Loose Diamonds

posted 12 months ago in Rings
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Bumble bee

Rare carat is a good site

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Ive never brought loose diamonds, However if I was going too i would probaly try to purchase from a reputible online store. RareCarats.com is a good sight to check out as they compare a lot of trusted sellers and find the best price for your criteria 🙂 

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Newbee

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@singlepringle:  I would recommend not buying loose diamonds. They can be a real hassle 

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Helper bee

 

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@singlepringle:  Tianyu Wholesale, Starsgem, New World Diamonds, Dimendscaasi for new. 

Diamond Bistro, Loupe Troop and Pricescope Preloved for used. 

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Busy bee

I purchased mine on etsy.  It was a totally credible shop with lots of different cuts and types. They even sent pictures of the stones on the hand and in different light before I purchased one. The shop was called ivy and rose vintage but all one word. They have lots of different stones and a ton of different price points. Most are certified as well. I took the stone to my  jeweler after and the diamond was exactly the same weight and everything as described in the listing.  Check them out! If I ever get another I will purchase from them again. 

Post # 10
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Newbee

I bought my pear lab diamond from James Allen. They have a good selection but I recommend waiting for one that fits your budget and meets all your requirements!

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Worker bee

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@singlepringle:  I would suggest sticking to Pricescope, Loupe Troop and then some of the vintage Etsy stores that have loads of reviews if you are buying a diamond that is set already and wanting to reset it. Ebay can be a bit hit and miss – even with paperwork. Brilliant Earth has a huge selection of lab grown diamonds, you can also try New World Diamonds and James Allen. If you need someone to check the specs you can always ask here or on one of the other forums smile. Best of luck out there.

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Busy bee

I’ve purchased several loose diamonds from various reputable online retailers with good return policies (Adiamor, WithClarity, etc.) for rings and earrings that I’ve had set locally.  I have never purchased loose diamonds through ebay and I probably wouldn’t consider it unless the diamonds were certified by a reliable lab with laser inscription (GIA and AGS for natural, GCAL and IGI for lab grown) and the seller offered a return period in order for the diamond to be verified by my local jeweler.  Unless you are buying preloved from a private seller who is willing to take a loss, there are no “deals” with diamonds.  Lots of retailers claim to sell at “wholesale” and use other sales tactics to make you feel like you are getting a deal, but you get what you pay for when buying at retail.  Louptroupe and Diamondbistro are good places to look for preloved, but even then, being certified by a reliable lab is a requirement IMO otherwise there is no telling what you are getting. GL

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I have purchased two loose diamonds online. While I was initially a bit hesitant (and my husband even more so), I made sure to go through jewelers with a brick and mortar store that had excellent reviews and return policies. Because they were online, you could price match to any other online retailer and I got great “deals” on both of the diamonds. I purchased my GIA mined light yellow diamond cushion from ID Jewelry in NYC and my newest IGI lab ideal round diamond from Yadav in SF. Just be sure they cover shipping both ways if you end up not liking the diamond in person or, for some reason, the diamond and certificate don’t match. 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@singlepringle:  we bought through Blue Nile

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Newbee

 

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@newbeegirl:  How was your experience with Yadav? I just purchased a loose diamond there and I’m pretty nervous.

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