(Closed) Online vs wholesale..cmon diamond girls..help!

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

@rootytoote:  Depends how low quality that diamond is? What are the specs of both diamonds?

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I’d go as low as SI1 for clarity and I for colour and get something bigger online. Make sure you can return it if the inclusions are too big for comfort though. I have SI1-G diamonds which look perfectly white and clear, even under a loupe. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’d call around wholesalers, Good Old Gold, my guy at Justice of the Peace Diamonds Inc, I’d look on facebook for stores in your area, and tell them what pricescope is offering and see if they can show you some examples of diamonds you can afford.  Just be sure that the .70cts don’t have a depth over 63.3%, because they can look really small even though you pay for the higher ct weight.  Also look for .68cts or something, pricepoints are a lot cheaper for that size than .70ct.

 

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

What are the stats on the 0.5 carat diamond? If it’s graded by a lab other than GIA or AGS it may not be “pristine quality.” If you’re looking to learn more about diamonds or want advice on what to purchase, consider heading over to the PriceScope forum. If you make a thread with your budget and what you’re looking for, the members over there will help you find the absolute best for your budget.

Just from experience, online prices are WAYYY cheaper than brick and mortar store prices, even ones that claim to give you a “wholesale” price.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I think it’s a pretty solitaire. I’m glad you also like it. 

What kind of band do you think you’d do? Bling or no blling?

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It’s beautiful, congratulations!

If you do take it to be appraised, don’t be bummed out if the color comes back as K/L. I think most EGL-graded stones are on average 2 grades below what GIA would grade them as.

My center stone is an AGS-graded M, and I love it! The cut is the most important part — my stone is cut so well and reflects so much light that it looks totally white in most settings.

It looks great on your hand!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We ordered my ring from a similar site, Brilliance.com. We were very pleased with the ring, and saved a little more online than we would have at a wholesale dealer in our area. If you’re concerned about getting the best of the 4 C’s for your budget, I would suggest checking out pricescope.com for a guide to picking an exceptional cut, clarity and color. If Blue Nile has online chat, I’d go with that, as well! We went with a 1.03 carat, “I” colored diamond. It was certified by GIA, because sometimes there is a color discrepancy between different grading labs, i.e. we had been told by an independent jeweler that EGL’s “I” color has been known to look more like a GIA “J” or “K”…I’m guessing GIA is both a bit stricter and more consistent? Anyway, I think most (if not all) of Blue Nile’s diamonds are GIA certified. Here’s a photo of my “I” colored diamond. It faces up very white, and combined with the square cushion cut, has an antique-y feel to it:

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@rootytoote:  thanks so much, darling! I love the solitaire–it will never go out of style! ๐Ÿ™‚ Can I say that I really LOVE your ring?! It looks like it’s cut beautifully, and the color is awesome! Can’t imagine how much fire that thing throws in the sun, the warmer color of our diamonds actually enhances the fire! I was 100% with you as well, the cut is where it’s at & good clarity really helps a great cut diamond look even better! More symmetry in the flashes and all. Your ring looks amazing on your finger, enjoy that beauty! 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My fiance said he went shopping localy, at numerous shops, and could not find a diamond with the specs he wanted in his price range. He did his homework and bought a diamond from jamesallen.com. He actually bought the diamond first, took it to a local jeweler to verify specs, color, clarity, etc. then he sent it back to have it set.

He only told me all of this after he proposed (he’s very good at keeping secrets). I just purchased my matching wedding ring from James Allen yesterday!! They offered me 10% off because my Fiance purchased my engagement ring with them.

p.s. I’ve heard blue nile is just as great!

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