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    • hoju19
    • By hoju19 20th Apr 16, 12:08 PM
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    Help, engagement ring needed and no idea where to buy!
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    • 20th Apr 16, 12:08 PM
    Help, engagement ring needed and no idea where to buy! 20th Apr 16 at 12:08 PM
    Know there are threads on here about buying an engagement ring but I really cant work out where to buy, the high street seems overpriced but the online stores I worry how genuine and about quality.

    Ideally looking for it soon as we have a trip away planned so would be ideal to propose on our favourite beach.

    Will be very traditional, platinum with a solitaire diamond, has anyone used any companies recently or any stores?

    I have looked at 77diamonds who previously I have read good things about but not recently?

    Any help hugely appreciated.
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    • Stevie Palimo
    • By Stevie Palimo 20th Apr 16, 12:12 PM
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    • 20th Apr 16, 12:12 PM
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    • 20th Apr 16, 12:12 PM
    I'd look in the specialist diamond quarters ie :- Manchester, London and other large cities so you can both see what you get is correct and have the right size ring to take away, Nothing stopping you bartering a deal either as they do expect this and will allow something off if you ask.
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 20th Apr 16, 12:17 PM
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    • 20th Apr 16, 12:17 PM
    While an eternal optimist in affairs of the heart & wishing you both all joy, do please check the returns policy in case?
    • Hutchch0920
    • By Hutchch0920 20th Apr 16, 12:17 PM
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    • 20th Apr 16, 12:17 PM
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    • 20th Apr 16, 12:17 PM
    Theres quite a lot of info on 77 Diamonds about the different qualities of diamond you can buy which would help you pick one suitable for you. Perhaps someone will say otherwise but I would think if it comes with a certificate from one of the reputable issuers you can't go too wrong.
    • debralee
    • By debralee 21st Apr 16, 2:33 PM
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    • 21st Apr 16, 2:33 PM
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    • 21st Apr 16, 2:33 PM
    Have you had a look at Purely Diamonds?
    That's where my OH bought my engagement ring from and I'm thinking of buying my wedding ring from them as well.
    • hoju19
    • By hoju19 5th May 16, 1:49 PM
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    • 5th May 16, 1:49 PM
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    • 5th May 16, 1:49 PM
    Thanks for the replies, well after a hurriedly rearranged weekend away ended up doing it with a cheap (ish) ring and luckily she said yes! Have found 77diamonds great to deal with and price and quality wise a mile ahead of any normal retailer.
    • robbyfine
    • By robbyfine 25th May 16, 5:56 AM
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    • 25th May 16, 5:56 AM
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    • 25th May 16, 5:56 AM
    I ordered an engagement ring on https://www.crownjewelryrepair.net/. Check it out too. Here is the one I picked.

    My fiancee was absolutely happy! She just couldn't reject my proposal I wish you lots of happy moments!
    • SharonAlba
    • By SharonAlba 26th May 16, 6:55 AM
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    • 26th May 16, 6:55 AM
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    • 26th May 16, 6:55 AM
    I would suggest that you look on-line for different options. you will different designs at reasonable rates too.
    • paddyrg
    • By paddyrg 29th May 16, 6:14 PM
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    • 29th May 16, 6:14 PM
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    • 29th May 16, 6:14 PM
    Why not get a CZ ring as a placeholder for the 'surprise' element, then if she loves it, get a diamond mounted (although IMHO that's a muppet tax, but hey...)
    • Jay D
    • By Jay D 24th Jun 16, 3:39 PM
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    It depends on how much you'd like to spend? Yes, high street retailers are over priced. It's better to order a sample ring from online Retailer Shining Diamonds (Best Priced and have good rating on trust pilot)

    Good Luck with your proposal
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 24th Jun 16, 3:45 PM
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    If anybody's reading this thread and feeling left out as they've nobody to buy diamond rings for ... I'm a size J
    • enjoyyourshoes
    • By enjoyyourshoes 24th Jun 16, 3:48 PM
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    An alternative:-

    laurelleantiquejewllery
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    • buildhigh2000
    • By buildhigh2000 11th Nov 16, 9:52 AM
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    77 diamonds are well established, though I've not had experience of them myself.

    As you said, high street jewellers tend to be more expensive than the online only retailers, but then again you get the convenience of easy returns if you need to resize or if there's a problem. You also have the advantage of seeing the ring and deciding if it's the right carat and style. If you can be patient then you'll find that they come much closer to the online only prices if you wait for a sale and/or a decent discount code to turn up.

    There are lots of respected jewellers online, which offer quality rings very cheaply. Ideally, if you are buying from an online jeweller I would go for one which gives a clear description of colour, clarity, cut and carat. They will all give carat, but if they don't tell you the colour grading and clarity then it is probably very low grade. Unfortunately, there are various different measures of clarity, so comparing two different ones is different. If you can afford it, get a ring with an independent certificate of grading from someone like GIE (or there are others). Having said that, the certificate itself adds a few quid onto the cost, so it's up to you if you want to cut corners there.

    One option is to go for one of the many online jewellers which also has a presence in Hatton Garden or Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. You'll get a pretty decent price, and the ability to take it back to an actual store, even if it would mean a day out.

    Good luck!

    Source: Cheap Engagement Rings Guide
    • davidjones432
    • By davidjones432 7th Sep 17, 11:44 AM
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    I agree with online and have bought jewellery that way - you get a bit more time to research. Tons of decent jewellers in Hatton Garden if you're London based though they can be a bit pushy in store. I went for an antique ring because that's what my wife is into, but also I have been told you get more ring for your money. Lots of decent online jewellers such as 1stDibs, and loads in Hatton Garden who are online as well. For the engagement ring I ended up using a "consultant" Penlington's of London who I'd recommend and was Hatton Garden based as well. We met, then they sourced a ring for me at trade price for which I paid percentage fee on top. I felt I got a better ring for a better price because it didn't include what seems at times to be a crazy markup on this stuff and was helped with the buying by someone with experience in antique jewellery. Can be a bit daunting otherwise if that's what your Mrs is after.
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