Post # 1
I got engaged two months ago and I still don’t have a ring! My fiance wants to buy one locally and has even gone so far as to put money down on one. But I think we can get a much better deal online.
The problem is, I don’t trust some of these sites and the old adage is true…if it’s too good to be true…
I absolutely love the rings that I’m finding online (and the prices too) but I’m not 100% sure they are legit.
Do they come with papers?
Has anyone ordered one recently? What was your experience like?
Has anyone had their ring appraised?
Post # 3
I got my ring online and am super happy with it. I will be gettiing it appraised and it has it’s papers. I am not too worried at all… I didn’t get a super big, pricey diamond. Buying a similar ring locally would have cost me 3x as much.
Post # 4
My ring is from Blue Nile and it was perfect. It saved my fiance a lot of money and came with a set of papers of authenticity. Definitely worth checking out. Plus you can design your own ring and easily “drop hints”. 🙂
Post # 5
@Caribbean-Girl: There are many many reputable online sites to buy diamonds/jewelry including BlueNile, Whiteflash, JamesAllen, and many others. PriceScope is a great resource for online shopping – they have a featured vendor list that may be useful to you: http://www.pricescope.com/featured-sponsors. Do not be afraid to call the online vendors and ask them specifics about a stone or setting – they can usually help you find exactly what you want the same way a bricks-and-mortar store can.
Buy from a vendor with a good return policy, and have the stone/ring appraised as soon as you receive it if you have any concerns over being ripped off. You’ll need the appraisal in order to insure the ring anyway, so best to get it done while you are still able to return.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion
My DH ordered my ring online from James Allen and set my stone locally. The stone itself is a beauty and I’m told the customer service was wonderful (able to answer questions about the stone, helped ship it to my SIL’s because I’m a snoop-ha ha, etc). The same stone would have cost at minimum 7.5% more locally, because of sales tax, so as a result, I have a bigger stone.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion
As an aside, my stone did come with a GIA certificate and appraised for more than he bought it for.
Post # 8
@Caribbean-Girl: Blue Nile is absolutely trustworthy. They have a great return policy, all their diamonds are certified (most w. GIA, you can view the docs online).
They’re one of the largest diamond buyers in the world – that’s why you get close to wholesale pricing.
Post # 9
I used BrilliantEarth.com for my ring. Very reputable.
Post # 10
Thanks so much for your help!
I have been reading through the older posts about buying rings online however I needed to hear some more recent stories and was glad there were no horror stories either.
I can’t wait to resume ring shopping tomorrow!
Post # 11
Or any of the pricescope vendors: Engagement Rings Direct; Whiteflash; Good Old Gold; JbEG (antiques), etc
Pricescope is an entire forum based off buying superior quality e-rings online. Stick with those vendors to avoid horror stories. They are very careful with the customers since everyone talks about their experiences (whether positive or negative).
Post # 12
Ok, I’ve decided to go with Pompei3.com
My eyes cannot take glaring at this computer screen any longer and I really have to get back to my daily life routines!
I’ve narrowed my search down to these 5 rings, so ladies please let me know which ones are your favs:
Ring 3 (there is another post on here with an actual photo of this ring):
Ring 4 (this is the best value for money I think, because it’s a set and the clarity is an SI):
Ring 5 (this is a bling ring, with a center stone of 1.50cts):
My fiance is getting so tired of this whole ring process and I don’t want to wear him out! Gonna make a decision by the end of this week. I called them and they said I have 2 weeks to return the ring if I don’t like it.
Thanks in advance for your help bees!
Post # 13
My Fiance got mine from bluenile.com. They are GIA certified and had no problems gettin’ it! It also was appraised by a local jeweler for $4000 more.
Post # 14
@Caribbean-Girl: I’m sending you a PM with some suggestions. I think there are better options.
Post # 15
@Caribbean-Girl: I can’t recommend Blue Nile enough! Very trustworthy and their rings are amazing. If you’re on a budget I would go through EBay but you have to do your research and steer clear from clarity enhanced diamonds.
Post # 16
Thanks @reebee and @justlove25.
I must admit that we are on a very tight budget. However that shouldn’t be an excuse to buy a crap ring I guess!