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Ok boys. I found the love of my life, and want to get engaged soon. Already know I want a 2 carat solitaire diamond.

I went to Jared's and looked at stones, but figure these have to be the high retail price.

Anyone know any reliable wholesale Diamond merchants?
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Whatever it is, if it's a decent GIA cert stone, you're going to pay a bit north of $10K a carat.

You can search www.BlueNile.com, by each category (Size, Color, Cut, Clarity, etc.), check out each diamond's GIA cert, and it will give you the price.

That levels the playing field.

Congrats and good luck,

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Spend some time educating yourself on pricescope dot come

Oh and "don't do it!"

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There is a member here in the business... he should be along any time now...
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freedbaby..he is your guy here
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I learned at least as much here- http://www.pricescope.com/forum/rockytalky/ as I have on THT

Be prepared to be staggered by how much some people spend on jewelry. There are several 100K+ a piece kinda people that hang out on there. Funny story- when I first started hanging out on there a woman helped me out a lot and she was one of the 100K kinda people. Turns out she lives less than a mile from me and I would NEVER have guessed from looking at the house/vehicles. I watched her wrote a check for 3 stones at the Tuscon gem show that totaled well north of 70K and then after we were back home she put them in settings that easily added another 50K. There are some big dogs on there but whats cool is that they will help you just as much as the guys on here do. Love the place.
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freedbaby..he is your guy here
X2. He helped me out with an upgrade to my wife's engagement ring. The diamond was almost 2 carats. A beautiful ring and a good price. Freedbaby will take good care of you.
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Cubic zirconia
then update the boat
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Go to a pawn shop best prices on diamonds.
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22 years ago freedman jewelers treated me well. Their grading was consistent with the recent grading I had done for insurance. I paid 1/2 retail at the time. Freedman is at the jewelry exchange. At the time they had an unconditional return policy and encouraged having it appraised elsewhere.

I think paying premiums for certified diamonds you are not holding for an investment is silly. It's going on a finger hopefully for the rest of your lives together. You just don't want to get screwed hence the appraisal.

They used to be at the jewelry exchange in boston.
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http://www.brilliance.com/diamond-search

Bought a few stones from this company, very happy with all of them. Each appraised at least 20% more than what my purchase price was for insurance purposes.
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John, I always figured you were already an old married guy.
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Stay away from stores like Jared, find a local reputable shop and look there. The prices will be higher but the quality is worth it. Those colored diamonds are not quality so don't fall into that trap. They take low quality stones and treat them to get more money, they don't come out of the ground that way. Congrads by the way, Niagra Falls is a great place to propose, I did it there and it will always be remembered.
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Screw local. Go to the diamond district in Manhattan. I bought my wife's 2.62 carrot for 1/3 the cost at a mall. They will fed-ex it to you - so no taxes, either!

Take some friends and make a day of it. My step son did the same thing.

That's when I lived in CT.
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Bluenile.com works on some of the lowest margins in the industry for diamonds. Old school jewelers aren't too happy about them but, they are what they are. Their setting selection and prices suck and obviously you don't have a store to go to with a problem. Bluenile doesn't own much (if anything) and many of the stones listed on their site can be bought on a wholesale trading network that (some) jewelers have access to. I think (absolutely no fact to this feeling) that Bluenile gets a lower price on the same stone then I would get as a small independent store, but the same stones are available to others.

Only buy a GIA graded stone. Don't accept anything else. It takes all of the question out of stone grading and they are the industry standard. Go to gia.edu to educate yourself about color, clarity, etc. Decide what attributes are important to you as you may have to give up another to stay on budget.

I am a 4th generation jeweler so feel free to PM me with any other questions that you might have.

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Nexus Diamond.

I'm a plain ol blue collar works with my hands from scaffolding kind of guy. Not the $100,000 ring kind of guy. My wife and I both were against "blood diamonds" and such. We found Nexus and holy cow did we get a deal. She has a 2.25 super clear diamond, just a hint of blue, in a great paladium setting that never needs cleaning for a grand total of $1,800. She got her papers and laser etched ID number and all that. Everybody that sees it is left speechless. My wife works for a doctor that sees many upscale clients, the old blue hairs make crazy comments all the time about how big and nice her ring looks compared to their "cheap assed husbands". Most think we spent $20-30,000 for the ring.

I'm not trying to say it is some how better than a diamond mined in Africa, I honestly have no idea about that. For all purposes it is a real diamond, not CZ and aa great way to save money towards your new boat.
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Got my wife's stuff from Blue Nile. They were reasonable and easy to work with

I'm a little surprised at the news but I wish you all the best.
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Cant believe it hasnt been brought up yet. Pics and we will decide if shes worth it
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Originally Posted by Poseidonistaken View Post
Cant believe it hasnt been brought up yet. Pics and we will decide if shes worth it



Ok, you guys decide:

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