Blue Nile vs James Allen Ovals

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2017

I love ovals! I don’t have experience buying from JA but we purchased a pear engagement ring from Blue Nile. We had a very positive experience and the person on the phone even took their time to inform us of things like fluorescence, ideal ratios, etc., in addition to the obvious. I would recommend Blue Nile for sure. 

Post # 3
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609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

We bought from  James Allen and we went with them because we were able to see a 360, 20x magnification video of every diamond.  

Post # 4
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1129 posts
Bumble bee

Id personally go with Jamesallen because you can view every diamond. And I like the fact that they allow you to buy your diamond elsewhere and still buy a setting from them, which bluenile doesn’t allow.

Post # 5
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861 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

Though it sounds like you are not considering Brilliant Earth I will say my fiancé got my ring from there and I couldn’t be more happy. The service for resizing has been excellent and I felt so comfortable there going to look at wedding bands. Ring is also gorgeous. I love my oval (though it’s not a solitare).

Post # 8
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861 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

He went to the Chicago showroom as well, and we have since gone back to have the ring resized an look at Wedding Bands. I think he ultimately chose them because he liked the style of the bands and had also done enough research into them ahead of time to feel comfortable with the pricing and the quality of stones.

Post # 10
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13 posts
Newbee

Oh, that ring looks so lovely on your hand! Do you mind if I ask your ring size? Also did you happen to jot down the dimensions of the 1.5er up there? I ask because I have found JA’s diamonds to size up a bit small, meaning you would need to possibly up your carat size to accommodate what you have up there. I hope that makes sense. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Ovals are lovely, but really hard to select well. I’d recommend you make a post over on Pricesceope RockyTalky to get help.Unlike rounds, you can’t buy ovals using any numbers. Its really about the faceting patter and performance by eye to initially select. Usually ovals need to be higher color G/H to avoid color variation along the lenght of the stone (more important the longer the stone becomes).  I like JA as the videos are better but also look at Enchanted Diamonds, GoodOldGold and DiamondsByLauren for ovals. BE will not provide ASET images, which are important. BN is mixed on ASET, some they will and some they won’t.

The stone you posted has a highly visible bowtie and poor facets in the middle. I’d keep looking. 

Post # 13
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161 posts
Blushing bee

cdej1991 : My hubby bought me an oval from blue nile. I LOVE it and he said the experience with BN was great. You can’t view every diamond with the 360 view on BN but if you call them or chat with them they can pull up the diamond and tell you any notes on it. I really love the oval shape– I have a moissy halo oval as well.

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