Is it really a diamond?

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snazzy
Re: Is it really a diamond?

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 I may just settle for a garbage twist tie around my finger...

 

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hey thats what anniversaries are for .... UPGRADES! ha

slake2000
Re: Is it really a diamond?

     I know you wanted it but your hubby-to-be did the right thing.  You fell in love with the setting not the stone. Do your homework first and take your time. Research the 4 C’s on your computer (Color, Cut, Carat and Clarity). This will give you an idea of what to look for in your center stone. I don’t know what your budget is but eye clean and an I grade on the color is a pretty decent stone.

     Make them hand you a loop or put the stone under the microscope. Let your eyes be the judge. Most stones are what is called eye clean which means you can’t see the flaws with the naked eye. However, once you get it under magnification you will be able to see carbon deposits in the diamond. If the stone is really white/clear and you can’t find the flaws in it hand the cubic zirconia back to the sales person and flee the store as if your hair is on fire.
Now is actually a good time to be looking at jewelry. These stores are starting to get hungry with the economy in a nose dive. The closer it gets to Xmas and especially right afterwards you can probably get an insane deal. The first thing I would do would be get away from the malls. I look at them as kind of a tourist trap. Look on line and get an idea of what the price should be at what quality level. Also don’t tip your hand to the sales person by letting them see those "Oh, please, oh, please" eyes. The more indifferent and likely you are to walk the lower the price. There is a lot of mark up on diamonds. If you can contain your excitement you may be able to get close to a carat for the same price as the half carat. 
     The princess cuts are fairly popular right now but I would also look at a marquee. They tend to look larger than their actual weight so you may be able to get more visual bang for the buck.
 
Good luck to you. 

 

LBL
Re: Is it really a diamond?

thanks.. :)  I wanted a marquis cut, but alot of the stores didn't have them alot.  But we will keep shopping and shopping... I do need to be patient, and you're right...my excitement needs to be brought down when I'm in the store.. but I feel like a fat kid in a candy store!! lol  
 

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slake2000
Re: Is it really a diamond?

You can always build a ring.  They will have loose marquis in the vault.  Years ago when I built mine I used one wide band with a basket weave design and put the diamond on top of it.  You don't have to have two seperate rings.  For my hubby I got him a wide hammered gold band.  The wedding bands don't have to be a matched set.  It actually makes more sense when they aren't.  We each got a band that was suited to our personal taste.   In the end it is a piece of jewerly.  However it is a piece that you wear every day.

D G
Re: Is it really a diamond?

Buy something you like and can afford.

It's the marriage that counts, not the wedding. And it's the love that ring represents that is its true value, not how much it is worth in the market.

Stevie
Re: Is it really a diamond?

"... I'm going to buy you a diamond so big, it's going to make you puke!"

D G
Re: Is it really a diamond?

LOL... what is that from? 

Stevie
Re: Is it really a diamond?

"The Jerk" - Steve Martin.  Very funny movie!

She responds, "But I don't want to puke!"

snazzy
Re: Is it really a diamond?

my husband is a salesman. hes sold just about everything ( but jewelry )so hes a negotiator. jewelry is marked up alot and most of the stores we went to did reduce the price after some persuading. also, after looking throught the jewelry stores and their catalogues we visited a pawn shop for the heck of it. this one was a jeweler and pretty classy as far as pawn shops go. well when we looked at their catalogues they were the exact same as the ones we had seen in the "upscale" jewelry stores. after getting a price on the band we were looking for and there being so much of a price difference i was so sceptical i got the 800 number from the company off the catalogue and called them to make sure they were the real deal. end result: the platinum band was 1300.00-1500.00 at the jewelry stores and i ended up getting it for around 400.00 from the pawn shop. i think they had to ship it but it was well worth the wait. the exact same ring from the exact same manufacturer! im not saying go right to the pawn shops but it may be worth looking into.

LBL
Re: Is it really a diamond?

The idea has crossed my mind... thanks... I need to run it by Hubby-to-be

 

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