Post # 1
When looking for my engagement ring I was dealing with two companies, one a well known local chain and one an independent jewelry store from outside the country. I wanted to get something local so I could view my diamond in person and deal with someone face to face but decided this past week on a diamond (and custom setting) from the jeweler outside the country. Days after making this decision the local company called me to view a diamond; not wanting to be rude I made an appointment and planned on telling them at the viewing I was going to go with another company; I was also sure what they were going to show me wouldn’t come close to the diamond I had already chosen. Boy was I right! The shape and size was what I was looking for, a 1.5 square, cut corner stone, but that’s where it ended. It was a D color I1 certified by IGI. Something was seriously wrong with this diamond; there were no visible inclusions (aside from a faint hair looking inclusion which in a different stone I may have been able to live with) but this diamond had NO sparkle, and I mean none; if I didn’t know better I would wonder if it was even a diamond that I was looking at. It was the flattest looking diamond I have ever seen. Here’s the kicker… 9,000.00 plus tax for the diamond alone. Sure the color grade was high but I’m guessing at an I1 it was probably riddled with small inclusions which would make me seriously question the strength of this stone; not to mention grading on the IGI chart would generally fall lower by GIA standards. It was difficult to tell with the naked eye but the corners didn’t look like smooth cuts, they almost looked chipped?
Starting out I said a GIA certified diamond, no lower than a SI1, H color, excellent cut and HAD to be eye clean; my budget was 9,000.00 for the diamond then the setting would be on top of this. I know from doing my research what I’m asking for isn’t unreasonable, and what I’m getting from the other jeweler is not too far above my budget and an incredible stone.
It makes me so mad that companies would try to take advantage of someone like this. We are looking at making an investment of around 15,000.00 for my wedding set, this is a lot of money and is far above the average spent in the city where I live. I think it’s sad I couldn’t get what I wanted locally and had to go outside the country to get the ring that I’m looking for at a price I feel is fair.
Anyone else have a jewelry store attempt to take advantage like this? Or worse yet, go through with a purchase like this?
Post # 3
We bought online through a known retailer so we didn’t have a bad experience but I’m sorry people tried to scam you with a non sparkly rock!
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2018 - Sandals Barbados
Been there, done that. We first went to an independent local jeweler… for a 1/2ct round, F grade, SI, he wanted to charge us $6,000. That was for the stone alone, no setting. It did not have almost any sparkle under the lamp, so I could only imagine how dull it would have looked outside or at night. We went with the chain jeweler at Zales… were able to pick a stone with excellent clarity, put it in a setting we both loved, and walked away with a higher ct tw for around $7k after taxes and warranty.. and my center stone is GIA certified. It’s stunning. Sorry about your bad experience.. good thing you did the research to know in advance. Happy ring shopping and congrats!
Post # 5
I think you’re wise to get a GIA certified diamond. Other labs like IGI grade inaccurately or “certify” clarity enhanced diamonds.
I think trying to find a GIA GRADED UNenhanced 1.5 carat diamond near colorless with good clarity for $9,000 would be extremely challenging to impossible. If I read your budget/post correctly?.
Let us know how it goes.
Post # 6
@gemgirl6: at minimum H SI1 eye clean with a excellent cut; I’ve seen stones of this quality within my price range. The one I have picked out from the other jeweler is a better quality then this and not too far above budget. I’m just waiting on the GIA report to come in and for the jeweler to see the stone in person before committing with a deposit. He’s quite confident that it will be exactly what I’m looking for; I’m excited to finally have one picked out and even more excited to post pics once I get it on my finger!