- 5 years ago
I have a “promise” ring from a jeweler in my region. Initially SO & I were looking into engagement rings with this jeweler, as we can trade in my first ring to help cover cost and the jeweler offers a great warranty and free lifetime cleaning/inspection services.
However, I have come to find that I am very picky when it comes to engagement ring styles: I want a cathedral setting for a round diamond with a thin band & milgrain. The jeweler has a style similar to this, but the band is thicker than I’d like and the cathedral opening is smaller than I’d like.
Browsing online I absolutely fell in love with Blue Nile’s “Heirloom Petite Cathedral Pave Diamond Engagement Ring” setting. After browsing diamonds with the “4 C” qualities that we have been searching for, it appears the engagement ring from Blue Nile would actually be about $400 less than one from the jeweler. This is also with a GIA certification vs. the EGL certification that the local jeweler provides, which seems to be more consistent (from what I’ve heard).
Blue Nile appears to have some sort of lifetime warranty, but has anyone had to actually deal with them if a stone came loose? I am wondering if they replace stones that have fallen out? Would it be better to insure elsewhere and if so how expensive is this?
Also, I’d like to keep up on cleaning/inspection with my ring every 6 months. Since Blue Nile is an online vendor I’m assuming I’d have to go to a local jeweler for this. It has always been free with the ring I have… so when your ring is not from the vendor in question, how much do they usually charge for cleaning & inspecting a ring?