(Closed) Buying loose stones.

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Blue Nile

All of the specs were listed and the diamond came with its certificate.

The setting for my ring was purchased from another online store and then I had it set by a local jeweller

Post # 5
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270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@sunnywoods:  You didn’t mention diamond or not but I purchased my loose 1carat from moissaniteco

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@sunnywoods:  I’m not sure where you are but most cities have a diamond/jewelry district.  I would make sure it’s from a reputable seller and ask friends for recomendations.  These jewelers are able to sell loose stones for a better price because they don’t have a big storefront to pay rent for.  Pricescope.com is always a great site to ask for advice.  //  My Fiance used Blue Nile as well. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2004

You should check out gemselect.com. They have tons of loose gemstones and really good prices. Pretty much any jeweler with an on site lab will set stones for you. Stay away from chain stores and look for local jewelers. But always google them first to see if they have any reviews.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

My fiance purchased my diamond (cushion) from good old gold.  they specialize in cushion cuts so that’s why he wanted to purchase from them!!  For cushions, you can’t go on stats alone.  You need lots of pictures, videos and also ASET images (an image that is a predictor of light and how it will travel through your diamond to ensure that it sparkles!!)

 

Post # 10
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483 posts
Helper bee

@AshleyR83:  I have a crush on your ring

 

 

 

I havent Baught loose diamonds but I buy a lot of loose gemstones ….you can always get custom settings made and also calibrated stones are good for pre-made settings so that they fit correctly

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My fiance bought my loose diamond as well as my setting online.  He called deBebians and they have a loose diamond search on their website, but he spoke to a GIA graduate gemologist directly and had her find him a few different options that worked with his budget.  She looked at and inspected all of the stones and told him which one was the best in person, since a diamond can look good on paper, but not always in person (if that makes sense).  For us, it just made more sense to buy online because it is much less expensive than purchasing at a local jewelry store. 

And here’s the pic of my ring πŸ™‚  Not the best picture, but I can’t seem to take a good picture of my emerald cut stone πŸ™

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My Fiance purchased the diamond from JamesAllen.com. I really like them because you can see actual pictures of the stone before you purchase it (so you can see any inclusions and the colour and so on). The setting itself is from People’s Jewellers (the Canadian version of Zales) and they set the stone for $35 (not too bad if you ask me :))

Post # 14
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879 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think any jeweler will be able to set a stone for you, at least for a cost. My Fiance wasn’t comfortable buying my diamond online, but I hear Blue Nile, James Allen, Whiteflash, and GOG (esp for cushions) are great places to buy online. You get photos, specs, etc of every diamond and you can ask a rep to inspect the actual diamond for you in person. I hear you can get a  better deal if you buy a stone online, so it’s worth looking into!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Fiance bought my loose stone from the Jewelry Exchange in person.  I was too worried to get one from the internet and we didnt like any of the prices we saw either.  My stone was set in my heirloom setting for free (at the same store) he just paid for the prong repair. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

No pic yet πŸ™‚

We went to the diamond district in NYC (specifically ID Jewelry). We picked a stone that was also listed on Blue Nile (which has great prices to begin with) and discounted it further. GREAT experience and I got exactly what I wanted…

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