Post # 32
Why didn’t you just order a colourless ring?
I love tiffanys, and our tiffany’s guy is amazing. When my husband was looking for rings, he really loved the legacy but none of the ones in the store. Simon spent a month and got rings shipped into for him to go look at and decide.
Tiffany’s price range is above average, but it’s worth it.
Post # 33
@MrsJenBee: +1 to everything shes saying- do NOT go to the diamond district unless you are EXTREMELY well-versed and knowledgeable in diamonds and you have an excellent eye with a loop and a scope (and you’re ready for a battle.) I’ve personally known more than a few people who have gotten ripped off to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars purchasing a “great deal” from a “friends family jeweler.” Unless you want to go into the “deep dive” with the clerk, I would not even bother.
There are MANY MANY small jewelers in NYC who will order stones for you to see in real life- my now husband (!) worked with a boutique designer here in the city for my setting and my stone. The store brought in dozens of diamonds for him to look at over the course of 3 weeks, so it can definitely be done. Generally when you’re looking to drop more than 20k on a ring, those small stores will really help you out and offer excellent service (unlike tiffanys)
Post # 34
The quality in Tiffany’s dwindled greatly over time. It’s overpriced and everyone has the same thing. Find a quality mom and pop jewelry store.
Post # 35
My fiance went to a local jeweler, and I am so happy he did! My ring was custom made, and he got to choose the center stone. He got so much more for his money, and we both love my ring so much!
Post # 36
@MrsJenBee: With all due respect, not ALL of the dealers are “shady”, unless you are talking about the ones with cheezy storefronts. We got privately referred to a small dealer who was awesome and sold me a stone that is gorgeous and very high quality certified. One of FIs clients referred us and her husband plays for the Giants.
Post # 37
@MissMiaMarch: agree. My
ring and stone is from the Dear Daughter in the city. I did a LOT of research on Pricescope before we
chose my ring.
Post # 38
OH also to followup on my above statement- my centerstone ended up being about 2-5% higher than buying a smilar stone from bluenile, which was a cost he was willing to pay to be able to see the stone prior to purchase (and to see see a LOT of them before buying.) He did a lot of research about diamonds prior to shopping, however going to a more upscale shop meant that he was actually shown high-quality pieces without getting swindled or having to yelp every shady storefront he walked by. I would HIGHLY recommend going with a small, privately owned jeweler with a good reputation over randomly walking up and down 47th st and hoping for a good deal… especially since you can get a stone for almost the same price.
Post # 39
Definitely go to the diamond district! My brother got his now wife’s ring there and it was 2.5 and I believe it was around $12,000, not really sure what people are saying about being ripped off And it being shady? I’m sure you and your Fiance have places in mind with good references. By the way my sister in law’s ring is absolutely gorgeous too.
Also, talking about quality of diamond, do you think 99% or people looking at your ring can tell the specs. Unless you are a gemologist I think having great specs is a bragging rights thing. If it’s a beautiful ring and you love it that is what matters most!
Post # 40
@MrsJenBee: That’s not true at all…they will only rip you off if you go their blindly.
OP- do your research beforehand, a diamond district jeweler can actually pull a stone from a blue nile vendor and price match it for you, that way you can see the stone in person and decide from there. I definitely suggest going to the diamond district to experience trying on settings, stone sizes, cuts, etc. there is honestly no greater variety – the options are limitless! Find a store that has a great reputation.
Also, if you are planning on buying a round stone, don’t forget to put the specs into the HCA calculator
I also highly recommend visiting ID Jewelry, they have great prices and a really great following (look at the message boards on pricescope)…
I.D. Jewelry, LLC
8 W 47th St, New York, NY
Post # 41
wow…the 2.50 ct is amazing!!! I personally love the tiffany solitaire….if I had picked my ring that’s what I would have got.
Post # 42
@Lbward6: people say they’re ripped off and shady because they sell uncerted or “clarity enhanced” diamonds and pass them off with fake certs… a friend of mine got a 2.7ct round stone for around 16k in the diamond district and, when they went to get it appraised, it appraised for around 1/4 of what they paid for because it was clarity enhanced (which was not disclosed when he purchased it.) A real, natural 2.5ct stone with color higher than an I would be virtually impossible to find for less than 20k unless it was literally a gift. With diamonds, if it seems too good to be true… it is.
Post # 43
Swoon..! Love the 2.5.. I would actually totally rock a 3+ct stone though, so I am biased! As for T&Co, unless you’re really stuck on the classic Tiffany setting (which I honestly can’t decipher from other solitaire settings).. I’d go with Blue Nile or the like.
Post # 44
Ooooooh the 2.50! If it has the same specs and you can afford it, why not? I’m sorry to hear about your experience at Tiffany’s. I’ve never been, but lots of people rave about the service. That’s too bad 🙁 My Fiance went with a family-owned jeweller and he got amazing service. There’s no shortage of feedback for online retailers on here, so explore your options! I would personally feel more comfortable seeing the diamond in person before buying, but that’s just me. Good luck!
Post # 45
They are both lovely but obviously at very different price points. Budget would determine for me.
Post # 46
My ring is from the diamond district – Darling Husband got it at a jewelry my Mother-In-Law uses. Their office is on the 21st floor of an office building right on the corner. Like PP’s said, I just wouldn’t walk into any old store in the diamond district. Ask your friends / coworkers if they’ve dealt with someone they like.
I also went to Tiffany’s because I LOVED their solitaire setting. But their prices are 150 – 200% of others. DH got me a much higher quality and larger stone than he could get at Tiffany’s.
SO, here’s my ring! 1.89 cts, size 7, E color, VVS1, ideal cut