Post # 1
Is blue nile a decent source for loose stone pricing when using their filters for specific diamond specs?
I have a local jeweler that I plan to work with (he owns his own store), but hope to do some research prior to going in. I was playing around on blue nile within my budget and wonder if what I’m seeing on there is realistic for in store purchase.
It’s a private owned jewelry store where I’d be working with the owner who is also the jeweler. Which is nice to know I’ll have one person to talk to regarding price matching etc. IE it’s not a sales person who needs to ask a manager for a sale price . I can have a straight forward conversation with him as he’s the decision maker.
All in all, am I well informed using blue nile for price references on loose stones??
Post # 2
Online is always cheaper, and Blue Nile is a very reuphtable site. Unless your jeweler is willing to price match, be prepared to pay 20% more for identical stats. Make sure to run every stone he offers you through the HCA tool! Good luck.
Post # 3
LovesBeingAMrs : I am in the U.K. and we ordered a loose stone from Blue Nile to be set by a jeweller. Even though the jeweller was far cheaper than the chain stores and would also give us a great deal we were still cheaper going through Blue Nile and also had much more choice.
Post # 4
I went with my son to look at loose diamonds and the mark up is ridiculous. Thanks to all the info from so many lovely bees here, I suggested he go to James Allen for a lose diamond and bring it to our jeweler for the A Jaffe setting.
The price differnce was $2000 for a JA diamond vs $5000-6000 for the same specs!