Post # 1
So I had posted earlier last week about not knowing whether it’d be a good idea to get a “not-so-perfect” diamond for my e-ring. I went to walmart (not to look at engagement rings, had to pick up a few things) and ended up looking at the selection that they had out of curiosity. I stumbled across this very pretty 1/2 carat princess cut solitaire. While i know its not the best quality diamond, It’s an I3 in clarity, it is very cheap. And when I say very I mean its only $750!! I cant stop thinking about what a great price that is, so i told my bf and naturally his response was “No its too small and your worth more than that”. I can’t stop thinking about what a great deal it is. Also its on clearance so once its gone, its gone. Do you think this is a good deal or should we wait, save our money and get a better one later down the road. I love the idea of getting a great diamond, but the idea of getting a great deal is even more appealing to me. Bees, HELP!
Post # 3
If the stone speaks to you then I say go for it!
Post # 4
I really think you should look around some more, here’s a James Allen diamond that has much better stats, including ideal cut! It’s going to sparkle like crazy, for less money:
You can actually see the diamond (and for an I1 it’s eye clean)
Post # 5
@MapleMoose: Thanks! Its a beautiful stone. If you hold the ring upside down you can see the little flaws in it but it doesnt bother me at all. I do however get the feeling that some of my friends/female family members are going to be telling me its too small, I dont rlly care thogh
Post # 6
You’re getting severly ripped off according to the diamond pricing guide. An I3 clarity .5 princess with a GIA certification (which it doesn’t have because they don’t certify to I3) and D color (completely colorless) and an excellent cut is only $560. An I3 clarity .5 princess with slight color (I put in H) and a good cut (which is probably what something with an I3 is going to be) is $350.
example: 0.98 or 1.73 or 3.95
Post # 7
ananeele is right. You should seriously shop around. Have you tried Bluenile? Briangavin? If you want a small diamond, you should get one, but you will not be disappointed if you get a better quality diamond. I just looked on brian gavin and you get get a princess cut diamond almost .5 cw with much better specs for just a little bit more 900ish. Of course you have to get a setting for it, but at least then your diamond will sparkle. Yes the diamond at wallyworld is cheap, but no it is not a great deal.
Another thing to think about when looking for a diamond…don’t have the mindset “once it’s gone, it’s gone.” There are plenty of diamonds to go around.
Post # 8
I agree you should look around more. I3 is very low and a stone with that many inclusions may be prone to breakage.
Post # 9
@thenuggetbride: That’s good advice! It’s easy to feel attached to a diamond because you’re not sure if you can find a better deal, but you always can!
I think you should keep shopping around. You can always go back and get that one if you feel that it’s “the one”! 🙂
Post # 10
shop around. sometimes flaws become noticeable later. I have a big ol’ inclusion that I did not notice for like 6 months. now I feel like it’s all I can see. I would hold out for a diamond that is at least “eye clean”
in general, I find that I get all excited about a great deal, and then later I regeret it. generally, you get what you pay for.
to be honest, I would rather have a big flawless moissanite than a smallish, very flawed diamond. (but I’m biased as I don’t really care about real diamonds.)
Post # 11
you can probably get a better quality diamond that is certified conflict free for cheaper on etsy, and that way you know it is made by an artist and will have no negitive karma associated with it.
If you are only worried about price have you looket at mossy?
Post # 12
I just did a quick search on Blue Nile and you can get a princess cut solitaire in a 14K white gold setting for $896 if you get a 0.5 ct H SI2 diamond, which is a huge step up from I3 and not that much of a price jump. Plus, Blue Nile is a really reputable company who would be able to do work on your ring should you need it in addition to giving you a certification for the diamond.
$750 might seem like a good deal for that ring, but you can get a lot more “quality” as well as better customer service by going somewhere else.
ETA: The $896 I posted above includes the diamond ($712) AND the setting ($184).
Post # 13
The cheapest, bare bones solitaire setting on James Allen is $440, so you have to figure that in when you’re diamond shopping. The setting adds a lot to the cost.
I totally agree with everyone else though, I recommend shopping around!
Post # 14
@Juliepants: I always *try* to think that way when making a big purchase…It’s so easy to get attached to something. Of course, sometimes it’s just easier said than done. When you really want something, sometimes there is nothing that can change your mind!
Post # 15
I would pass on this one. Save for a little while and get a quality stone and inexpensive setting. Blue nile has 14k white gold solitaire settings for $200, and so it seems for the above posts that you could get a quality .5 carat stone and setting for under $1K. This one doesn’t sound worth the money.
Post # 16
Go to a jeweler and aske what their oppinion is, I bet they can find you something better and for a great price! you can always find deals! remember this is something you will have forever so no need to rush. You can always ask for deals too, no harm in trying to get the best bang for your buck. Shop around some 🙂