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I need your help! My boyfriend and I are looking, and boy have we been looking. We have done Kay, Zales, looked online, Mervis, estate jewelry. You name it we have looked at it. We either get caught up in people talking us out of what we want or sales people trying to get us to go above our budget. (Mervis told us we would not find anything!) I know people are not out there dropping 5K on diamonds left and right. I just need some advice on where to look. I feel like I’m missing it here. We have about 3,000 to spend on the diamond. I’m looking for about 1ct-1.25ct (I know 1ct is probably more realistic) It doesn’t have to be perfect but I don’t want a shotty diamond either. I know this is doable, I just feel like I’m not looking in the right places.
I know my bees can help me out. Please post some advice, links to good places to buy, how you found yours, etc… I also love pics too! Thanks!!!
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@VAbridetobee: I hear Blue Nile (http://www.bluenile.com/) has a great prices and is very reputable.
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My fiancé got my diamond from Blue Nile because he did some shopping around and found he could get much better quality for a lot less then other places. That being said, I’m not sure you can find what you are looking for in your price range. Mine is slightly over a carat and very good quality. It cost twice what you are willing to spend. Now, I’m no expert on diamond buying so maybe there are places for you to find what you are wanting. But I know my fiancé did his homework and since what you want sounds like what I have, I’m not sure if it’s possible in your price range.
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@VAbridetobee: I have a very high quality diamond, D VVS2 ideal cut and excellent symmetry and my husband bought is for $2200. However, it is only a half carat In 18k gold with platinum prongs. We got it appraised for almost double that. I think it’s going to be reallllllly difficult to find a nice one carat diamond for 3k. You are either going to have to up your budget or start thinking smaller diamonds.
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@VAbridetobee: I would suggest getting just below a carat…like around .95. Blue nile has this .95 ct, very good cut, j color, SI diamond for just under $3k
Post # 7
You can’t get a decent 1 carat diamond for $3000 if you’re buying new/from a retail jeweler. Maybe if you learn to judge diamonds on your own and hunt pawn shops/IDoNowIDon’t, but I still doubt it. You can either double your budget or buy a clarity-enhanced diamond if you don’t want one with eye-visible inclusions.
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I got my 0.9 carat, si1, I colour pear shape diamond from blue Nile For just under $3000. It is stunning. Haha.
I agree about looking at stones just under the 1 carat mark. Also consider that you will get more for your dollar if you choose a less popular cut like pear or marquise.
Post # 9
You will have to really compromise on quality to get a carat in your budget. You might be willing to do that, I would not.
Post # 10
I’d be surprised if you got a carat for less than 5K. Most people I know with stones that size are spending at least that.
Post # 11
Have you tried going with a small, custom jeweler? FI and I did and got a much bigger & better diamond in our budget than we could have otherwise. I have to ditto other bees though who said that for your budget you’re going to have a hard time finding a 1-1.25 carat quality diamond within your budget. You’re going to have to compromise on cut/colour/clarity to get a diamond for that price in that size…
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@VAbridetobee: If you are interested in the weight because of the size, consider getting a dimension with less depth, so that the surface area is larger therefore appearing larger. I don’t know if you mean that you are willing to spend 3k for the rock alone, or the entire ring…
Have you tried Jewelery Exchange? I always see good deals in their commercials. I also hear Costco has good prices.
I personally REALLY like Brilliant Earth. They are conflict free, recycled gold, and donate percentage of purchase. Also, they have beautiful settings. I did a quick search and found a 1.01 for 2840.00, princess cut with a reasonable depth. I also found an emerald cut for the same price. Check them out!
Post # 14
http://www.pricescope.com has great prices for online stores. Other than that, Ive found that local jewellers usually have the best prices.
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it’s not possible to buy a quality 1 carat diamond at that price… I suggest reducing your goal carat weight.