(Closed) Diamonds

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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1509 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My fiance bought my ring from Blue Nile sight unseen and I am in love with it.  We are so happy with it.  Also, one benefit to Blue Nile is there is no tax and free shipping.  When we are talking about a purchase in the thousands, the no tax helps!

A great thing about Blue Nile for example is that each stone comes with a GIA certification and the number matches the number that is laser engraved on the stone.  You can’t get anything better than a GIA certification.  I would NEVER purchase an engagement ring that did not come with paperwork, and paperwork being a GIA certification.  GIA is recognized as the best and most respected association for diamond certification.

You know you won’t be getting jacked around that way.  Honestly, I would be very weary of purchasing a diamond without paperwork… how would you even know what you were paying for??  Generally, settings, eternity bands, and many diamonds under 1ct do not have certifications, but if you are looking at a center stone more than 1 ct in size, please please please for your own sake, buy it somewhere where you receive the certification.

I didn’t pick my exact diamond on the internet, but I told my Fiance what setting I wanted, what shape of stone I wanted and also told him that I want the best quality stone. He followed my directions to the T. 

Post # 4
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1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My advice to you is to visit Pricescope.com and educate yourself about buying diamonds in general, especially online. You will quickly learn that going with an online vendor will get you much more for your money than a brick & mortar store, but more importantly you’ll learn what factors are most important in diamond quality and how to use your budget wisely. The forums on the site are amazing and filled with experts that can let you know if the diamonds you’re interested in (online) are a good pick. Trust me all your questions can/will be answered there! Good luck.

Post # 5
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806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I picked my own engagement diamond off Blue Nile and we ordered it sight unseen.  It worked out great!  They are highly reputable and all their diamonds come with certification.  In my opinion, you really don’t want to buy an uncertified diamond for your e-ring.  This is such an expensive and confusing purchase, you really need to know what you’re paying for.  When you’re looking at uncertified diamonds in a jewelry store, I’m concerned that you’ll think the diamonds look better than they really are due to the professional lighting in there.  Then when you take it out into the real world, it looks greyish and cloudy and dead (no sparkle).  Without the papers to back it up, it’s hard to trust your judgement that it truly IS a great diamond.  If you had papers to say, it’s ideal cut, G color, etc. you could sleep easier at night knowing you picked a solid diamond and paid a fair price for its specs.

You’ll get a LOT more for your money buying a certified diamond online (through BN or there are a lot of other very reputable sites – check out pricescope.com for info).

Post # 6
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11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Got my e-ring off of bluenile as well and i l-o-v-e it. Diamonds have very precise grading so it isn’t really a leap of faith. If you get a colorless diamond with ideal cut, excellent symmetry, and almost no inclusions, you can be pretty darn sure that you’re getting a fabulous sparkly stone 🙂

Post # 7
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29 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My Fiance got my stone online (with a lot of direction from my wonderful sister!) and we had it set by a local jeweler. I also recommend Pricescope as a great site for educating yourself, as well as having a ton of pictures on there to see what different cuts, clarity, and color look like. My stone is G color, and SI1 clarity, and I could never tell that it is not totally clean or white.

I might not recommend Blue Nile, as they do not have all of their diamonds onsite, so not only is it site-unseen for you, but they also can’t take a look at the diamonds and tell you if they look good. I suggest McGivern Diamonds (http://www.overnightdiamonds.com), as they are a smaller operation and have all their diamonds on site, so you can choose a few that you think are good, and ask them (if you trust them, which I totally do!) to look at them and tell you which has the most sparkle. Also, my sister told me that they do not use conflict diamonds, which is really good.

You will also need to decide what specs are right for you (i.e. table, depth, ratio, etc). Pricescope really is a wonderful resource, and has so many helpful people that can answer pretty much any question you might have. It is a bit confusing to navigate at first, but I found it to be the best resource for me, aside from my diamond-obsessed sister! 🙂

I could talk about this stuff all day!!!!! I think my sister’s obsession has definitely rubbed off on me!!

Post # 8
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860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Whiteflash.com is also a good site.  They have their diamonds in-store so they can pull them and tell you whether the stone is “eye-clean” etc.

Other good sites are goodoldgold.com, jeamesallen.com and briangavindiamonds.com

Post # 9
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860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Oh and also do not buy a diamond without a certficate.  If you feel like you must, get an independent appraisal before committing to anything. 

GIA and AGS are equally respected in the industry, followed by EGL-USA/IGI and then the foreign EGLs.  You will learn about the differences between GIA/AGS and IGI, EGL etc. on pricescope.com

Post # 10
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520 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Mine was from James Allen, sight unseen and it’s gorgeous, 1.1ct, G color, VS1, “true hearts” cut (basically the hearts and arrows cut), with an AGS certificate.  There’s NO way we would have had a better rate at the store!

Post # 11
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2788 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

If your are buying the diamond loose, make sure it has a certification already.  If not, ask if you can have it appraised, on his expense, but ask to pick your own appraiser. As far as the online shopping goes, I echo checking out pricescope.com, in addition to information about buying your stone, they have a list of appraisers – you could contact one in your area.

Good luck.

Post # 12
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100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

also recommend Brian Gavin Diamonds (briangavindiamonds.com) – they have a great inventory of both Hearts and Arrows and ideal cut stones – you can browse the inventory and they will send you very detailed photos.  I worked with them to reset my family heirloom stones and they did an incredible job with the setting. Brian is a master cutter and the setting was beautifully finished. also very reasonable. highly recommend!!!

Post # 15
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520 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Haven’t heard of them either.  James Allen also has pics of their diamonds by the way.

From my experience, if you want your diamond to sparkle, make sure to give top priority to the cut.  The “hearts & arrows” (called many things depending on the company — hearts on fire, leo diamond, super ideal cut, true hearts, etc), it’s by far the most sparkly.  This is an easy bet for a sight unseen diamond.

And, of course, make sure they have either GIA or AGS certificates, since they’re the most reputable in the industry.

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