Post # 17
@pomellina: Hi, welcome to the bee! My ring is from http://www.diamondsfactory.co.uk. I recommend you take a look at them because from reading your post, I think they could be perfect for you! They are a diamond wholesaler based in Hatton Garden. You can either order online or make an appointment to visit their office and try on samples in person.
They have some gorgeous 6 prong round solitaire settings (in the end I was choosing between one of them and my ring) and the prices for those start at under £1000 for 1/3 carat, so in your budget. The other great thing about them is they charge the same price for both white gold and palladium. As chronicwhimsy said, palladium is a great option if you want the benefits of platinum without the higher cost.
I really liked their sales style which was very relaxed – they were happy for me to spend ages just umming and ahhing without ever pushing me towards a decision, which I appreciated. The only problem I had was that when my ring arrived the centre stone was slightly loose. Fiance took it back the next day and they tightened it up for free. Everything has been fine since! 🙂
We got so much more for our money this way compared to the high street. My ring cost about £1500 for 0.75cts total, F-G coloured stones, SI clarity in palladium. They gave us a certificate for insurance purposes which values the ring at £2700. From what I saw on the high street, I think this is probably more or less right – I saw a similar one which was £2500 in white gold, 0.70 carats.
I hope this helps and I’m happy to answer any more questions if you have them! I think some of the other PPs have given you great tips too 😉
Post # 18
Hey! Firstly congrats on starting to look at engagement rings, enjoy it!!
I ended up getting my ring from Birmingham’s jewellery quarter. We searched high street stores & Hatton Garden but liked the fact that the jewellery quarter gave us the chance to design & create a unique ring within our budget. All of the stones are kept on site and it gives you a good chance to compare colours/clarity as well as I had no idea how much of a difference the levels can make! I cant rave about how nice all the stores were – its definately worth a trip up there even if you just use it as a learning experience! Good luck!
Post # 19
@pomellina: The high street stores are ridiculously overpriced and you can’t always be sure you are getting quality stones for your money. I would seriously suggest looking at independent dealers in Hatton Gardens or Birm Jewellery Quarter or even in a jewellery quarter that might be more local to you. I don’t know where you are in England but for example in Brighton there’s The Lanes where they have multiple jewellry shops back to back in a series of small lanes – they sell everything from loose stones to genuine vintage and estate jewellery and will be able to offer competitive prices. Most are diamond dealers and will offer GIA cert loose stones as well. These are worth having a look at. There’s also a jewellery quarter in Surrey. So it might be worth hunting around in the area where you are to see if you have any of these little quarters near you and then look there before you commit.
I know this is in Ireland but Dublin has an amazing jewellery quarter with the most amazeballs diamonds of all kinds AND you could turn it into a mini city-break 🙂
Post # 20
I understand the convinience about BN in regards to tax. I am still a bit wary about buying a stone sight-unseen. I have learnt my lesson (sort of) with my cushion cut from BN which was not cut well. Your 2 choices, being a clarity grade under VS1, I would be wary about where the inclusion is. for example, http://www.truthaboutdiamonds.com/site-reviews/blue-nile/
, take a look at this review, as most of their diamonds are not in-house, they cannot gurantee to inspect the diamond to see if its eye clean or do a ASET test to determine light return.
Post # 21
hi. i am an irl bee but i will post my ring. its from a well known irl jewellars and its .81 cr in 18 wg. it cost about 3000 euro. hope u have loads of fun ring shopping!!!
Post # 22
@pomellina: welcome to the Bee! I can definitley recommend some good jewellers up the jewellery quarter in Birmigham.. We compared buying online against shops up there, and we liked having somewhere to go and view the ring, go back to for inspections ect. We also got slightly more for our money. That said, ive ordered my wedding bands online with no regrets, but that was from a jewellery store in Hatton Gardens lol.. Id say if you’ve got time spare, go to either Birmingham or London, its so romantic wandering round looking at all the rings, and then at least you can compare directly against what your thinking of buying online and go for the best deal 🙂 xx
ps please excuse my terrible spelling and grammer, damn ipad lol x
Post # 23
- Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada
We went the antique jewellery route and found it much cheaper. My fiancé actually was going to get me a replica stand in to propose with before we choose something together but ended up betting me a 0.26ct H VS2 diamond ring (18k yellow gold) from a pawn shop instead as it was almost the same price as a CZ or something set in gold or silver. He spent £200 on it and it is lovely! When it came to my forever ring we went the same route and found my amazing ring second hand as well thought it had been reset in a new setting so the onlything second hand was the diamond really (which most will be in any store anyway). Its a 2.5ct G SI1 old cut. We got an amazing deal on that as well and I get lots of compliments on it even from jewellers.
To give you an idea – our local pawn shop, which is pretty up market, currently has a 0.75ct solitaire in a white gold setting in the window selling for £550. the stone looks lovely and clear and sparkles like crazy. I think looking around and doing you research you will be able to get a really good deal somewhere. I don’t think I’d ever buy jewellery on the high street again, it’s a rip off.
for reference here is a picture of my placeholder and my engagement ring.
Post # 24
MrsGo: I love your old cut diamond I’ve seen it on a couple of threads and everytime I enjoy seeing it. I agree with you, high street is the worst place to buy diamonds (in the UK).