(Closed) NYC Diamond District?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Fiance and I went to the diamond district to get my ring. You do need appointments at most places, so they can have the kinds of stones and specifications you’re looking for. After SO MUCH online searching through Blue Nile, James Allen, Adiamor, we found THE BEST by far deal at David S. Diamonds in NYC. It’s outside of the busy diamond district strip, on the 7th floor of 550 5th Ave. AMAZING stones and deals…you really should make an appointment there, Amy was fantastic. I’d never buy diamonds (or let my friends/family buy diamonds) anywhere else.

As for other NYC activities, I loved the Zephyr circle line tour of lower Manhattan, it’s an hour or two on a huge ship and you can sit on the roof and tour landmarks like WTC, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge. It’s perfect for a nice day. Also, Battery Park is one of my faves πŸ™‚ If you’re up for a little kink, try the Museum of Sex (lots of fun items in the gift shop area). If you love Italian food, go to Eataly and sample some yummy wines and cheeses and gourmet specialty items. Good luck and have fun!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

ID Jewelry is highly recommended πŸ™‚ Yekeutiel is amazing and their prices are the best!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@google:  also, you could seriously spend hours in the diamond district (its like a girls dream come true, im getting excited just THINKING about it!), so if you are planning on doing this all in one day you are more than set with activities. Something else to keep in mind…many of the jeweler’s are closed on Saturday (not all, but many!) and you definitely don’t need an appointment at most places.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

As WantToBeM.E. said, you definitely need an appointment.  My Fiance bought my ring from Kdirkian Jewelers, got a fantastic deal, an amazing stone and I LOVE MY RING!  πŸ™‚ 

I am by no means an expert, but in my opinion, when you go, just know your stuff….meaning, be informed about diamonds (obviously the 4 c’s, etc).  Some (a small percentage) might try to sell you enhanced stones (stones of lesser quality treated to appear of a higher quality) so be sure they are a reputable jeweler.  YOu can check them on the NY Better Business Bureau beforehand.  Also, make sure you SEE the GIA report and also GET IT APPRAISED at another jeweler/certified GIA gemologist before you buy it if you can.  I’m saying GIA only because they were the first to establish diamond ratings and grading systems and are (as far as I have learned) the industry standard.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m sorry but I am going to strongly disagree… you really don’t need an appointment at the majority of places (personally, I don’t know of any that you do, and all of the places that I am thinking of come HIGHLY recommended :)).

oops linked the wrong thread! check this one out:

http://www.pricescope.com/forum/post3173578.html#p3173578

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Dell79:  Perhaps not everyone, but I do know that my Fiance had to have one in order to see the jeweler he went to….who is also highly recommended.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Dell79:  And actually, come to think of it, when a friend of mine recommended another diamond district jeweler to me I called he required an appointment, too.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MusicBee76:  I just don’t think it’s necessary but to each their own.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Dell79:  I hear you.  But if I was only going to be there for two days with limited time, I’d make sure I could get in where I wanted to go!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@google:  if you are just looking to get ideas and such (but not actually to purchase), I would recommend Michael C Fina…they are not on the 47th street strip, but are right around the corner…they are more of a high end jeweler like Tiffany’s and Cartier so they are MUCH more expensive, but they won’t have some of the pushy sales people that you might experience walking down the strip, and would give you a great idea of different styles you may like! My ring came from Michael C Fina but we bought it preowned from someone who had purchased it there.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

i went and didnt’ find that there was a need for an appointment. Having said that, go early on Fridays because they close down in the early afternoon. Although there are fewer Jewish-owned stores than years ago, it seemed that observance of Shabbat is still alive and well. Also–be prepared, because there are a LOT of tenants in there and it can be kind of overwhelming! But fun, of course!

I got my wedding ring from Ben Moses (15 W 47th St.–he’s inside as one of the stalls in a larger unit), who is a lovely little Italian man that specializes in antique-looking jewelry, which he designs and makes. HIs son Ray is also very nice.

Otherwise in NYC, I strongly recommend the High Line park because it’ll be gorgeous in late-May.

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