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Disneylover79
12-16-2008, 07:24 PM
So DBF told me to find a few rings that I like and he will buy one for me for Christmas.... so I am looking and my question for my fellow Disers is where (if any) do you look for rings on the internet... have you ever bought from EBAY or any online sites.... please help me out... I am looking more for a promise ring but a little more than a promise ring but not as much as a engagement ring.... thanks for the help....

tdsimcic
12-16-2008, 07:36 PM
i got my wedding ring on bidz.com and i love it

Disneylover79
12-16-2008, 07:41 PM
Please don't take offense but is this stuff real on bidz.com? They all look legit but are sooo cheap.... sorry if I offended you.. I truly don't mean to...

disneybridetobe
12-16-2008, 07:59 PM
So DBF told me to find a few rings that I like and he will buy one for me for Christmas.... so I am looking and my question for my fellow Disers is where (if any) do you look for rings on the internet... have you ever bought from EBAY or any online sites.... please help me out... I am looking more for a promise ring but a little more than a promise ring but not as much as a engagement ring.... thanks for the help....

I bought a ring on ebay a few years back, it was a so-so experience. One of the stones fell out, but the seller did accept the return, and I did get my money back.. but I was out a ring!

How about QVC or HSN? I've had good luck with both! :)

mjrich73
12-16-2008, 07:59 PM
Try JC Penneys...they have great quality jewelry and you can get REALLY great prices when they are running sales.

Disneylover79
12-16-2008, 08:03 PM
Thank you all for your help... my biggest question is how do I know what is real and what is not.....thanks

Disneylover79
12-16-2008, 08:05 PM
Try JC Penneys...they have great quality jewelry and you can get REALLY great prices when they are running sales.

Funny you say this because I found the ring I want for my engagement ring atr JCP... I love it and I have emailed a pic to DBF so maybe, just maybe I will get it.....

tdsimcic
12-16-2008, 08:24 PM
Please don't take offense but is this stuff real on bidz.com? They all look legit but are sooo cheap.... sorry if I offended you.. I truly don't mean to...

not offended at all i had a friend who worked at a jewlery store look at my ring and she said it has real diamonds in it and i got my moneys worth and i just love it but i understand why you were asking

tinatark
12-16-2008, 08:40 PM
www.diamondbistro.com

- the sellers there disclose whether they are selling diamonds or simulates.

disneymom2003
12-16-2008, 08:41 PM
Just my 2 cents worth. I would go to a reputable jeweler together. They are having some great sales right now. I would want ot know I was getting the real deal.

Juliet25
12-16-2008, 08:43 PM
My engagement ring and wedding band were purchased on bluenile.com. This was way back in 99/00...so they've been in business for awhile (well, relative to Internet stores!).

Moeluv4u7
12-16-2008, 10:05 PM
I can also vouch for bidz.com- they do sell cubic zirconia as well as crystals, etc but if you hover the mouse over the item it tells you what the item is made of- also if you click on it you get the whole run down- certificates are available for almost every authentic piece- a small charge involved but truly- long story short, everything we have bought has appraised higher than we paid AND no issues on shipping etc-
Suggestion- if you win a bid and see later the same piece or something else you like better or better bid to your favor... you can't "purchase" the second one until you let the 1st one "fall out" of your cart- it tells you how many days you have to pay- Also, if you win bids and make a habit of NOT purchasing, eventually they will ban you- (You can sign back up with a different e-mail)-
I don't try and "cheat" the system but one time I won a bid and I was still looking for a coordinating necklace or bracelet... I saw the same ring I won at such a lower bid going into last few seconds- so, I jumped in and won about $40- cheaper than first- I didn't know what to do as I didn't want both- one of the guys I work with asked how long I had to pay for first item, and second item- he told me just let first fall out of cart and then purchase the item that was left- it worked! I know now they have multiple of same items to post- Oh! & also, sometimes you may be bidding and lose a bid- they will flash a 60 second offer to receive same item at same price! I did this once too- Got a 18K, 18 inch gold chain for $42-!! Site had it comparing at $429- At jeweler's where my sister worked it appraised at close to $600- now gold does change market value and very often but I am very pleased with bidz.com!
HTH
PS- also the key to really low bid on higher dollar items- shop at times many other people will not be on- take into account many time differences but very late at night, weekend nights, and very early morning has worked great for me! I do browse from work but have only tried bidding once, I lost, - You can also click bid history and see how many other people are bidding on an item- wait until last 15 seconds to bid- it will add 15 seconds to bid time for anyone to counter the bid- OR you can set auto bid and just put the top dollar amount you are willing to go on an item- it will auto bid up to the dollar amount you have preset- then if you max that out but still really want it- You can still hit the bid now button and get back in at your discretion. Good Luck if you choose to check this site out more!

CJMickeyMouse
12-16-2008, 10:22 PM
Personally I would not make such an important purchase online. No way I would want to buy my engagement ring sight unseen.

DH and I went to a place where you pick out the setting and the diamond each by themselves. That way you know the exact clarity and flaws in the stone. They would turn on the "flashy lights" to show you what it would look like, say, at the jewelry store in the mall. Then they would turn on the regular lights and point out the "real" qualities of the stone.

We have purchased three rings there.... and never had a problem with any of them. They regularly check them out and clean them.

You just can't get that kind of service online, and to us it is well worth the cost.

Good luck and congrats!! :thumbsup2

Cherbear013
12-16-2008, 11:10 PM
I love the Hawaiian jewelry. It's much more interesting than regular rings, I always get compliments on my plumeria ring. My boyfriend got mine at Na Hoku, check out their website. Great stuff!

hambirg
12-17-2008, 12:45 AM
Personally I would not make such an important purchase online. No way I would want to buy my engagement ring sight unseen.

DH and I went to a place where you pick out the setting and the diamond each by themselves. That way you know the exact clarity and flaws in the stone. They would turn on the "flashy lights" to show you what it would look like, say, at the jewelry store in the mall. Then they would turn on the regular lights and point out the "real" qualities of the stone.

We have purchased three rings there.... and never had a problem with any of them. They regularly check them out and clean them.

You just can't get that kind of service online, and to us it is well worth the cost.

Good luck and congrats!! :thumbsup2


I kind of have to agree with this. When we were in the market for my engagement ring, a local jeweler was going out of business and there was an auction. I thought I knew what I wanted, but when I saw "the ring" it wasn't anything like I thought I wanted. It is an older type setting, but the diamond was beautiful! It just out sparkled everything else in the case. I still get a lot of compliments on it. I know you are looking for more of a promise ring, but when the time comes to get an engagement ring, shop for the diamond. There are jewelers here that let you pick out your stone, and then you pick what kind of setting you want it in.

Tanzanite
12-17-2008, 03:16 AM
Gems tv they will find what you are looking for they have very high end jewelry and Jewelry for any budget when you phone tell them what you want and your budget its on tv 24 hrs a day they have some amazing gems.:cool1: :cool1:

Skatermom23
12-17-2008, 05:59 AM
If you have a BJ's nearby, it would be worth a trip! They have a great selection of jewelry at reasonable prices. Costco has nice stuff as well, but they tend to only carry high end stuff.

TnTWalter
12-17-2008, 07:15 AM
How about this?
http://rockdiamond.com/index.php/jewelry/natural-sapphire-halo-ring-70-emerald-cut-sapphire

or this?
http://www.faycullen.com/rings/800/e707r6td.html

Well...go figure! There's a whole section dedicated to promise rings.
http://www.faycullen.com/sets.html
I don't like these as much as a generic pretty ring...they look to much like 'mini-engagement' rings like a high school boyfriend would buy. I'd rather spend a little more money and get a ring I'd wear even after married.

Here are my choices for good places to get jewelry online.

www.dbof.com

www.diamondsbylauren.com

http://www.faycullen.com


ebay seller
http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/5th-ave-jewels_W0QQ_nkwZQQ_armrsZ1QQ_fromZQQ_mdoZ
sorted lowest to highest rings
http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/5th-ave-jewels_W0QQ_nkwZringQQQ5ftrkparmsZ72Q253A1326Q257C 66Q253A2Q257C65Q253A12Q257C39Q253A1QQ_fromfsbZQQ_t rksidZp3911Q2ec0Q2em14QQ_sopZ15QQ_scZ1
My brother bought my SIL a pair of gorgeous earrings from them.

FOR a WEALTH of knowledge at a messageboard dedicated to diamond lovers and jewelry in general. sort of like the disboards of diamonds.

http://www.diamondring.com/forums/

When DH designed my 15 year ring I learned alot there. We have a local jeweler that we use but the knowledge was great.

I vote to stay AWAY from mall jewelers and stick to the free standing places that have been in business for years.

I don't know enough, but if i did or was willing to take a chance, A PAWN SHOP is supposed to be a great place to score a beautiful ring at a DEAL.

Best of luck in the hunt. It's so fun.

My mom's engagement ring was a beautiful white and yellow gold love knot.

Trish

KelliLee702
12-17-2008, 07:32 AM
So DBF told me to find a few rings that I like and he will buy one for me for Christmas.... so I am looking and my question for my fellow Disers is where (if any) do you look for rings on the internet... have you ever bought from EBAY or any online sites.... please help me out... I am looking more for a promise ring but a little more than a promise ring but not as much as a engagement ring.... thanks for the help....

Maybe you can have a ring made with your birthstone and his birthstone? You can find these at most jewerly stores and are often times "mother" rings but some are very modern and this can show the bond between the two of you,, I had a friend who had one custom made as her wedding ring, and it was simply beautiful.

merekc
12-17-2008, 07:48 AM
I haven't read all the responses, I'm sneaking the Dis in when I should be getting kids ready for school. :goodvibes

Just wanted to say a couple of things.

1. Moisonite (sp?) stones (I believe) test out as real diamonds when they use their little wand thing. Not sure if in the last few years technology has gotten better and they can now identify for sure. Moisonite are lab created diamonds. ETA: I didn't finish my thought. This would be my concern with buying from anyone that I didn't know was reputable. You might be getting Moisonite and paying for diamonds. KWIM?

2. I would personally buy from a jeweler. It is too big of a purchase to make online. Check out several places to compare prices. For me, a local jeweler was able to provide me a better stone, cheaper than one of the chains.

3. Also, diamond buying is confusing. Check online about color, cut, clarity and all that and have an idea going in what you are interested in buying.

I don't know anything about online stores, however, with a diamond if the price is incredible I would be suspicious. I looked at one stone that was a great price and had great color rating, but as I looked at it it had an inclusion (flaw) large enough that I could see with my own eyes. I didn't need magnification.

All of the above, I stand by when shopping for a larger stone (such as an engagement ring), however, I just saw that you are not looking for a true engagement ring. If it is a promise ring, you might consider the Moisonite. Looks like a diamond, sparkles like a diamond for a whole let less money.

Good luck.

TifffanyD
12-17-2008, 07:49 AM
I would suggest going to a real jeweler as well. A lot of them offer protection plans which cover things like ring resizing and lost stones. I got my engagement ring from qvc.com (what i requested) but needed it resized, which cost $75 at the jewelers.

Oh but shaneco is a fun site to play around with - you get to design the stuff yourself kinda. I used to dream about a ring from there

RichNKatHolly
12-17-2008, 07:56 AM
I will agree with PPs who say go to an actual jewelry store.

After reading your post, I just keep thinking, "He went to Jared!!!!" :lmao:

SandrA9810
12-17-2008, 08:22 AM
You said it's more of a promise ring. So don't be afraid to go with your favorite gemstone. I love saphires, and had a saphire ring that I wore for a long time, but it started to get too small on my hand.
I probably paid way over price for our engagment rings. Especially in comparison to what other jewelry stores were offering. But I feel in love with the design of the ring. And the ring they had was in platinum at like 1500. So I had it made it 18k white gold. It requires more cleaning and polishing than platinum, but knocked the price to 825.

Any time you have a ring made, you're going to pay market price for the gold.
Sometimes you'll see two very similar rings in a store at two different prices because of the market price on the gold at the time it was made. So watch the stock market on gold too.

horseshowmom
12-17-2008, 10:02 AM
Let me add another option - www.overstock.com. DD and her DFi looked at a lot of rings before purchasing from them (just for the record, diamonds have one of the highest markups in retail stores).

I buy quite a bit of stuff from Overstock.com, and I got an email from them one day about a sale they were having on wedding jewelry. I forwarded it to my daughter (about halfway joking). Lo and behold, she found a gorgeous ring at a much better price than what they had expected to pay.

They asked me what I thought about it (buying from overstock as opposed to a jewelry store), and I told them that if they weren't satisfied when it got here, it could always be returned. It was (and still is - one year later) absolutely gorgeous. I suggested to them that they have it appraised before they decided to keep it (plus, for insurance reasons). It apprasied at about a third again higher than what DFi paid for it. She frequently gets comments from strangers about how beautiful her ring is.

Jennifer823
12-17-2008, 10:20 AM
Check out Cardow Jewelers www.cardow.com. They are a Caribbean jewelery store - based in St. Thomas, VI and in business for quite a long time. I have bought jewelry from them while in St. Thomas and they are awesome. :) You will get an appraisal certificate when you buy from them. There are great deals to be had when you buy jewelry from the Caribbean. They don't charge tax, either - US citizens get a duty-free exemption, I think it's up to $1800.

Disneyglobegirl
12-17-2008, 10:55 AM
I know alot of people are leary of online Jewelers but DH and I bought new rings for each other on our 10th anniversary (8 years ago) from Sun Jewelry online and absolutely love them- They have many rings to chose from or you can do a custom ring. I called and talked to them many times while ordering ours and they were very helpful and made the online ordering less stressful. We had our rings appraised after we bought them and they appraised for more them what we paid. My neighbor loved my ring so much that she has also bought from them and has been very happy with everything that she has purchased so far.

They are worth looking at if you are looking.:)

www.sunjewelry.com

branv
03-09-2011, 07:11 AM
I would never buy important jewelry from ebay or a private seller (unless you were meeting that person at a jewelry store you pick to have it appraised first).

I assume since it's a promise ring you aren't looking for something with a diamond? It's not the cheapest place, but try jamesavery.com. It's high quality and will last.

For diamond rings, I would never go to a commercial jewelry store now. You will get MUCH better pricing and quality if you go with a diamond broker. You buy the diamond loose and have it put into a setting you have, or have someone make the setting for you. I know, it sounds like something only a wealthy person would do, but not remotely the case. I actually know several people who went this route, from smaller rings to huge rings. And they all paid way way waaaay less than for similar rings they'd been considering from jewelry stores.

We actually bought my middle diamond loose from Mondera, which sold mapped and certified loose stones. They're no longer in business that I know of, but were really reputable at the time and you could choose from a big selection of size, style, quality, etc. Price and quality was amazing. We took it to a diamond broker, who sold us the side baquettes, and also had a designer on site who actually designed and made our ring for us. The final price for everything was astonishingly low. My ring has been appraised a few times now at about 3x what we paid for it.

auralia
03-09-2011, 07:44 AM
blue nile if your looking for a very nice ring or an engagement ring they are the best by far.

RitaE
03-09-2011, 08:03 AM
This thread is from 2008.

mrudman
03-09-2011, 08:07 AM
I'm probably one of the odd ones, but I bought my wedding ring off of Ebay.

Long story short, but dh had bought me my engagement ring, and then when we got married, I inherited my grandma's wedding ring. When younger dd was born, she was an emergency c/s, so was told I needed to remove my rings. Gave them to my mom for safekeeping, but she lost them somehow.

So a few months after dd was born, we decided I needed a new wedding ring... looked at several local stores, didn't see anything I *really* liked... wanted a vintage-looking ring, to keep in line with what my grandma's ring had looked like.

Started browsing online for the heck of it, and found THE ring on Ebay.. being sold by a jeweler located in New York... was not a cheap ring (paid about $1700), but was being offered at about 30% of appraised price.

We ended up buying it, taking it immediately to a local jeweler who appraised it for just over what the amount on our certificate says.. so I'm happy, and got a wonderful deal on it.

And I LOVE the ring.. have had it for 8 yrs now, and still get compliments on it frequently.

Was a bit stressful to actually buy something that big sight-unseen, but it worked out well for us, :)

mrudman
03-09-2011, 08:10 AM
This thread is from 2008.

Oops, just noticed that... oh well, lol!

branv
03-09-2011, 08:52 AM
This thread is from 2008.

GAH! Okay, I got suckered :) For the record, I did NOT resurrect this thread, though I appear as the first poster after 2008. There was what was apparently an advertisement post above mine, which I reported, but FAILED to notice the entire thread had been pulled up by that advertiser. Sorry :flower3:

njsweetP
03-09-2011, 09:13 AM
GAH! Okay, I got suckered :) For the record, I did NOT resurrect this thread, though I appear as the first poster after 2008. There was what was apparently an advertisement post above mine, which I reported, but FAILED to notice the entire thread had been pulled up by that advertiser. Sorry :flower3:

You're right - someone else resurrected this thread, a newbie with 2 posts..probably looking to self promote some jewerly websites like you said.

princessnoelly
03-09-2011, 11:55 AM
If you have the deluxe membership and an AMAX you get money back. Plus, it's Costco!:lovestruc

princessnoelly
03-09-2011, 11:58 AM
Oops, just noticed that... oh well, lol!

me too...oops but still love Costco!

RitaE
03-09-2011, 12:06 PM
Quote:

GAH! Okay, I got suckered For the record, I did NOT resurrect this thread, though I appear as the first poster after 2008. There was what was apparently an advertisement post above mine, which I reported, but FAILED to notice the entire thread had been pulled up by that advertiser. Sorry

Ha Ha - those Mods really hung you out to dry. ;)