I wanted to share my bad e-ring shopping experience and hopefully some of you can provide some advice on how to make things better.
I did a lot of research on this website and even got in touch with an appraiser recommended here to help me select the best diamond that fits my budget. She suggested I go to the NYC diamond district and give her some options of diamonds and settings that I like. This is exactly what I did. If any of you have been to the diamond district lately, you probably noticed that MANY of the stores that used to be there have gone bankrupt and I would say they isn''t so much to choose from nowadays. Anyway, the two stores that I got a good impression from were Michael F Jewelry and Weiser Jewelry. They offered me three diamonds that I thought had pretty good characteristics for the price based on what I have read. However, when I asked for a copy of the GIA certificate they told me that my GIA specialist/appraiser can obtain a copy of that directly from the GIA database where she should have access. I sent her the GIA numbers and details for her to get the certificates and she came back to me saying that 1st if they truly owned the diamonds they should be giving me copies of the certificates and not asking her to get them directly from GIA and 2nd even if she saw the certificates and I gave her all the numbers and details I had she still would probably not be able to form an opinion without actually seeing the diamonds. Now, the second thing bothers me A LOT because if she as a specialist cannot "form an opinion without seeing the stones", how can I decided what to buy. All three diamonds honestly looked the same to me. Also, if a gemologist cannot form an opinion without seeing the diamonds, how to people even buy diamonds on-line. I am very disappointed with the entire experience. I feel like I am been taken advantage of by both sellers and the appraiser at this point. She is offering coming with me to the stores but her rate is $200 an hour and then another $200 for the appraisal which is something we do not want to spend. I thought I had educated myself enough and that with the help of this woman my boyfriend and I would buy the best ring there is for our budget. Now I am completely confused and don''t even know how to proceed.