Important Update: I did end up getting my diamond from Blue Nile. It’s amazing. I ended up getting a setting done custom by a small ring designer, but the diamond from Blue Nile was incredible. Great experience, amazing value compared to every diamond shop I checked out (Shane, Fred Meyer, Zales)
So, I may or may not be looking into engagement rings : ).
Here’s the thing, I’ve read all about the different C’s (Carat, Cut, Clarity, Color). I know about how much I want to spend. I even have some general ideas about the type of setting.
Now, where the heck do I actually buy the thing? I’ve been looking online a ton, and Blue Nile seems like the best choice if I go that route. However, I want to go into a brick and mortar shop first just so I get a sense of what these shiny diamond things really look like up close.
I’ve read nothing but positive things about Blue Nile. It seems like you just get more for your dollar there, and they are a Seattle company, so that makes me feel a little better as well.
So, anyone ever bought a diamond online before? Were you happy with the purchase? Any tips or suggestions? I know Blue Nile (see blue nile promotional codes) at least has a 30-day guarantee, so I’ve thought of just ordering what I want and then seeing how it turns out, knowing I can just ship it back if the diamond isn’t what I was expecting.