(Closed) Buying a diamond online

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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37 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

My ering was bought from Blue Nile (setting and stone), and I am very happy with it.  We took it for a GIA appraisal and the report from GIA and Blue Nile matched.  Plus, the value of the ring was worth more than what my husband paid for it.  He didn’t have any issues with Blue Nile and their customer service was good as well.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I did a lot of research online but ended up buying my diamond from an in real life store. 

If you are doing a round diamond, an online report is enough to tell you whether the stone will be good or not, but as soon as you are getting into princess or other square cuts, you need to see the diamond in person to truly know if it is "alive".  We got a good dose of this issue when we went to see 9 (!) diamonds that one jeweler got in for us.  We had seen pictures of them, but in real life they looked totally different… In the end, we didn’t like a single one of them.

We went to a jeweler that specializes in square cut radiant diamonds, and found exactly what we wanted! (and at very little more in cost than we thought)  They ended up giving us the setting, so we didn’t pay any more than we thought we would.

Post # 5
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310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

We (or rather "he") went with Bluenile. It had the best selection for "build-your-own rings and the price of platinum was excellent. With the e-ring came a 10% of wedding ring coupon which we used to buy a platinum band as well. The service was excellent and we were both really impressed with the product!

Post # 7
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5 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 1999

check out pricescope.com.  on the left hand side, you can enter the specs of the diamond that you are looking for.  it will then list all the diamonds available from all the different online vendors. 

i got my e-ring diamond through pricescope.  the actual vendor that i got it from was angara.com.  service was really good.  i got exactly what i was looking for.  it appraised for a lot more than what i paid too. 

i then took my diamond to different jewelers to get it set.  one of them asked how much i paid for the diamond.  she told me she could’ve matched it, but i would’ve had to pay tax.

i have a round 1 ct.; VS1; D.  excellent color, cut, symmetry.  couldn’t be happier!

Post # 8
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103 posts
Blushing bee

Good Old Gold is one of the vendors that has continuous praise from Pricescope.  My stone is from GOG.  We worked with Jonathan who is a real sweetheart.  They have the most comprehensive website and online reports for diamonds I have ever seen.  With all the accompanying reports, we were very comfortable that we were getting an excellant quality stone for a fair price.

Post # 9
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103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

mrs. peony wrote a series of posts on buying diamonds.  it’s not specific to buying online, but there is some very helpful info there if you haven’t already read it.

Post # 10
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45 posts
Newbee

I purchased my diamond online from James Allen.  They have magnified photos of all their diamonds online.  You can also ask for an idealscope image of the stone too. 

Other reputable online vendors include Good Old Gold, Whiteflash, Blue Nile, etc.  Most online vendors have generous return policies, so if you’re not happy with the diamond, you can always send it back.  Just be sure to take the diamond to an independent appraiser after purchasing it.  Pricescope.com is a very good resource if you want to learn more about diamonds. 

Post # 12
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Wannabee

Have you tried sites like http://www.idonowidont.com? I’ve heard really great things about them. The diamonds sold on their site are priced really well, cheaper than Bluenile and Whiteflash. It’s definitely worth at least checking out

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

My fi bought mine on http://www.shenoadiamonds.com/

he was able to call them and negotiate the price

it appraised for 5x more than he bought it for because the diamond is such high quality

Post # 14
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7 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I also recommend Pricescope. We bought our diamond from Good Old Gold, and will be purchasing my band from Whiteflash. Both are an absolute dream to work with!

Post # 15
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218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

also, if you buy from blue niles there’s no sales tax!  This should be true for any other online store that doesn’t have a physical store in your state!  and like another poster said, get the 10% off coupon first before buying!

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