(Closed) Ring Shopping!! NEED HELP!

posted 4 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
446 posts
Helper bee

From the pictures it looks normal? Did they maybe use a CZ as a stand in just to give you an idea?

Regardless, you should ask for some kind of certification for the ring (GIA, for example). That way you know your diamonds specks and can learn about diamonds to understand what you want. You can also ask to see the laser inscription on the certification too.

Post # 3
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’ve never heard of the colorful sparkles being bad, it’s called dispersion and it’s similar to what a prism is and has to do with the cut

Post # 4
2731 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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leyash91 :  The lighting in the store will make any gem sparkle like crazy! Usually they use CZ as stand in center stones. Ask to see your diamonds GIA certification report. That will tell you more about the diamonds characteristics like cut and clarity that the lights could be hiding. Could you ask to see the ring out of the top lighted floor? Maybe in a different room or part of the store?

What is most important to you and your FI? Carat, cut, clarity, or color? Do some research then you can go back to the store and ask lots of questions!


Post # 7
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Please consider other sellers. Mall type brick and mortar their ilk have a terrible reputation for overoricing, poor workmanship and flat out liea to customers. They do not generally know a good diamond from frozen spit. Check out James allen, blue nile, Brian gavin, whiteflash, and loveaffairdiamonds. Do some reading over on pricescope, rockytalky to learn how to select a high performing diamond.

Post # 8
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - The Garrison, NY

Diamond stores like Zales, Kays, Jarred tend to sell low quality diamonds. Just FYI. 

Post # 10
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Beach

I would totally check out other resources. What about a local jeweler or diamond dealer? I got my ring custom made from a local diamond dealer. I’m not sure if dealer is the appropriate word but he mostly deals in gems and has more of an office not a retail store and has a resource who is a ring craftsman so he got the diamonds I needed for the design and helped me with the final touches of the design and communication with the craftsman. I learned so much from him about design and quality of diamonds. I also got a much better price overall because he doesn’t have that huge markup of being a retail store. I would really look into something like that first. Especially for any larger type stones like a center or solitaire. The markup is so huge! 

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