(Closed) Engagement Ring Information

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Here’s information from the GIA about the 4 C’s:

http://www.gia.edu/lab-reports-services/about-the-4cs/index.html

There is more to a diamond than just carat (size). A large diamond with low clarity and color may look very dull and lifeless, whereas a smaller diamond with high clarity and color may sparkle like crazy.

Also, when buying a diamond you want to make sure it is GIA certified. Also, it is important to get an independent appraisal done on the ring for insurance replacement value.

Also, check your renters/home owner’s insurance to see how much they cover in jewelry items, you may need to insure the ring separately.

 

ETA: Congrats on ring shopping!!!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

blue nile has a really good description of the “Four Cs” on their site.  i would be wary asking most jewelers cos they may just try to convince you that whatver they have in stock is the best.  bluenile is good because with their rings you chooese the stone, and they have stones in every variety, so i think it is a safer source of info.

haha i almost accidentally wrote bluebile. 

Post # 7
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8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MissNinya: NP… feel free to come back with questions. My Fiance did a lot of research and imparted a fair bit of knowledge to me.

One other thing to note, is that if you buy a diamond from a brand name store (Tiffany & Co, etc) or any other “brick and mortar” store you will be paying more than if you buy a diamond wholesale or online.

Don’t be afraid of reputable online retailers (adiamor.com, bluenile.com, brilliantearth.com, etc), they have lower overhead because they don’t have actual stores and you can usually get higher quality diamonds for less money.

A diamond is a diamond. A tiffany diamond is not going to sparkle any more or less than a wholesale diamond with the same specs, it is just going to have a much higher price tag.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I founds pricescope.com a very helpful diamond forum if that is what you’re looking for.  Diamond enthusiasts and certified gemologists will answer any questions and give their opinions on the best (and most cost effective) way to purchase an engagement ring.

Good luck and happy shopping!  My fiance and I had such a fun time picking out the “perfect” ring! 

Post # 9
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5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

don’t listen to ConfusedBride….shes confused.   JK =)

Post # 11
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216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

BlueNile does have an actual store :). I’ve seen one in the Provo mall.

I am a huge advocate for finding a smaller, locally owned private jeweler. That’s who we got my ring from and they honestly usually have better service. Also, you aren’t paying for the name, as you would be with a large jeweler.

Happy shopping!

Post # 12
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8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@symphony: Really? Didn’t know that.

I don’t think adiamor has a store, unless they have one where their headquarters are in CA.

All I know was that my ring appraised for 50% more than my Fiance paid for it and it would have cost 2x as much if we’d gotten it from Tiffany’s or another “brick and mortar” store.

Post # 13
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579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I work in the industry.  Do you have an specific questions I can answer for you now?  

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Gemstones should by no means be considered cheap just because they arent diamonds.  In truth, gemstones in engagement rings are very in trend right now.  And let me tell you, depending on what you want and how big the stone is, they wont be cheap!

I will advise this, whenever anyone I know wants an engagement ring with a color, in your case pink, be VERY sure you want to look at a pink ring for the rest of your life.  That is issue with gemstones and even colored diamonds in engagement rings.  Though they are lovely and amazing, be sure thats something you want to see everyday for a very long time.

Spend time surfing the net and figuring out your style.  I def advise going to your local jeweler just to try some styles on and really see them in person.  Just be prepared, they are there to sell you jewelry, so do your best to ignore what could be a higher pressure situation.  

If you have any other questions, I’m happy to help.

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