Post # 1
I know this is not traditional, but the Boyfriend or Best Friend and I are going to be shopping for the engagement ring together. This is mostly to ensure I don’t get something I really dont want (i.e. heart or pear shaped diamond on gold or something). Besides the 4C’s, I’m clueless on designer cuts. I want a round shape (at the moment) solitaire with an eternity style setting…single row of pave diamonds all around. Where should I start shopping?
I was told that there are a lot of website where you can customize your ring…what are your thoughts on those? and which sites??
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Post # 3
I think shopping together is a great idea! That’s what we did. My ring sounds like something you might like. It’s a Tacori with a round brilliant center, half-eternity band with pave stones. We got it from Diamonds Direct in Birmingham, AL. I’ve heard great things about Blue Nile also for online purchases.
Post # 4
SO pretty! Is it difficult to find a full eternity band setting, you think? I’m def looking for something similar. I’ll give blue nile a glance. I’ve heard of that one too actually, and that might be the only one I’ve heard of! I feel so lost at sea with all this diamond stuff. Is your stone and setting both from Tacori?
Post # 5
I went shopping with my fiance for my ring too because he really wanted to make sure that I was happy with what he gave me. We don’t really intend on upgrading at all and so this is a lifetime item and if I’m the one wearing it, he felt it was important that I go and have input.
We got our diamond at http://www.goodoldgold.com (They have a ton of great information on diamonds and especially great information on round diamonds which is what I have)
We also purchased our setting from Tacori through http://www.goodoldgold.com and were able to get a 3% discount on the diamond by doing so. They were great through the process and really took the time to find a stone that we wanted and fit our budget and criteria. They also run multiple tests on all diamonds to let you know and show you the performance of the diamonds. Also, they will make youtube videos for you of the diamonds if you want to compare different ones.
other sides people have used that are recommended are:
But before buying online I would definitely try the different settings in person to see what type of stone and style looks good on you or ensure that the store has a good return policy in case you don’t like it.
Post # 6
I think that one of the best resources out there for this sort of thing is http://www.pricescope.com. It’s a forum site that is dedicated to diamonds. There are a lot of knowledgeble, helpful people on there. Plus, the have a fantastic search tool for loose diamonds. When you search for a diamond through that website, it will show you results from “trusted sellers” (many of which have been mentioned by PP). A lot of those vendors also offer great deals on settings. Furthermore, some of those dealers will offer extra discounts if you go through pricescope.
Post # 7
They have Tacori, Verragio, Simon G, Scott Kay to name a few. They’re an authorized Tacori dealer AND they do not mark up their diamonds 300% like most places do! It’s a family owned company and the owners are SO helpful and nice. We got my ring from there.. we had our ring appraise just incase even though we’ve heard amazing things but I just wanted peace of mind. ANYWAYS our ing is worth 250% more then what my Fiance had originally paid! I think that just goes to show the quality of diamonds and jewelry http://www.Since1910.com has to offer. I recommend them to everyone I know. They’re based in NYC and they have a store there if you wanted to go visit!!
If you purchase your setting and diamond with them they give you discount on your diamond. say your diamond is 4999 they would take 999.00 off your diamond. It’s always the last three digits.
Post # 8
We shopped around and compared prices online quite extensively. Ended up buying from http://www.Diamond.com – they are reputable and the prices were significantly lower than BlueNile.com for similar diamond size/quality. I was thrilled with the experience overall, from the information on the website to their service to the packaging and certification papers.
But I do think BlueNile has more settings to choose from and some of the PPs list sites I didn’t visit, so my best advice is to take the time to do your research!
Post # 9
Whatever you do do NOT go to JB Robinson! They sold my Fiance a fake ring!! He went to have it appraised and sized for me at our local jeweler and found out!
Post # 10
@Huntress7: How was it fake??? Like a CZ? Aren’t they associated with Jared/Kays?? I’m sorry this happened to you and your fiance! Eeks!
Post # 11
If you want pave you may want to go 1/2 or 3/4 eternity. Pave set stones on the bottom of a ring will come into contact with anything you pick up, door knobs etc. and would be a bit more likely to lose a stone through repeated contact. Pave settings in general are pretty delicate compared to say prong or channel settings.
Post # 12
I dont think they are associated but I’m not sure. The center stone was a cz and the side stones were real but the gold wasn’t even real!!!! It was crazy..they took it back and exchanged it for a different one. He was paranoid after that and took it to be appriased right away. The replacement is beautiful but I really wish he had taken me shopping with him because its not my style.
Post # 13
We went ring shopping together so he knew what I liked, then he ordered it through goodoldgold.com. He picked out every aspect of it, and had it based off of the Tiffany Legacy. It looks very much like it in pictures when I’ve compared it, the work is great. I highly reccomend them 🙂
Post # 14
Borsheims.com. They have a brick and mortar store here and they go on daily market price of diamonds and gold. They are considered to be as reputable at Tiffany’s and IMO better.
Post # 15
We went to Helzberg in the mall and I got to try on different rings so i could see what they looked like on my finger. My finace got the ring from Jamesallen.com. It’s absolutely beautiful and he got it for way less than if he had gone to a local jeweler or chain. They have pictures of the diamonds online so you can examine them and actually see them before you purchase the diamond. They also have a lot of different settings you can choose from. I highly recommend them.
Post # 16
James Allen!! We looked at rings at Helzberg in our mall so I could see what they looked like on my finger. Then we found james allen online and my fiance got me the most beautiful ring for a much lower price than if he had gone to a brick and mortar store.