(Closed) Where is the best place to get a ring?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think a wholesaler is the best place to buy a ring.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Bluenile.com is a good place to start but if you really want a great price and fantastic quality then have a look at the pricescope.com forums… they suggest really great vendors- my favourites are Brian Gavin Diamonds and Whiteflash. The ain thing really is to avoid mall stores- they will seriousy overcharge you and they are generally lower quality.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MrsT2b: Beat me to it. 😉

James Allen also has great prices and excellent customer service. Mind sharing your budget? I love vicariously going shopping for diamonds for others… hehe.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Borsheims.com – They are on the level with Tiffany’s and Cartier but they go by daily market prices on diamonds.  They are owned by Birkshire Hathaway a Warren Buffet Company.  They have diamonds at all cost levels.  Every girl around here only wants the silver box with the maroon bow, sigh, can’t wait till mine gets in.  We had to have them custom make my wrap.  I stop by the store once a week just to oggle over the mock up.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Depending on where you live, I would say the local jewelry district. We did some research on Yelp (just typed in jewelry stores for Los Angeles and filtered to jewelry district) before we ventured out. After visiting all 4 stores I mapped out, we knew which jeweler we wanted. The 1.63 carat stone and ring we ended up with is at par, if not better than bluenile. Plus we were able to have it custom designed at no extra cost and have a great jeweler connection and lifetime care, sizing, and cleaning. Happy hunting!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@pinkstardustdesigns: I would look in local mom and pop shops. My FI purchased my engagement for literally half the price than he would have paid in a chain store.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

@pinkstardustdesigns:

I think you should definately go to pricescope.com and get some advice about a good vendor. Online really is the way to go to get the best bang for your buck!

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MrsT2b: I couldnt agree with the vendors you listed more!! I am a HUUUUGE Pricescope fan and definitely suggest that you research through them first. It’s a wonderful forum where you can learn a lot about diamonds and there are some fabulous jewelers that many of the sites members use that are on there. One other one I like asside from those MrsT2b listed is Gokd Old Gold. They are awsome too! Blue nile is great as well. What state do you live in? I had an outstanding experience with my jeweler, but he is in NJ. Are you from around here?

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve heard good things about Diamond Harmony. They have some awesome prices and very unique pieces. We are thinking of getting FI’s band from them.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Shop around. Prices differ a lot! We went to a local jewelry store and got 40% off during a sale. Dream ring at the dream price!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

There are a lot of options, but I personally recommend Sam’s. My FI purchased my ring there for half what it cost as other jewelers and it was certified – others were not.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

Diamond wholesaler.  I wasn’t part of the purchase process for my engagement ring, but my wedding band was 60%+ less than comparable rings in jewelry stores. 

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