Post # 1
i am trying to find online vendors who sell antique/old cut diamonds (old euro cut, old mine cut, transitional etc) and i’m having some trouble! my SO and i are looking for a stone for my engagement ring.
so far i’ve found old world diamonds, (but it has a horrible website), good old gold (great stones but limited inventory) and jewels by erica grace and diamonds by lauren.
unfortunately blue nile, id jewelry and james allen do not carry antique/old cuts.
does anyone know other vendors i’m missing? of course there’s ebay etc but i’d prefer to buy from an online vendor, so please let me know if you’ve got a reccomendation for me!
Post # 3
come on bees – help me out please?? 🙂
Post # 4
Diamondbistro.com! And definitely head over to the forums at pricescope.com. There are great members there who would LOVE to help you find the perfect stone! They’re just people who love and are super knowledgable about diamonds.
Post # 6
I’d only go to JbEG, GOG, or OWD. Contact them directly for what you want. They’ll bend over backwards for you and call in stones to evaluate. I went with GOG, but almost went with JbEG. The JbEG ladies are super amazing.
What specifically are you looking for?
Post # 7
pi knw they sell antique rings. Not sure if they sell the loose stones as well
Post # 8
IMO Brilliant Earth is way over priced. I just checked out their site. Some of their “antique” rings have modern diamonds in them.
Post # 9
You have the top vendors there for old cut diamonds.
I’d personally stick with jewels by erica grace or old world diamonds. Email OWD directly they have much better selection in the back and better pricing too than what is on the website… especially if you are not color sensitive.
Post # 10
I bought both of mine from http://www.rubylane.com, an antique amazon-style marketplace
Post # 11
CALL these vendors – do not just look online! I know JBEG has a TON of stones coming down the pipe. OWD has a billion they haven’t posted. GOG can find them for you. I know JBEG is good at answering emails but have never gotten any emails back from OWD and have never tried contacting GOG. So pick one and call. OWD will have the best pricing, so I’d probably try them first.
Post # 13
@PaisleyMedic: that’s a great idea – thank you for the tip!
@banana_nut13: thanks, i think i’ll call owd for sure – they have tons of stock, but their website is impossible to sift through!
@Maple2012: that’s great to know – thank you! i have a stone in mind on jbeg, and as far as owd goes i’m not afraid of fluorescence or low colour so that’s great to know – hopefully they’ll take a couple on a budget seriously 🙂
@distracts: fantastic – thank you! i’ll set some parameters and a budget with my SO and we’ll email the vendors!
i’m looking for an old euro cut (open to old mine and transitional) around 1 carat, not fussy about clarity as long as it’s eye clean, and ideally above k/l in colour, ideally with some fluorescence.
i’ll definitely post on pricescope as well – thanks so much bees, this was such valuable information 🙂
Post # 14
@peonyinlove: “around 1 carat”
Be sure to specify a millimeter size. Some OECs etc can face up differently than round brilliants, so if you’re thinking you like the visual size of 1 ct, specify that you’re looking for around 6.5mm round. If you just like the weight point, then ignore this. Especially with OMCs though they sometimes have such tall crowns that they are very deep/small-faced for the carat weight.
Post # 15
another vote for good old gold. they are fantastic.
Post # 16
I can vouch for Diamonds by Lauren!