(Closed) *sigh* … getting frustrated at this point…

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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1557 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

OH you should contact Diamond Source of Virginia, google them, they have a website and are great to talk to! They are a small family owned business and will get you the BEST daimond in your price range. My Fiance did everything online since we live in New Husband, but he basically got me a 1.02 BEAUTIFUL GIA graded emerald cut (w/serial #) w/0.33 trapezoid side diamonds in platinum (custom made) for under $7k! (Emerald cuts have to be really good diamonds since you can see straight thru them and   inclusions have no where to hide). If he had bought my ring at my local jeweler it would have been $14k, at least thats what the owner quoted me when I went in. THEY ARE SUPER FAST TOO and keep you clued in every step of the way. My Fiance got specs on about 12 different diamonds, had it shipped to him to look at, shipped back to diamond source VA, then they custom made my ring and had it to him in 30 days. I think they have an office/showroom out of their home so no overhead, and they deal directly with the cutters so they can sell cheaper. I believe you need an appt to see them so if you’re interested def call/email first. Good luck!

Post # 5
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1557 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@kittybean: Oh good! I have all confidence in them. My Fiance didn’t know ANYTHING about diamonds, not even about shapes haha. So they could have screwed him if they wanted to but instead I got something waaay better than I could have found at a jewelry store for the same amount of money. I like that they use GIA graded diamonds too. Even the local appraiser was impressed with the diamonds, especially when she heard the price!

Post # 7
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10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Why not do your own searches online? You’ll almost certainly get a better deal, since you won’t have to pay the markup of the local jeweler. If they aren’t getting you what you want, take matters into your own hands.

Post # 7
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10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Also, walking into a jeweler without good knowledge about what you are planning on spending $10,000+ on is just asking to get taken advantage of. It’s very easy to educate yourself about diamonds on the internet these days. Jewelers can smell a novice a mile away – I would definitely recommend both of you take things into your own hands and choose a quality stone yourselves.

Post # 8
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14661 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

What are you waiting for him to find?  Have you compared with online pricing to see if it’s reasonable?  I mean, I can say I want a 2ct, E, VVS2 and have a budget of 10k, or even 15k… but I’d probably be sitting around for a VERY long time waiting for that to come around…

Post # 13
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600 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

When we were looking we had the HARDEST time…

I wanted a Marquise solitare… simple… somewhere between .66-1ct (the ct is less important than shape for me because you can find .66cts that look like 1ct when cut right….)

We got so much Sh*t from jewelers – that Marquise cuts are rare because no one wants them, so no one carries them… WTF… *I* want one! guh!

So we ended up at Fred Meyers one day after grocery shopping and they didnt have anything, but they did have a show coming up in 3 weeks – So we asked if they could contact the show host and have them bring in diamonds in our range and size…. they set us up an appointment and we were on our way! 3 weeks later we showed up and they had NOTHING! NOT ONE STONE was brought in for us…. and they had the nerve to PUSH us to get a stone that had been in the store since our original visit (it was too Fat a Marquise – if you know what I mean)… I seriously left BAWLING… I had been waiting and waiting and Fiance would NOT propose with out the ring and these butt heads were effing with us!

Probably a month later we visted FI’s home town for thanksgiving and decided to hit up a few pawn shops – since his town has been hit by some rough economic times and we figured they might have some more choices than the jewelry stores have had…

We found FOUR rings… yes, FOUR that fit the size & shape stone I was looking for and had the exact setting I wanted…. I picked the stone I liked best, and yeah, I dont know any of the details of the stone (actual carat, color or clarity) but it did test positive for being a real diamond by an independent jeweler and it is the right size and sparkles just fine! If you think about it, odds are it probably is not a custom ring, so it probably came from a generic jeweler in a typical stone size range and color range (like .75 and G-H-I…etc)

I know pawn shops have some stigma attached, but we got a KILLER deal (yeah, we know we did because we had to shop around so much) and if we wanted to, we could still afford to have the stone reset since we saved so much and could ‘trade’ the gold from the original setting (we didn’t because it was perfect – aside from being too big originally)… so you never know – check out a few shops and just see what you find… you might be suprized!

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@kittybean: right, but i mean there’s a “reasonable” range for any stone.  Even I/J SI stones of a certain size will go for some range.  I just happen to use those specs as an example cause its the only pricing I knew off the top of my head.  Fi went in to a local jewler with a budget in mind, and they were able to whip out a handful of options with different compromises.  It’s pretty crazy that he cant dig up a single thing to show you!

Post # 15
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1557 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@kittybean: Hmm, good question. I don’t believe my Fiance was chraged until he inspected the diamond. And he had the cash so he just did a wire transfer to them. I would call them, they won’t be pushy. The nice thing abut getting a diamond thru them is that with the report they give you they will have a diagram of the inclusions and what type. With my diamond I couldn’t find the inclusions with a loupe, then when i took out the diagram I found 1 of the 4, and it was very hard. Also, what is nice about Diamond Source of VA is that they don’t own they diamonds. They find out what you want, contact the cutters they deal with, get the reports form them with the specs, then you chose which one you want to see. But once they get it overnighted to them, they check it out and if they don’t think its up to their standard they get another & since they don’t own the diamond yet, they have no issue telling you if its a crappy stone.

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