Post # 1
I’m just starting out the hunt for that absolute perfect ring and I have no idea where to start looking on the internet because there are 4 bajillion websites out there. Please, share your favorite ring sites so I can pop in and look around.
Already we’ve looked at: jewerly exchange, bluenile, kay’s (he is amused by it bc my actual name starts w/a K and the ads used to bug the bejeezers out of me). I saw someone’s ring I liked on tacori (alas, not available anymore), and gordon’s jewelers. Please suggest others…many others. I am afraid I’m one of those people that needs to see oodles to know.
Post # 3
I would say your first stop should be pricescope.com to learn about diamonds. Then after that I’d recommend whiteflash.com, jamesallen.com, goodoldgold.com, etc.
My personal opinion is never buy a ring from a mall jeweler unless you like low quality stones. I wouldn’t use Bluenile because they do have laser enhanced diamonds on their website.
Post # 4
Thanks! I’m going to leave worrying (overly much) about the actual stone to my SO while I figure out the setting, but I’ll pass along the tip re mall jeweler/bluenile (didn’t know that). I’m generally anti-mall jeweler because I think we’d want a higher quality stone. I’m also not a huge fan of paying a big market up simply for the name, such as tiffany’s.
Post # 5
I agree learning about the 4 Cs and GIA certificates are a good place to start.
My ring came from http://www.adiamor.com my Fiance got to pick out both the stone and the setting. The ring is gorgeous and appraised for much more than he paid (it helps not to go to a real brick and mortar store when it comes to price).
Go to some stores in your area to try on rings/see how they look on your finger, but make sure that you don’t end up paying a bunch of “brand name” mark up.