(Closed) Wholesale diamond Jeweler vs. James Allen

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

My Fiance didn’t purchase the stone from James Allen but I know they’re not whoesale. Wholesale pricing is only reserved for those who have a business and even then there can be a few middle men. I had an old jeweler that would pay a couple hundred less than JA to get his stones so its not a huge markup. I would think the DD stores are still storefront and in places with high rent so they’d have to charge more? Not sure :/

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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petitebee08:  by definition, a wholesaler does not sell to the public. You are not dealing with a wholesaler.

 

that point aside – online diamonds are generally cheaper than their retail counterparts. The online dealers don’t have to hold inventory, simply access databases of available stones and list them for sale. This, combined with no retail store front, means that they can sell cheaper than the guy who has to pay his rent and pay a staff and make a profit without the price advantage of selling millions of dollars a year in inventory.

 

now, if you feel better going to a place in person for a custom setting, etc then perhaps you are getting what you pay for. My diamond and setting were more expensive than other places, but the owner of the company drove from NYC to meet me near my home to show me stones and delivered my ring by hand. That is service I paid for in the price but that’s fine with me.

 

so in absolutes, are online diamonds cheaper? Yes. Do they come with the service that a local in person jeweler provides? No.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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petitebee08:  Keep in mind if you ever want your ring cleaned, resized ect, you would have to ship it in to James allen, whereas the brick and motor store you have that kind of service right at your fingertips, so to speak.

I was considering online as well, but couldn’t get over not being able to confirm quality, ect in person so I went with a well reviewed jeweler in NY’s diamond district and I don’t regret it one bit. 

Make sure yours has a good warranty, ect.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

By the way, JA does repair/replate/polish – you call them for a label, which costs $25 or $30, and they do all that and ship it back to you – so about the same cost as the local place. I happen to not like anybody locally and JA is faster, so I send my ring back to them.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

The closest thing you’ll ever find to “wholesale” pricing is an online vendor with a cert and a good return policy.  I would never buy one from the diamond district in chicago or new york [and I live here].  I would never buy retail, period.  Find a reputable online vendor for your stone/setting. You’re paying for a brick and morter shop to pay rent if you don’t.

When you find a vendor you think you may like, ask for a real photo of the stone [not a stock picture] and again, find out what the return policy is.

OR save thousands and go with a forever one stone.

 

Good luck

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

My FH purchased my ring from Blie Nile and I love it. If he had gone somewhere else he could have spent over 1k more, and that would have meant a smaller stone for me. Shop around and figure out where you can get the most for your money. Would you rather have 1 carat or 1.25 carats?

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