Pre-owned loose diamond websites

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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1231 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

You may want to also look at IdonowIdon’t and pawn shops and etsy.  You will not save money looking for a loose diamond versus a setting so don’t rule out set diamonds unless they are in branded designer settings.  Pawn shops would also have diamonds and some jewelry stores will have estate pieces.  As for loose diamonds at stores like Bue Nile or James Allen, not every diamond that they sell is new. They purchase their inventory from wholesalers and not mines.  They could not tell you what is newly cut or old,  just the date of its certification.

Also, you can haggle on diamond bistro, loupetroop and IdonowIdon’t.  While the sellers would prefer full price some of them will deal with you if you make an educated offer.

Are you set on a diamond or will you consider moissanite or lab grown diamonds?  Lab grown diamonds have the same chemical composition as earth mined diamonds but are lab grown.  D.nea.com is a reputable seller of lab diamonds along with Brilliant Earth.  Moissanite is a popular stone and is similar to diamond in all respects except it is lab grown.  You can find moissanite stone on MoissaniteCo and Charles and Colvard along with many etsy shops. If you look on the bee you will see many threads devoted to moissanite.  

Post # 4
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6273 posts
Bee Keeper

I was also going to suggest jewels by grace. I’m an old cut fan so a bit biased but she has some very nice stones and seems very helpful. 

Post # 5
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5532 posts
Bee Keeper

I would also suggest ruby lane-they are very affordable.  I’m really surprised you didn’t find something on ebay.  The market is so flooded with 1ct stones there.  If you shared your budget the bee community would gladly shop for you 🙂  If you let us know what you’re looking for spec wise? shape, color, cut etc..

https://www.rubylane.com/

Post # 6
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970 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

So what a lot of these online sites that sell diamonds do is they are have a mix of new and old, there is no way to tell which is what because what happens is they will get a GIA report done every so many years making it difficult to tell how old the diamond truly is. Unless you are buying a uniquely cut vintage stone (different cutting techniques have been used/modified thought the years) there is just no way to tell if you are buying a used diamond from online sellers. Whiteflash, JamesAllen, and BlueNile have trade in policies so you could contact them and see if they can give you a list of diamonds that have been traded in? Also if you want to buy a vintage or antique diamond http://www.jewelsbygrace.com/ has a wonderful selection. Also this is a personal recommendation but https://ivyandrose.com/ (they buy estate pieces) along with http://www.diamondsbylauren.com/ has some gorgous stones at good prices. 

Post # 8
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6273 posts
Bee Keeper

chris1990 :  I don’t think so. Bear in mind that someone like jewels by grace might get a diamond that was cut over 100 years ago but she’ll get a new gia cert for it. So I personally wouldn’t worry about the timing of the cert. it’s the specs of the stones that matter. The Old cuts have their own character anyway. 

If you haven’t already discovered it, the pricescope forum experts will help you get the best stone for your money. 

Post # 9
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769 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Not second hand, but definitely cheaper than buying at a store/big name website. Here’s a few that I’ve bought from, you can get exaclty the size/clarilty/color etc you want vs trying to find something you like “used” 

Brilliance.com
WonderJewelers.com
B2C.com
DreamStone.com

Post # 10
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970 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I forgot Pricescope also has a forum on there for people selling their preloved gems…mostly it’s full jewelry pieces but you may find one willing to break it up 

Post # 11
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290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I second I Do Now I Don’t, they verify all purchases in between the seller and the buyer. Also, I know of people who have had great luck with Diamond Bistro and Loupetroop. Personally, I wouldn’t buy from E bay. Pawnshops are good, but you’ve got to get the diamond appraised and oftentimes it’s hard to do with pawnshops. 

Jewels by Grace. The best, IMO. 

Post # 12
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2493 posts
Buzzing bee

Make an account on Pricescope and check the “Preloved” section. You can find INCREDIBLE deals there. I would go there first.

Next I would check JewelsbyGrace and LoveAffairDiamonds. You might also check in with CVB Design and see if Caysie has any loose stones available. 

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