So many concerns and questions about my ring choice!

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Clairetoris:  Usually jewelers can order a variety of diamonds and you’re not obligated to any of them. 

ETA: be ware of “Lifetime warranties.” Often that means you have to use their repair place, which may be sending the ring out of the store (not done on site). I would personally rather pay an independent jeweler to know that it would not leave the store. 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Round diamonds are fairly easy to shop for on specs alone (vs. fancy shapes). I think it might be worth it to order it online, sight unseen if you’re so concerned with cost. Blue Nile is excellent. Then maybe have a jeweler create a custom setting.

I spent aaages looking for my ring, and when I found it I knew it. I’d just take a break for a while and then it’ll come to you.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Clairetoris:  Where are you located? I could send you to a phenomenal jeweler in NYC (not a sleazy typical diamond district place). IMO, most round cuts look exactly the same…I couldn’t ever tell 2 round diamonds with the same cut/specs apart….So, if you want something different, I’d stray from round. It sounds like what you’re describing is a typical engagement ring, many bees here have a gold solitare with a round cut stone. Would you consider a cushion, or an asscher? I mention those two because no 2 cushions look alike, and because asschers are a less common cut. Good Old Gold is a widely known amazing jeweler, lots of bees have gotten rings from all over the country there. 🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

You can buy just a setting from Shane co and order the sdiamonsdd from bluenile or James Allen and have it set at Shane co

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Clairetoris:  That’s awful :-/ I wouldn’t necessarily settle on a round bc of the sparkle….cut is king. I know close friends who have rounds with 1 grade better specs than mine, and my cushion blows their sparkle out of the water. I’d look at lots of cuts, to be honest. I’m such a cushion pusher…but, you get so much more carat for your $$ when you don’t get a round! My ring would have been like 3k more if it were a round.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I recommend seeing the diamonds in person. My FI was able to get my a GIA-certified 1.20 carat, E color, SI1, VG cut that (b/c of the way it was cut) looked bigger than it’s weight and the inclusion could (and was) be hidden under a prong. He would not have bought a diamond of that spec online, but in the store he was able to compare it against better and poorer rated diamonds. It’s super sparkly and has held up supremely (after a year so far). Try a local jeweler. That’s what we did. If you’re in the DC area, PM me and I can tell you where he went.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

I second taking a look at Good Old Gold, they have a great reputation of Pricescope. The owner sometimes posts there too. They have their own diamond cutters, and if you want them to call in a diamond from another source, they’ll do a really detailed analysis on it. They can even create a video for you with the stones you’re comparing.

They have a youtube channel called diamondinfoman, and their videos are pretty informative for buying diamonds, so it’s worth a look whether or not you buy from them.

I’d stay away from the box jewelry stores, they are generally not very good quality (especially on the charateristics that count, like cut quality) and expensive compared to other vendors. I personally think online is the way to go, especially with round diamonds, but only if the vendor provides the proper tools to make an informed decision, like idealscope/ASET images and that use reliable labs like AGS/GIA. Other recommended ones by pricescope members are Whiteflash, Brian Gavin Diamonds and High Performance Diamonds. I believe they all have showrooms you can go to, but WF and BGD are in Texas, and HPD is in Idaho

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Clairetoris:  We actually bought my diamond off them. I was a little nervous about it at first, but my husband had loved the idea of being able to pick out every little speck and know exactly what you are getting. They were amazing – and i wanted to return the setting after he proposed to go with a custom one and their customer service was great. Just an option for you, although i know it can be nerve wracking to go down that route. Also…the diamond was appraised at more than double what we paid. 😉

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Adiamor is an AMAZING online retailer- I 100% recommend them. I also liked a setting from Blue Nile better than any of theirs, so they custom made it for me with a couple tweaks that I asked for. They have great customer service, and we didn’t have any reservations about buying a 2.5ct diamond online through them. (Originally I was planning on JA because of the pictures, but Adiamor put me at ease and looked at the diamonds for me, so I had no worries).

 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Clairetoris:  if you’re willing too travel to St. Louis I have two awesome local jewelers I’ve worked with. Not to offend anyone but I wouldn’t buy a diamond from Shane co if I had absolutely any other choice…

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I don’t have any personal experience with those websites, but I will give you a pic of a yellow gold solitaire! It’s a classic and awesome choice- don’t let anyone else tell you not to! 

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