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@Furqan Shafi I think Bogeywon is asking whether he should stay away from it, not saying he should.

@bogeywon There is no compelling reason for you to stay away from Costco, and they do have great prices and fairly described merchandise. However before you pull the trigger consider the following:

1. Limited choice: that particular set of rings comes with that one stone. If the stone is poorly cut (and we have no indication either way), you can't change it. Make sure you take a good look at it before buying; I suspect the image is a CAD rendering, not a photo, and you should try to compare it to what else is on offer on the market; simply looking at the information on a report, especially for a highly variable shape like a cushion, doesn't even begin to tell you whether the stone is nice or not.

2. No qualified support/advice either at the moment of purchase (e.g. advice on cut, showing you comparable stones or tweaks on design) or - as far as I know - afterwards: if you lose one of the pavé diamonds, you need to find a jeweller to replace it. Costco cannot help other than by taking the ring back (but see the next point).

3. If you modify the ring(s) in any way, including sizing (and Costco will not size them for you) they are not returnable. This can be very expensive; Costco say (honestly) that the design is sizeable within one size, but sizing those rings requires some skill. If someone gets it wrong, you may be stuck with needing a rebuilt ring at your expense.

So, while shopping at Costco on some things may be a slam dunk, on expensive jewellery I'd be more cautious.

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6 hours ago, davidelevi said:

@Furqan Shafi I think Bogeywon is asking whether he should stay away from it, not saying he should.

@bogeywon There is no compelling reason for you to stay away from Costco, and they do have great prices and fairly described merchandise. However before you pull the trigger consider the following:

1. Limited choice: that particular set of rings comes with that one stone. If the stone is poorly cut (and we have no indication either way), you can't change it. Make sure you take a good look at it before buying; I suspect the image is a CAD rendering, not a photo, and you should try to compare it to what else is on offer on the market; simply looking at the information on a report, especially for a highly variable shape like a cushion, doesn't even begin to tell you whether the stone is nice or not.

2. No qualified support/advice either at the moment of purchase (e.g. advice on cut, showing you comparable stones or tweaks on design) or - as far as I know - afterwards: if you lose one of the pavé diamonds, you need to find a jeweller to replace it. Costco cannot help other than by taking the ring back (but see the next point).

3. If you modify the ring(s) in any way, including sizing (and Costco will not size them for you) they are not returnable. This can be very expensive; Costco say (honestly) that the design is sizeable within one size, but sizing those rings requires some skill. If someone gets it wrong, you may be stuck with needing a rebuilt ring at your expense.

So, while shopping at Costco on some things may be a slam dunk, on expensive jewellery I'd be more cautious.

That’s exactly what I was looking for... thank you for the response... 

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I'm pretty loyal to Costco for a lot of things. They are, without a doubt, the #1 place I shop.

A 1.71/VS1/F/GIA/cushion for $14,700 is pretty price aggressive, even without the ring, but the devil is always in the details. Reread Davide's post above about selection.  The right price on the wrong thing is no bargain and it's important to be certain that what you want is what they happen to have. There's quite a bit of money on the table, advice is non-existent, and the much-lauded Costco return policy is specifically different with jewelry.  If you size it or reset it, there are no returns at all, and even if you don't it'll get you jewelry department credit memo only. 

https://customerservice.costco.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1191


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