Post # 17
Sounda like many of you feel comfortable buying such an expensive ring online. I am still a bit weary but buying online is an option. I have looked at all of the options you Bee’s suggested and I feel like Blue Nile has the most options?? I could be wrong
Post # 19
Each online vendor has both its advantages and disadvantages, but it usually comes down to how much are you willing to pay for more information.
Blue Nile is certainly the biggest, most well known online vendor, so it’s not surprising it has the most people to chime in about them. They work by getting exclusive partnerships with suppliers, so they have a very large inventory to work with. The disadvantage is that they offer no pictures (magnified, ASET, Idealscopes) and give just the certificate, so you’re in a sense buying the diamond blind, the main problem many people have about buying online. They don’t have 99% of the stones they sell in house, and usually it’s shipped directly from the supplier to the customer. They’ve become quite a big company, which means they might not be the absolute cheapest compared with the smaller companes doing the same thing (like B2CJewels)
James Allen offers a 360 degree magnified view, so you can see the inclusions, where and how big they are. They are similar to Blue Nile in that they don’t have many of the stones in house, but they allow up to 3 stones to be sent to their office for idealscopes to be taken. Their prices are higher than Blue Nile and other vendors that don’t have in house stones as a result.
The vendors I suggested (Whiteflash/Brian Gavin) give the most information, such as ASETs and Idealscopes. They show how the stone performs, how much light leakage there is. Most of their diamonds are those specifically cut for them to their high specifications, and are only graded by GIA/AGS. They also offer upgrade policies, custom work, does their casting in house, etc. All this extra information/advantages means that their prices are higher.
Anyways, I hope this helps in some way. I’d be wary of going with recommendations based on people getting a higher appraisal value of their stones. Appraisals are inherently high, and try to judge how much it would cost to replace the diamond at retail cost. Buying diamonds online already means you’re paying much lower than retail cost at a physical store.
Post # 20
After spending a lot of time researching online companies, we got our diamond from JamesAllen and our setting from Whiteflash. Both companies were a pleasure to deal with and I would highly recommend them. We are living in Ireland and there was still no issue whatsoever, all items came perfectly as described and FedEx’ed to our door in 2 days!
I also contacted Brian Gavin and they were also very professional and pleasant, however it just happened that the other two companies had what we were looking for.
Post # 22
We got my setting and diamond from enchanteddiamonds.com. They were really helpful throughout the whole process, provided a ton of information about the stones we were interested in (specs, certificates, pictures, videos, etc.), and worked with us to make sure the custom setting was exactly what we wanted. They also offer non-custom settings through a different website which they told us about through our email and phone correspondence.
Post # 23
Mine is from Zoara, amazing service,my Fiance bought it while we were in Vietnam, and they shipped it to Vietnam without any hassles!
Post # 24
My diamond and setting were both bought in person, which I strongly recommend, however, if had to go with online, I’d go with Brilliant Earth. Never seen an ugly ring or horror story from them yet.