Post # 1
So, my boyfriend and I are in the process of ring shopping….we have been for quite some time because I can’t make up my mind! I found weddingbee when I was learning about moissanite, and I had originally planned on getting moissanite (after I realized how expensive diamonds are). BUT, I ordered an amora moissanite last week and I just don’t really like it :(. I’m disappointed becasue I was really excited about it. It just looks too holographic to me and I don’t care for the yellow tinge it has (I’m not trying to dog on moissanite so please nobody get offended).
SO, we are thinking about going diamond and I want to know if anyone has any tips about how to get the best deal. I live in a pretty rural area of the midwest, and we don’t have much for jewelry stores around here so I’m thinking we will go the online route. I have been looking on james allen and bluenile a lot, but I want to know if any jewelry saavy bees might have recommendations about getting a better deal. I’ve looked on i do now i don’t, but can’t seem to find anything in my style/price/quality (lots of I1-I3…I prefer better clarity).
Anyone have tips on how to find great deals? I’m not opposed to estate jewelry or used jewelry, but I can’t seem to find many options, although I’m sure they exist. Thanks 🙂
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Post # 4
I’ve seen a couple of bees mention http://idonowidont.com/splash2/index.html for deals on diamond purchases. Also, I would advise checking out the forums on pricescope.com. They are pretty helpful with information on diamonds and can help you find what you want.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
I’d like to recommend Good Old Gold: they’re based in New York but do a lot of their business online. We live in Texas and did everything through email and phonecalls. What I love about them is that they give you all the information you could ever want about each diamond they have for sale. For example, here is mine:
They include a real photograph, a couple microscopic photos to point out the inclusions, ASET and Idealscope imaging (quantifies light performance – light return vs light leakage), and several other reports that detail its brilliance/fire/scintillation.
Your absolute priority should be the quality of the cut: GIA Excellent or AGS Ideal are the bare minimum to really get bang for your buck. Better cut stones will face up whiter, so you can go with lower colors like I or J and not be able to tell it from a mediocre-cut F/G. The cut can also hide inclusions, depending on their location. Try to find stones with their inclusions around the edges as opposed to directly under the table. Ask the jeweler if the stone is “eye clean” or if the inclusion can be hidden by a prong. In short, I would prefer an AGS Ideal, I, SI2 over a “Good”, D, IF any day.
If you can find the depth %, table %, crown angle, and pavillion angle, plug it into here: http://www.pricescope.com/tools/hca If it ranks below 2.0, it statistically should have great light performance (but ASET/Idealscope will be more telling, this just helps)
As far as “getting the best deal” most online stores offer a discount for paying via wire transfer – if you pay using your bank account instead of a credit card, the company doesn’t have to pay Visa or whoever a % of transaction fee, so they pass on that savings to you.
Other online stores I like are James Allen, Brian Gavin, Whiteflash. and Eternity Diaomonds. Bluenile seems to have gone up in price over time, but they still have some gems (PUN!) sometimes.
You could also go post your question on the Pricescope.com forums – they enjoy helping people pick out gorgeous stones for their budgets. 🙂
Post # 6
@aggie2010: (Good Old Gold) and they also put stones on sale…on facebook as well as their site so you can follow them. I met the owner’s wife one day downtown, when she said what company she was with I felt like i met a celeb. Very smart people and easy to work with.
Post # 7
Definitely purchasing a diamond online will be cheaper than purchasing one at a store. Most online jewelers have access to the same diamonds so I would recommend that if you find a diamond that you want, you do not call around to several jewelers that have the same loose diamond listed. If you do this, you will shoot yourself in the foot because it will seemingly increase the demand of the diamond that you want, thus increasing the price, if that makes sense.
My fiance worked with an online jewelry company called deBebians that helped him find a loose diamond and design my engagement ring. They offer a loose diamond search on their website, but he actually contacted their GIA graduate gemologists to assist him in finding a diamond that worked with his parameters and budget.
Good luck and let us know how everything works out for you!
Post # 8
Fiance purchased my diamond and setting through Good Old Gold and they are a pleasure to work with! It’s a family owned business who know their stuff and are super helpful. We will most deff be going back to purchase our wedding bands there 🙂