Originally Posted by choch
Just bought my gf an engagement ring from blue nile, the savings are unreal compared to name brand stores like Tiffany's.
Do you care where the dimonad is sourced from? If yes, do not buy GIA. GIA is only a world wide know lab that grades the diamonds but you have NO WAY of telling there the diamonds are from... IF you care about not to get a blood diamond, go with brand names like Cartier and Tiffany. Their diamonds all go through Kimberley process to eliminate blood diamonds and you read more about it on their websites. I didn't want to go with brand names to save money but I ended up with Tiffany cuz I don't want to buy a blood diamond. Another option is Canadian diamond!
Originally Posted by fenghsulin
To be honest, a diamond is an extra-hard rock that reflects like glass...
If you really care about quality diamond (or your gf), I recommend getting only diamonds certified by GIA, no others.
Just read into GIA grading system and you can decide what quality of a diamond you are looking for.
That being said, you want to look into retail jewellers instead of brand ones, because brand names will charge you extra for the same GIA grade diamonds.