(Closed) Thoughts on this ring's price/value?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Is this ring a good value for the price?
    No way! You can do better : (48 votes)
    87 %
    Yes! You're not going to find anything better : (7 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’m posting on my phone right now, so I can’t price check diamonds, but I don’t think it’s a really spectacular deal off the top of my head, especially for an I1.

    What i would suggest is creating an account at pricescope.com with your budget and what you’re looking for. The posters there are experts on diamonds and great and finding deals. 

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    Not a great deal. You can get a .70 IDEAL CUT/INTERNALLY FLAWLESS/J color diamond for about $2500 which would leave $1000 to set it for the price they’re charging. Why get an I1 even if it’s eye-clean?

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @1inthechamber:  I agree with your statement about the diamond, but I honestly don’t think she could get that set for $1000. It comes with the ring setting AND the wedding band, and to get both of those in that halo setting for $1,000 would be a STEAL. With the ring that OP posted, the price is definitely pretty much all for the setting and band, not the center stone. Maybe I’ve just been looking at expensive places (even though I don’t think I have been), but I would think that that halo set would be more than $1,000. Granted, I’m no ring expert, I’m basing all of this on what I have seen since I have been shopping for a ring for myself as well.

    OP, I am not sure of the answer to your question. I would think that type of setting and band owuld be kind of expensive normally, but I’m thrown off by the quality of the center stone. you might be able to get a better deal somewhere else

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    @1inthechamber:  +1. I1 diamonds also have the tendency to chip.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    If you try Blue Nile, you can actually choose your center diamond and they have plenty of halo settings.

    Post # 8
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    303 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    @LilliePad:  Of course she can’t. The comparison was to point out the price point for an INETRNALLY FLAWLESS stone. She could get a VVS1, VVS2, VS1, VS2, SI1, SI2 even cheaper than that and still have enough money left over for the type of setting she wanted. If I had to set it in one of these cheap joints:

    http://www.aliexpress.com/store/group/Wedding-Band-Rings/705884_210944972/1.html

    http://stores.ebay.com/Lord-of-Gem-Rings/Round-/_i.html?rt=nc&_fsub=16759772&_sid=50922125&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1513&_pgn=2

    I would still do so prior to spending almost $4000 on an I1. There’s nothing wrong with an I1 stone – just don’t pay twice the price for one. Seems like the budget is there, get the best value for your dollar.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    There are also vendors that are higher quality and more reputable than Shane Co — again, I’d recommend going to Pricescope and making a thread with what you’re looking for and your budget.

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @1inthechamber: Oh I see what you’re saying, that’s probably true. I still think she’s mostly paying for the set, though. She’s not really paying $4000 for the center stone, she’s probably paying around $2,000-$2,500 for the setting and band and around $1,100-$1,600 for the stone. But I agree, you could get a better diamond than a .7ct I1 for that price

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    no way….way too expensive for an I1 ring with under a ct tdw.

    you can get a  .5ct round diamond with better specs from an estate piece and get in set in a setting for around $1500 if you shop around.

    try ebay they have some decent rocks for way under 4k….some pretty good ones for even 2.5k!!!

    that setting isnt too unique….you should be able to find something similar elsewhere.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    I would use Blue Nile, honestly. They are incredibly reasonable with pricing!

     

    http://www.bluenile.com/build-your-own-diamond-ring?action=add&forceStep=STYLE_STEP&pid=LD03191684#DIAMONDS_STEP

    For example, the above link is a halo like the one you’ve looked at, with a .5 carat center stone with G-color and VS2-clarity, Ideal cut. It’s only $2800, which leaves you ~$900 to buy a band for the ring (which is also very doable). The center stone will be incredibly sparkly and flawless to the naked eye, with a good color, for LESS than what you’d pay for the ShaneCo I1. The center stone from SCO is also only .34 carat (it says .70 carat TOTAL WEIGHT, and the sidestones equal .36, so the center is actually only 1/3 carat).

     

    Definitely look elsewhere before settling on a smaller stone with a less-than-great clarity for a lot more $$$.

    (P.S. I love BlueNile, though I’ve never bought from them, because they have wonderful prices and I rarely if ever hear a negative thing about them.) GL!

    Post # 14
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @MoonlitMagnolia:  Ugh a bit off topic but I really don’t like Shane Co. I think they are WAY overpriced for what they offer, and at the same time (at least in my experience), really  use the “hard sell” trying to tell you what a deal you’re getting. Grr. The sales associate actually argued with me when I told him some comparison information I had found on bluenile …. Anyway, that’s a pretty ring but a common enough setting that I would keep looking if I were you. If your budget is close to $4,000, that’s *definitely* enough to get a gorgeous ring!!

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I say, two fiddy! not really, but I always wanted to say that.;)

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