(Closed) Tips to buy my ring online or just go to the good ol’ diamond district?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Stones at at stores are always going to be marked up due to overhead. Do what’s best for you. if you found one online that you love, order it online. if you aren’t comfortable ordering online then go to the brick and mortar store. Both rings are lovely!

Post # 4
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3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I looked in-stores and online for what felt like a million years. I, too, prefer low settings. they just don’t seem to be all that popular and are very hard to find! so my suggestion is to get a custom made setting.

but if you can’t afford that, then keep shopping around. before you buy, make sure you underststand their return policy, and google them to see if anyone else has posted reviews on them. the more reviews, the better!

also, look on the website for accreditaions. ID Jewelry (in NY and online) has about a million accreditations on their home page – at the bottom. that’s a very good sign too.

finally, the diamond district: I don’t live in NY so I have no idea what the reputation is for that area, but I had a friend who bought a ring from a cheap store there. she got what she paid for. stones fell out about three times, and the jeweler was rude – said it must have been her fault. she had to pay full price for replacement (many reputable jewelry stores offer discounts or sometimes even free replacements as long as you get the prongs regularly checked).

Post # 5
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1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I was looking for low settings too when we were shopping because I spend my life in nitrile gloves and didn’t want to have to take my ring off all the time. I found that bezel, semi-bezel and tension settings tend to be much lower than prong settings (and they don’t get in the way as much, IMO). My ring is bezel-set and sits very low (like, I can wear gloves over it no problem low). If you’re looking to go the online route, I don’t think Blue Nile has anything like a tension or bezel. But there are some pretty bezel rings on James Allen’s website. Good luck!

Post # 6
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5786 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Did you bring examples with you to the diamond district? I know the place we got my ring at does custom settings.

Post # 8
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3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I once saw a lady who had an eternity band for her e-ring. it had stones a bit bigger than what the average person would choose if it were a wedding band. must have cost $$ but I bet it cost less than a 1-carat solitaire! I thought it was a really gorgeous alternative to having a big center stone.

she had a plain white gold wedding band next to it. both were the same thickness and width so they looked just right together.  there was plenty of flash and sparkle, and it looked so comfortable!

Post # 9
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3257 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you buy it online, make sure the seller can give you proof of the diamond quality. FI got mine from Blue Nile, and I ordered his band at iweddingband.com. He got a $1900 e-ring for me for about $800! 🙂

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