Post # 1
This weekend the Boyfriend or Best Friend and I are finaaaaaaally going ring shopping!!! (Yay) We’re going to the Diamond District (NYC) since we’ve heard so many good things about it and I’m feeling pretty ready because I’ve done all my research on diamonds and the type of ring that I want.
But…just wondering if anyone can give some pointers on anything I should be or should not be prepared for?
Anyone who has had diamond district experience please chime in!
Post # 3
I don’t know that I have any tips. I just went to where I went with my friend a couple of years ago. I work on 46th and 6th so the district is just beside me. I went there and Michael C. Fina because they were having a sale. Just know that those guys are AGGRESSIVE and you can bargain like crazy with them. I would actually almost low ball their quote and then go from there. Good luck.
Post # 4
Ok, this may sound strange…go later in the afternoon if your can. If your fingers swell at all, they will probably be slightly larger in the afternoon. This way your finger can be sized at its largest point. You won’t have to worry about your ring feeling tight at certain points of the day. Someone gave my this advice for shoes years ago, and it really helps with finding comfortable shoes.
Post # 5
Yay for ring shopping!
I would definitely recommend playing with loose diamonds and seeing the differences in person on the 4 C’s; that way, you can determine where you want to draw the line and which of them is more important to you.
Post # 6
Try everything on. At first I lOVED cushion cut, but when I tried them on I knew we wouldnt be able to afford the diamond that I wanted in a cushion cut lol. We ended up with an emerald cut which looks bigger than it actually is in carat sizes.
I honestly didnt like emerald cut diamonds until I saw it on my finger and I just knew that was it 😀
Post # 7
The diamond district is dizzying–SO MANY choices. But have fun!
(I bought a ring from Ben Moses, who’s on the North Side. Nice fun Italian guys)
Post # 8
If you want a band make sure to look at the same time you look for your e-ring! My husband just got me and e-ring and i later decided i wanted a band and it was hard to match- took forever!
Post # 9
The best thing the jeweler did for me when we went was show me 2 diamonds of the same carat weight and similar color and clarity because I realized that diamonds are all so very different and realized that even though I wanted a 1 carat I would be willing to go down in carat weight to have a clearer diamond. Everyone has different prioritise and see’s each diamond differently.
Post # 10
Definitely try on lots of different styles. I thought I knew what I liked and wanted and I was kind of surprised by what I liked when I looked in person.
If you have an idea of what kind of wedding band you want that may help. It was important to my fiance that I have bands on either side and they fit flush (he prefers symmetry), so we made sure we got a ring where that was possible.
I don’t know if this is good advice or bad – so take it for what it’s worth. When I went I looked for elements I really liked in the rings I tried on (the shape of the prongs, the design details, etc.). I couldn’t find “the one” so instead we had a ring custom made from scratch. This was probably a little more expensive than picking one off the shelf, but my ring is unique and has all the details I liked put together.
Post # 11
Oh and one last thing – like someone else mentioned, make sure you see diamonds side by side and figure out which of the 4 Cs are most important to you. I discovered I can really see color, but clarity mattered less as I couldn’t see the flaws without magnification.
Post # 12
Congrats!! My broter has been a jeweler in the diamond district for many years, so I can tell you, these ladies gave you great advice. A very important detail is how high your stone will sit. I am very clumsy and work hands-on in everything, including al my fiancee’s “manly” toys…lol! I had to get my prongs reset twice!! I refused to listen to my brother, the higher the stone sat, the bigger and brighter it looked, but it wasn’t for someone like me. I insisted on 4, not 6 prongs for a 1+ ct centr stone set high, big mistake, I lost a prong in less than 2 months!! So I had him reset it a little lower…that lasted about 6 months, the stone was loose, didn’t lose a prong that time. FINALLY, I listened, set it lower to band, had prongs connect to side stones and its been almost 2 years, I never take it off and I haven’t done anymore damage. I know it wasn’t faulty product, my brother made it!! It was ME!!!! Be mindful of what you do everyday wih your hands, and air on the side of caution, protect the stone as best you can, it will probably be the biggest investment, other than a house you will make together. Good luck and happy shopping.
YES YOU CAN BARGAIN AWAY WITH THEM, that’s how they play the game there.
Post # 13
I agree the setting is very important! How high you want the diamond determines whether or not you wedding band will sit flush or not. That’s something you don’t think about til you have the engagement and are looking for the bands. Good luck and have funnnn!
Post # 14
thanks everyone! i’m soooo excited!!!
Post # 15
Keep an open mind! You may love something you had never thought of (or never thought you’d like).
Post # 16
I live in NYC and have hit the diamond district many times. A few words to the wise…
1. Research and know what you are talking about before you go. These guys can smell fear, tourists and people who are not knowledgable. i don’t want to say they are not honest but some may try to take advantage.
2. Know your budget. Don’t let them talk you into anything more.
3. Ask them for a GIA diamond report. If they say they have their own, tell them you will be more likely to buy it if they have a GIA. Do not trust no name reports. GIA is all I recommend. Also you can verify their GIA number on the GIA website. http://gia4cs.gia.edu/
4. Have fun. The point is to look at a lot of diamond shapes, styles etc. The one thing to know is there are thousands maybe millions of diamonds there. If a jeweler just doesn’t feel right to you or they won’t provide a GIA report, go to the next. The stock is endless.
Have a great time 🙂