(Closed) Buying a diamond, on a budget.. overwhelmed!!

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Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@ananeele: I have to disagree. As long as the diamond looks beautiful to you, no one is going to ask for your certificate. I have an EGL stone and it is beautiful. I have had many jewelers comment on what a great stone it is and what a beautiful cut it has. I’m glad I didn’t spend more money on having a GIA stone and have a gorgeous ring. If you’re spending a lot on your ring/stone and want GIA, then fine, but if you are working with a budget every dollar counts.

Post # 34
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Hi all, I am new to this site but thought I might be able to contribute here!

My fiance’s family is in the wholesale jewelry business and knowing what they pay for diamonds, the big stores are a HUGE rip off.  The prices his family sells diamonds at are significantly less than chain stores.  I don’t know where you are located but in Atlanta (where we are) is a HUGE mart where stores purchase their inventory.  You need to be a registered business to get in, have one of the stores put you on a list to be admitted or come on a special open house day but it is well worth it.  HUGE savings on the bands as well.  A place like the Atlanta Apparel mart has +30 fine jewelery stores to look in- all of which offer great prices. 

No, his family doesn’t have a website- some wholesalers do but prices are almost never advertised because then you would know how much the stores are ripping you off 😉

Feel free to private message me, or maybe google wholesale jewelery in your local area?

Good luck!

Post # 35
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Has anyone ever used diamond.com?

Fiance and I are looking into buying a diamond from there, they seem to have great prices and they are GIA graded diamonds :]

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

No…most diamonds sold in stores are SI-I…Go to your local jewelery store and ask questions and really look at what they have to offer and figure out what you want before you order offline….good luck!

Post # 37
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Wannabee

I concur if you buy daimonds online it will not only save your money but time also..It will provide you the better choices and deals too.

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Post # 38
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Busy bee

Visit Pricescope.com also. There are a lot of diamond experts on there who will help you find the best stone for your budget. Lots of knowledgable diamond folks on there!

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