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Buying In London, South Africa Or Online?


Pilgrim Tim
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My wife has recently lost the diamond from her engagement ring so I’m on the look out for a replacement loose stone.

 

 

I live in London but work will be taking me to South Africa (more specifically Cape Town) quite a bit in the next few months. So my question is, where am I likely to get the best deal on a diamond:

 

 

1. In London (e.g., Hatton Garden)

 

 

2. In Cape Town; or

 

 

3. Online?

 

 

Does anyone have any specific tips on buying diamonds in Cape Town (i.e. recommended jewellers).

 

 

I also fly through Johannesburg airport quite a bit. Anyone got any experience of buying from the duty free stores inside the airport?

 

 

Many thanks in anticipation.

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Some "South Africa"-related recent threads:

 

http://www.diamondreview.com/forum/topic/7558-wanted-08-1ct-diamond-ring-delivered-to-south-africa/

http://www.diamondreview.com/forum/topic/7555-round-brilliant-h-si2-076ct-stone/

 

Frankly, I'd say that if you are privileging price and availability of choices, online (i.e. largely US-based vendors) is the clear winner. If you favour convenience/local service, go for London. I see very little reason to shop in South Africa for loose stones.

 

I am not familiar with the Jo'burg duty free; based on my observations at Amsterdam, Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle and Eurostar, "duty free" shops for diamonds are among the worst possible choices: limited choice, high prices and poor average quality.

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