Blue Nile vs James Allen diamonds

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

Blue Nile used to have good prices, but as they got more popular their prices went up.  I like JA because they provide actual photos of their diamonds and Blue Nile does not (I believe they order them in from other sources but don’t own them yet). As long as the stone you’re looking at is graded by the AGS or GIA, there’s nothing “wrong” with it other than what the report says.  Ask the pricescope.com forums to compare and contrast the stones you’re debating between – they love doing that and you’ll get a real stunner 🙂

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I don’t think there’s anything wrong. Not sure if you saw this site but I found it pretty helpful. They vote James Allen over Blue nile.

http://www.thetruthaboutdiamonds.com

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@LOLgirl:  I am a huge james allen fan. I love my ring. We looked everywhere and they totally had the best deal. Here are some pics of my ring. Great ring Great price

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m not a fan of Blue Nile. They were not very easy to work with. I even talked on the phone with someone for over an hour and didn’t seem to get anywhere. I was looking for an eye-clean SI1 clarity, I+ color stone and the sales person said “well pick out a stone from our online inventory and I’ll look to see if it’s eye clean” I didn’t have time to go thorugh donzens of stones, I wanted HIM to help ME. Is that so much to ask? I also tried with Lumera, and I received better service but the stones were a bit pricier. Ultimately I went with EnchantedDiamonds.com and had FABULOUS service and I couldn’t be happier with my 1 carat GIA stone! Instead of making me search through the online inventory the sales person did it for me and online sent me pictures and specs of the SI1+ stones that were indeed eye-clean.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

@yessy82:  would you mind teliing me the specifications of your ring (diamond cut, size, setting, finger size etc.). I think it is so beautiful, and the SO and I are starting to ring shop.

It has been a year since you posted that pic – how are you finding the ring?

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it’s important for ppl to note that Blue Nile and James Allen sells the majority of the same exact diamonds. There is a virtual diamond portal that most jewelers sell from. Its sold on a first come-first serve basis. The only differences are this:

Blue Nile has more inventory uploaded into their diamond searches, but no real life diamond photos. James Allen has less diamonds in their search inventory, but offers real videos, pictures, and loupe magnification software so that the buyer knows exactly what the diamond should look like. This is important for fancy cuts (ovals, pears, marquise, emerald, etc.) Round brilliants you can almost tell what they will look like by the cut grades and other specs. But the GIA doesn’t offer cut grades on other shapes, so a real photo is very beneficial for fancy shapes.

So, I guess it comes down to what shape of diamond you are looking for, and also the customer service. I don’t know who has the better service, but I’m sure other bees can offer advice in that regard. 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2002

I’m dealing with JA for my loose diamond purchase.  Their customer service has been amazing so far.  They ship overnight.  Most of their diamonds are GIA, and high quality.  I love their online images!  If you find one you like, it looks even better in person.  I’ve ordered 3 diamonds, and returned two.  They have been great to work with, so far!  

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2015

My stone is from Blue Nile and is amazing. My fiancé has such an easy time finding the stone that had the attributes we were looking for. The delivery was super easy and the presentation and paperwork on the diamond were all great.

My guy purchased just the stone and had it set at a local jewelwr as I didn’t care for BN’s settings. The jeweler said he couldn’t have beat the price on the diamond even with the friends’ discount. We both feel that we got a great quality diamond at an awesome price. 

I’ve bought jewelry from them before and have always been happy. Highly recommend!</

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Once you find a diamond you like, do a search on the GIA #. You may be surprised to find the same stone offered at a variety of sites. I just purchased 2 stones from Solomon Brothers because they were the ones with the lowest price for the ones I wanted.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Thanks @1inthe chamber! It’s simple, but classic. I do get ring envy sometimes from the super blinged out rings posted here, but in the end I am glad we made the decision to go with a solitaire.

OP: The stone is 1.61 carats – glad to share detail on pricing if you want to PM me.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2017

James Allen and Blue Nile both have great customer service, and beautiful engagement ring settings. However, the scale is tipped to James Allen IMO becasue of their diamond images on the site which Blue Nile does not have AND their sales tend to be more generous  – where Blue Nile never discounts their Build-Your-Own rings, James Allen does discount the settings only – still a significant savings. Right now they are offering 15% off settings as part of their sitewide sale. Click here to see the offer now:  James Allen 15% off all Jewelry

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

ru sure? i looked at both websites for ~1m, and BN was def cheaper majority of the time…

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

pinkkkbunny:  You don’t know if you’re comparing like with like, since there’s no pictures to judge the cut quality.

Bluenile makes their suppliers agree to exclusivity on bluenile, so you won’t find those diamonds listed for sale elsewhere– therefore, you’re not getting a price on the same stone.

For what it’s worth, for signature stones, bluenile was more expensive than James Allen. 

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