Post # 1
So were going shopping on Saturday. To say I am freaking excited is an understatement!! We have looked around a little and I definately know what I am looking for. So what I need from the Bee’s is advice.
– Questions to ask
– Ways to get a better deal
– Things to look for (Did you look through the microscope?)
– Anything else you would suggest?
Also, how do I keep him involved in the process? Things to show him or questions to ask him to keep him engaged and interested. He’s actually quite excited to go but I have a feeling alot of the jargon will fly right over his head. I told him I wanted pave side stones on my ring and he kept refering to them as provolone… Hopefully I do not get a ring made of cheese.
Post # 3
I went ring shopping in stores, but he bought my ring from JamesAllen.com. Bluenile.com is another great resource.
You will get a MUCH better deal than the stores offer, with a better quality diamond for the same price.
Definitely try on even things you don’t originally think is what you want, you might be surprised of what actually looks good on your fingers.
Post # 4
i looked in stores, but bought online. better deals to be had on the interwebs, for sure.
and don’t get all caught up in the jargon. does it really matter if it’s a D clarity vs E? probably not.
Post # 5
Deff, deff try rings on… I had looked at pictures for months and thought I knew exactly what I wanted… When we went ring shopping I found that my dream ring didn’t look so great in person or on my hand. We ended up looking at styles that I never thought I would like!
Post # 6
If you buy online what happens if say a diamond falls out or you need to have it rhodium plated or anything like that? Do you just pay for it in a jewlery store?
@bakerysensei: That’s kind of what I have been thinking also. Like really how much of a difference is it between DEF or VSI and VSII. Who is EVER going to notice either?
How did you ladies keep your men interested while you shopped also?
Post # 7
We went ring shopping a week ago and I can tell you that it’s not as overwhelming as you’d expect! We did our research the night before so we knew the basics (the Four C’s, etc) and then prioritized which was most important to us.
The first place we went to did a “Color Test” on us- She would should us a diamond, ask if we noticed any yellow and if it bothered us. She did this over and over until we realized we could buy a diamond that was “G” color or above, and be totally comfortable with it.
Then we did a “Clarity Test”– And realized VERY quickly that clarity was the lowest priority for us. We could go all the way down to SI2 and be comfortable.
Finally we did a “Cut Test” which basically was trying on rings side-by-side that had different quality cut stones (but the same size/clarity/color) and MAN OH MAN did Cut make a BIG difference to us! We found our #1 priority was to find the best quality cut on a diamond.
So there you have it! Last week we walked into tons of store (his boredom was only cured by our ability to walk thru a store and realize quickly it wasnt the place we wanted to buy from). We went home with a 1.8 ct Princess Cut diamond, G color, SI1 clarity with a thin micro prong band. Heaven 🙂
Post # 8
@MsCubs: It’s soo beautiful!! Congratulations. Where did you go that they went through all of that with you? That sounds like it would be immensly helpful to have someone so invested in helping you.
Post # 9
It was Kay Jewelers actually. They were the first store we saw on our outing so we went in there to “practice” haha. Turns out they were incredibly helpful! We ended up buying from a family-owned jeweler in the area, though.
Post # 10
Definitely go out and try on as many as you can to get a sense of what stones and settings you like – i was surprised how my feelings changed when I saw them “in person” and pictured myself wearing one every day. I decided I wanted a three stone in a trellis setting, after trying a bunch of different styles on, and ended up buying it from Brian Gavin Diamonds (briangavindiamonds.com). I cannot recommend them highly enough – Brian himself is a master stone cutter and has an amazing inventory of handpicked stones. I chose one of his styles but he handmade it for me, send me the CAD images for approval before casting so that I could make any small design tweaks (e.g. I wanted the prongs to be very delicate and curved over the stone, and the profile to be as low as possible.) I got EXACTLY what I wanted for less than I wuold have paid for the regular jewelry stores to just pop a stone into a ready-made setting. I feel so much more secure knowing that the setting was created from scratch for the stone to my specifications.
check it out!! Whiteflash and James Allen are also great. I know you’re also anxious to move quickly, but my whole design/creation process took about three weeks until I had it in my hand, so it isn’t long (especially during this slow period in “engagement season”.)