(Closed) Buying diamond rings online

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Bumble bee

@Caribbean-Girl:  Hey sweetie – even on a small budget, I think you can still get a better quality ring.  Those rings you chosen have absolutely terrible terribly clarity and will almost certainly have inclusions that are visible to the naked eye.  You should really go for an “eye clean” stone (which is possibly SI2, but you’ll be safer with a VS2).

You should defintely check out Good Old Gold if you’re interested in cushion diamonds (that’s where I got my diamond – they specialize in cushion cuts).  I have also heard fabulous things about White Flash and James Allen.  Make sure whatever diamond you purchase is certified, preferably GIA or AGS (not EGL).  

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

Hi,

 

I actually found Pompeii3 on e-bay, and got an anniversary ring from them about 4 years ago. Theyare “legit” but my ring is just not well made. I also had a problem with customer service, they were slow to ship, un clear about who would pay for what if I sent it back et..and the “papers” they sent with it were a joke. They inflate their “valued at” prices like crazy. 

This is the one I gothttp://www.pompeii3.com/p-717-80ct-diamond-three-stone-anniversary-ring-14k-gold.aspx

 

The diamonds are dull and have inclusions (I expected that from the description) but the gold bezel setting around the main stone is (and always has been) un even and misshaped. The pave set diamonds are a mess, broken prongs and eneven setting..

 

Post # 21
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1234 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My fiancé ordered through deBebians.  They helped him find the center diamond that was in his price range after he found the setting that he wanted. The offer EGL and GIA diamonds and the gemologists inspect every diamond when it is purchased.  They also sell non-certified diamonds, but not on the website (you would need to email them directly).  If they feel that the diamond is not up to their high standards, they will find you a better stone that is still within your budget.

The ring came with the GIA certificate for the center stone as well as a complimentary appraisal from their GIA graduate gemologists.  We have been incredibly satisfied with their professionalism and craftsmanship. Since they do all of their business online, they do not have the same overhead as brick and mortar jewelry stores and their prices are much lower than what you would be paying somewhere else. 

Edit: They have a pre-set engagement rings section.  There are definitely some options worth checking out–but I would also look into getting a non-certified stone from them if you find another setting from them that you’d rather have.  Their halo rings section is gorgeous!  But typically the center stone is not included.  

Have you thought about gemstone rings?  They also might be more affordable options.

Post # 22
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494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018 - Toronto, Ontario

mine is from BlueNile, my ring puts all the local store rings to shame side by side, AND the price was very nice

my best friends dad is a very experienced jeweler who made my wedding bands and he said my ring is really well made and great quality overall

Post # 23
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@AshleyR83:  Agree w. Ashley. I was just going to post the same.

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My e-ring and w-bands are all from Blue Nile.  My husband did A LOT of research before he bought my e-ring and was really impressed by them.  I’ve also bought several other jewerly pieces from them and have never had any problems.  Their customer service is amazing!

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