Help! Choosing a ring…Costco or RosadosBox?!?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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496 posts
Helper bee

@kmarie84:  I asked my BF to get my ring from Costco when the time comes because I think they are a good value and pretty.  So I would vote for Costco. They sell the most diamond rings in the country and I read they are usually like double in value of what you pay. You just won’t have the “flossing” factor of being able to say it is from Tiffany or whatever (I LOVE Tiffany jewlery)

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

The Costco ring starts at size 5…can you get it sized down?

 

Post # 5
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2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@kmarie84:  I would be hesitant to buy a ring from Costco. I know there are ladies on here that have done it (and they have wonderful rings) but if you have a budget of 4k, you dont need to limit yourself. I built a ring for you on Blue Nile that has much better specs than the one at Costco and is only $100 more. You will also half as many diamonds but you will keep the same carat weight. That means its less likely a diamond will fall out of your ring and you get better value for your money since bigger diamonds cost more. Costco also does not tell you anything about the cut of the center stone and (imo) that is the most important spec since it is what makes the ring sparkle. The Blue Nile diamond is also GIA certified while the Costco diamond does not appear to be graded. I got my center stone on Blue Nile and wouldnt change a thing. Are there any settings there you like?

Here are the blue nile specs:

The total diamond carat weight of your ring is 1.08.

Round, 0.70-carat Diamond

Ideal-cut, G-color, VVS2-clarity, Round, 0.70-carat Diamond. Stock #: LD03463733

$2,620

Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum

Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum. Stock #: 33364

$1,500

Subtotal: $4,120

Post # 6
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248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would go to a pawn shop, you can get anamazing ring that is not cookie cutter like all the rings in a jewlery store. You see the same ring on every hand.

Post # 7
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135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I got my e-ring from RosadosBox! And the shop owner Shirley was super helpful, and my ring turned out to be exactly what I wanted. I got both the e-ring and the band here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/116775020/taylor-original-size-14kt-rose-gold?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=taylor 

I wanted the band to be wider and the stone to be a moissanite though. Shirley sent pictures as they were produced and everything went very smoothly. And in person the rings are even prettier, because they are so delicate and well made! She also offers to fix it if it needs resizing or any maintenance down the road. 

Here are the photos, though I feel like I can never do justice with the photos! Can’t wait till I get to wear the rings together 🙂 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

@kmarie84:  I like both the rings but I would like to point out that an SI diamond can be eye clean so maybe you should ask the people at rosadosbox if they could get an eye clean stone for you

Post # 10
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236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Rosado’s Box is an esty reseller, most of the rings are from jewelry manufacturers in China or India. You can find the exact same rings much cheaper on Ebay. (There’s been more than a few Bees who ave bought from a reseller on etsy (thinking the seller was hand making all the rings) only to see the exact same ring on eBay (orelsewhere online) at half the cost or less. 

Even if you go with the etsy seller I would advise buying a center diamond/ gem separately.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@kmarie84:  I got my new three stone ring from Costco (it should be here tomorrow! Eeee!), and their stuff is really good quality, much better than what I could have gotten at a mall shop. I think the Clarity is more important than Color, and honestly, I think the stones in my Costco ring are a little better than I (they say I is their minimum). Either way, you’re probably in good hands though. Congratulations!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@kmarie84:  I haven’t ordered any womens rings from costco. But my experience ordering my FIs band was exceptional. It shipped quickly and was exactly as promised. I definately would not have been able to order the platinum band I got him from anywhere else for that price. The only thing I found on their website is they do not have a lot of half sizes available, s make sure you choose smething that can be easily sized! 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I would def NOT go with an etsy seller like others have pointed out they put huge markups on china made products. Also the diamonds shes selling are not GIA graded. They are graded by some random guy that can grade it higher than it really is. With your budget you have more than enough money to get an excellent quality diamond ring from blue Nile. If i had your budget When I was ring shopping I def wouldve went through blue Nile And got an ideal cut h-I .80-.90 ct diamond once you hit 1 ct the prices rocket

 

 

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@kmarie84:  If you really believe that an Etsy seller can get you a platinum ring with a .9 ct diamond with those stats… I have a bridge I can sell you!

Seriously, they are either exaggerating the stats significantly, or they’re skimping on the manufacturing, or something else.

Diamonds sell completely under a “you get what you pay for” mentality. No .9ct diamond that actually looks nice is $4k, let alone WITH a platinum setting. You are getting screwed somewhere. And the fact that she is quoting you such low numbers make me think you should stay away.

Like I said before, buy the setting if you like it, but her diamonds are not what she says they are, and I can guarantee you that.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I vote Costco or BlueNile! BN if you/FI are okay with that, Costco if you need to buy it from a brick and mortar store!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@MirnaMinkoff:  i’m really doubtful that they are reseller, since they have a physical store in the US and the fact that I got my custom ordered rings so fast. 

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