Blue Nile Engagement Rings!

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Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I had a great experience with my engagement ring! No issues and came on time. 

Post # 3
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Newbee

A GIA diamond is a GIA diamond! As long as you are confident in buying a diamond online then there shouldn’t be any issues. Someone without much diamond knowledge may be better served at a physical store so they can view the diamonds.

The biggest thing with online retailers is to avoid them if you want a halo or design which wrap around the diamond as these settings are often premade with online retailers whereas a brick and mortar would customize this to fit around your diamond exactly.  They may have a halo for a 1 ct, 1.25 ct, 1.50 ct, etc, premade, and if your carat is 1.17 carats, they may try to fit it in the 1.25 c halo setting.

Sometimes the premade ones look fine, sometimes it’s obvious that the ring was not custom.

I have the rivera pave cathedral engagement ring and love it!

Riviera Cathedral Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum (1/2 ct. tw.) | Blue Nile

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Blue Nile is a drop shipper, like most other online diamond retailers.  That means that they don’t own  most their inventory, they only have agreements with suppliers to list the diamonds on their site.  And many other online retailers have the same agreements, which is why you will find many of the same stones available from different online retailers.  There is nothing nefarious about this and it is not very different from brick and mortar jewelers (most of whom also don’t own most of their inventory, but the diamonds are on loan/memo and can be called out by others).  This can actually work to your advantage since most online retailers will price match if you find the exact same stone at a lower price elsewhere (must be the same stone, evidenced by the lab report number).  Regardless of where you purchase, you should educate yourself on the 4Cs, cut quality (not to be confused with shape, the cut grade provided on the lab report or kitschy marketing terms like “Astor Ideal” or “True Hearts”), the various types of inclusions and how they can affect the stone, florescence, etc.  You should also view stones in person to get a feel for your color tolerance (note that you should view them under normal everyday lighting and NOT fancy jewelry store lighting which is designed hide flaws and make all diamonds appear bright, white and sparkly).  Blue Nile has a good return policy, so there is little risk.  As far as their settings, they are stock so you can definitely get higher quality haging the diamond  set elsewhere, but their settings are still far better than you will find at mall/chain stores like Jared, Kay or Zales or James Allen.  GL!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

My ER is from Blue Nile! DH said he had a lovely experience with purchasing my ring online. Their quality is great, and I also feel that the price is competitive and you get a lot more “bang for your buck” compared to many brick and mortar stores. 

I have a 1 carat princess diamond on the petite pave band.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

We had a great experience with Blue Nile! ER and then I purchased both bands later. I will say that one of my pave stones has significantly more color than the others. I didn’t even notice for a couple months and now I embrace the uniqueness. They do have a 30 day return option if you are disatisified. My future sis in law got her ER there too and it’s beautiful! I recommend them! 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My husband got his band from there years and years ago. It’s held up great. No complaints here.

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