(Closed) Inexpensive places for nice jewelry?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You live in Cali…I know there are a few Zales outlets around here. Actually it’s where he got my engagement ring for an amazing price!!!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m a former jeweler. Can you be a little more specific about what kind of jewelry you are looking for? 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

There’s Diamond Nexus. I love them!! And it’s where my fiance purchased my engagement ring. The diamonds are actual diamonds, but they are man-made rather than mined, thus you are guaranteed not to get a blood diamond. This was very important to me. The company has a beautiful selection of all things jewelry.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Never underestimate the goodies you can find at estate sales.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@theseautumneyes:  diamond nexus does not sell real diamonds, you can run a search for them on this site and see they are marketing their stones as real diamonds but they are really cz’s. Actual lab created diamonds are priced the same if not more than mined diamonds. (sorry!!)

Honestly, in my opinion there really is no such thing as a “cheap” ring, unless you are sacrificing on quality somewhere. The best online sites for buying diamonds today still remains to be bluenile and jamesallen.com, unless you buy preowned (with certificates!)..

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

Don’t forget about Etsy, some pieces on thier are beautiful and a fraction of what you would pay in a chain jelwer

 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@allergicbee: i really hate to rain on your parade, but A Diamond Nexus ring is not made of CZs.

Common CZ generally contains two elements. Zirconium and yttrium. While a Diamond Nexus also contains zirconium, it also contains hafnium, gadolinium, cobalt and other elements. The elements in a Diamond Nexus are tremendously more expensive then the elements is a CZ. This results in a stone that is harder, tougher and significantly heavier then a CZ. In fact, the easiest way to differentiate a Diamond Nexus gemstone from a CZ is simply by weighing it. The Diamond Nexus stone is approximately 20% heavier for an equal size stone. (DN Mark IV and Mark V) This material is then coated in a patent applied for material which contains AL203 corundum and other elements to a thickness of approximately one micron (DN Mark V stones. DN Mark IV, 120 +/- nanometers). This coating is bonded to the substrate on the molecular level and will never wear off in normal use. The coating significantly lowers the porosity of the stone and renders it nearly impervious to any degradation. The coating also brings the optical properties of the stone almost perfectly in line with mined diamond. So, while the manufacturing process of a Diamond Nexus shares some of the same manufacturing process of CZ, there are many more steps, elements and treatments involved in a Diamond Nexus simulant.  The result is a different stone with different, better properties.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You’re not raining on anybody’s parade- I have no reason to make something like that up- I’m sorry that you were a victim of false marketing- if you love your ring that’s all that matters but to say your stone is a diamond is simply not true.

Ladies, moral of the story – if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was not a victim of false marketing. I knew exactly what I was getting, and I am happy with what I have. As you will see in my other posting in the other board, I was simply providing an alternative to mined blood diamonds. As I stated, DNLs are NOT mined diamonds, but they are NOT CZs either.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Try GemsNY.com  that’s where Fiance got my ruby engagement ring! 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@theseautumneyes:  

As you stated in your original post on this thread:

There’s Diamond Nexus. I love them!! And it’s where my fiance purchased my engagement ring. The diamonds are actual diamonds, but they are man-made rather than mined, thus you are guaranteed not to get a blood diamond. This was very important to me. The company has a beautiful selection of all things jewelry.

THIS is what I was responding to you about. Within a few hours later you changed your response stating that they are not diamonds but they are also not CZs. Let’s see how long it takes you to realize that they are CZ’s.

Believe what you want to believe, I could care less. I say as long as you are happy with your ring than who cares what the stone is made of. But the truth is the truth, and I believe everyone should be informed of “what” it is they are purchasing before they purchase it and this company is misleading consumers, it is not right…

For the record I have had two friends purchase CZ’s from DNL, both now have moissanites (another gorgeous diamond alternative, that many on this site are already familiar with) after their stones turned cloudy

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m in the jewelry business and we sell pre-owned and estate designer jewelry and engagement rings, wedding bands, etc. for great prices on ebay. Lucky$diamonds or MyLuckyDiamonds. 100% feedback.

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