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      06-20-2008, 12:59 PM   #23
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She is worth it. I am a difficult person to live with. I am glad that I found her
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      06-20-2008, 01:00 PM   #24
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BEFORE YOU BUY

definitely check out pricescope.com. after gaining the knowledge of what to look for and where to buy, you will feel more comfortable about spending the kind of money that you plan to spend. there are plenty of online retailers that are reputable to buy your engagement ring from. i would recommend jamesallen over bluenile because jamesallen can scan pictures of the diamond under different scopes so you can look at them as if you were at a store.

pricescope.com - knowledge is power. no joke.
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      06-23-2008, 10:00 AM   #25
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Thanks every one for your Input.
I did my purchase from Bluenile. It will be shipped out on July 1 St. I Should have the Ring with me on the 2nd.
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Like I said in my OP, I went to one of the fine jewellers in town and when they showed me the Diamonds they have in stock. They don't carry any thing below I grade and Clarity SI1!!!. So all I saw was some of the best stones they had. After that I went through the collection and see what I could afford and I came up with those specs.

I know for the money I am going to spend If I change the spec's I will be able to get a bigger one. But I thought it is all about quality.

Thanks guys for all the feed back.
It's all about quality, but some specs are just indestinguishable with the naked eye.

First, you want an "Excellent" or "Flawless" cut. That has more impact on the brilliance of the stone than anything.

Next you want color - D/E/F range is very nice, but unless you have something to compare with, G/H stones will look no different. If you're really good, you may be able to notice a little bit of color in the "I" stone, but Jane Q. Public can not.

Last is clarity. Don't get caught up here. An inclusion can be a mineral impurity, or uncrystalized carbon. If the stone has a chip, fissure or "feather" it will be called out on the certificate, stay away unless you really know what you are doing. These are not common in VVS or VS stones, but sometimes may be found in SI stones.

VVS - you need a microscope to see the inclusion
VS - you need a loupe to see it.
SI - you can see it with the naked eye, but you need to look damn close, and it gives me a headache.

Seriously, who is going to look at the ring with a loupe, let alone a 'scope???

Go for an SI1, and work with a jeweler to find one that has an inclusion that can be hidden by the prong of the setting.

Once you settle on Cut, color and clarity, size is what it is.
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I have a shit ton of friends who have bought from bluenile with no incident and they all swear by it...I'm getting mine at Tiffany's tho...flame suit on
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Thanks man. I am all excited
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I have a shit ton of friends who have bought from bluenile with no incident and they all swear by it...I'm getting mine at Tiffany's tho...flame suit on
Man only thing I can say is give bluenile a try and see the price difference before you buy.
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      06-23-2008, 02:35 PM   #31
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If you can find a reputable online vendor, the price will always be cheaper to buy online. For my wife's engagement ring, I bout it from www.bluenile.com. They are one of the largest and more reputable companies out there. They sell their diamonds at a lower cost because they don't have the overhead cost, and the quality are better as well,....it comes with GIA certs as well.

After buying the diamond, I had it fitted into a "temporary" setting, which I used to propose. Afterwards, I had her pick out the design that she really likes, and had a custom setting made for the diamond. Overall, it was the less-expensive way to go and she got the ring that she wanted. It eliminated the guess work out of the whole process, and the quality of the ring was much better.

The following were the specs and price for the ring:

Princess Cut / 1.85 ct / signature ideal cut / F color / vvs1 - cost $12,000
Custom Design Setting in Platinum - Cost $4,500

Total cost was slightly over 17k.
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don't do it, no matter what happens, you're basically screwed

if she says yes, she's essentially got you for life and its going to cost a lot to get rid of her later if you decide to do so.

if she says no, then your relationship with her is now awkward and won't be the same again.
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      06-23-2008, 10:54 PM   #33
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I have a shit ton of friends who have bought from bluenile with no incident and they all swear by it...I'm getting mine at Tiffany's tho...flame suit on
the box alone can work wonders...
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If you can find a reputable online vendor, the price will always be cheaper to buy online. For my wife's engagement ring, I bout it from www.bluenile.com. They are one of the largest and more reputable companies out there. They sell their diamonds at a lower cost because they don't have the overhead cost, and the quality are better as well,....it comes with GIA certs as well.

After buying the diamond, I had it fitted into a "temporary" setting, which I used to propose. Afterwards, I had her pick out the design that she really likes, and had a custom setting made for the diamond. Overall, it was the less-expensive way to go and she got the ring that she wanted. It eliminated the guess work out of the whole process, and the quality of the ring was much better.

The following were the specs and price for the ring:

Princess Cut / 1.85 ct / signature ideal cut / F color / vvs1 - cost $12,000
Custom Design Setting in Platinum - Cost $4,500

Total cost was slightly over 17k.
Is this the average cost of a wedding ring? Or are you just ballin' like hell?

Glad to see you found your ring OP.
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That's a VVS1 F 1.85 ct - it's expensive. Thing is, I could set it down next to a stone of the same cut, SI1 H 1.85 ct and you'd have a hard time telling the difference.
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      06-24-2008, 08:09 AM   #36
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+1 with everything turbofan says about diamonds..

with diamonds, you pay for rarity, not beauty.
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don't do it, no matter what happens, you're basically screwed

if she says yes, she's essentially got you for life and its going to cost a lot to get rid of her later if you decide to do so.

if she says no, then your relationship with her is now awkward and won't be the same again.
Wow - fermion has a messed up way of looking at women - who hurt you??

The OP is probably the happiest guy out there b/c he knows he's going to get this wonderful woman for the rest of his life - that's awesome! No call for negativity.

OP - congrats, and whatever you decide, she's going to like it. Myself I've been looking on bluenile as well, but I just don't think I can buy online. So I think I'm going to Spence diamonds to buy. But that will be in the next couple months or so.
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Wow - fermion has a messed up way of looking at women - who hurt you??

The OP is probably the happiest guy out there b/c he knows he's going to get this wonderful woman for the rest of his life - that's awesome! No call for negativity.

OP - congrats, and whatever you decide, she's going to like it. Myself I've been looking on bluenile as well, but I just don't think I can buy online. So I think I'm going to Spence diamonds to buy. But that will be in the next couple months or so.
Thanks man. Appericiate all the kind words.
Most of us have been hurt by women and in return we have hurt women too. As humans we have to forget and fogive and move on. Some people don't know how to do it or it takes a long time for them to comes to grip with life.

I am glad that you are looking for a ring. I did went to Spence and I found out thaey are the most expensive out of all the places I went to. I know it is some times tough to buy online. I will advice you to do the same as what I did. Find the Diamond from a Store and then try to shop for a similar one Online. When I found the Diamond at Bluenile I called up the first jewellery store I went to and told them the Price difference. It was well over 3K. They called me back and drop the price by 1K. I went back to them and told them that I will give them 1K more than bluenile. They counter offered me and said 1500 more than Blunile. Once I know the price difference I wasn't ready to pay more than 1K difference so I told them that I will buy from Bluenile.
I am sure you could use similar tactics.

Good luck with your search and if you need any info pls send me a PM , I will be more than happy to share any info I have.
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If buying from BN, make sure you use the 10% off codes they have all the time, can easily amount to a big savings...congrats btw.
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Nissan - what 10% off coupons???

If you can post a link or wherever I can find these coupons, that would be helpful!
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http://www.retailmenot.com/view/bluenile.com

I think a lot of the 10% off coupons work on the setting only, but try them all out and see, might hit one w/a disc. over the entire purchase.
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how do plan on purposing or did you?
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how do plan on purposing or did you?
I guess you are refering this to me. Is that Correct?
No I haven't done that yet.
We are going to the mountains in about couple of weeks and then we are going on the gondola ride first thing in the morning so that we can see the sunrise and I am going to propose to her at that time.
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