does any bees have a Neil Lane round halo engagement ring? please share

posted 1 year ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Shreveport, LA

My diamond is gia certified and like you I know diamonds as I Managed a very well respected jewelry store for years and went to many training classes and seminars and labs. And yes diamonds are certified even if not by the two you listed, it’s perception of what people say and band wagons people jump on. But again here we are disagreeing….this is what makes the world go round and these boards interesting LOL 

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Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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sunburn :  I see where you are coming from, I truly do. I also understand OPs frustration with paying a large amount for something that wasn’t up to par for her own personal likes in a ring. It just gets me that many times on the bee, when someone asks about these mall jewlery stores that every screams to stay away and if I’m being 100% honest, I don’t understand why? 

Getting good quality for a fair price is absolutely a valid point, but if someone is concerened with price VS having a stone with an inclusion, a more intricate made band, etc. I don’t see why its so bad to go to Kay’s and buy a ring set that is $2k VS $6k. I know for a fact that independently owned stores would have charged easily over $6k for my ring and yes, I get the specs would be better but it would still look the same and be much, much cheaper. I’d rather pay a way lower price for something that looks just as good to the naked eye than something that says its better on paper. I know some parts of a ring are visibliy more noticable than others but unless you really look really hard at my ring, you’d have no clue it has an inclusion. 

I guess with the arguement about mall chain stores vs indepedent jewelers is  personal preference. Sure, I’d love if I had a $6k ring, but I would kill my DH if he spent that much on a piece of jewlery when I am not one to care that much about jewlery specs. 

Post # 18
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Wannabee

$6k is what I spent on the Neil Lane Ring $4600 is what I spent on the custom with better specs. You dont have to spend $6k on a custom ring. PP linked a custom ring for a little over $3k I believe. And you can probably get it even cheaper depending on your style with quality diamonds.  But to each their own. I feel like we are kicking a dead horse here so this will be my last comment . Good luck, OP. I hope you find your dream ring 🙂

Post # 22
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Newbee

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vikingbride89 :  Thank you so much! I actually bought it off of Diamond Bistro from another bee! You can definitely get an awesome deal buying secondhand. She had listed it as $850 originally I believe but came down after it sat on the website for a little bit and then I swooped in! I was really lucky, my fingers are kind of small and the ring just happened to be a 4.75. If you’re open to secondhand, I’d definitely stalk Diamond Bistro and Loupe Troop a bit, I’ve seen other Neil Lane’s on there! 

Post # 23
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Wannabee

Yes it was sparkly when I first got it. In my personal opinion I feel that I was  naive because I didnt research diamonds or the 4 C’s and invested so much money into something I didnt really look into. My husband was pretty much happy with what I was happy with and the only thing I  looked for in a bridal set  originally was carat size and how pretty it was. You can’t tell from the picture but my ring is a double halo with a round diamond but the pic makes it look like a square? Princess? Diamond with a single halo.I dont sleep, cook, clean, shower, workout or work in my ring so I thought it was getting dirty pretty quickly considering this.  So yes I got a free cleaning and it lasted a few days but by then, it was already in my head and I began to really exam my diamond and the melee and it really looked grey and milky and dengy to me.  I thought regardless if a diamond was just recently cleaned or not it should at least sparkle and so that’s when I started to do more research. My center stone was a I1 clarity and  5/8 carat and the jewler I sold my set to mentioned the way my center stone was cut doesnt look like its 5/8 or something like that and he let me see my diamond in comparison to another one. So that’s all I’m trying to say, my experience just changed my perspective. Granted my total carat weight has decreased from 2 ctw to 1.46 tcw  but I got a bigger center stone 0.90, excellent cut, and H color vvs1 clarity so I shouldn’t have the issues I had with my last set. And it was cheaper than my neil lane set. But since you’re purchasing it second hand, I guess this is a different situation. But honestly it’s all up to you and what you care about In a ring and obviously your budget. I honestly didnt mean to cause a shit storm on your thread but I JUST went through this and I wish I would’ve consulted with someone or looked around and weighed my options. 

Post # 25
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Bee Keeper

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krfrank :  I also recommend loupe troop and diamond bistro for used jewelry. I’ve bought things there and it’s really the only way to get a “bargain” on jewelry.

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