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Ok off topic randomers !! I need to get some good value quality gems online for a ring. Any of you have experience or recommendations of where to try ? I have heard you can get far more bang for your buck than just by giving a jeweller the gems compared to them sourcing them ? True ?

Much appreciated :)

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Ok off topic randomers !! I need to get some good value quality gems online for a ring. Any of you have experience or recommendations of where to try ? I have heard you can get far more bang for your buck than just by giving a jeweller the gems compared to them sourcing them ? True ?

Much appreciated :)

Who is to judge if online purchases are 'good quality' or not? Are you capable of judging a gemstone's origin, colour, brilliance, weight, clarity, cut, flawlessness etc?

For gem colour alone, there are four different factors to consider.

A very specialised job indeed.

Remember The Wrekin Ruby?

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:huh: Mr CCC is not buying it to make a lady happy! He is buying it for a nob-ring!

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Well yes this is the point ^ !!

Thing is what's the difference between trusting an "expert" in a shop to an "expert" online ? Very little really.

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Well yes this is the point ^ !!

Thing is what's the difference between trusting an "expert" in a shop to an "expert" online ? Very little really.

Because the guy in the shop has a more local sales base (and has a reputation to protect) and you know where the guy in the shop lives, whereas the guy online can shut up shop after he's conned enough people and restart the business under a new name and no-one would ever know.

Some of these jewellers have been around for hundreds of years. They are unlikely to compromise the entire brand they have built up for the sake of making a few quid on a single diamond sale.

Plus the whole experience of going to a local jeweller to choose a ring is a lot more personal than online, even though it costs more.

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By second hand and have it remounted ?

Was thinking that - but it means I am buying a ring I don't use ?

Slug - the idea was to get the gems online and get a local ring maker to do the work. Someone I know knew a bloke who did this and saved a fortune apparently. Then again maybe its a bit of glass :)

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Was thinking that - but it means I am buying a ring I don't use ?

Slug - the idea was to get the gems online and get a local ring maker to do the work. Someone I know knew a bloke who did this and saved a fortune apparently. Then again maybe its a bit of glass :)

Yeah - maybe it is ! Or it has a flaw that makes it worth less than its actually being sold for.

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Ok off topic randomers !! I need to get some good value quality gems online for a ring. Any of you have experience or recommendations of where to try ? I have heard you can get far more bang for your buck than just by giving a jeweller the gems compared to them sourcing them ? True ?

Much appreciated :)

I don't know much about the business in the general case but I know the guy that runs this place : http://www.crowngemspvt.com/

He's a trustworthy person so you won't get ripped off of you use him. Having said that, I have no idea if you'll actually save any money going that way since I would assume that economies of scale kick in pretty hard with these sorts of small high value items.

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Was thinking that - but it means I am buying a ring I don't use ?

Slug - the idea was to get the gems online and get a local ring maker to do the work. Someone I know knew a bloke who did this and saved a fortune apparently. Then again maybe its a bit of glass :)

If you're willing to put faith in a coloured transparent stone meaning you are more committed than you previously were, then I'm sure you can put some faith that the expensive bit of glass is real.

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Diamonds are a total con and the best alternative to second hand is probably buying new in the US if you ever go there.. Nearly half the price I think (though technically you are probably meant to declare them).

As others have said, they don't really have a lot of intrinsic value and you'd probably be lucky to ever get a quarter back of what you pay for them.

Other gems probably have less mark up.. but at the end of the day you are just buying pretty coloured stone. The above will still be true to greater/lesser margins.

Good luck!

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My missus buys semi-precious jewels...or shiny rocks as I call it to make her own jewellery. As far as I can tell it's a complete nightmare sourcing cheap good quality rocks.

You can buy very cheap - but run a big risk of getting highly flawed shiny rocks. You can pay more - and still run the same risk. Or you can pay a lot more from some with a good rep - but you aren't really saving very much if anything.

She does seem convinced that some of the volume UK online dealers like gems.tv, jewellery channel etc occasionally offer some really good deals.

Almost more than anything else this is not a market for the uninformed to dabble in. Secondhand might be a good way to go - particularly if antique.

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Hmmm. A used ring? Not sure about that.

Yep remove the gem and have it mounted in a new ring ,always thought gems were mostly valued by the carat not how long ago they were cut, they are all millions of years old (apart from the manufactured ones that are apparently as good as the natural ones now)

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Others would disagree but only a shiny rock, piece of bling...how anyone can tell one from another by eye anyway, flaws, cut, colour or whatever.....some of the substitute diamonds are very good moissanite for example if bright baubles are your thing..... What is the psychology behind buying and giving a fancy bright stone?....is it that some people think the better the stone the better the love?

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