Post # 1
So I decided to do a bit of touristing in my own city. I went to the Guggenheim Museum, checked out some of the beautiful of churches in Manhattan and stumbled upon NYC’s famous diamond district. For those who have never been, it is utter chaos. Every time I paused in front of a store window a salesperson would appear and try to lure me inside. Some of the rings I saw were insane. I actually tried on a 9 ct solitare ring!!! I’m not really ring shopping yet but I was able to get a better idea of my style and have some fun. While I doubt that my own e-ring will come from the diamond district (the jewelry offered there isn’t really my style) it certainly was interesting. If any Bees have been there tell me about your impressions. Did anyone actually buy thier ring there? Love to hear all about it.
Post # 3
My ring came from there, but from an overheard merchant so FI didn’t have to deal much wth the crazy salesmen on ground level. There isn’t much to tell. My ring was custom. It was “let’s put this stone in the middle of these like this” and a few weeks later it was done.
Post # 4
My husband and I (then fiance) went to Kwiat. You have to make an appointment but it was very low-key.
Post # 5
I have to know: Do they sell gemstones there? I am looking for a tsavorite and having zero luck locally.
Post # 6
One of my relatives is a jeweler in the diamond district. He specializes in very…umm…ornate jewelry. Mostly for rappers and such. You can get a very good deal or be totally swindled, depends on a lot of factors.
Post # 7
Can we see the jewelry anyone has gotten from the District?! 🙂
Post # 8
@ditzkitten: it is utter chaos. Every time I paused in front of a store window a salesperson would appear and try to lure me inside.
That’s what it was like in the caribbean when you go into town in the shopping districts. Tons of jewelry stores and if you stop for even a second, you are hassled to come into every single store. Actually, you don’t even have to stop. 😉
Sounds like you had a great day! Lots of fun.
Post # 9
Mine was purchased from the DD in NYC. I didn’t go with my husband to pick it out, but I did go back with him for the wedding band selection. When I was there, I did notice people waving you in at every turn, but our guy was nicely tucked away in a lower level where we were not disturbed at all and my taste was catered to! The rings in his case were NOT NOT NOT my style, but together we were able to come up with something that is absolutely perfect. 🙂 All in all, it was a great experience for both my husband and I. I should add that the jeweler was a referral from his co-workers who have used him before.
Post # 10
My family has generally purchased all our major pieces of jewerly from there. My mom got both wedding rings there for both marriages, necklaces etc.
It is a bit of a circus. Definately shop around and negotiate prices.
My ring was purchased from the diamond district in SF. Its different than the NYC version and more low key.
Post # 11
@FutureMrsHolmes: Please excuse my gross hands and dry skin!
Post # 12
My FI got my gemstone engagement ring in the diamond district in NYC. He worked with a jeweler,who showed him a bunch of different emerald,and FI picked out his favorite.
Post # 13
My FI and I went to the Diamond District in NYC about 10 months ago, to “ring shop”… my impressions of the whole experience was yes, a chaotic circus…tons of little storefronts jammed into a larger area. There were lots of ringers, who’d cajol you to come inside and see their wares… i was a bit put off by this to be honest. Basically we found that you can’t get a good “deal”, not really… maybe some people can if they are in the “know” but honestly I think any seller is going to make mad money off anyone they can.
I did find quite a lot of gemstones in the stores in the diamond district… and I was looking for a very specific gemstone and wanted to see it in person. Just ask if they have “X” and they should be able to pull out unset stones for you to see and already set gemstone rings for you to try on.
Just a word of warning though — I wouldn’t buy the gemstones AT the DD unless you do LOTS of research beforehand…. I caught one of the sellers trying to sell some highly flawed gemstones, and when I called them out on it, they quickly put them away. But it was a great place to see tons of different gemstones and see all the different colors and qualities of gemstones… so I found it useful in that regard. It really helped me narrow down my search, but I ended up getting a better quality and cut gemstone and for a better price though an online seller.
Post # 14
My ring came from there. I wasn’t with FI when he bought it, but I had to go to the same place he bought it from months later to get it resized. I worked a block or two away at the time and I go to that street all the time to get my brows done, but I had to walk much further down the block to get my ring resized. I felt borderline harrassed on a weekday walking down that street, but I just kept my head up and kept walking.
The place he got the ring from was actually very nice, as were the people. It was a small storefront, but nice inside. I wouldn’t find it fun to be shopping in that area, though.
Post # 15
sounds like my kinda place!!
Post # 16
@PeachSnapple: You make a good point about flawed stones. Even though our jeweler came through recommendations, we did think about switching out the stone when went back for my wedding band. Of the three stones I saw, one round was not cut to proportion (was WAY too shallow), anither stone was not cut well either (had a crushed glass look) and the third I didn’t really look at because it was out of our price range (and was also not cut to the right proportions). It all comes down to knowing what you want and being educated on what you’re looking at!!