Post # 1
I was just wondering where your engagement rings came from. Did any of your Fiance buy it from one of the online jewelers, I’m thinking Blue Nile, Mondera and the like. What was your experience like? The prices are just so much cheaper than the brick and mortar stores I’ve seen, and if it’s the real deal, then I might hint to honey that he should do that instead. He’s working within a limited budget, of course.
Also is it possible to get conflict free diamonds that way? That isn’t one of my biggest causes or anything, but if all other factors are equal then I’d rather have the more ethical choice.
Post # 3
We bought ours from a store, but it’s a wholesale, so you are not paying for mark up. Trust me, we were working with a serious budget and how much we paid compared to the appraisal is huge. Check them out http://www.diamondsdirectsouthpark.com We got my e-ring, wedding bands, and I had my grandmother’s pearls re-strung. I love them.
Post # 4
My fiance bought mine on http://www.shenoadiamonds.com/ He got a great deal. He was actually able ot call and haggle them down in price!
When he got it appriased and insured, the ring is worth 5x more than he paid…
I’ve heard very good things about blue nile though….
Post # 5
I highly recommend buying online if you’re comfortable with it. You can get a much better deal. I recommend whiteflash.com. We had great experience designing my ring with them and it’s tough to beat the prices. I found them (and other reputable online places) to even still be a little cheaper than bluenile.
I recommend you or your fiance spending some time on pricescope.com to educate yourself and talk to/learn from people. There are lots of knowledgeable consumers and professionals that spend lots of time on the boards and are extremely helpful. Plus you can get a discount from a few online places (Whiteflash included) for being a pricescope forum member which is free.
Post # 6
We were working on a graduate student’s budget for my ring. He got it at Blue Nile and we couldn’t be happier with the price, quality and customer service. We seriously bugged them every like 5 minutes asking questions about diamonds (color, clarity, etc), they were very helpful. Plus no tax rocked, and we were able to slightly upgrade my stone b/c of this. If you receive your ring and you aren’t satisfied you can return for a full refund. I got a .74 ideal cut round, VS1,H color, 18k gold & platinum setting (GIA certified) for the same price Kay’s negotiated for a .5 good cut, I1, I/J color 14k gold setting (non GIA certified) just to give you a sense of how much online stores mark up… P.S. Customer service guarantees their diamonds are conflict free
Post # 7
We went with bluenile also. Service was AMAZING and they are conflict-free as well. I had it appraised and it was valued at $2,000 more than the purchase price.
We went with bluenile for the wedding ring too (got the 10% discount) and couldn’t be happier.
Post # 8
Fiance went with uniondiamond.com and had an absolute wonderful experience. When he finally decided on a ring and called the customer service to order, the stone he wanted wasn’t there anymore, so the rep upgraded him to a nicer, larger stone for the same price! And it’s appraised at about $2500 more than he paid. I’ve gotten soooo many comments on it, and it’s awesome. I’d like to get my matching wedding band from there too.
Post # 9
We had my ring made locally by a diamond broker/jeweler. The price of the stone was very competitive; the price to have the setting made was significantly less than similar settings I looked at online. One thing to think about if you buy online is where and how you have work done on the ring (resizing, etc). I love my local place, because they can do that kind of work on the premises so when I had to resize I was without my ring for less than a day.
If you want a non-conflict diamond, you just have to ask. The jeweler, whether online or in a store, should be able to tell you the point of origin of your diamond. If the online store doesn’t specify on their website, call them to verify the origin of the stone you are ordering.
Post # 10
Try Costco! They have an amazing range of quality and selection, at great prices way lower than retail. And you can see your selection before buying it.
No one needs to know that your ring came from Costco rather than Tiffany, and you can laugh your way to the bank by saving thousands.
Post # 11
Costco is also a good option. They have the same mark-up on jewlery as they have on peanut butter 🙂 Unlike jewlery stores which usually have huge mark ups 🙂 We went with Bluenile over Costco as they had more options to choose from.
Post # 12
My Fiance got my first diamond at Blue Nile – I never saw it – but apparently it was quite dingy. Then again – I didn’t help order it. I’m not sure if he completely knew what he was doing. Anyway, if you are goign to do it, make sure you know what you are doing with regard to color/cut, etc.
Post # 13
I recommend going on Pricescope.com forums and learning as much as you can about diamonds before you make a purchase online. I bought my engagement ring diamond from JamesAllen.com. They knocked $600 off the price of my diamond because I was a member of the Pricescope community. Try doing a general search for diamonds on Pricescope and you’ll see price comparisons among the online vendors for the same exact diamond. I noticed that Blue Nile generally had slightly higher prices than the other vendors, like WhiteFlash, GoodOldGold, and Union Diamond (which are all very reputable vendors).
Post # 14
My Fiance got mine from Blue Nile and it turned out gorgeous! Plus it appraised for 5 times the purchase price.
Post # 15
has anyone used amazon.com for their rings? their prices seem to be good but I don’t know anyone who’s used the site for the build-your-own ring.
Post # 16
I just checked out the amazon build your own ring function, and it doesn’t seem to have quite as good of prices as the others and the selection seems smaller. I love Amazon for books and stuff, but it goes against my grain a little to see them selling diamonds. If you find just what you’re looking for though, they’re very credible.