Post # 1
I am wondering if any of you have bought a preowned/vintage diamond online or if you know of a dealer online that is reputable. I am trying to find a budget friendly 1/3 ct approx. I, SI2 and will be looking at local stores, etc but if I can’t find anything…
Is there a dealer on Ebay that is reputable? I can’t afford to purchase a “new”ly cut diamond of this size. The price needs to be under 3 or 400 if possible. I’ve seen some listed for 250-300.
Any suggestions? I’d much rather purchase it in person so I can see the C’s in person and check for inclusions but I have to find one in the next few weeks!
Post # 3
online we found the best deals at blue nile. Im not sure if its in your price range, but for what we were looking for they had it the cheapest. However, my Fiance ended up going to a small family owned jewlery store to get my ring and they beat blue niles prices. If you are looking at I’s you should really try to see it in person.
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Post # 5
I haven’t bought from Blue Nile but the reviews are great. And if you are concerned about conflict diamonds Brilliant Earth (www.brilliantearth.com) also has them.
Post # 6
Adiamor.com has several starting at $346
BlueNile.com has several starting at $347
Both are good reputable retailers.
My ring came from Adiamor and appraised for 50% over the purchase price.
ETA: I believe both these sites will ship you a diamond to get appraised/examined on your own before committing to purchase.
If you go with a “brick and mortar” store you will most likely end up paying more because you are helping them pay their overhead.
Post # 7
My diamond came from Nina Elle Jewels on eBay – I know that sounds sketchy, but they seriously have amazing rings and they are a great deal because you’re not paying the overhead of most jewelry stores. I had the ring checked out by another jeweler as well, and it was an amazing value.
Their customer service is also wonderful and they never leave you wondering about your money, your ring, anything. I would HIGHLY recommend them.
Post # 8
langantiques.com has a few rings under that price (but not a lot)–they are FANTASTIC and their prices are all online.
The store is in San Francisco if you want to go in person. It’s my favorite store, I own two pieces from them.
First page: http://www.langantiques.com/search/all-rings
Post # 9
I wanted to second what @abbyful: said.
Definitely make an account on Pricescope. They’re are tons of people there who can help you find the diamond you’re looking for. Another plus is that Pricesope users can usually get discounts through most of the companies that the community there suggests. I know James Allen offers a discount for Pricescope users…GOG might also!
Regardless, the people over there are very knowledgable and their advice is free! Just start a thread under ‘RockyTalky’ asking what you’re looking for and I’m sure someone will be able to help! Make sure you give them your budget!
Post # 10
Thanks guys! I’ll take a look! I had taken a gander at blue nile~ I wish I could get a bit cheaper but I was pleased with the prices in general. I would like to order from Brilliant Earth but it was a bit too costly. We just need the diamond though, no ring 🙂
Post # 11
Anyone use B2C jewels?? They are a listed vendor on Pricescope so should I “assume” they are reputable? I made an account their but it won’t let me post a new topic to the rocky talk forum.
Post # 12
We got my ring from an online only retailer, James Allen… their site has actual photos of the diamonds with a “virtual loupe”… so you can see how they look/see the flaws. the search is pretty easy to use, you just select the shape, cut grade, carat size, color, and clarity. All of the stones are certified and you can view a picture of the certificate online. The best price on there is about $400 for a 1/3 carat H-J color SI1-SI2 ideal cut round brilliant.
plus, go to pricescope.com and follow a link to james allen and you get a discount!
(we got about a $100 discount on mine! but it depends on the price of the diamond)
$400 I SI1 GIA triple EX:
If you want to search for yourself:
the only problem is that some of the settings on James Allen are overpriced… but you can order just a diamond from them and have someone else set it.
the shipping is free and there’s a 30 day return period
Post # 13
Since you’re worried about the 4 C’s and any inclusions, etc., make sure the diamond you buy comes with a grading report from GIA! That way, even if you can’t see it in person before you buy, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting. You can learn more about the 4 C’s on their website: http://www.gia4cs.gia.edu
They actually developed the 4 C’s in the first place and are known for their accuracy and strict grading standards. Good luck shopping. i hope this is helpful!
Post # 14
@lkr736: I’m sure this is too late, but I trust B2C – they are very helpful and honest.