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Old 02-07-2009, 08:20 AM
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As I am shopping for engagement rings, I have seen a lot on line referring to BlueNile.com. I checked out there site and they seem to have a very good selection of diamonds of all qualities. I was able to find diamonds in my price range with D-I color, good-very good cut, with VVS-1- VS2 clarity for well within my price range (~1k for diamond alone), the size is around .5-.7 carat. Seems to be by far better than what I have seen locally. All diamonds are certified and get shipped FedEx Priority at no charge. I also won't have to pay sales tax.

Bluenile has been a Forbes Best of the Web website since 2000 and reviews seem to be very favorable. Just want to know if THT has bought anything on the site and the reviews. With 100% customer service guarantee, I almost can't see going wrong. If I don't like it I can return it.

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Old 02-07-2009, 08:35 AM
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I looked at a lot of diamond rings last fall for my wife. I almost bought one on line like you're looking at. We ended up buying it at a local jewellery store. I was glad I did when one of the three diamonds fractured after two months. We walked in the store with the ring and the sales lady looked at it. She gave aus a new ring on the spot. The one she replaced it with has a higher grade than the one we had, and it was listed for $500 more. There's something to be said for being able to talk face to face with the folks that you buy from. Good luck!
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Old 02-07-2009, 10:19 AM
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bstnsportsfan - 2/8/2009 12:20 AM

With 100% customer service guarantee, I almost can't see going wrong. If I don't like it I can return it.
(1) "100% customer service guarantee" means nothing unless what they mean by customer service is defined.

(2) what do you mean by "I almost can't see going wrong." ??? Either you can see going wrong or you can't. There is no middle ground in there.

(3) you are buy a potentially big ticket item, unseen. Do they have a clear and explicit money back return policy. If not, I would not buy there.

(4) we do not buy diamonds. The price of diamonds is artificially inflated, and not by a little bit. The actual fair retail price of a 1 carat, cut diamond, is estimated at about $5 if the distribution was not restricted specifically for the purpose of inflating the perceived value of diamonds.

As a suggestion, talk to you honey and see what she really wants. You may be surprised to find she wants a diamond because she is told she wants a diamond. Almost all diamond marketing is by done by DeBeers and the family that is a major holder of Nokia (the cell phone people). Those two groups control most of the diamond distribution in the world. Even the Russians yield to their marketing scheme because it is most effective in artificially inflating the value of the world's diamonds.

Personally, I like sapphires (blue stones) and 'woman' likes rubies (deep red stones). I think diamonds are at their best when set next to a quality blue sapphire. Whatever you guys decide, you are not limited to diamonds just because DeBeers and Nokia-ites tell you you are.

Btw, congrats on your engagement.
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:04 PM
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Eyeball, thanks for the response!And its funny because what you said, is what someone I work with also said about how the "diamond" is for engagements, but your right there are many other stones you can use. I know she really wants a diamond and it is also her birthstone (april)

For your #2, I say "almost" because I am reading further into the webiste. Bluenile is a legit site and they offer a 30 day money back guarantee. No questions asked return policy. A fellow THTer set me a PM saying he bought diamond earrings for his significant other and he has zero problems and she loved them.

Again, I appreciate your response and you are right about it being a large purchase and to be careful.
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Old 02-08-2009, 11:29 AM
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I have had very good results at Costco. I think their prices are very competitive.
The online site lets you see Costco's entire nationwide stock.
You can filter for size, color, cut and price.
One very nice thing about buying online from Costco is that you can return it to
any Costco store.

DeBeers does have tremendous control of the market, but prices have come down
in the last two years. I have to believe that economic pressure will lower prices further.

One last thought: The big pawnshop chains get in a lot of diamonds,
including some very high quality ones. It could be well worth your while to locate a few
nice ones and hire an expert for an hour or whatever to give you an independent opinion.
There is good reason that most people on THT recommend using a surveyor.

The $5 a carat seems pretty far fetched. Cutting alone would far exceed that amount.
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Old 02-08-2009, 12:07 PM
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evensen - 2/9/2009 3:29 AM

The $5 a carat seems pretty far fetched. Cutting alone would far exceed that amount.
It indicates how plentiful/not rare diamonds really are. I think when you get into super high quality diamonds the price prob rockets with hand cutting, hand polishing.

Fwiw, the quality of cubic zirconia and moissanite is now so high it can be difficult for experts to distinguish them from the real thing with only a casual visual inspection. Maybe it could be some of the reason for declining diamond values, too?
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Old 02-08-2009, 02:45 PM
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I bought my wife's ring there in 2004 and she is more than happy.....with the ring at least...

I have no complaints or regrets using blue nile and have since purshased a few thousand in watches from there.....my wife has a problem with wanting watches as well.....
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:23 PM
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junior26 - 2/8/2009 5:45 PM

I bought my wife's ring there in 2004 and she is more than happy.....with the ring at least...

I have no complaints or regrets using blue nile and have since purshased a few thousand in watches from there.....my wife has a problem with wanting watches as well.....
at least you can buy the watches at a good price! I have received several responses here on THT and all are good. Now I just need to pick the ring! She thinks I am going to propose in the next couple of months...little does she know it is within a couple of weeks!
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Having spent a couple months salary on a ring for my special lady a few years ago I suggest you go out to local stores just to look at what different size/shape/quality diamonds look like in person. I did online research for a long time. Getting out and looking at the real thing made it all make sense. I ended up buying local due to what I thought was a decent deal. Looking online I wanted a 1 carat. Ended up with a 1.7 carat and the better half was speechless for quite some time!

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