How much did your diamonds from local jewelers cost?

posted 1 year ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

Mine was local where I used to live. Around 10K Euro’s for a 2.01 VS2 I.

Local jewelers may have some stock diamonds but a majority of them pull from virtual inventory. You could be buying the exact same diamond from one place to another. The sales mark up is usually different though.  Check the GIA numbers to verify. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Mine is a 1 carat oval – H color, excellent cut, eye clean SI1, with no fluorescence and very minimum bow tie. We went with a local family jeweler. Their prices were reasonable – I know we could have gotten cheaper online but it’s still far cheaper than a similar diamond from a box store. We started online but between horrible customer service issues with Blue Nile and delay after delay with covid we felt way better working with someone in person. Plus, they’ll service my ring free of charge, allowed me to customize my setting for no extra charge, and have a great trade in program in case we ever go that route. I feel better seeing the diamond in person too – we narrowed it down to two and I actually went with the diamond that was lower on specs as my eye was personally more drawn to that one. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2005 - Shreveport, LA

Mine is from a local jeweler Lee Michaels and was $6400 for a 1ct princess cut GIA vs2 G in a 14k white gold solitaire setting. I didn’t know much about diamonds or jewelry at the time (15 years ago) so online wasn’t even an option so I know he overpaid grossly!! After a few months I didn’t like the solitaire anymore…I needed more bling…so I custom designed a setting with Everett Jewelers also local and had my diamond put in the new setting. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

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@coffeeandpolish:  It got left out of my orginal post but my 1 carat oval cost $4000 through a local jeweler

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My husband got my diamond from Blue Nile for a little under £4,000 ($5,100), it is a 1.06ct, G, VVS2. We then went to an independent jeweller to have the setting made. I really feel it was the best way to go for us as in the UK the cost of diamonds on the high street are wildly inflated. To get the same equivalent with lower specs we would be looking at double the cost. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Nearly all my diamonds were purchased online, but when I was looking for one to match my orignal e-ring diamond for studs, my local jeweler sourced a match for me with a price tag of somewhere around $10k USD (approx. 1ct, GIA certified, but I don’t recall all the specs).  A reptuable jeweler in NYC offered a non-certified diamond as a match for around $5k.  I found a match online myself for $3,560 (.92 ct GIA ExExEx, H, SI1).  The match I found is a slightly lower carat weight, but because my original e-ring diamond is cut deep, the diameters are nearly the same and they are a great match.  I am all for purchasing online from a reputable retailer with a good return policy. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

My current diamond is a princess cut, 1.75 ct, G, VS1, Triple X, no flourescence, GIA certified and it cost around $16,200 CDN.  We went through a local/family jeweler who sourced several diamonds for us to choose from and he was great to work with. We may have been able to find a deal online, but we are in Canada and when we started the process of looking and ordering, my hubby somehow foreshadowed possible issues with the border and then Covid hit and they closed the border!  So we’re very happy with our decision and I don’t have to worry about sending my ring back and forth if there are any issues.  

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 1984

I have a .75 ct D VVS2 XXX originally sourced from Ritani by a local jeweller. I am not the original purchaser but I do have all of the receipts. The diamond was purchased for about $3900 USD (5,000 Cad) in 2017. I think the price is comparable to online – currently, similar or lower spec diamonds are in the $3600 to $3,900 USD range so a meagre savings of, maybe, $50 to $100 which is eaten up by shipping charges.

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