(Closed) Pompeii3?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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1359 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I bought two diamond bands from Pompeii. I would say the product is mediocre, but hey you get what you pay for. 

They were the same band – the first was H color, I1 clarity, the second G color, SI1 clarity. (Supposedly.)

 

Post # 4
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853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

 Whoa I just checked out the website-prices lool out of this world! Curious for other responses.

Post # 5
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2893 posts
Sugar bee

I thought about getting a wedding band through them but it bothered me that a majority of their products were in the I1 range. They had some pretty products but the workmanship looked hit and miss and there were too many ‘I’ stones being used for my taste. Which was unfortunate cause I was in love with the prices. 🙂 It’s only too good to be true if the clarity is a concern for you like it was for me. If it isn’t such a big deal and you love something – go for it! Gotta love the prices.

Post # 6
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380 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

This is from pompeii3, for the price it’s a decent deal, the center stones were good, very much comparable to what I was seeing in stores. Chris, the head of customer service, is great and really goes above a beyond to make you happy.

Pros: Great price, great customer service, awesome return policy,warranty, plus they allow you to upgrade or switch out stones for little to no cost.

Cons: Some of the smaller I1-3 stone tend to be cloudily or dark due to being poor cuts.

Currently,We are  trying decide if we want to trade this ring in for something else or keep it, either way we had to send it back to upgrade some of the smaller stones and resize it if we did decide to keep it. 

It really depends on what your opinions on erring are, it you want something impressive for a low price but don’t really care to much about imperfections that only you would notice(with my ring it has to be about 3 inches from my face to really see the flaws)this is a great choice. If you are really into having a perfect piece of jewelry then this might not be the way to go, though they do carry so VS rings but they are in the $2000 range and up.

Hope this helps 🙂

Post # 7
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572 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I bought a diamond setting (eternity band) for my center stone. It took a little while to get here and then when I did get it the diamonds were all very low quality. They were brown and dull, and well, just not attractive at all. And the band itself had alot of pointy prongs holding the diamonds and it was rediculously stabbing at me and uncomfortable. I contacted the owner, who was indeed very friendly  and all about making me happy and he said I could send the ring back and get better stones..with an additional couple hundred dollar fee. Yea, I sent it back for a full refund.

Post # 9
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365 posts
Helper bee

I just got the same ring that Koolbeans621 did.  I gave my husband 4 choices to choose from and he surprised me for Christmas.  It’s an anniversary ring for me. 

My opinion?  It’s actually really nice, especially for the money!  It’s completely eye clean and under the loupe (I prefer 30x, which is pretty high) I can only see a few black inclusions here and there on the smaller stones.  The three main stones are surprisingly clear, and none of the stones on the ring are cloudy.  I think the bonus is that they are all under .25 and bezel set, so you can’t really see anything anyway.  It’s very sparkly!  I’ve been wearing it with a CZ eternity band and there is no color or clarity discrepancy between them.

Here’s a picture with the CZ band for comparison on both color and clarity.  My camera makes the bezels look wonky, but in real life they are pefect circles (I think it’s the light reflecting off of them): (edited to add…it’s slightly blurry and outside in natural light so this picture looks flat)

 

Sorry if the picture is huge!  Maybe it’s just my browser, but the pictures always resize smaller for me once I upload them?

Post # 10
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415 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I got our wedding bands there and they are really nicely made.  Yes, some of the stones don’t look as great as the others but they are so tiny you can’t tell.  

Post # 11
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972 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Post # 12
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380 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

morganjenkstamwood It crazy, because the band I was planning on getting looks exactly like your cz one.

Post # 13
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1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@morganjenkstamwood: I want your ring as an anniversary band, SO BADLY! Not that I’m even married yet… hehe. What size is your finger? It looks AMAZING! I love this ring!

Post # 14
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365 posts
Helper bee

 

 

 

@Koolbeans621:  Wow really?  What did you end up deciding, are you going to keep yours?

 

@Fallicious1012:  Thanks!  I wear a size 5. 

Post # 15
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1088 posts
Bumble bee

I am only familiar with their metal work and find it to be great quality for the price.  I am admittedly a bit more skeptical of their diamonds.  Like Clarieos, I dislike the fact that most of their diamonds are in the I1 range, but then again, so are most of the diamonds you will find at any mall store. 

Depending on the ring you were considering, it may or may not be a “good” deal.  SO purchased a .41ct princess cut diamond H SI, had it set in a 14kt white gold setting, and paid less out the door at a local jeweler than the base price of a comparable piece from pompeii3.  Pompeii would likely have been a better deal if the setting were more elaborate (ie halo, side stones), but it wasn’t for a solitaire.

Another random piece of information that I just wanted to throw out there:

The problem with diamond grading, even certified diamonds, is that legally the 4Cs must be one grade away from what the jeweler says it is.  Because grading is somewhat subjective, this has been determined to be the acceptable margin of error in the diamond industry.  This means that a jeweler can sell you a diamond that he says is an H SI1, but it is really an I SI2.  Legally, there would be nothing you could do about it.

Also, it is important to remember that not all certifying organizations are created equally.  Not all have the same strict standards.  Historically, GIA has the strictest standards.  EGL standards may vary more widely, but they are another popular organization that certifies stones.  These are the two big diamond certifiers recognized internationally.

Bottom line is that it’s about you/your SO being happy with your ring and what you can afford.  Pompeii3 has great customer service, and you can always return your purchase within a few days if you don’t like the quality of the stone.

Post # 16
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442 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had a ring custom made from them. I really liked it, the side diamonds are smaller but I wanted a smaller ring. Its an aquamarine.

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