(Closed) SERIOUSLY!! Rudeness, much! thinking about buying a diamond on ebay?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Blue Nile has so many in smaller sizes! Their customer service is fantastic if you don’t like it.

Post # 5
84 posts
Worker bee

@kansas_nurse:  First, I just bought a diamond off ebay.  It was a 1.3 carat emerald cut, SI2 (eye clean, which is rare for step cuts at that clarity) and G color.  EGL certified.  I bought it for less than $3,000, which is about half the retail cost, if not less.  I LOVE IT.  I just received it and it is beautiful, brilliant and more than I expected.  However, the seller is an actual jeweler in Los Angeles with a reputable brick and mortar store.  So, YMMV.  However, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a certified diamond from a seller with good feedback on ebay.

Second, the reason you are having a hard time finding a GIA certified stone under .25-.3 carats is that it costs $100 or so to get a stone GIA certified.  For many cutters, it simply isn’t worth the expense to get that cert on a diamond that is going to sell for $750.  That’s a reasonable sentiment.  However, as you’ve found, you CAN find such a stone, and Ebay is a great place to do it.  If you are buying without a high-quality, James Allen type picture, however, I would make sure the clarity is not a “borderline” grade, such as an SI2.  My case is probably unique.

Post # 6
6360 posts
Bee Keeper

I agree, she/he was rude. I hate it when people tell me what it is *I* want. This is a common thing among bad salespeople, I find.

Sorry, I don’t know anything about buying diamonds on ebay.

Post # 7
2743 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

Would you be willing to pay for a yellow? These are the people that made my ring they have a nice yellow marquise in stock. Their online stock is only a fraction of what they have so you may want to call them. They can source anything and make anything your heart desires:


Seriously call them. They’ll send the stone to your door to inspect.That is how we got my stone when the first one was fractured.



Post # 8
628 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@kansas_nurse: How rude! I personally prefer smaller stones with a higher quality and I would be livid if a salesperson tried to suggest that I need something I don’t want.

As to ebay, I have bought two rings with smaller diamonds, from actual jewelers, (G, VS2, ideal, round). They came with GIA certification. They have been to a jeweler and they are real. They are exactly what I ordered as well and I think they are beautiful.

The key to doing this is to read the specifics and look into the seller’s feedback/length of time they have been collecting feedback. A real jeweler, with 5 star positive feedback, for a long time, will NOT risk their sales by pulling anything. 

The other key to doing this is to make sure you are ordering from your own country or when considering cost, remember that you might be charged extra cash on delivery due to crossing boarders.

Something to consider is that you can send it back if you are not satisfied but you need to remember that if you are getting a GIA certified item and you send it back, the sellar needs to ensure that you have sent back the same stone and they will likely charge you the cost to certify it again upon return.

It sounds like you are just looking for a center stone, but if you are looking for an actual ring, then you need to make sure that you have a full idea of the exact style etc. that you want. Go to a jeweler where you can try items on. Note the metal, the width, the height, the circumference of the stone, the weight of the ring, the type of groove or other markings. Pictures can be deceiving, whereas knowing the specifications usually works.



Post # 9
4663 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

if its a good price online and has a certificate and a return policy, i would go for it.

get it appraised in person and if it’s not what they say it is, then sendit back. as long as you factor in the shipping cost if you return it and appraisal cost 

Post # 10
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

While her saying youre kidding yourself is rude, she is right in that being picky about the stones qualities isnt worth it at that size. Many things are only noticable when you go to higher sized diamonds. The quality of cut should be you first priority and then clarity. With better light return from the cut, you will be ok with a lower color. Low color is mainly noticable from the side and in larger diamonds. As far as why its hard to find the stone you want, that is because a stone of that size wont be profitable since most want one larger. Certificatjons are usually done on profitable stones. The idea of a stone on ebay is actually not a half bad idea. I looked there myself. Have you tried Brian Gavin? We got my diamond from there and they were wonderful to work with.

Post # 12
9 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

My ring came from eBay. It is a .30 carat solitaire diamnf, in 14lt gold. It was “refurbished”, if you will. The color is SLIGHTLY yellow, but for the price it was a steal! I paid around $175 I want to say? Around there. it has held up beautifuly and sparkles. I have a 1 ct diamond halo ring, and I prefer my “small” diamond. It doesn’t get in the way, and is very dainty and timeless. Don’t let people talk you out of the ring you love!


As always, always check the eBay sellers profile, their rating, and feedback!

Post # 13
4954 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@kansas_nurse:  I don’t have any experience buying a diamond online, but I just wanted to say I’m sorry you had to experience that. It’s amazing how tacky some people can be!

By The Way, I think the ring you are describing sounds gorgeous, and I can’t wait until you can post it here for all to see!

Post # 15
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My dealer, in the diamond district sells on Ebay- his username is bigapplejewels  He’s reputable and has 100% feedback. He’s also a lovely person. If you don’t see what you are looking for on ebay, go ahead and email him- I’m sure he will get back to you with exactly what you are looking for.

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