(Closed) going diamond shopping in new york…

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

In regards to the shipping, I have a friend whose diamond  was first shipped to Philadelphia to avoid NYC sales tax. So as long as the store is the one handling this, and is using appropriate methods, I wouldn’t worry about it. 

As for the diamond distric, I would be VERY cautious of just walking around and picking a store to go into. You will almost definitely get hosed on the price. Do you know anyone who knows anyone in the DD? Chances are, if you know someone Jewish in NYC, they have a connection in the Dirty Delete 🙂 (I say this because Darling Husband and I are Jewish and both have cousins or cousins cousins in the DD). I would highly recommend the place where we got our wedding bands (didn’t get my ering here because they didn’t have the right stone). His name is David Leyy, and he’s super super nice. This is his website: http://www.diamondmatchmaker.com/Home.htm

Post # 4
Bee
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

A close friend of mine is a 5th generation diamond buyer in the diamond district and works with his dad. If you are interested in getting in touch with him, pm me and I will send you his info!

Post # 6
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5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

My ring came from there!  After coming up dry in Philadelphia.  What kind of stone are you looking for?  The jeweler was great.  I had been watching his business for a while and he works mostly online, though you can visit him.  He was very understanding and catered to all the questions.  He only sells natural diamonds and almost all have GIA reports.  He will not use any other service.  There also is that 7 day money back guarantee that most places use.  My ring was custom made so it took a bit longer than estimated ( 4 weeks).  He sells tons of stones loose.  If you wanna PM me, I can give you his info plus answer any questions you may have.

Post # 8
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928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

A friend of mine regularly works with sellers in diamond district and we recently purchased my center stone through him. I can pass along his name and info if you want to PM me.

Post # 9
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1571 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Just as a warning, the people there are VERY pushy. You need to be firm and not afraid to say you’re not interested. That being said, there are beautiful things there! If your budget allows it, make an appointment with Leon Mege! He has a penthouse in the diamond district and he will show you some absolutely stunning things.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you do the whole shipping thing maybe look at some GIA dimaonds that are laser inscribed with a serial #, then you could always check. Mine was an online order and has the laser inscribed # and i wasn’t any additional cost =)

Post # 12
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814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@nickels:  I did the same – seemed like the best value.  I got way better size, cut, clarity and colour for my budget than any b&m store could offer.  It’s also laser inscribed with the GIA certificate number.   So I’m a bit of a nerd, but I have a microscope and checked the diamond under it and could easily read the inscription on the girdle! Good luck either way – hope you end up with the perfect stone!! 🙂

Post # 13
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724 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My Fiance bought my e-ring at Greenwich Jewelers, which is downtown Manhattan. He loved it.

Post # 15
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814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Most places, you can return the diamond if it’s not to your liking.  We went with a VVS1 with a feather so small that the appraiser said it was IF as far as he could see, so I wasn’t *that* worried about it being eye-clean.  But i do get what you mean about wanting to SEE it before buying it.  Have you checked out James Allen?  You can view the actual diamond, and it’s a good reference to see what you’re potentially paying more for if you decide to buy from a b&m store.

Post # 16
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1296 posts
Bumble bee

I plan on getting my stone online working with a reputable jeweler also helps.  You always have anywhere from a seven to thirty day return policy.  I recommend Excel Diamonds, ID Jewelry, Eternity Diamonds they are in NYC and Good Old Gold which is in Long Island.  They are well known reputable jewlers who people buy diamonds from online site unseen because their trusted.  You can check out http://www.pricescope.com for more information and review from buyers one them.  I hope this helps I plan on hopefully getting my diamonds from Eternity Diamonds.

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