Post # 1
I’m looking to purchase a loose diamond soon. It’s for an xmas gift, not a ring, so I’m not looking to make a major major purchase, but I thought you guys would have good advice on this!
Any tips for best prices/best quality at particular websites, or brick and mortar stores in NYC? Has anyone had a good or bad experience with a vendor? Any tips or advice would be welcome!
Post # 3
I’ve been looking a lot at jamesallen.com and have been pleased with their diamonds/prices. You can also mention a pricescope (another great website) discount to a customer service rep and it takes a bit off depending on the diamond.
My favorite part is the 360 view–has been helping me learn a lot about what is important when buying a diamond 🙂
looking forwArd to hearing other suggestions!
Post # 4
@PromiseRooster: I’m in Canada so Blue Nile was the only site that made returns easy for me due to taxes. A priority for me was making sure returns were easy and that shipping was free. If you’re buying diamonds online, chances are you’ll send it back once or twice until you find the perfect one.
Post # 5
I believe in buying a Diamond in person… more so if it is a loose Diamond (I want to SEE any Diamond I purchase)
I’ve heard mixed things about buying a Diamond in the NYCity Diamond District (you can GOOGLE for more info… and you generally need to pay in cash… that sends off alarms / Red Flags for me right there)
I much prefer dealing with a Family Jewellery Store (with a Goldsmith) that has a reputation / has been in business for awhile
Blue Nile, I found to be a good website to gather info about Diamonds. I learned a lot from their Website Education pages… and loved the fact that I could do research on Diamonds using a variety of variables on their Loose Diamond Search
That helped me know what was & wasn’t a good deal
And surprisingly (or not) I learned a lot about Diamonds just by reading the WBee Ring Board regularly.
Hope this helps,