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Does anyone have any pointers or advice when it comes to buying diamond jewelry?

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Does anyone have any pointers or advice when it comes to buying diamond jewelry?

So far I've been looking at the site 100ways. Dunno if it's legit tho. Some of the rings say they are worth 2 thousand but the price is crossed out and the new price is 500. If the ring was actually worth 2g I doubt they would sell it for only 500.

I know it can get complicated with cut carat weight clarity etc. I'm no expert.

If anyone has any advice pointers or recommendation I'd like to hear it.
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The first thing to know is there things have stupidly-high margins, for everyone.
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thriftshopper wrote: The first thing to know is there things have stupidly-high margins, for everyone.
Ok thanks. Any opinion on the site 100ways. Or a recommendation of where to shop?
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Buy second hand.
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Becks wrote: Buy second hand.
+1 this...
diamonds are like cars ..they depreciate once bought from new..find something you like...then pay half for something similar used
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ok. where do you buy second hand from? craigslist?

should i be worried someone might try to sell me fake diamonds?
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I'm not an expert of jewellry.... Google maps shows this as their store. Looks like they sell new and vintage jewellry. Also check the Google reviews. This would be something to shop in person, not thru online. Especially for such an expensive purchase
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Becks wrote: Buy second hand.
Buying a second hand lab made diamond is the RFD way (well aside from never getting married as you can potentially lose half).
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Buy one of those magnifying lenses that jewelers use. I took the lens off a microscope at home, so I dunno the magnification. It is useful for seeing inclusions, scratches, cracks, hallmarks, etc.
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When you get a diamond assessed, the assessed value is put as 2x real value (or is it real sale value 1/2 that of assessed?) Insurance game. Not sure how much home insurance will pay out from which amount.

If you feel obligated to buy a large, expensive, overpriced rock. Blame de Beers. They (or their ad agenecies) came up with the whole diamond ring scam sometime after WW-II, and the 2 month salary yard stick.
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