Post # 1
I posted earlier, but now I have ANOTHER question! Sorry, but thank you for any help!
We’re very interested in a 1.13 round G color good cut SI2 diamond in a platinum pave setting from Shane Co. We love that Shane has a great warranty and as long as we take it for check ups every 6 months (and they’ll remind us), basically everything is covered.
Here she is:
Ugh, I love it.
Anyways, I plugged in the specs into Blue Nile tonight and holy cow, I found a very similar diamond, GIA rated, for almost $1000 less! Yikes!
Now, we really don’t want to buy a diamond without seeing it in person, but $1000 is a HUGE difference! Does anyone know if Shane Co. does price matching with their diamonds? I definitely fell in love with the diamond at the store, and I just want to lock this thing down and finish purchasing it (the sooner we get the diamond, the sooner there’s a proposal) but I don’t want to be taken advantage of.
Post # 3
@ohmariemarie: We bought our diamond off of Blue Nile without seeing it and I was extremely happy about it. I know 3 other people who have done the same and all of their diamonds were amazing and exactly to their GIA certification. Also, you have time to return it if you end up not liking it. We took our diamond to a local store and had it set in a Tacori setting. We saved a ton of money and I got the ring of my dreams.
Post # 4
Also try James Allen! You can see the actual stone magnified online when you’re choosing!
Post # 5
@ohmariemarie: I personally think buying online is the way to go, but I would go with an online vendor that offers the tools to make an informed choice, like ASET/idealscope images, something Blue Nile doesn’t offer. If you check out diamonds from online stores like Good Old Gold, Whiteflash or Brian Gavin Diamonds, you can see how much more information they provide past a certification. Lets be honest, the normal consumer doesn’t know how to interpret things like pavilion and crown angles from the certification. These images are extremely helpful (if you look up how to use them / ask for help on sites like Pricescope)
For example: http://www.goodoldgold.com/diamond/11402/
I prefer not to shop at the big box stores, since I think stores like that try to sell experiences (at a very high markup), more than a quality product. It’s an exciting and emotional time for couples, and paired with jewelry store spot lighting that could make anything sparkle, it’s very easy to make a quick emotion driven purchase, which doesn’t always equate to an informed purchase. Sales associates at box stores really don’t tell you very much, especially with cut quality, the most important quality. They may have a 1 minute speech that says a deep or shallow cut diamond will leak light and therefore sparkle less, but that’s it. If they did know their stuff and had your best interests at heart, IMO they wouldn’t have shown you a ‘good’ cut stone.
You said you fell in love with a specific diamond at Shane Co. What if I said you can get a much sparkly diamond for your money (possibly for cheaper), but there wasn’t going to be that in-store shopping experience. Would you fall in love with the higher quality stone?
I honestly recommend making a thread on Pricescope, post your budget, and see what they can find for you online. They took the time to help and teach me, and I got a much better quality product than anything I saw in stores.
Post # 6
@ohmariemarie: Though it’s not advertised, Shane Co will negotiate with you. Ask the associate to discuss it with the manager. While DH was negotiating with them, he pulled out his phone and showed them the price on the Blue Nile site. Shane Co ended up going lower by a few hundred. They have to know you are willing to walk away if you don’t get the price you’re aiming for (within reason of course). They don’t want to lose the sale.
Post # 7
I was always leary of buying expensive things site unseen especially over the internet. My daughter’s ring is from Blue Nile and I am stunned at how beautiful it is. Her beau did a great job picking it out and he said the BN people were more than helpful.
Post # 8
@Olive12: Thanks, that’s what I’m looking for. We will probably end up going back tomorrow (ugh) and bringing along the iPad with some loaded diamond specs from Blue Nile. Ready to play some hard ball. I just hope that the fact that we made a deposit doesn’t hurt us in the long run. Thankfully, it’s 100% refundable.
Post # 9
@ohmariemarie: Bring all the info you can. I do hope it works out that you get it at Shane Co. I love the company’s customer service. Shortly after we got engaged, DH and I moved to Texas for work. The Phoenix store where DH bought the ring knew we were moving out of state and rewrote our paperwork to only require us to come in once a year versus the typical two times a year for our ring inspections to keep the warranty. I love that there is no cost to the warranty, and it covers everything except the theft or loss of a ring.
Post # 10
@ohmariemarie: don’t forget to let us know what happens! I think Shane will give you a discount.