Post # 1
Has anyone bought a diamond online that looked good on paper but did not meet your expectations when it arrived?
You can get such great prices online but it’s a big risk when it comes to such an expensive and important investment.
What are your thoughts/experiences?
Post # 3
as long as you use a reputible website, like bluenile or James Allen, you should be fine.
Post # 4
@SR: Blue Nile has a great return policy and awesome customer service.
If you’re looking for a fancy shape like a cushion, I would be careful buying online because it really is impossible to tell exactly what it will look like with just the stats.
Round brilliants are fairly easy to buy online, though, if that’s what you’re looking for.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
One of the best parts about buying online is that if you live in a state that is different from their headquarters, then you don’t have to pay sales tax! We saved almost $500 on my ring this way.
We used GoodOldGold.com – they are another reputable and well-known company to add to your shopping list. They are my favorite because they give you a LOT of information about each diamond; not just the 4 Cs but ASET and Firescope images images along with microscope views of any flaws. Thoroughly informative, which is what you want in an online diamond purchase.
Post # 6
I voted for the first option but let me explain. We ordered a ring from James Allen and it was pretty but the diamond wasn’t perfect. We chose excellent cut and I think I need AGS ideal optics to be satisfied. We returned it and I’m still trying to figure out what I want, but I know now that I would recommend only ordering from vendors who have actual images of the diamonds like James Allen, whiteflash, good old gold, and Brian Gavin diamonds. The last 3 will all be a bit more than blue nile for their signature/top cuts, but there are no diamonds with better light performance so that’s what is important to me.
Post # 7
We got my ring from overstock.com I love it. It looks much more expensive than what we paid for it. And I haven’t seen anybody with a similar ring which is exactly what I wanted. And now for a picture!!
Post # 8
My ring came from an online vendor, a lot of the transaction was email and telephone calls. You do have to be very very careful with cushions if thats what your interested in. Originally not part of my plan, I got a cushion but we got a photo from the jeweler loose. It’s all about finding the right vendor that you are comfortable with.
Post # 9
Make sure they have a good return policy and don’t be afraid to use it. Buying online can save you a lot of time, money, and headaches, but if you aren’t careful it can cost a lot instead.
Post # 10
aggie2010 Great! I’ll check out that webiste; thanks.
BlondeMissMolly Thanks I’ll check ouut those sites too!
HisBrownEyedGirl Nice ring!
Post # 11
I think it is ok to buy one from a trusted seller only. I am sure it is a better deal online but I love that my husband picked mine out in person. Something about him looking through tons of diamonds through the different scopes to find the perfect one makes it so special to me:) Several friends I know got theirs online and they were happy with it. Good luck!
Post # 12
I haven’t bought a diamond online yet, but plan to- and I’m either using James Allen or Blue Nile because they are reputable sources that I trust and have heard wonderful things about on the Bee!
Post # 13
@SR: I bought from Bidz.com and paid about 10% of the value of the ring…. Sorry for the size of photos. Ring was perfect IMO and keep in mind my ring isn’t cleaned in the IRL photos
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion
My husband purchased my stone from James Allen. He had a wonderful experience, loved the selection (I wanted an emerald cut, which many stores don’t carry) and saved quite a bit ( The savings estimate is based on comparisons from brick and mortar stores and due to the fact that he didn’t have to pay sales tax, which would have amounted to roughly $1400 in Denver). My setting came from a local jewler, so I feel like I got the best of both worlds (i.e. a gorgeous stone as well as a local place to take my ring to for cleaning, inspections, etc).
Post # 15
@MASPA: I just posted yesterday about my own cushion and why I would strongly caution any person against purchasing a cushion without seeing it in person side by side other stones – even if on paper they appear to be the same often times they are very different and performance is never the same between two stones.
Post # 16