Shopping for Engagement rings in New York Diamond District

by Sinead
(Ireland)

Hi, My husband and I are travelling to New york from Ireland 13 Feb to buy a ring.Spending about $3000 could you advice me on where to shop for it.


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Nov 01, 2009
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I'd go with Bluenile and spend the saved money on NYC holiday
by: Rachael

Hi,

from personal experience, I would do the trip as a romantic holiday, check out the prices, the specs, the certs etc online and when you go there, but don't feel under pressure to buy when there Sinead.

We kept our eyes open and realised that it was cheaper and better to buy our ring from Blue Nile. Now you can buy it stateside, in NYC, or even better, if you want to help Irish jobs, buy it from them in ireland. They ship diamonds to Dublin now, they're based in Blanch. We did that and found them so successful that friends are setting up a website to publicise them. We found the whole thing just flawless. I searched for a long time on and offline, and in the end, decided that buying without a gun to our head was the best option. There's no stress in buying it online. You can send it back even if you just don't like it, its 60% of retail prices (with them anyway) and you can use the savings to go on a romantic trip (like NYC)!! Best of luck girl and do whats best for you of course. Enjoy NYC. Lucky you!!

Nov 02, 2008
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Shopping in NYC
by: Julie

Hi Sinead,

I haven't gone shopping in the NYC diamond district myself, but I did a search online and found a number of people who have and have comments about specific stores and vendors. Copy and past these links into your browser:

http://www.epinions.com/gems-review-6F8B-4605FF7-387F69BF-bd4

http://www.pricescope.com/idealbb/view.asp?topicID=62011

http://www.pricescope.com/idealbb/view.asp?topicID=19641

Also, here is the article I wrote on shopping in the big apple:


Shopping in the New York diamond district can be an overwhelming experience. Being educated about what to expect will serve to your benefit. Before you venture on your trip to the diamond district, make sure to know as much as you can about the 4 Cs and engagement rings as possible. You will look like less of a patsy, or in plainer terms, someome who can be easily screwed over.

If you're not a native New Yorker, then you may not know that the New York Diamond District is centered on West 47th street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue. It's in close proximity to the Rockefeller Center and the Radio City Music Hall. And right in the heart of the district is The Gemological Institute of America (GIA), located at 580 Fifth Avenue.

Bargains are aplenty in the big apple. If you get a good deal, you may be paying as much as 50% less than what you'd pay at a major retail chain.

The diamond districts encompasses everything from ritzy storefronts to dingy booths. You will find more high-end stores on fifth avenue and less on sixth. Expect for aggressive salespeople to try and drag you into their store to look at their diamonds. For the best deals visit one of the 25 jewelry exchanges located in the district. The largest exchange is at 55 W. 47th St. Each exchange has up to 100 separate booths sellings their gems.

You need to be able to do some haggling over prices. If this idea makes you uncomfortable, bring along an assertive friend who has no qualms with bargaining for a better deal. Uncertified diamonds in jewelry wholesale exchanges may represent unique opportunities for bargains. Make a deal contingent upon a diamond being certified. Every exchange should have an expert on hand who can certify a diamond for a small fee. In the long run, this will actually help you save hundreds of dollars.

Go into as many stores as you can and do as much comparison shopping as possible. You will start to get a feel over time for what you can get for your money. In other words, don't settle on the first attractive, affordable diamond you see.


Good luck to you!

Julie

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