Post # 1
I have finally found what type of wedding ring I’d like but feel as if I’m getting ripped off! I am after a very slim rose gold ring with diamonds and I’m still deciding wether to go for a half eternity or an eternity style.
Here’s some pics of what I’m after
This is the half eternity
And this is the eternity one (diamonds go all the way around)
That’s not my e-ring but it’s similar. Stone is 1cts (which looks even bigger once it’s close to the smaller diamonds :)) and I dont have any side diamonds, just a very thin white gold band that tapers towards the diamond. But the overall effect is very similar
So, the thing is that I went to a couple of jewelery stores last week and everyone quoted me a minimum of $2000 for a half eternity 18k rose gold ring with about .25cts diamonds total (it varied between stores), SI 1 grade and H or G color.
Now, you can buy a 1cts solitaire at the same grade and color for less than $2000!
I have no problems spending $2000 on my wedding band since I’ll be wearng it (hopefully) for the rest of my life. I just feel that what I’m getting for that money is not much at all, you get me?
I’ve had a look on Etsy and the same rings retail between $650 and $900. Now, that’s a massive saving and I can think of heaps of other things that I could do with the spare money! I’m just concerned about buying jewelery online, especially from Etsy.
Does any of you Bees have any online diamond/jewelery experience? Any websites you would reccomend?
Just keep in mind it has to be shipped all the way to Australia 🙂
As always, thanks for your help Bes 🙂
Post # 2
I am based in Australia and I used Lord of Gem Rings for my wedding and engagement rings (they have both Etsy and eBay stores – I ordered once from each and both were fine). The quality has been great so far and the prices are extremely affordable. From memory shipping was free/included in the price and very quick. I believe they are based in China which concerned me a little, but when I saw the quality of the rings for the price I was blown away.
Post # 3
Wow you are right, $2000 seems pretty pricey for what you are after. Is it because you would need to get it custom made?
Have you tried chain stores like Pascoes, Michael Hill? For wedding bands I know they have a really large catalogue (not just what is in their display) and then you can order it in the metal you require. Because they may have a mould for something similar, perhaps it might be cheaper than other jewellers?
My only suggestion is walker & hall which has stores throughout NZ. Here is something similar – perhaps they might consider making the band in rose gold instead of white? Also not super cheap, but perhaps the NZ/AUD exchange rate may work in your favour –
They also do ship to AUS.
Post # 4
I got our wedding bands from bluenile – very well priced and super fast shipping. They also resized my band for free when it was a bit too small and were so good on the phone and responding to emails. If you find what you want on their site I would really recommend them!
Post # 5
Try Blue Nile or James Allen they’re very reputable and reasonably priced for what you’re asking it shouldn’t cost you much have you also checked out Diamond Emporium in Sydney Gus is amazing he can make the ring at a reasonable cost!
Thought I’d be nice and get you the link
free FedEx shipping it’s its under $1000 so no custom tax and you get it I’m 48hrs they also have free returns if you’re not happy 🙂
Post # 6
Had a quick look… Closest bluenile has is a half eternity. 25tcw in 14k rose gold at $1040 plus add 10% for gst
Post # 7
it’s under a thousand so it won’t incur GST when I purchased a bag I thought I would have to pay tax on it as it was $899 it’s only goods $1000 or more 🙂
Post # 8
mines coming up as over $1000 – it might be an exchange rate thing?
Although the OP could wait for a sale as they often have 10-20% off some jewellery. I got my band 20% off I think which could get you under the GST limit and cheaper if it’s under the $1000 anyway!
Post # 9
Wow, thanks so much for your help girls, this is amazing!!!! I’ll have a look at the different websites and let you know what I end up doing 🙂
Post # 10
I’m pretty sure that 77 diamonds based in the UK will post to Australia and I’ve seen a similar ring on their website – can’t remember the price though. They made my wedding ring bespoke and it’s a half eternity with 0.4 carat of diamonds in white gold and it was only £600!
Post # 11
you can always use a forwarding company if you find one you like on a site that does not ship to Australia. Basically the forwarding company gives you a US address to get your goods shipped to and then they ship it to you in Australia. You usually pay by size and weight so a ring would be pretty cheap.
Post # 12
I’m from Sydney and we got my very standard channel set band custom made and it costs just under $1000. 18k white gold, half eternity and the diamonds are F VS2. You don’t have to go online to get a good deal but I would not recommend buying in a normal store in Aus… Ever. Go wholesaler, custom made. All the other bands that were similar in look (don’t even know quality of diamonds) were at least $2000