(Closed) Reputable Online budget diamond seller?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

online we found the best deals at blue nile. Im not sure if its in your price range, but for what we were looking for they had it the cheapest. However, my FI ended up going to a small family owned jewlery store to get my ring and they beat blue niles prices. If you are looking at I’s you should really try to see it in person.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I haven’t bought from Blue Nile but the reviews are great. And if you are concerned about conflict diamonds Brilliant Earth (www.brilliantearth.com) also has them.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Adiamor.com has several starting at $346

BlueNile.com has several starting at $347

Both are good reputable retailers.

My ring came from Adiamor and appraised for 50% over the purchase price.

ETA: I believe both these sites will ship you a diamond to get appraised/examined on your own before committing to purchase.

If you go with a “brick and mortar” store you will most likely end up paying more because you are helping them pay their overhead.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My diamond came from Nina Elle Jewels on eBay – I know that sounds sketchy, but they seriously have amazing rings and they are a great deal because you’re not paying the overhead of most jewelry stores.  I had the ring checked out by another jeweler as well, and it was an amazing value.  

Their customer service is also wonderful and they never leave you wondering about your money, your ring, anything.  I would HIGHLY recommend them.  

 

http://stores.ebay.com/Nina-Elle-Jewels

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

langantiques.com has a few rings under that price (but not a lot)–they are FANTASTIC and their prices are all online.

 

The store is in San Francisco if you want to go in person. It’s my favorite store, I own two pieces from them.

 

 

First page: http://www.langantiques.com/search/all-rings

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

I wanted to second what @abbyful: said.

Definitely make an account on Pricescope. They’re are tons of people there who can help you find the diamond you’re looking for. Another plus is that Pricesope users can usually get discounts through most of the companies that the community there suggests. I know James Allen offers a discount for Pricescope users…GOG might also!

Regardless, the people over there are very knowledgable and their advice is free! Just start a thread under ‘RockyTalky’ asking what you’re looking for and I’m sure someone will be able to help! Make sure you give them your budget!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We got my ring from an online only retailer, James Allen… their site has actual photos of the diamonds with a “virtual loupe”… so you can see how they look/see the flaws. the search is pretty easy to use, you just select the shape, cut grade, carat size, color, and clarity. All of the stones are certified and you can view a picture of the certificate online. The best price on there is about $400 for a 1/3 carat H-J color SI1-SI2 ideal cut round brilliant.

plus, go to pricescope.com and follow a link to james allen and you get a discount!

(we got about a $100 discount on mine! but it depends on the price of the diamond)

$400 I SI1 GIA triple EX:

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI1-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1355562.asp

 If you want to search for yourself:

http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds-search/

the only problem is that some of the settings on James Allen are overpriced… but you can order just a diamond from them and have someone else set it.

the shipping is free and there’s a 30 day return period

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Since you’re worried about the 4 C’s and any inclusions, etc., make sure the diamond you buy comes with a grading report from GIA! That way, even if you can’t see it in person before you buy, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting. You can learn more about the 4 C’s on their website: http://www.gia4cs.gia.edu 

They actually developed the 4 C’s in the first place and are known for their accuracy and strict grading standards. Good luck shopping. i hope this is helpful!

Post # 14
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Newbee

@lkr736:  I’m sure this is too late, but I trust B2C – they are very helpful and honest.

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