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  4. davidelevi

    Looking For Online Store To Buy Proposal Rings?

    To those reading this thread later - I'm not totally crazy and talking to myself: it turns out that she (?) was a shill after all... so Hermann removed the posts!
  5. davidelevi

    Looking for a ring! Help please

    Oh, you can get any design custom made to fit your specific stones, or with one or two details that are special for you... but again there's thousands of options for that too!
  6. Brian Daniels

    On a budget - would love advice on this Round 0.8ct, H, VS2

    @davidelevi re: pic request
  7. davidelevi

    The Best Online Jewelry Shop

    You may check the forum rules with regards to advertisements and commercials not being allowed...
  8. davidelevi

    Looking For Online Store To Buy Proposal Rings?

    Simply the fact that you have making a few posts apparently at random on "dead" threads without an introduction or explanation of who you are or why you are here, and very quickly here you are recommending a jeweller. Don't get me wrong - people can post wherever they like, but generally this behaviour is that of a shill, not that of a genuine poster. On the other hand, the fact that you have bothered replying is a sign that you may instead be a genuine poster interested in diamonds and not in advertising - in which case, doubly welcome to stay around and contribute!
  9. davidelevi

    Looking For Online Store To Buy Proposal Rings?

    @Patricia MasonI think that the OP (who has not logged on since 18 months ago) was a shill. My apologies, but I suspect the same of you.
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  11. denverappraiser

    Looking for a ring! Help please

    The gentlemen above have answered the question but might I suggest that it will be an easier hunt to narrow down the requirements a bit. Those rings vary wildly and there are jewelers who will literally have thousands of options like at least one of them. It's like asking about a new vehicle and shopping for a car, or maybe a truck, or a skateboard, or a bicycle. I haven't decided. What do those cost?
  12. LaurentGeorge

    Looking for a ring! Help please

    As Davide points out, none of these designs are particularly distinctive or hard to find. I would say that most retailers, either brick and mortar or online have these designs or something extremely close in our stock of designs. More to the point, you will find better prices through online retailers as their business model tends to be more competitive. The downside may be the inability to see the piece with your own eyes before purchasing, but you will save money. If you are more concerned with seeing the piece or stones in person before purchasing, then your local brick and mortar store may be you best option but there will be a smaller selection of stones to choose from and the prices will be higher. Ultimately you will be best served by talking to a number of retailers, both locally and online, and finding one you feel comfortable with. Explain you goals and budget and the jeweler do what they do best. Good luck to your brother.
  13. davidelevi

    Diamonds fascination

    Most important for what? One could argue that colour drives price (per carat) more than anything else. Get a report that says "red, blue, pink, green" or "orange" and doesn't mention "brown" or "yellow", and your price/carat is dramatically impacted. Most important for appearance probably cut - at least as a single factor. Though again in fancy coloured diamonds colour is at least a very very close second, if not again first. In practice, all 4 (and more) need to be taken into account.
  14. davidelevi

    Looking for a ring! Help please

    Any of several thousands... none of the designs are particularly distinctive or difficult to find. The "reasonable price" is going to depend much more on what stones you (your brother) choose and their characteristics than on the design of the ring.
  15. Hi All, My brother looking for a perfect engagement ring for his girlfriend. Here are some of the rings which he likes. Mb someone knows a good deal/store where you can find it for a reasonable price?
  16. denverappraiser

    Are Graff diamonds a rip-off?

    Nearly everyone who buys from Graff, Tiffany, Cartier or any of the other ‘houses’ in the jewelry business goes home happy, even though similar merchandise is available elsewhere for less and they knew that going in. Sometimes quite a lot less. Why? Largely I see it as a matter of trust, not price. If you buy from Graff you can be confident that they are selling what they say they are selling, that’s it’s of fine quality, that they will charge your credit card once, for the correct amount, and that if you have a problem they will still be around next week to take care of you. This is all true. They make no claim that they are the ONLY places where this is true, that they are in any way the best, and they certainly don’t claim to be the cheapest, but these are very reliable companies. Homework is not required. If you buy from Graff you will get a fine piece. If you don’t like the prices, you know where the door is. In answer to your question, no I would not call that a ripoff, but I would add that I don't shop there because of the prices.
  17. LaurentGeorge

    Are Graff diamonds a rip-off?

    I concur with Davide on all points. I would say there is a value to dealing with Graff and other high end retailers when you are looking to purchase truly high end pieces. They do charge a hefty premium for their name but if you are looking for a 15 carat fancy vivid blue diamond, Graff may serve you better than Blue Nile as they make it part of their modus operandi to seek out truly exceptional diamonds. That said, when it comes to bread and butter merchandise, by which I mean 1/2 carat to 3 carat white center stones, you will get substantially better value from some of the online retailers like, BN, JA, Diamonds by Lauren, myself (DiamondIdeals) and a number of others, without sacrificing quality. Most of us provide great customer service, but that is something you can assess for yourself by direct contact.
  18. davidelevi

    Are Graff diamonds a rip-off?

    It depends on what you (she) value(s). Yes, you can get more diamond (size, colour, cut, clarity, whatever takes your fancy) for your bucks if you shop online, but there are some reasons for shopping at high end stores: 1. Generally the quality is uniformly high (though sometimes there are zingers there too, and low-end "true" chain stores are the worst offenders) 2. Service levels are much higher - including advice, but I would say that most people shopping at Graff don't want the detailed advice... if anything they want the peace of mind and someone taking care of the "technical stuff" for them 3. The cachet of presenting something coming in a signed box 4. Cup of nice coffee/tea, comfy sofas and you actually see the diamond before it's handed to you in a nice box and luxury carrier bag closed with a ribbon by a smiling, smartly dressed sales assistant instead of in a double brown cardboard box sealed with packing tape thrown at you by a sweaty courier who is already rushing to the next delivery. Kind of joking on the last one, but only kind of - all those things cost, and have to be paid somehow. Some people actually like and value that rather than getting an extra 0.5 carats; can't say they are wrong, though I'd do different. The other issue to consider is that even though Graff (and Cartier, Tiffany, De Beers and more) have made their name and reputation on fabulous jewels - and can still procure those if one is in that market - when one shops for "mass luxury" the goods aren't that different from a "good but less luxurious" seller. So I'm not surprised that if you (or your girlfriend's cousin) shop at Graff for a 1 carat ring you get something just like someone else's one carat ring...
  19. mustafa

    Are Graff diamonds a rip-off?

    Hi guys, I am very new to this whole area, and am currenty thinking about choosing a diamond for the engagement ring. I have considered a number of chain-stores, as well as websites, and after some consideration cannot decide where to buy. My parents are a bit old-school and tell me to just get a ring at Graff, but I just don't understand the pricing. For 15,000$, say, I coul get a 1.5 IF, E color, Excellent cut diamond online, GIA certified, while for the same price tag I'd be lucky to get a 1.0 carat at Graff, or at least that was my impression. Obviously Graff probably only has D color, F, Excellent cut diamonds, but I'm just not sure. My girlfirend's cousin got a Graff ring and everyone was excited about that, but when I looked at it the setting was nearly non-existent and the stone itself was probably 1 carat, so I do not get why people get excited about the name. What would your advice be on where to buy and what are the implications of bying at chain stores, not only Graff but say Tiffany, De Beers, etc., over online loose diamonds at Blue Neil and etc? Maybe I don't understand something or just am a pleb. Thanks for reading this, realize this is a question that probably was asked a 100 times before.
  20. LaurentGeorge

    Please review my proposal diamond ring

    I agree, a beautiful stone. I am curious about your choice of Internally Flawless. Is this an absolute must? Or are you trying to avoid being able to see any inclusions with your naked eye? If it's the latter, in a stone that size most SI1 stones will be clean to the naked eye as will all VS2 and better stones. Reducing the clarity would impact price substantially without affecting the look of the stone.
  21. davidelevi

    On a budget - would love advice on this Round 0.8ct, H, VS2

    Bear in mind clauses 4.3.c and 4.3.d of their T&C: https://www.77diamonds.com/terms.html If you are going there to see things in person, it's great, but it no longer counts as a remote sale, so you cannot return a diamond/ring even if you show it to your astrologer in the evening and she says it's got really bad karma. (Just kidding, but you get my gist). If you have any doubts, go there and see things (maybe with a friend so they have his details) - but order online! On the other hand, maybe I'm overthinking it...
  22. Brian Daniels

    On a budget - would love advice on this Round 0.8ct, H, VS2

    There is a good chance I could over think this and its probably what I'm doing right now. More than happy with all advice you've given and my own thoughts too, although the stone I picked is one I found after a 15 min search on their website, without actually seeing any in person.aybe there are better ones out there but by all you've said up to now, it seems like it'll be a safe bet
  23. davidelevi

    On a budget - would love advice on this Round 0.8ct, H, VS2

    It depends on how finicky you want to get on cut... I don't even know if 77Diamonds can provide reflector images (the ASET and H&A images you asked about on another thread). I'd be pretty happy using only the report and the video; some people want the additional assurance that the cut is very highly symmetrical and matching certain proportions not just on average (which is what is on the report), but for each facet.
  24. Brian Daniels

    On a budget - would love advice on this Round 0.8ct, H, VS2

    No I'm more than happy to go with your advice of the 'I' colour stone in a Solitaire setting. I think it will be fantastic. Any need to request more info on the stone itself or is what we've seen enough to go on?
  25. davidelevi

    On a budget - would love advice on this Round 0.8ct, H, VS2

    Don't know if this helps or confuses, but here's a photo of a 0.90 in a halo. The finger is M/N size, and the stone by itself would look quite a bit smaller than a white because of the very deep orange colour
  26. davidelevi

    On a budget - would love advice on this Round 0.8ct, H, VS2

    0.8 is plenty big enough for a 2 mm shank. The variable not under your control is the size of your lady's hands... my wife has relatively large hands and wears a size M/N, and a 6 mm stone is perfectly visible without being gaudy. Here is a photo of a 0.9 (6.15 mm diameter) mounted on a thin shank (1.8 mm IIRC) on a very small hand (UK size I/J) If you want a "boost to size", I think you should look at halos more than at pavé shanks, and that brings its own kettle of problems: colour (mis-)matching is even more important, and the way in which the halo (doesn't) fits around the centre can make or break the aesthetics of the ring. Again not something easy to assess from a stock photo or a CAD rendering. And again not a design I would particularly recommend for an engagement ring to be worn 24/7.
  27. Brian Daniels

    On a budget - would love advice on this Round 0.8ct, H, VS2

    Thanks once again. My female work colleagues are of the same opinion as you (too much time spent looking at rings today in work and not enough work done). I guess I was worried 0.8 wouldn't be big enough to stand alone on a ring and would almost need a boost from the additional diamonds. I haven't seen a single ring in person so I'm not basing that on anything, just my own assumption. Your thoughts? My appointment with 77d is in two weeks so I will keep you in the loop! 🙂
  28. davidelevi

    Please review my proposal diamond ring

    The blue, green and red image on a white background is an ASET image; it's useful (to some extent) to determine brilliance and pattern symmetry. The red and white images are "Heart" and "Arrow" views. Useful (again to some extent) to determine more details of symmetry and cut. From both points of view it's a fine stone. Congratulations!
  29. davidelevi

    On a budget - would love advice on this Round 0.8ct, H, VS2

    Personally I would go for the plain solitaire. 1. It's more elegant (personal opinion - I - or rather my wife - have plenty of rings with pavé in all sorts of shapes sizes and places, but for an engagement ring I would prefer a solitaire) 2. There is no "match"/"mismatch" problem in terms of colour and cut quality 3. There are no quality and durability problems with the setting of the stones on the shank 4. It's cheaper and that leaves you some money to have a nice(r) wedding band, a good dinner somewhere or whatever else Note that 2 and 3 above are "a problem" with many many of these "pre-manufactured" settings, but not all - however figuring out whether they are problematic takes in-person inspection rather than a CAD rendering (or at best a single sample photo - you can bet that the sample is finished with greater care than the average stock item). Second I would go with the all-out pavé shank; the "middle-of-the-road" option I find unbalanced and not pretty. However this again is a matter of totally personal opinion.
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