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Old Yesterday, 01:03 AM   #1
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Tips and tricks when when diamond shopping

My bachelor life is coming to an end and Iím beginning to shop for an engagement ring. I decided to go the route of buying the diamond separate from the setting. Iíve done my research and know where Iím going regarding the 4Cís and have a budget. What advice do you have when dealing with the diamond dealers and what advice can you give to make sure I walk out with the best deal?

I plan to visit all the references my friends have given me to talk to their ďguyĒ and I plan to go to the diamond district next week to do some window shopping.
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Have you checked out Blue Nile? I have a couple ďguysĒ but always use it to keep them honest.

There are a couple diamond experts on here I believe. They will be along before too long to give you specifics I am sure.

Congrats in advance!!


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look at proportions and finish and make sure that they are all excellent!

Below (rightly) explains why "Cut" is the most important property:
http://myjewelerrocks.com/4cees/
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I'm in LA and I have helped out a few members here with engagement rings and other jewelry.

Feel free to PM me if you would like to come by to my office.
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I have a family friend who used to own and operate a jewelry store. He brought me to his wholesale guy in NYC diamond district. We brought a the most current copy of some magazine or paper, can’t remember the name, it had the wholesale values in it. Was kind of like a Kelly blue book for diamonds.
We went to his guy. GiA only. Looked at a bunch of options and put down the cash.
That was for the bigger middle diamond only. Pieces the smaller sides later and the setting at a different jeweler. I think he was on route 4 if I remember correctly.
This was like 7 years ago so memory is vague.
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Tips and tricks when when diamond shopping

Go to RTA Jewels for the best prices and selection http://www.rtajewels.com/rtaj/ Your Best Bet! IMHO

They can custom make just about anything. I bought the diamond, presented to my Wife when we got engaged and let her pick out/design what she wanted.

Ruben is a very trustworthy man and will take care of you.
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https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine...iamond/304575/

interesting article on diamonds
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GIA all the way... The deal will look better with paperwork from EGL, but I'd avoid.
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Diamonds are forever. If you ever need proof just try to sell one!
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I know there's a lot of info about diamonds and a lot of skepticism too.

I've worked with my dad in his retail store as well as another store where I've moved in North Georgia. I'm strictly wholesale watch repair now, so I don't mess with jewelry on a daily basis anymore. But, if I was going to by a diamond, I'd be calling up a few of my friends that own pawn shops. I know what I'm looking at, so I have no issue with it. But, if you've got an eye for diamonds, you might want to check them out. The retail, online, and even dealer prices are insane compared to what I see from my friends in the pawn business. I have plenty of connections in the jewelry business as well, and I don't even consider the dealers or stores because I know the prices will be ridiculous.
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I appreciate the tips everyone and Iíve sent some PMs out to some of you. I like the tip on the wholesale prices and also trying the pawn shops. Do you guys have input as far as what type of retailer is best? Like trust a nice storefront and standalone brick and mortar vs a vendor who rents space in a larger jewelry mart? I feel itís easy to go to Tiffanyís where you donít have to deal with haggling and risking fake. However I know you pay the price.


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GIA all the way... The deal will look better with paperwork from EGL, but I'd avoid.
Like the plague!

Buying a diamond is like buying a car. I wouldnít set foot in the showroom unless necessary.

Iíd look at James Allen, Ritani or blue Nile. My wife spent the better part of 6 months picking her stone and dealt with Ritani. You can talk to a gemologist over the phone and they will pull several stones you have already selected to give you tips if need be.

Do some research as itís more in depth than just the 4cs. Once you choose Ritani will send the stone to a local affiliate and you can assess it in person.

TL;DR my wife had a budget and ended up with a significantly better and larger GIA stone buying online than any of the brick and mortars. And we didnít have to haggle.
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I appreciate the tips everyone and Iíve sent some PMs out to some of you. I like the tip on the wholesale prices and also trying the pawn shops. Do you guys have input as far as what type of retailer is best? Like trust a nice storefront and standalone brick and mortar vs a vendor who rents space in a larger jewelry mart? I feel itís easy to go to Tiffanyís where you donít have to deal with haggling and risking fake. However I know you pay the price.


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Look for independent stores where the owner is on site. Chamber of commerce memberships, involvement in the community, etc. You know he's got a reputation to uphold and probably won't give you the runaround.
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Iíve heard a lot about Blue Nile. Other than not being able to touch and feel it, are there other things that make it better to buy in person?

Letís say all characteristics of the diamond being equal, are in person dealers more negotiable?


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Iíve heard a lot about Blue Nile. Other than not being able to touch and feel it, are there other things that make it better to buy in person?

Letís say all characteristics of the diamond being equal, are in person dealers more negotiable?


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For one, you don't know what the diamond looks like. You're basically buying a piece of paper on Blue Nile. In person is always going to be better for negotiating. Plus, a local store is probably willing to earn your business by offering mounting, stone loss warranty, maintenance, etc.
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For one, you don't know what the diamond looks like. You're basically buying a piece of paper on Blue Nile. In person is always going to be better for negotiating. Plus, a local store is probably willing to earn your business by offering mounting, stone loss warranty, maintenance, etc.


If you buy something from blue Nile and don't like it you can return it. You can't negotiate but prices are generally better than a brick and mortar store anyway. I world compare to James Allen as well.

OP: When I went to my local jeweler she brought out a few diamond rings of different prices and grades, and I held them in my hands and looked at them under a loupe, but tbh all I could see the difference in was size. They were all sparkly. Some had visible "scuffs" under the loupe but not with the naked eye and I doubt my fiance nor her friends/family that she was potentially going to show the ring to would inspect the rock with a loupe...

If you know the specs of the 4Cs you're after, and you've had no prior experience with diamond like me, then you should be looking online to avoid going crazy. I also generally don't like the upsell talk most salespeople try on.
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Iíve heard a lot about Blue Nile. Other than not being able to touch and feel it, are there other things that make it better to buy in person?

Letís say all characteristics of the diamond being equal, are in person dealers more negotiable?


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It's like buying a Rolex from the AD versus buying online from DavidSW. You get the same product at a better price online.
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If you buy something from blue Nile and don't like it you can return it. You can't negotiate but prices are generally better than a brick and mortar store anyway. I world compare to James Allen as well.

OP: When I went to my local jeweler she brought out a few diamond rings of different prices and grades, and I held them in my hands and looked at them under a loupe, but tbh all I could see the difference in was size. They were all sparkly. Some had visible "scuffs" under the loupe but not with the naked eye and I doubt my fiance nor her friends/family that she was potentially going to show the ring to would inspect the rock with a loupe...

If you know the specs of the 4Cs you're after, and you've had no prior experience with diamond like me, then you should be looking online to avoid going crazy. I also generally don't like the upsell talk most salespeople try on.

You say the 4C's matter, but then when you looked at rings you couldn't tell the difference and they "all looked sparkly"
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I went with Union Diamond out of Georgia and did online purchasing entirely. They have a physical store, a great selection, and excellent customer service. Pricing was in line with Blue Nile at the time, but that was over 10 years ago. Another data point to use.
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You say the 4C's matter, but then when you looked at rings you couldn't tell the difference and they "all looked sparkly"


What/when/where?
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