Post # 16
groom2be86 : I’m going to buck the system here and tell you how I find my diamonds, since you’ve asked.
Diamond purists-LOOK AWAY NOW!! You have been warned 🙂
I use ebay and alphaimports. But you have to be very careful and know exactly what you’re looking for. There are pitfalls in both places. I like to create a lot of different pieces, and I hate paying full price for anything.
There are 2 schools of thought on diamonds that are enhanced [color or clarity wise]. 1. don’t do it, 2. Makes no difference. I personally have owned both types [hell I DO currently own both types] and honestly its never made one bit of difference diamond wise. No filling has ever “fallen” out, no diamond has ever cracked, and nothing has ever changed color. These rocks were in the earth for millions of years.. I think they’re going to hold up to Windex and dish soap in warm water or a little steam. What may not hold up is the craftsmanship of the setting or the metals themselves, but that’s another thread.
You need to know what you’re looking for. A natural unenhanced diamond, a natural enhanced diamond, a lab grown diamond.. Take your pick. The bee’s are all knowing and all knowledgeable. They’ll help no matter what you decide.
Post # 17
Jewels by Grace, as I wanted an antique stone. I also looked at Love Affair Diamonds and a few other places (can’t recall the names right now, it’s early in the morning!). I highly recommend both JbG and LAD for anyone interested in an antique or vintage stone, I had great experiences with them.
Post # 18
We went with GOG – very reputable, honest, accessable, easy to work with, excellent customer service.
Steven Kirsch for the ring.
Post # 19
A friend of mine got her ring from James Allen. Her husband had a very good experience from them.
Another friend of mine got her ring from Blue Nile. Again, they had a good experience. She went with BN over JA because there was a setting on BN she liked better.
My husband was set to get my diamond from BN but he went to a local jeweler who knew he was looking online and gave him a really sweet deal, so he went with the local guy.
Post # 20
We went through Adiamor. They had the setting I wanted and in comparing stones of the same cut/clarity/carat/color from other online retailers (James Allen, Brilliant Earth, and Blue Nile), the prices were a lot lower. They had a 30-day return policy in case we did not like the finished product. I took it to a local jeweler to have it verified and everything checked out. I liked their customer service, they had a lot of positive reviews, and their conflict-free policy really resonated with me. I know several other Bees whose engagement rings are from Adiamor and they had great experiences as well.
Post # 21
Looking at James Allen and Whiteflash.
Post # 22
James Allen. You are able to see the diamond at 10x magnification, which is what a jeweler sees when they use a loupe. All diamonds are also verified with GIA or AGS certifications, and you can independently verify them through the GIA or AGS websites. They also cost slightly less because you’re not paying service mark-ups like you do when purchasing through brick and mortar stores.
Blue Nile and Brilliant Earth are also similar and reputable sites. Of all three, I preferred James Allen, because you are able to see 360 degree imaging of each particular diamond, rather that just seeing the 4 C’s listed! Good luck!!!
Post # 23
About 6 months ago my mother ordered the diamond for my sister’s wedding from rosewholesale coupon code 2017by reecoupons.by reecoupons that is online discount coupon store based in US. She got discount from the store & also availed the free shipping from there. I also have my wedding at the end of this year so I am planning to buy one stone for me also from there.
Post # 24
We found an independent antique dealer for my Art Deco ring too. Took a hell of a lot of searching but we got there in the end. It truly does pay to look and look and look until you’re satisfied.
Post # 25
No shock from me…I do the same (although I generally buy colored stones and old cuts). But, not really for the newbie.
A very good Ebay seller is MyDiamondZone (also called Ivy & Rose on Etsy or https://ivyandrose.com/products). They sell mostly old cuts, some new. They don’t generally have GIA stones, but I find their grading to be very fair. The owner has a very good eye. They are also a B&M (Chicago).
Post # 26
My ring from my first marriage was purchased from yadavjewelry.com, and it was a great experience. They actually have a shop in San Francisco, which is near where I’m from, so my ex was actually able to see the diamond and ring before purchasing. It came with the GIA cert, and we got it inspected by a local jeweler afterwards–no issues at all.
Post # 27
James Allen all the way. Great customer service and excellent products. DH purchased both my ering and wedding band there. We saved money by not having to pay sales tax which saved us hundreds!
Post # 28
Most online large retailers (Blue Nile, James Allen, etc) sell only certified (GIA or other) diamonds, versus big box or mall stores. Brick and mortar stores that are a chain mostly sell ungraded or clarify enhanced diamonds for the same price of a certified diamond you could buy online. If it is a reputable dealer, you will definitely get a better deal and a greater selection of quality diamonds if you buy online.
To the OP, my husband bought my ring from Blue Nile, and we had a fantastic experience. However, we bought a diamond with a clarity of IF, so we weren’t concerned with how the setting would hide flaws. If you are buying a clarity where there will be flaws, I would definitely order the diamond and have it set locally. Also, GIA reports include a schematic of where on the face of the stone flaws are located, which helps alleviate some uncertainty. If you do buy online and have it set, think about whether you would be comfortable mailing the ring back if it needed to be resized. It’s usually free, but I ended up having mine resized by a local jeweler because I didn’t want to put my diamond ring in the mail.