Help: Tiffany Bezet or James Allen / Blue Nile Bezel Solitaire?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which ring would you pick?
    Tiffany, because why not? : (9 votes)
    16 %
    James Allen, because you know what you're getting : (8 votes)
    14 %
    Blue Nile, because it's a slightly bigger diamond and less expensive : (38 votes)
    66 %
    Something else -- I'll tell you below! : (3 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 2
    320 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    Blue nile.  Bigger stone for less money.  At that size, the nicer specs wont make that big of a difference.  And I just like blue nile.   

    Post # 4
    692 posts
    Busy bee

    I would not be happy paying nearly $2,000 for a .19 ct diamond. Have you tried any of that size in real life? I f you think the size is fine, then that’s one thing, but I personally think that size is too small.

    Here’s a new VS2, F color .75 ct natural diamond ring on eBay for $1,255. It’s not a bezel, but you’d have room in the budget to have it reset.


    Here’s an excellent cut .54 ct, F color, SI1 diamond in a bezel for $1,400.


    Here’s a VS, F color, .75 ct in a semi-bezel for $1,240.

    A .54 ct, Ideal cut round in a semi-bezel for $1,700.

    Here’s the link to the search I did on eBay, if you want to look through the rest of them yourself.


    There are so many ways to get more for your money, especially if you’re willing to buy preowned. I wouldn’t limit myself to Tiffany, Blue Nile and James Allen.

    Post # 5
    692 posts
    Busy bee

    bitsybee:  Oh, I just saw that you’re looking for a smaller stone. I feel very confident that you can have a bezel ring made in platinum with the stone size you want. I would get quotes from Amcor, David Klass, and Schubach and see who’s cheapest. 

    Post # 9
    357 posts
    Helper bee

    It really depends what you want more: a smaller stone that has a really high quality (which is something that only you will know, but it may satisfy you in the sense that you know how ‘good’ the stone is) or a larger inexpensive stone that will most likely be inferior.

    I know a lot of Bees are fans of Blue Nile, however I’m not sold on it.  The cut of the diamond has a lot to do with how good the stone looks and how much it sparkles and how much fire you get.  We have looked at the specs several blue diamond stones and they are really not that great.  Yes, you can get a large stone that is very affordable, but I personally would not go that route.  

    Really evaluate what is important to you and go from there.  Good luck in your search!

    Post # 10
    692 posts
    Busy bee
    Post # 11
    1106 posts
    Bumble bee

    since it is such a small ct size and no one will be able to tell if it’s a diamond or not why don’t you just go with cz and silver? Or gold and cz/moissy? I would never spend $1700 or even $1000 on a .16-.23 ct diamond ring And platinum is way overpriced imo. berricle has beautiful stand ins that some people even use as their actual e rings. 

    Post # 13
    692 posts
    Busy bee

    bitsybee:  Of course it’s an option. I know Amcor and David Klass will set stones that you own. You could either buy the stone yourself or buy it from the jeweler, if it’s cheaper. 

    Here’s one for $107. It’s H color, SI1, .18 ct.

    Then you could contact some jewelers and find someone to make the setting to go with it. Platinum is only about 15% more expensive than gold, so it shouldn’t be that much. Contact that Etsy seller I gave you the link for and see what it would cost to get a decent quality .2 ct diamond in platinum in your size. 

    Post # 15
    277 posts
    Helper bee

    Don’t know if this helps, but I use an old Tiffany style as a stand in sometimes. It’s called Lace, it’s about .12 total weight in platinum. Got it on ebay years ago for about $450… here it is with my curved diamond band. Since you will probably have to get it sized that mall anyway you could always buy soething used and have Tiffany authenticate it. (sorry for the line on my finger I was wearing another set today)

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