How To Navigate The Jewelry District
1. Know Your Shiz
In the jewelry district, the setting and the diamond are usually sold separately, so have your browsing stage completed before you arrive. Know the average prices and have a photo of the type of design you're looking for. Once you click with a seller, they will often create a custom replica or negotiate with other sellers to find the same ring.
2. Be Firm
Finding the good deal means saying NO to many other offers from sellers who are hoping that you're just a little naive. Start by naming your budget and say exactly what you're looking for in quality. If they give you the old go-around, walk away and try one of the other 4,999 sellers.
Once you get a price quote, visit other sellers and tattle. "That seller over there offered me $2,500 for this ring. Can you make a better deal?"
4. Do A Little Sniffing
Read some reviews online and pick your stores. Make sure that before you purchase, you write down the return and warranty terms. Have a very clear agreement of expectations and ask to see the diamond tested along with the certification. If something goes south, there isn't a store manager to help, so be smart about it, babe.
My Diamond Ring
And here it is! My diamond is being custom made right now, but this picture comes close.
The ring will be a yellow gold thin band studded with mined diamonds (lab-grown diamonds are ridiculously hard to find in a setting so I went with tiny conflict-free diamonds from Canada).
Including the 1.7 cushion cut lab-grown rock and studded halo, the total carat count is 1.83. (Just between you and me I'm telling my mother that it's 2 carat shhh.)