Post # 1
Hi bees!!! First-time poster, long-time lurker! SO and I have been looking at rings for a few months, and I have a very clear idea of what I want (he can repeat the words “round halo split-shank pave” on command haha) but have not been able to find it ANYWHERE in a store. Since a custom ring would probably be out of budget, I’ve been looking for other styles I like but have managed to find a few Ebay listings that match my ideal perfectly:
I’m leaning towards the first one, and the seller’s feedback is 100% positive (and I did actually read the reviews), but the only thing that concerns me is the centre stone clarity.
My question for you all is: would you? Given that both sellers have a return policy, we could take the ring to be appraised as soon as we get it and return it if something wasn’t right.
And before anyone asks, I have considered moissanite, but I would just personally prefer a diamond, and I wouldn’t go moissanite now do an upgrade a few years down the road. My e-ring will always be the ring he proposes to me with and I’d like it to stay that way.
Everyone’s input is very much appreciated!!! Thanks bees!!
Post # 3
i would not go with the second one becase the stone has fillings
Post # 4
Pretty designs but I would not buy eaither of them…they are both clarity enhanced
Post # 5
The flag I see on the first listing it:
“Clarity enhanced” — I don’t know what that means, but I am suspicious of it
Clarity rating is S1–that’s not a real high rating
It’s a lovely design.
Do you have any Baily Banks and Biddle chain jewelry stsores near you? They’ve got what I think is a great alternative to online shopping–you can go into their stores and try on mock-up rings, ones that have fake jewels, but ones that you can see the actual size and scale on your hand. I think tha’ts brilliant marketing.
I am not a fan of buying a large center stone online. When we went shopping years ago for a solitaire I noticed the difference between stones of the same cut and similar GIA ratings. I chose my favorite of the lot, and that becamse a treasured memory of ring shopping.
Post # 6
@FauxPas2012: That name doesn’t sound familiar, unfortunately…though that is an AMAZING idea! And I agree, SI1 makes me a little nervous, but the 30-day return policy makes me feel better.
TBH, I know a lot of people have a problem with it, but clarity enhancement really doesn’t bother me too much…I wouldn’t want poor SO spendng 10k naturally clear diamond just because he thinks it means more to me…we have a house and more important things to spend the money on, so if it’s enhanced and still gorgeous, what does it matter, really?
Post # 7
While I love eBay and did in fact use it to get a lot of my wedding stuff (including the jewelry I wore for my wedding), I wouldn’t trust it enough to buy an engagement ring from there. If you do decide to buy from either of these sellers, please make sure that you pay with PayPal because going through PayPal is pretty much the only way to get your money back if the deal goes awry.
Post # 8
I would never, ever buy a clarity enhanced diamond, especially not in something that gets hard use such as an e-ring!!! CE treatments are not always permanent, they need to be re-done depending on the treatment, the diamond will cloud over time, and many times the durability of the diamond is compromised from the treatment. You can get a beautiful ring in the $3-4,000 range if that is your budget. I would strongly recommend against this. You have agreat budget to work with, a little research will go a long way, you have lots of options!!
Post # 9
@capitalbee: I think clarity enhancement is great and I’m surprised so many are so squeamish about it with the growing popularity of diamond alternatives and everything.
Laser drilling is 100% permanent and filling can only melt at temperatures much hotter than a ring on your finger will ever find itself while on your hand :). Besides, if a pretty girl gets a nose job is she any less human, or herself? Why should diamonds be any different? :p… I know this is an older thread, but I’m curious if you went with one of your possibilities? They both looked stunning.
I got a clarity enhanced vs1 diamond ring from ebay that was appraised for three times what it was paid for by a jewelers. It’s spectacular.
Post # 10
I would not suggest n buying an engagement ring on ebay go to an estate sale if you want something unique or have it designed for you
Post # 11
eBay is amazing, and I have purchased jewelry on there in the past. However, my specific items went for much less than $3000 and up, and they weren’t diamonds. I wouldn’t have a problem with you going for them ordinarily, but if you’re counting on a good return policy in order to get a good item, go elsewhere. (And yes, those are good return policies, but that’s not the point).
Post # 12
I’m a jeweler and I strongly recommend steering clear of clarity enhanced diamonds. These diamonds are fracture filled, so inclusions are not obvious. Sounds like a great deal, but these diamonds are much more likely to chip or get damaged during setting or other work (i.e. resizing, retipping worn prongs in 5-10 years). Also most jewelers won’t work on clarity enhanced diamonds as its much more risky. And you have to be upfront and tell the jeweler, if you withhold that info and something happens you won’t be covered. You might want to check into insurance options with clarity enhanced diamonds, it might be harder to get. Sorry for raining on your parade, I just want you to be aware of potential issues.
Post # 13
Thanks for your input everyone, pro and con. We decided to go in another direction ultimately, just because we felt much better buying face-to-face. However, I don’t know WHICH store or ring he went with because he won’t tell me ANYTHING!! So frustrating but it’ll make for a good surprise 🙂