Post # 1
My fiance and I live in a college town. The two options for jewelry stores are a Zales and a very upscale family owned store. We we not happy with either location–Zales was pushy and their rings look a little cheap; the family owned store decided when we walked in that the couldn’t afford their items and treated us as such. There are, of course, dozens of online options, but we’re concerned about buying something without seeing it in person. I know exactly the setting and sonte that I want. We want to look at dimonds and moissonites. Did anyone purchase their ring online and get exacty what they expected? What are some things to look for to make sure the online store is reputable and will sell you what you have paid for? Thanks for the help!
Post # 2
a ton of girls here have had excellent experiences with moissaniteco & bluenile!
Post # 3
We used brilliance.com to custom design my ring. They are wonderful to work with and my stone is GIA certified, laser inscribed, and ideal cut. I priced similar stones at big box stores, and the cost was close to double. Makeups at places like Jared and Zales are unreal!
Post # 4
cynjo2: I used Schubach’s in AZ for my moissanite ring and I got exactly what I wanted. Though I’d never seen a moissy up close so I wasn’t sure what to expect there. I got what I wanted because it was custom. I had seen a ring online that I liked and I had them make it. They get great reviews on the Bee and in talking to them I felt very comfortable that they stand behind their work. They want to keep a good reputation so they produce a good product.
Post # 5
If you are on a budget, I would strongly recommend you reach out to Luann at http://idjewelryonline.com – they are great at working with budgets and super friendly! Another vendor to consider is http://jamesallen.com
Post # 6
I got my band (which consists of some small diamonds) as well as FI’s band off of http://www.bluenile.com. They happened to have promotion 15% off at that time. Plus, if we were to ship the packages to outside of WA and NY, we wold have it tax-free, too!
I have looked at diamonds for engagement rings on their sites as well and really appreciate the details and ability to compare prices against quality/characteristics of what you want in the diamond without feeling so pressured to make the decision right at the store. What stopped me from actually buying was because we were planning to spend quite a lot on diamond and didn’t feel as comfortable buying something sooo expensive without actually seeing it first. However, the prices were excellent! Definitely cheaper than what you could find in physical retail stores without compromising quality!
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard
I had my ring custom made by Rosados Box (she has an Etsy store). She has a lot of rings that use both diamonds and moissy. I had an EXCELLOENT experience working with her.
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
I used and absolutely love Schubach jewelers in AZ (same as RedHeadKel), they don’t work exclusively with moissanite so if you want a diamond they can be an option for you too! BUT, if I would have gone the diamond route I probably would have gotten an fancy colored diamond ring from DiamondsbyLauren or gone with something from LoveAffairDiamonds (formerly Jewels by Erica Grace).
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2014 - Monday Night Brewing
I just ordered my wedding band from Gemvara.com and was really pleased with the secletiona nd service. They have a great selecton of settings and you can build a ring with different stones and metals. Their customer service is great. Even though the rings are custom made, you can return them in the first 101 days, no questions asked. So if you don’t like it, return it. I think you’re only out like $6 for shipping it back.
Post # 10
engagedsagebrush: Thanks for sharing this! I’ve been looking into getting a second wedding band, something a little different then my actual wedding band. This store is amazing!
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
JamesAllen.com is great. You get to see the actual diamond online before you buy.
Post # 12
My fiancee bought my ring online from James Allen. He said they were really reasonably priced and while I am a simple girl and only wanted a solitare the quality of the diamond he purchased is beautiful. It was aparaised for about $500 more than what he purchased it for.
Post # 13
We used WhiteFlash.com. They were excellent. I would caution you that the blown up images of the settings online can be misleading. If you are ready to pull the trigger I would ask for real life images of the ring on a person’s finger to make sure you are happy with the look of the ring.
Post # 14
My FI-to-be and I bought my ring from Costco! My ring was shown online for a while. Every jeweler that’s seen this ring has told us the center stone alone costs more than what we paid for the entire ring! Were waiting on the sizing and second appraisal.
Costco has lifetime guarantees and ensures responsibly sources diamonds (conflict free!). Another Bee has told me that a friend of hers in the diamond business said that some jewelers actually buy these diamonds from Costco then mount them in their settings!
I recommend Costco!