Buying an engagement ring

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  1. SilverTounge15

    SilverTounge15 Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Guys i need alittle advice please...

    I have begun the hunt for an engagement ring and although i despise the industry knowing fully well that prices are inflated and controlled it still must be a diamond doesnt it...

    Anyway any advice on where to buy or where to get a decent deal or what to look for. I dont even know what questions to ask you guys.

    Im reading about cuts, clarity, colour and the fourth one and think colour is where i would prefer to make the sacrifice for a cheaper diamond. I never knew they were this expensive, absolutely crazy if you ask me....

    Thanks guys
     
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    My advice? Don't get married.
     
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    I recommend buying a quality diamond of at least 1 carat. Don't scrimp on an engagement ring. And most of all, remember: 'a happy wife is a happy life'.
     
  4. Golden ChipMunk

    Golden ChipMunk Well-Known Member

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    Other stones

    CZ

    Topaz


    If you are rich , get a VVi

    Maybe a Heartz on Fire cut ...... Very interesting
     
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    Stoic Phoenix Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Find a wholesaler of Diamonds, the mark up between wholesaler and retailer is like comparing a piece of silver generally for sale here and the same thing off Chip :p

    If you get a ring with a "valuation" of lets say $5k from a retailer...divide that number by between 8-10 to get its true cost
     
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    You people are the biggest hippo ....

    What where you trying to sell me????

    I give you over double (2.5 X spots ) , and you want more...
    Hippo
     
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    Stoic Phoenix Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Chip, you really need to learn how to pick your battles better.....you seriously think offering $40 (which is hardly 2.5 x spot) on an Engelhard bar with a mintage of under 500 was a good offer?
    This is coming from the same guy trying lease a one ounce bar for $500 a week.......please mate.
    It went to a new home to a very appreciative member for well over your offer and no need to haggle.

    Stop twisting the story Chip...I have a wife already who is a master of that.

    Edit to note....My original post didnt mention anything about your attempted buying prowess....you brought that up all on your own champ. :lol:
     
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    I baught an engagement ring a few months ago. dont skimp on clarity.. i was under the impression that i was going to get the biggest cheapest. Because who seriously walks around with a jewellers magnifier? But if u look at many retailers diamonds just with the naked eye u can see that it looks very sandy. Like tiny cracks all through the diamond. I baught my ring very last minute so it costed like 6k from michael hill :rolleyes:. But if i had more time i would have ordered from bluenile.com like i had originally planned and saved thousands on the same ring.
     
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    willrocks Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Getting married means you'll statistically end up giving half your assets to someone you hate.
     
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    Stoic Phoenix Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    ^ Moral of the story, marry someone worth more than yourself
     
  11. Golden ChipMunk

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    Get your fact right!!!

    That was $50/ month lease with deposit of $500 ;


    For your info, mintage of under 500 was only assumption....
    I have proven the figured to Chris before that the figure was only estimated.
     
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    Good for you chip but
    1 - this thread isnt about you and my reference was a jest that you have decided to throw a tanty about.
    2 - I mentioned you as a seller not a buyer, if you care to disclose what was discussed in PM's thats your choice but dont expect me to allow you to twist the story in your petty little mind and not call you out on it.
    3 - this threads about buying a ring, not you or me.

    If you want to have any more of a sook about any other trivial irrelevancies start a new thread.

    Silver Tounge, refer to ego2spares post #9, it directly shows an example of why you should look outside of generic retailers.
     
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    Golden ChipMunk Well-Known Member

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    Check post #5, :rolleyes:
    Refer to me???
    Wtf Puny man



    Who cares about your marriage life???
    if you married a dragon too bad...
    That is why you trying to pick a fight here...
    I am not your punching bag
     
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    I can make a joke about my wife Chip, you can't.
    Try that again I will organise for someone to hit you so hard by the time you wake up your clothes will be back in fashion.
     
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    Golden ChipMunk Well-Known Member

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    Is that a threat???
     
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    Mention my wife again and you will find out I guess.
    Say what you want about me Chip but leave innocent parties out of this.
    This is the last comment on this thread by me to you - feel free to start a fresh thread or PM if you feel so slighted.
     
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    SilverTounge15 Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Gentlemen please....

    Thank you to everybody's input, I assure you all that i have never wanted marriage but have developed trust and a deep relationship that calls for it, It is time to start thinking of these things, i am in no hurry to buy however as i have little knowledge about diamonds and could be sold a lemon and walk away thinking a got a good deal so i am going to take my time learning as much as i can before i buy.....

    I want to be in a place where i could value a diamond myself in an educated amateur kind of way
    It doesn't have to be the biggest rock but it has to shine
    I used to collect crystals and mineral specimens so there is a pickiness with me about such things

    again thank you to everyone I appreciate everyone's time...
     
  18. spannermonkey

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    What's your budget ?
    That most important , I can source diamonds in Melbourne
    At wholesale prices from various dealers ,
     
  19. Stoic Phoenix

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    Befriend a jeweller ST.
    Failing that hit a lot of stores and ask a lot of questions, look at it through their loupes and ask them to explain and show you differences.
    Its a big investment so if one won't spare the time for you another will.
    Definitely take your time, it could literally save you thousands of dollars
     
  20. HugeMetalFan

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    There's a cold front in Sydney, but this thread is heating up :D

    To stay on point; I definitely second Stoic Phoenix, find a diamond wholesaler and you'll definitely be buying the same for less than a chained retailer.

    You should feel comfortable with the seller, do they take the time to educate you on the 5 C's? do they invite you to shop around with your new found knowledge?
    Be mindful of the premiums attached to certain cuts, along with the massive difference between white and dark inclusions which can translate in purchasing a diamond with slightly lower clarity.

    Alternatively you can always opt for a cheaper manufactured diamond to ensuring its flawlessness, like your flawless gal... which is how I would spin it.
     

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