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Old 09-18-05, 11:56 PM
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Good places for engagement rings.

I'm going to start looking for an engagement ring. What should I look for in a ring? Anything I should stay away from? It needs to be silver. What should someone spend on a ring? What are good places to look for rings? Do I basically just have the mall?
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www.diamondtalk.com

Spend a few hours reading the place and asking questions. And DON'T buy from the mall
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BLUENILE.COM

You will find the cheapest prices here, most likely.
Local jewelry stores will charge you much more.

Oh yeah, for education on diamonds, diamonds.com is a great source.

Also, if you want the best, just go to Tiffany's. There rings are amazing, truly beautiful.

And btw, DON'T DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Ill second bluenile. I got mine there a couple weeks ago and she loved it. And so did all of her friends.

Free shipping and no sales tax.
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Costco is also recommended.
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I certainly never would never buy a ring off the web. As you quikly find out each stone is different and to buy sight unseen is very very dangerous. Sure, you may see a picture on the web, but we all know that a photograph can be very misleading.

I don't know your budget ($5K?), but your best bet is to do some research, then head down to a local jewler. You may pay a few bucks extra, however you'll know exactly what your getting.

Any yes, as an earlier poster said - stay away from those mall jewlery stores.

Good luck and I hope she says "yes".

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I disagree with the whole "don't buy sight unseen" thing. A quality diamond importer will have certified diamonds for sale online. I got wife's at mervisdiamond.com six years ago, and I'll be perfectly honest with you. What cost me $3,000 online would have easily cost me $5,000 at a local jeweler. Best thing you can do is go to the local place and find exactly the cut, color, clarity and carat size you want to get, then go online and buy it there. A reputable online site will guarantee their diamond just like a regular jewelry store will. Maybe you have extra cash to burn (I sure didn't), but if you don't, I'd seriously forget the "support the local merchant" thing...

I've heard good things about bluenile.com, too...
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I respectfully disagree. But hey, if your satisfied then great. The one thing we do agree upon is atleast having puddytay seeing real diamonds in the flesh under a microscope.
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Or maybe you can save yourself thousands of dollars by showing her this website. Did Someone Die for That Diamond?

Or for those with MTV attention spans, here is a handy little flash animation.... LINK

Thanks for reading, and congrats on the engagement.
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Robbins Brothers the world's biggest engagement ring store.(or so they claim)
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after following audiowizard's advice, check out:
http://www.pricescope.com/
for an excellent search engine.

My wife is sporting a ring from whiteflash.com, another highly reputable online dealer, FWIW.
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whiteflash.com is great, that's where I got my fiances ring from. Pricescope is also great for research.
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I got my wifes diamond from dirtcheapdiamonds.com and had a local jeweler make the band. She loves it and the jeweler said it was a great buy.
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What's wrong with rings from the mall?
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Originally Posted by puddytay
What's wrong with rings from the mall?
Nothing, except it'll be marked up in most instances.
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cheap: pawnshop
expensive: Tiffany's
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I bought an engagement ring from Tiffany...they actually have a payment plan where you spread out the cost of the ring in 6 months, no interest.

Prior to my purchase, I had only went online (bluenile.com) and some local jewelry shops. In comparison, the ones at Tiffany definitely sparkled more even with the same or comparable cut, clarity, color, etc. At first I thought it was the light, but my brother confirmed that it was definitely more sparkly than the others we had saw, so it wasn't just me.

Also, there's something to be said about where you get the ring from. I know this may be individual, but as soon as I showed the greenish-blue box to my female friends, they quickly recognized it to be a "Tiffany" box and began salivating even before I showed the ring. Of course, they were further "wowed" by the ring. So there's obvious a store brand association that's subconsciously buried in their heads.

Now, is that important? Certainly not to me and not to my gf (so she says), but honestly, I think in her mind, it shows that you went the extra mile. Most girls I know are shallow like that and want name brand stuff anyway even if they won't admit to it.

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