Post # 1
This isn’t for me, it’s for my sister.
My sister is looking to reset her diamond. She received an anniversary band recently and it doesn’t go with her current set.
She is very much like me and has champagne tastes and a beer budget. She was looking for a solitaire setting and the one she really likes (a designer setting) will cost her around $1,500. Her husband said that’s too much for just a solitaire setting so she’s looking at other options.
She’s been looking on eBay and has found several designer settings that she likes. She’s leary to spend that kind of money on something she’s never seen, plus she’s worried that she won’t get the actual item she buys. I told her I would have no problem buying something like that as long as the seller has good reviews and they have a return policy so she could take the setting to a jeweler to get checked out.
I can’t believe how many settings are on eBay! Most show the actual designer mark on the ring. They are less than half of what the jewelry stores charge so I think she can get a great deal! Kind of wish we had gone that route!
What do you think? Would you do it?
Post # 2
Yes I would, but then again, I am rather biased in favor of buying pretty much anything on eBay if it’s cheapest there. Provided that the seller’s feedback rating is high (I generally consider anything above 99 percent to be good enough), and I believe that the price is fair, I might even go for something without a return policy if I were spending a $100-$200ish. But if my budget was higher, I’d probably be more careful and check for a return policy.
Post # 3
My husband bought my e-ring on Ebay. It is still going strong 10 years later 🙂
Post # 4
ButterflyButterfly: I’d absolutely purchase off ebay/etsy…provided that they had a good return policy and had high seller ratings. I think spending $1,500 for a solitaire setting (I’m assuming it doen’t have side stones, etc. and even then that’s pricey without a center stone) is absurd! I actually purchased a beautiful 1950’s solitaire setting in 14k white gold from a jeweler who has an etsy store for $175….you should also check rings that have a CZ placeholder. You just get a jeweler to swap out the CZ and replace with her current stone (that’s what I’m doing)!
Post # 5
vintagelover32: That $1,500 setting she was looking at did not have any side stones and it was for 18kt gold. I agree that it seems pricey. I forgot about etsy – I’ll have to mention that to her.
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Post # 7
I was in the same situation – wanted a solitaire, didn’t want to spend a lot. I might have considered ebay, but I liked the advantages of buying from a company that would do maintenence on the ring (cleaning, inspecting prongs, and redipping practically for free).
I ended up going with Blue Nile because they have a ton of different solitaire options, so I got to have the kind of “classic with a twist” look that I wanted. Has she looked there?
Post # 8
I almost just bought an eternity band but I forgot to bid which sucks cause my bid was higher lol I would definitely do it!
Post # 9
I woud never buy a diamond off eBay, too many scammers!
Post # 10
I would absolutely purchase an ER from eBay — but not if I didn’t have a greater than average knowledge of diamonds. Just knowing “the 4 C’s” won’t cut it. You need to know A LOT more than that to be able to know exactly what you’re buying.
If I found one I liked, I’d run it by PS members to see what they thought… Another avenue to consider is LoupeTroop, DiamondBistro, and vendors who do consignment pieces, as they may have greater quality pieces for much less than retail (and a lot of the sellers are PS members with fabulous pieces).
Their are many PS-trusted sellers on eBay — go to http://www.pricescope.com and use their search function to see a list. I believe someone did a thread on that very subject.
Post # 11
ButterflyButterfly: Is your friend looking for a setting only ($1500 budget) or is she looking for a stone as well? What is the budget for the entire ring?
Edit: Disregard above– I see where she has a stone…
Try CVB Inspired Designs on Etsy. She makes great pieces.
Post # 12
ButterflyButterfly: What type of solitaire setting does she want? Does she want a plain metal shank, or would she like smaller stones on the band? What shape is her stone? 4-prong or 6-prong? Is she open to a bezel or semi-bezel? Does she like modern/classic or vintage settings? What are the dimensions of her diamond (in mm)?
Post # 13
No, I wouldn’t. It’s too easy to get taken.
Post # 14
Yes I would but you have to know what you are buying. Like do not buy anything that says “clarity enhanced” or “filled” or “plated” and think you are getting a high quality piece.
Post # 15
I have purchased several pieces of jewelry on Ebay, and I have had nothing but wonderful experiences. I agree with the other posters that a good rating and return policy is key. Also, make sure as well you aren’t buying stones that have been enhanced or filled, and always make sure it’s solid gold, platinum etc. And I find if they have true to life photos, they are better than companies using computer generated drawings. Those can be misleading at times.