Post # 1
Hello Bees! I’m new to the Hive and this is my very first post. I was wondering if you ladies could help me figure out how much my desired e-ring would cost?
I estimated 15-20k based on Blue Nile but after browsing the boards here, it seems like similar rings could cost alot less. I’m thinking of a 1.5 carat good to high quality diamond in terms of cut and clarity, cushion cut or emerald cut halo in a platinum setting. Not sure if I’d want a plain band or some pave diamonds on the side. Don’t need a brand name like Tiffany’s.
But yeah any input would be appreciated so the SO knows how much money to set aside for the ring. Also I live in the NYC area where rings might be more expensive? Thanks so much!
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
It will really depend on the specs of your stone. Blue Nile and James Allen are good web resources for pricing of regular diamonds. And price scope is very helpful, too. If you want a canadian diamond, Brilliant Earth is a good starting point. once you know what you want, you can shop around at different local jewelers for the best deal, using the internet as a starting point for negotiations (i.e. get the store to go lower than the internet retailer).
Post # 4
I have a 1.1ct emerald cut color E clarity VVS1 center stone that we got for a steal as our jeweler came down from the original cost for it 6k for the stone (normally around 7-7.5) and the setting is 14k white gold with 2 .35 pear shaped stones & .2 pave stones. Again they gave us a killer deal as the 2 pears should have been well over 1000 but the entire setting was 2k even. I would say with out having a jeweler who is willing to work with you and really doing some serious work to find a good price 15 – 20k would be the ball park I’d say ask platnium is more expensive. The up side is that emerald cuts are one of the least desireables (dont ask me why I LOVE mine and get tons of comlpiments on it all the time) so you do have a better chance at getting more bang for your buck with that cut vs the cushion that is quite popular so you will be paying a higher premium for it as it is more in demand.
Post # 5
Your Estimate is about right. Speaking from experience and research, go low on clarity and high on cut, color and you can hit the 15k mark. I saw SI stones in plain eye site and under a microscope and it took me a while to find the inclusions. online shopping with the ring magnified will scare you unless you can compare in person. My SO I was a bit more worried about clarity so we’ll see where he goes with the final product.
I have a round. I’ve read that with a cushion cut the color is very important and going lower than an H is not recommended. I also think that emerald and cushion are generally more affordable in relation to carat than a round.
The band you’re describing will fall in the 1-2k range.
Also I live in LA. Having access to the diamond district in a big city is hugeLy helpful and the one time big cities make wedding stuff MORE affordable.
Post # 6
I can’t really add to how much your estimate would be, but I would warn you to steer away from anything that seems too inexpensive. If the price is too good to be true, then that ring is probably going to fall apart on you in a few years.
Post # 7
@lovekiss: I checked James Allen and my estimate of 15-20k held true. Darn!
@MissXray: Yeah I used to think emerald cut wasn’t pretty but recently fell in love with it. I like how it’s unique and has a character all its own!
Thank you all for the advice. I can go to the diamond district in Manhattan, if anyone knows of a good jeweler there, I’d love references.
Post # 8
@Jewelieee: I think $15-20K is right on the money.
I wouldn’t go below excellent cut, and clarity you can have visible inclusions even at a VS2. Color I am a bit less rigid on… I’d probably go down to an H. I have H colored earrings and they look totally colorless to me.
Post # 9
Lucky for you, you live in NY and this is great news for the future engaged you. NY might be pricey for everything but we have the diamond district which will get you tons more bling for the buck. We went to a wholesaler in NY who sells to retailers across the country and for less than 30% of a retailer store I got exactly what I wanted. They had a ton more on hand loose stones and it made it easy to pick. They only accept viewings by appointment but it was worth it! Downside is I don’t think they deal in settings, we already had one but I could see how someone would prefer to get it from the same place. Good Luck!
Post # 10
I think 15-20k is pretty accurate. If you could, go high on the cut/clarity and nothing lower than an H/I-color stone. I love mine and it looks super white (you should check out in person!)