly I would not NOT buy a diamond online with one of my trusted vendors. The quality and savings over buying local can be very different. Even for a local to bring in the same stone that is in virtual inventory can cost a LOT more and to be honest some of the vendors sell signature stones that blow others out of the water (or that you cannot get otherwise, like GOGs AVC).

Many of the vendors will be happy to talk to you and provide images (including ASET etc) snd videos of any stones you are interested in and such as well, and Brian Gavin, Good Old Gold, etc come to mind here for me. Good Old Gold will even do comparison videos for you.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@RayKay:  But buying one and returning it isn’t the same as looking at several loose stones at one time and comparing them during that shopping session.

The responsibility of having to track and ship back something that expensive doens’t appeal to me. And that’s just one loose stone at a time, no way I’d bring in several of them.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Buying a loose diamond online is DEFINITELY the way to go ladies. My SO and I shopped for a 1 carat loose diamond for over a month before he finally made the purchase. We both did a bunch of research and then scouted everything from craigslist to ebay to jewelry stores to online vendors. I knew I wanted a high quality diamond (preferably GIA certified). Eventaully we settled on a gorgeous 1 carat GIA stone from EnchantedDiamonds.com that was I color, SI1 clarity, Exc-Exc-Exc and mild blue flourescene, which enhanced the whiteness. It’s an eye-clean stone with only slight inclusions around the girdle. The stone is truly breathtaking! My SO payed under $4000 for it we have a guaranteed lifetime 100% credit if we choose to trade-in for an upgrade. I looked at similar stones in the local jewelry stores for around $6,000 so I know he got a deal.

The diamond dealer was very easy to work with and answered all my emails throughout the purchase process with detailed explanations and several stone options. They also provided close-up pictures of each stone I was considering. The stone was shipped all the way from India (gauranteed conflict-free) and then shipped from the vendor in NY to my doorstep in Florida. The pacakge was insured and I had to sign for it. Everything went very smoothly and I highly recommend online diamond dealers. Just make sure to interact with the sales person to explain EXACTLY what you are looking for. I knew going into my purchase that some SI1 stones are NOT eye-clean but the sales lady we worked with was very knowledgable and helped us find exactly what we wanted 🙂

 

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I dont see why not. I will upgrade my ering to a 2 carat stone in the future and thinking about order it online again. With that kind of money for a diamond, I dont see why I dont want to pay $ for shipping. I dont really need to see deadspot on the diamond because I wont buy anything below VVS2 and F color. So inspection before buying is unecessary because I wont be able to see flaws with naked eyes anyway. Just my 2 cents

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

 

I did.. e color  and flawless not quite two cts, but to your point purchase sight unseen. I couldn’t be happier.. 

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Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I know it is not related to loose diamonds, but I just purchased a diamond ring from https://www.beverlydiamonds.com/ and the price is very decent. The ring is gorgeous as well!

Post # 13
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Busy bee

blushingbride1013 :  my appraiser likes blue Nile. You know to only buy GIA right? I have a larger stone myself but I inherited mine. If I were to buy my own I would go to blue Nils

Post # 14
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Newbee

I bought my 3.2 carat sight unseen, but more and more websites are providing high resolution photos of the actual diamond. You can also look at the hearts and arrows images as well as the full GIA.

I wouldn’t have bought it unseen if it were not for those photos and docs.

I’d recommend checking out Rarecarat.com. They describe themselves as the Kayak.com for diamonds. They pull prices from various diamond wholesalers. 

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