Post # 1
For all the bees on here,
where did you buy your centre stone to provide for your setting?
For those of you who purchased it online, how was your experience? What site did you use? How did you feel confident you were getting the best deal?
Thanks for for your help!
Post # 3
Blue Nile – great experience for us. Their diamonds are always going to be a better deal than going through a jeweller, we saved about 8k on the total ring price. The only problems you might have are finding a jeweller that is happy to work with you to design a ring as they’re losing quite a bit on the sale of the diamond itself. We found that when we mentioned getting the wedding bands (and not cheap ones either) done there as well they were more amenable. The jewellers are obviously very resentful of the presence of Blue Nile and the others as it cuts into their markups, but that’s the world we live in…
Post # 4
Ended up with a U.K. Antique diamond dealer as wanted an old cut and my DH found a great one and bargained.
brfore that he was all set to buy from jewels by grace
it’s often mentioned on here – pricescope forum is a brilliant resource. If you post your budget and what kind of diamond you’re looking for, they will help you source a great stone for your money across all the sellers. The regular posters there really know their stuff.
Post # 5
I bought my diamond from blue nile. Highly recommend, got a diamond better than any brick and mortar shop
Post # 6
Good online sellers are James allen (esp non round) brian gavin, whiteflash, highperformancediamond, good old gold, Id jewelly. For old cuts jewels by grace and love affair diamonds.
Post # 7
I’ve ordered diamonds from Blue Nile and James Allen – excellent experieneces with both. I also returned a diamond that I didn’t like to Blue Nile and the process was very straightforward.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2018 - Porta, Asbury Park NJ
James Allen!!! Great service!
Post # 9
Brilliant Earth was great. We wanted a lab created diamond, and they have the largest collection of these. The jeweler couldn’t tell the difference.
Post # 10
Brilliant Earth. Very happy with the diamond I bought from them.
Post # 11
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Go to reputable jeweler! You don’t what you’ll get online!
Post # 12
A jeweler couldn’t tell the difference? You were getting a snowjob!
Post # 13
My fiancé purchased my diamond and setting from Brilliant Earth! He wanted to choose each part separately (so that my ring was “brand new” for me) and also loved their ethical stance. He said he went with them because he heard about them on NPR in the morning and they were super helpful. The diamond is /incredible/ and the setting is beautiful!
Post # 14
James Allen, Blue Nile, Good Old Gold – thousands of people order their diamonds and rings online. Just know what to look for (4 C’s) view videos and real pics (not CADS) and you’ll be fine.
Post # 15
A lab created diamond has the exact chemical composition of mined diamonds, it’s not a simulant (moissanite/CZ). It is a true diamond that was created the same way as natural diamonds except in a controlled environment.
The only way to tell the difference is if the lab diamond is laser inscribed – if the jeweler couldn’t/didn’t see the inscription it would be impossible to tell.