Post # 17
If you’re looking to buy a loose stone, I highly recommend skipping blue nile and heading to http://www.goodoldgold.com their customer service is excellent (they will happily describe stones to you on the phone all you want) and they offer a trade up policy if you ever decide you want a larger/different cut/whatever diamond.
Post # 18
I fell in love with a setting at Jared’s, but unfortunately their mark-up is kind of high and the setting with the diamond I wanted would have been out of our price range. So, we decided to buy the diamond off blue nile instead and still get the setting at Jared’s. A diamond with comparable specs to those we wanted was about $700 less at Blue Nile. Plus blue nile did not charge us sales tax and shipping was free. Then we got the setting at Jared’s and had them set the diamond. The whole process was pretty quick too. We ordered the diamond on Sunday, it came in on Tuesday, we took it to Jared’s, and then my ring was ready to be picked up by Wednesday evening. To get an idea of the specs we wanted before ordering the diamond off the internet, we looked at a few diamonds at Jared’s. Also, blue nile has a 30-day return policy so if the diamond wasn’t what we expected, we could have sent it back. Overall, I thought the process went very smoothly and I think that we got a better price by doing it this way. (At least a better price than buying the whole ring from Jared’s, we didn’t price local jewelers so I’m not sure what their mark-up is.)
Post # 19
Agreed. A stone with a GIA Certificate also makes a big difference.
You have to make sure everything is identical to be able to cost compare. Depending on what is the nearly identical quality you’re talking about it could be the reason for the price difference.
When my husband bought my ering the family jewler we went to was WAY cheaper than any online site and brick and mortar store.
When we went back for our wedding bands he was significantly higher. Who knows why it was more expensive the second time around?
It’s important to shop around.
As an aside I found Blue Nile to be one of the more expensive retailers honestly. Online or retail.
Post # 20
If you need to see the diamond in person before purchasing and are worried about the price, I would suggest going to a few other diamond retailers in your area and looking at similar diamond to make sure you are getting a good price.
My Fiance got my diamond at Diamond Direct, but there are only ones in Charlotte, Birmingham, and Raleigh, but their prices are comparable to Blue Nile and the have superior customer service and selection (he is VERY picky and they were able to get in 7 diamond that met his specifications and the other jeweler he went to could only get in 2). The added selection also helps with determining how much you want to spend by comparison.
Post # 21
No matter what- check the certifications. Bluenile diamonds are GIA certified whereas a lot of jewelry stores sell EGL (lower certification). So if you’re comparing GIA to EGL, they’re not the same.
Post # 22
I actually had a jewler match blue nile for me today because I was going to buy my diamond from blue nile and have them mount it into a band! I was surprised, given the huge difference in price – so it’s worth asking!
Post # 23
I agree with lefeymw. Check out a diamond district. Also, paying cash helps reduce the price.
Post # 24
I did some extensive comparison shopping online and found http://www.diamond.com to have some of the best prices for comparable diamonds. My FH went the retail route when he bought my e-ring (which was a surprise), but he was perfectly okay with me trading it in for what I really wanted. When I showed him what I could get online for the same price, he was flabbergasted. Needless to say, we returned the original ring and I ordered a much nicer one from diamond.com (note: NOT diamonds.com!).
I did not, however, check out a diamond district, so that may even be a better deal.
Post # 25
I think we’ll talk to the jeweler and see if he can set a stone we provide and apply the deposit toward the setting.
Blue Nile has a 30 day return policy right? So we could potentially order the stone we’re looking at, get it in to look at it and see what we think and then return it if it’s not up to snuff?
For those of you who asked, we have a GIA certification on the stone from the jeweler. It’s 0.74 carats, I, SI1 Asscher cut. Since it’s a fancy cut, there’s no quantitative measure of the quality of the cut, but our jeweler has assured us he only acquires the best cut stones and we were comparing the “Signiture Ideal” cut or whatever the highest Asscher cut is.
I’ll definitely check out those sites you guys suggested.
Post # 26
I’d agree that you should ask the jeweler to match the price.