Buying Engagement Rings Online

by John

: I'm dying to propose to my girlfriend, but I'm finding getting the most bang for my buck at retail stores. She told me about the New York Diamond Exchange (nydex.com), and we've found all kinds of GIA-certified stones there that seem like great deals. However, the idea of buying a diamond sight-unseen online scares both of us a little. Is there anything you can tell me about this specific outlet or buying online in general that might ease my concerns? This would allow me to get a 1.2-1.4 carat stone for what I would pay for a 1 carat at a local retail outlet if it works out.




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Feb 16, 2009
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GIA Diamond Grading Report
by: Dan

I agree, buying online is the best way to get the most bang for your buck!

As mentioned above, one benefit of shopping online is the large selection of inventory at your fingertips. Absolutely agree that a 7 day return policy and the fact that you can't view your diamond prior to purchase is fishy - looking at other reputable online retailers is a good idea. Can you view the GIA Diamond Grading Report? You should be able to view the diamond and the stone's GIA grading. GIA (Gemological Institute of America), is an independent and nonprofit organization, known by the industry (even the U.S. government) as the ultimate authority on gemology. They created the 4Cs and this report in the interest of the consumer, as an unbiased and accurate scientific evaluation to use in determining the authenticity and quality of the stone, in terms of the 4Cs (PRIOR to purchase). GIA's website ( http://www.gia4cs.gia.edu ) is a valuable resource.

Keep looking – there are tons of great deals to be had! Best of Luck!




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Buying Online
by: Anonymous

Hi John,
How sweet that you're dying to propose to your girlfriend. I did a quick look at the website that you listed. I have a few concerns about it, one of the big ones being something you already mentioned: you aren't able to see the diamond until you receive it in the mail. My other concerns are the short return policy: 7 days; and also that I didn't see any formal listings of organizations that vouch for the business's reputation and quality (such as the better business organization, etc.). Instead, the company reports their own stats (i.e. 99 % customer satisfaction) although who knows if these are real figures or made up.

I always endorse buying online as it is the best way to get the biggest bang for your buck. You save about 30* to 40% of what you would pay in a retail store. However, If I were you, I would go with a large company that has a more established reputation. My fave is Blue Nile.com which is the leading online retailer. You can see your diamond, and how it will look on different style rings. You have thousands of diamonds and ring styles to choose from. They have a 30 day return policy and excellent customer service. If the ring doesn't fit, they will take it back and re-size it for free. They have all sorts of independent organizations backing them up. My own engagement ring is from Blue Nile and I am very pleased with it. Other online stores to look into are Walmart and Mondera

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Proposal Help
by: Anonymous

Here's my two cents: I really love your proposal idea and the fact that it is the manner in which your dad proposed to you mom, makes it all the more special. If your girlfriend is close to her family, allowing them to share in the proposal during the Christmas party would be be nice, and would keep with the tradition that the two of you have of exchanging gifts during this time. I would then arrange to have some very special alone time with her-- maybe the day after Christmas you could have a romantic getaway/date planned just for the two of you to connect and relish in your newfound status as an engaged couple.
You seem like a thoughtful guy, so I probably don't need to remind you to ask her parent's permission for her hand in marriage prior to the proposal. :)
Best of luck in your decision-making,

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