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Good point :-)

 

So, I narrowed my search by attributes mentioned above, looking at 0.25ct stones arround 350$ and 0.30ct arround 430$ and when I'll find good pair in terms of symmetry, I'll buy it.

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Fingers crossed!

 

FWIW, the budget upgrade should result in stones that are visibly larger (0.35 mm is easily visible) than where you started from, so at least you are getting an immediate pay-off there.


Davide - Specialised Consumer Information and Assistance,
Diamonds by Lauren (http://www.diamondsbylauren.com)
davide@diamondsbylauren.com

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And the story continues (and ends, at least for B2C)

 

Placed order for both diamonds at $861 + 3% fee for credit card payment. After consultation with B2C's customer service, I've choosen bank wire as a payment method - in order to "reserve" diamonds, we agreed that friend of mine will call them later and she will finish the transaction with credit card payment over the phone. So far good :-)

 

When she wanted to change payment method and pay with card, they cancelled previous order and made new one with different method of payment. And with approx. $150 higher price. I asked for an explanation and they called me (It's 10 PM here, my wife was home, so, surprise spoiled) and explained that prices of diamonds are volatile, thus, they're changing every hour - resulting in higher price because price went up in time between these two orders.

 

I believe that they should have sold me diamonds for a price listed in the first order, so I told the customer  representative that I disagree with the new price and insist on the previous one given the circumstances. He talked to the manager, called 30 minutes later only to tell me that they can't do anything about it. So I told him than I don't care about damned 150 bucks (price was still quite good in comparison with prices in Czech) but it's a matter of principle so I'm taking my business elsewhere...

 

To end on a positive note, thanks to this exprience I learned lot of useful information about diamonds, which will surely come handy in a future. And I have some new story to tell :-)

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Hm. A bit odd, and not good service. Sorry for this; I hope you find something else (and maybe reinstate an element of surprise!) quickly and without fuss. If we can be of assistance, post away!


Davide - Specialised Consumer Information and Assistance,
Diamonds by Lauren (http://www.diamondsbylauren.com)
davide@diamondsbylauren.com

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Well, at least I was surprised, I can tell you that... I mean, till now, no retailer, supplier, tradesman, you name it has never pulled such stunt on me :-)

 

Nonetheless, my wife told me that she wouldn't want, nor wear such expensive* jewel anyway, so we decided that we would go shopping and she will pick something nice, be it jewels, clothing, whatever she will want and then we'll have a dinner in some nice restaurant. Those earrings were meant as a gift for a giving birth to a baby (kind of a custom here, but doesn't apply to everyone)

 

But she will get these earrings on a different ocassion anyway, but just right now I'm not exactly in the mood for continuing this adventure plus it wouldn't be surprise as I mentioned above :-)

 

*Opposite to the United States, and despite marketing efforts of the companies selling pricier jewelry, most of czechs views it as a waste of money, regardless of their income (but of course, there are exceptions). So, expensive here means something different than in the US.

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Thanks for the insight into Czech culture, Mathieu. I have a good friend from Brno, and she doesn't wear much jewellery, but I always attributed this to the fact that her husband is Scottish! ;)

 

When time for a sparkly surprise is right, we are here to help. In the meantime enjoy your shopping and dinner together (and hopefully some rest afterwards... babies can be - ahem - noisy).


Davide - Specialised Consumer Information and Assistance,
Diamonds by Lauren (http://www.diamondsbylauren.com)
davide@diamondsbylauren.com

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What a coincidence, I'm from Brno too :-)

 

To expand my post above, czech woman/girls usually wear jewelry, but it's often "bijouterie", my wife got whole boxes of it (and still counting), I want to say, your friend just might not be exactly into jewels at all, I mean, her scottish husband might be innocent in this matter :-) Not that I would want to somehow "evaluate" scotsmans, since the only one I know somehow closer is black, thus, no true scotsman* :-)

 

When the time comes, I'll surely come here for an advice. And I want to thank you again for your assitance Davide, I'm well aware of that your time is valuable, the more I appreciated your help in this matter.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_true_Scotsman

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