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  1. First I like to thank everyone here for their help. I called up barry and he was very helpful. I was in the process of looking and trying to make a decision on what diamond to buy when I happen to find this at a local Costco. I instantly knew that it was perfect for my GF and the price helped alot. It seems the last 2 semester of school was really burning a hole in my pocket books and I had less money than I budgeted for myself. The ring cost 2700, has 1.4 Ct total and came with the wedding band. Both are platinum . Thanks again everyone.
  2. Just sent barry a message on what I was looking for. Thanks for all the advise everyone. Had I not found this forum as well as Diamondtalk.com I would have been purchasing by the numbers and might have been disappointed on what I got in the mail. Will update later.
  3. No insult was taken. Trekkie and Techie rhyme so they are the same in my boat, obsessed with shinny lights and buttons. Should I ask for anything in particular or just leave it up to them to decide? Do I ask them to pick something out and send me a pic of it and if I like i say wrap it up? or should I explain who I am buying it for? What information should I be giving them?
  4. I'm proud to be a techie, not the star trek kind Anyways I started looking at rings 4 days ago. I hit the mall and a Jered to get an idea of what is out there and what can I get for my price range. All the diamond rings they showed me and the ratings were right on aka See how this F to pretties than this H and so forth and then came the slew of certificates. So I felt the numbers were right on. I think went searching online for diamonds with the knowledge that the certificates from GIA or AGS was all I needed to make a sound purchase. I then started to research online retailers aka google them and see what other people thought about a store. Most of the time I tried to find an unbias source such as www.fatwallet.com and a few others. This lead me here. Then I think barry told me that not all settings were unique to a retailer and so I did some more searching @ this point. Then DiamondbyLauren said that pictures was worth a thousand words, so I went looking again. I looked at lauren and barry's site and saw that although a certificate plays a good role it does not factor in everything since art is not really an exact science and beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Now I am torn, confused and starting to get frustrated. I want to buy online so I do not have to pay tax and to spend as much time as possible going between diamonds but since the specs are not the end of all that I was hoping, I am a little torn. My girlfriend is 5' tall asian with a dark complextion since she works outside all day. She does not wear Jewelry and want something nice and simple. My budget is 3.5k since I am a college student. I want it to be simple but elegant, something that will make me look at it and smile knowing I did the best that I can. Arggggggggggggg
  5. Thanks lauren, From your suggestion I visited yours and Barry's site and was amazed at the difference some of the diamonds were. The only reason I looked exclusively at the 4 companies was that I normally visit Fatwallet.com and they have an affiliation with Blue Nile and Mondera aka % back if you purchased through their link. I then googled blue nile and mondera review and found union diamond and Adiamor. From the reviews everyone was happy and since I know nothing about diamonds, computers are a different matter , I stuck with names that everyone been praising over. After visiting diamondsbylauren and Excel diamonds, I think I might need to look a little more. Found a nice setting from Excel and am starting to look through their inventory. Their Ideal round engagement ring looks alot like the Trellis style I've been looking at. sigh, buying something that is subjective to everyone that looks at it is frustrating since I learned that just by the numbers and stats might not always be the best diamond for your money.
  6. Hey Barry thanks for the reply. From what I understand is that the certificate might say Excellent but some companies will use Ideal and Signature ideal and so forth to tempt people. I did a search for Trellis setting on google and found a few more sites that carried a similar sytle. One company Adiamor seems to be legit since the have a good track record with the BBB and bizrate and their diamonds are cheaper than Blue Nile, Mondear and Union Diamond. As for me, I am looking at a 3k ring no more than 3.5k one diamond in particular is .6 carat F VVS2 Ideal VG/EX for 2311 setting is 775 so my total would be about 3.1k What do you think? As for pride, I feel that if I am suppose to do something do it right the first time and 3k is about 2months wage for me. I just want a good balance between cost and quality.
  7. The reason for naming this the ferret is for the fact that I cunningly mislead her to when I would pop the question while giving myself a perfect excuse to go to a fancy restaurant. That and she does not know what kind of ring I would be getting her. The only downside is that I wished I picked a different screen name to post under since if she ever came to this site she would instantly know my Screen name.
  8. Hi all, My girlfriend and I have been dating for almost 7 years. This september will mark our 7th anniversary. The reason for waiting so long is that I am still in school and will finish this December. We started talking about marriage a month ago and I said I would ask her to marry me in a year after I graduated and have a stable job for at least 6 months. Another reason I told her I would ask her in a year would be to give me time to save some money for her ring. What I did not tell her was that the money which I have been hoarding for a new laptop I would put into the ring and I would have enough in 2 months. This september is her Birthday and also our anniversary. I plan to take her to Berns, an upscale steakhouse in Tampa that is reservation only. There I would ask the question. Basically somewhere in our conversation I would comment "Wow can you believe we've been together for seven years. " Once she replies I would ask her to marry me. "How about making it forever? Will you marry me?" Only part of this is that I am not sure if sliding the box across the table or somehow walking around and kneeling. Any suggestions?
  9. Hi everyone, First off I would like to thank this site for all the valuable information. I am currently looking for an engagement ring for my girlfriend. I will be graduating in Dec and plan to propose soon. I have it all planned out and will post in the misc section later for comments. What I have a question about is the grading and the act of purchasing the diamond. The first question I have is that I have been shopping @ Blue Nile since they have the setting I want for my girlfriend. Ring Setting 1) I am a little confused thought and could not find the answer in your forums. They have Signature Ideal and Ideal for AGS while only Ideal for GIA for a round brilliance. Are these the same since they represent the top classification for each respective company? 2) I visited Jarad and their salemen offered a complete loss/chip/stolen policy with free cleaning for the rings purchased at their store. Is it better to forgo the price difference about 800+tax to buy local than go online since the cost of insuring the ring will be about the same after 20 years? Local I can see the diamond while online I have to trust the reports, aka why question 1 is so important for me. 3) I plan on a .6 carat ideal cut ring. I understand that the thought that counts and that she would love whatever I give her but my pride wants to get the best I can afford on a student budget for her no more than 4k for the ring. Is that a decent size for that ring setting? Thanks in advance
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