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    Just got engaged

    Well guys,

    I just got engaged :-D

    Now being a complicated sort of guy I did not get the ring before hand and now I need to find one fast.

    She likes white gold or platinum and prefers square cut diamonds and more of an art deco style than modern rings.

    She likes london-victorian-ring.com/351…htm

    I am looking for a good ring but for as cheap as possible. Quality is obviously still very important.

    Thanks in advance for any help guys.

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    Take the intended on holiday to the States or Canada, and buy the ring there.

    The money you save on the rock will pay for your holiday!

    CJ

    EDIT: Oh, and congrats by the way!

    Hmm, HM Samuels has a good website and i believe quidco offer 10% back which is quite a lot if you are spending over a grand! Goldsmiths offer 12% and have a good range too.

    Good luck and congrats!

    nickmax1

    Hmm, HM Samuels has a good website and i believe quidco offer 10% back … Hmm, HM Samuels has a good website and i believe quidco offer 10% back which is quite a lot if you are spending over a grand! Goldsmiths offer 12% and have a good range too.Good luck and congrats!



    Don't forget that jewellers are ALWAYS open to offer. Always ask for their "best price" before buying.

    CJ

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the advice so far guys. You really think the rocks are cheaper abroad? Would be interesting to go on holiday which will be paid for by the difference.

    Does anyone know any websites with rings on it to get a good look at other types.

    Want to get this one right first time

    richystix

    Thanks for the advice so far guys. You really think the rocks are cheaper … Thanks for the advice so far guys. You really think the rocks are cheaper abroad? Would be interesting to go on holiday which will be paid for by the difference.Does anyone know any websites with rings on it to get a good look at other types. Want to get this one right first time



    The only way to be sure to get it right dude, is if your intended chooses it!

    And yes, diamonds are so much cheaper in the states, and with the dollar being so low just now, you should get a corker!

    CJ

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    Thanks for the link emma. Keep them coming guys.

    Thanks

    I would definately not recommend Jewellery.tv or HM Samuels as they will sell you a next to worthless second rate stone. A quality diamond is more than just about it's carat size. The cut, clarity, and colour of a diamond can make a massive difference to the value of a stone. I'd presonally recommend that you go to either the States or Dubai and buy yourself a certified stone!

    Do your research & learn how to view a stone thru and eyeglass an you will see exacty what i'm talking about!

    I recommend going to the source - same as everyone else is :-P

    Don't tell the missus to be that you've even thought of posting on here or you'll need ]these guys. (They helped me :grin: )

    My penny's worth is to get her on board to the "design" and type of ring you want. Personally i think ]these are pretty nice.
    And definitely drop a hint or two about going abroad to get it made especially for her - browny points all over the show.

    BTW - congratulations

    :evil:

    Havent got a deal suggestion but... CONGRATS richystix :-D

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    christt

    I recommend going to the source - same as everyone else is :-PDon't tell … I recommend going to the source - same as everyone else is :-PDon't tell the missus to be that you've even thought of posting on here or you'll need ]these guys. (They helped me :grin: )My penny's worth is to get her on board to the "design" and type of ring you want. Personally i think ]these are pretty nice. And definitely drop a hint or two about going abroad to get it made especially for her - browny points all over the show.BTW - congratulations:evil:



    Cheers for the warning

    Ryderage: Would be interrested in learning the eyeloop thing. Would be fun to walk in and check things properly

    Edi: Thanks

    Try ]http//ww…uk/

    M8 got engaged last week too.

    [SIZE=2]My girlfriend and i visited Turkey a couple of years ago and they had some really nice rings in their Gold store (kinda like a manufacturer's discount store).[/SIZE]
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    [SIZE=2]Tried to convince me to buy one for my gf there and then thankfully i could resist [/SIZE]
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    Original Poster

    Thanks Zwarder and ace. Blue Nile site is nice and well priced. She would rather go to a store and try them on etc first so guess its a day round the shops for me

    Congrats :thumbsup:

    Costco do diamonds iirc, and they have the whiteness and flawless scale next to them so you can see how good a stone you are buying, as opposed to a Ratners one.


    Edited: for bum spelling!

    If you really wanted to save money, you could look into getting a man made diamond. They are flawless and cost much less than "real" or mined diamonds. 99% of jewellers cannot tell the difference between them and the "real" thing.

    Just a thought.

    CJ

    You could always take a trip to amsterdam (Short cruise by P&O) spend the day looking round the diamond shops and get a nice one there.

    Saved around £200 when I did it that way, only downside with everything else I bought I spent around £300 extra

    I got engaged last February whilst on an evening cruise by the Statue of Liberty in New York. I proposed with a cheap but very nice looking Argos ring (You should have seen her face when she seen the Elizabeth Duke box :grin: ), but took her to Tiffanys the next day to choose a ring. You'll get a really nice one for a grand and you can check the prices before you go on their website. As you can imagine I earned mega brownie points.

    New York City is just amazing, so if you can find cheap flights why not go and make a trip to remember.

    Congrats. :thumbsup:

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    stebrookfield

    I got engaged last February whilst on an evening cruise by the Statue of … I got engaged last February whilst on an evening cruise by the Statue of Liberty in New York. I proposed with a cheap but very nice looking Argos ring (You should have seen her face when she seen the Elizabeth Duke box :grin: ), but took her to Tiffanys the next day to choose a ring. You'll get a really nice one for a grand and you can check the prices before you go on their website. As you can imagine I earned mega brownie points. New York City is just amazing, so if you can find cheap flights why not go and make a trip to remember.Congrats. :thumbsup:


    Im liking the idea of going abroad and giving the ring etc there. She is not keen of the states or canada though but she loves europe. I will look into that one.

    Congrats back too you. have you got married yet?

    Hello there,
    No, we aren't getting married just yet as we've decided to do something cheaper and buy a house together :roll: !

    If your fiance to be prefers Europe then as previously mentioned, Amsterdam is famed for its diamonds and Turkey is famed for being cheap yet high quality, but as always beware in Turkey as not everywhere gives a good deal. There are several Turkey holiday forums on the net that will give good advice where to go and where to buy from, so do a quick google. A few places will make rings to your design, maybe take a photo of your favourite expensive design and get it much cheaper.

    Failing them, there is a Tiffanys in Paris, but I doubt it'll save you lots of money. However, Paris is the city of love and I don't think anything quite tops an evening Bateaux River Cruise down the Seine drinking champagne and watching the Eiffel tower twinkle with its myriad of flashing lights. I got brownie points for organising that one as well. :grin:

    Good luck.

    Just stop it will ya! Your making me look bad, Paris, New York..Pah!
    Dirty weekend in Brighton if mines lucky :lol:

    probably not much usis but i've bought numerous gold and diamond items from this ebay seller:

    ***********

    they have some bad feedback but i've not had a problem. On the whole given the number of transactions their feedback is very good.

    I think there are some really good prices and you can send stuff back.

    congratulations btw to you both

    Mod edit - Not allowed eBay seller links in the forums. Thanks.

    Also, im sure you are aware of this, but just in case bare the following in mind when choosing:-

    4C's of Diamond Quality

    Diamonds are graded by four characteristics: cut, carat (weight), clarity, and color. All four of these properties determine how much a diamond is worth.

    Cut - What is the proportion of the diamond? Round brilliant diamonds are commonly cut with 58 facets. The better proportioned these facets are on the diamond, the more light will be reflected back to the viewer's eye. This is extremely important. When cut properly, the diamond will sparkle more. Diamond cuts are measured by the table percentage, so always ask for it. A good table percentage is between 55-60%. Cut also refers to the shape such as: round, pear, and oval.
    If you are having a diamond mounted, write down the measurements of your stone. Measurements never change. Measure the stone after it is mounted and verify that it matches the appraisal and/or certificate.

    Carat - How big is the diamond? Larger diamonds often cost more per carat due to their size. There are 100 points to a carat. Hence a 50 point diamond is 1/2 a carat. (There are 5 carats to a gram.) Always get the actual point size of a diamond rather than a fractional weight. Sometimes jewelers will try to sell a .90 diamond as a 1 carat diamond. A .90 diamond should be substantially less expensive.

    Clarity - How clear is the stone? Clarity ranges from flawless (perfect) to I (included). Here is a chart:
    Flawless: perfect inside and out
    Internally Flawless: may have minor blemishes on the outside
    VVS1, VVS2: have very very small inclusions. VVS1 inclusions can only be seen through the pavilion. VVS2 inclusions are more visible.
    VS1, VS2: have very small inclusions. VS1 inclusions are harder to see than VS2.
    SI1, SI2, SI3: have small inclusions
    I1, I2, I3: have inclusions visible to the naked eye

    Color: Diamond colors generally range from D - X for white and yellow diamonds. D is the whitest. Around S they become "Fancy" yellow Diamonds. One can also find green, pink, red, blue and brown diamonds - though these are usually irradiated.
    Be certain to ask: Do you guarantee the color and clarity of your stones? Many states allow dealers to be off by one color and/or one clarity

    and one final point. buying loose stones is better as ones which are graded by a lab after they are in their ring setting will not have as acurate an appraisal.

    hope this all helps :-)

    Original Poster

    good info, thanks. I was doing some reading on them as suggested but this info is most appreciated. Thanks
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