Post # 1
After doing, what I thought to believe, extensive research on jewelers in our city, I purchased an engagement ring for my girlfriend. I decided to go with the official jeweler of our alma mater that received raving reviews from many. A few months ago, I walked into the jewelry store and started working with one of the sales reps. She was extremely helpful but wasn’t pushy in any form. I left and a few months later, I contacted the sales rep and we communicated via email for a couple of weeks, I returned to the store and narrowed my selection down to two mountings. In March, I returned to the store, still working with the same sales rep, and decided to put a deposit down on one of the mountings and then selected a center stone that would be put into that mounting. When the ring was ready, the sales rep I have been working with for approx. 6 months now, called and let me know that I could come in whenever I am ready to view the ring. Last week when I went to view the ring, the center stone looked different than I had remembered three weeks prior and the sales rep I had been working with wasn’t there. I told the new sales rep that the diamond appeared yellow to me and that I certainly hadn’t picked out a yellowish center diamond. The rings looks beautiful. And I’ve shown a few friends and they love it. However, I can’t get over the slight yellow tinge that I see in the diamond. I have read all over the internet to look at it in different lights to see if it still appears yellow, but I’m concerned that just in everyday normal indoor lighting that the center stone will look yellow. Now I’m wondering if I should keep the ring or return it. The company has a 30 day return policy but I’m not sure if that means I just get store credit to that store or if I get my money back b/c I think since I had one diamond put into another mounting that this ring is considered a special order.
I’m set to propose to my gf this Tuesday (april 9). And I’ve considered taking it to an appraiser/gemonologist graduate to have them look at it.
I’m losing sleep over this ring, wondering if I was taken advantage of and if I should return it/not propose when I’ve already paid deposits for the proposal. Or if I should go ahead and propose, then have it appraised by the appraiser in my aread recommended by American Gem Society.
Post # 3
@talkderbytome: Return it. No use in spending all that money for something that isn’t perfect for your perfect lady.
My FI got me a ring she knew I would love, and I adore it, but we are going to replace the center stone once I decide on what I want.
Why my story? Keep your proposal just the way it is, explain to her after, ( she wont see any yellow! Promise 🙂 ) then she can go with you to help pick out the center stone, she might surpise you and go for a color? Maybe not, but it’s something she will like to do for sure, I can almost guarantee it.
Post # 4
If its not certified (which it doesn’t sound like it is) then I would think long and hard about the purchase. If it is visibly yellow then I would be concerned. Can the store give you any kind of grading? For me, an ungraded diamond is a no no.
If you go ahead with the purchase then I would get it graded within the 30 day return if possible. Would the store send it out for grading for you if you cover the cost?
Its a big purchase and I’m sure you’ve done your homework but have you considered using an online store such as bluenile or James Allen? All their stones are certified by the GIA normally so at least on paper you know what you’re getting and they have a pretty good returns policy. You could maybe just buy the stone seperately and have it set into the setting you already picked?
Post # 5
If you are really not happy with the ring i would return it.. Have you got the specs of the stone you picked out vs the stone they have given you, or is it not certified? Also, what metal have you had the stone set in? If its yellow gold, sometimes the stone can reflect the yellow of the gold if that makes sense, which could be why it appeared whiter when it was loose.. Setting it in a white metal may help if that is the case..
If you really have your heart set on proposing this week, how about proposing with a place holder and then go shopping for the perfect ring together?
Hope you get it sorted x
Post # 6
I have the certification papers for H VVS1, but after I purchased the ring, they handed me the certification packet and it is with EGL International. When I researched them, I thought all of their rings were GIA (b/c that’s what it appears as on their website and in the store). So I didn’t think to ask to see GIA certified diamonds only. When the sales rep showed me the different diamonds and told me the various grading, I assumed b/c of their signage, that every diamond in that store was GIA certified. After I got home and read all of the horrible things about EGL International, I started to panic.
When I saw the loose diamond that I picked, it didn’t appear yellow to my eye at all. So that’s why I felt confident about the purchase. It wasn’t until I picked the ring up, with the diamond in the setting, that it appeared yellow to me. And that’s when the concerns started, and then the EGL International instead of GIA as I had anticipated (but failed to ask/clarify).
I have considered proposing with the ring I have now – the mounting I purchased is the one my gf really loved when we went looking together 6 months ago – and then going back to the store and seeing what I can do about the center stone.
Post # 9
@talkderbytome: that’s a beautiful ring, but I can see the centre stone looks yellow. It’s certainly not a GIA ‘H’… Ultimately you’re paying for it, you’re the one who will have to see it on your fiancé/wife for the rest of your life so if you aren’t happy, get it changed or plan to get it changed after you’ve proposed.
Its a really gorgeous ring though! Lucky girl!!
Post # 10
It probably didn’t appear yellow because it wasn’t in the halo, I feel like halos can make any stone below a G look very yellow bc the halo stones are so much whiter. If you aren’t happy use their 30 day return policy, that’s what it is for.
Post # 11
I thought I would chime in because my centre stone is the exact specs that you believe yours to be. My centre stone is a GIA certified H VVS1 and whilst I know H is somewhat down the colour chart my stone (to my eyes) is white as white, there is no tinge of yellow at all. Sorry to say, but your stone (for those specs) to me is visibly yellow.
Post # 12
My center stone is a GIA certified I color and its not even yellow at all. I can certainly see the yellow in your ring.
I’d still propose, then take the ring back and have your fiancée (!) help you pick a stone. I also recommend bluenile.com. I have lots of friends who got their rings from there and they are thrilled with them.
Post # 13
My E-ring has a D colour stone and it’s super clear, my mom has an H and it looks really clear as well, until you put it right next to mine than you see the yellow standing out. I have to agree with Oklahomagirl that the stone appears to have more of a yellow colouring now because it’s sitting directly next to stones that are probably a D or E in colour.
Post # 14
Don’t return it, until after the proposal! You have had the proposal planned out for a while, and had what you thought was the perfect ring. Go on with proposing, then later explain what had happened. If it’s still a problem for both of you then go together and pick out a new diamond. Something similiar happened to my finace and I, (only mine had a huge black carbon spot), and he proposed anyway with my dream ring, (minus the black spot of course), and we went together to pick out a new stone. It was a fun experience to do this together! I would see if you can get your money back, or store credit for the diamond so that you can exchange it. Make sure you take a ton of pictures of the new diamond you are picking, so when you go back to pick it up there can be no mistakes made! Good luck! It’s a beautiful ring, and I know she will love it!
Post # 16
I agree with the PPs. I can definitely see how the center stone is a bit yellow. But don’t delay your proposal. Go ahead as planned, then pick out a new stone together. 🙂