First of all, let me say that this website is great! I am not sure what ring I would have ended up without it..
I know this has been mentioned before, but just a few extra queries. I am British but live in the British Virgin Islands (only 20 minutes ferry from St Thomas), I got engaged in April but will hopefully get a ring before Christmas. Fiancé and I were going to go to St Thomas, however, I now see on the forum that rings in St Thomas are a bad bad idea. Is this still the case? I am looking for a solitaire but set on a ring with small diamonds (a bit like a eternity ring but with a diamond in the middle – sorry about my lack of correct terminology, I have only been learning about diamonds in the last few weeks..). I think from what I have read, a loose stone is best, rather than a ready made ring. Anyway, the OH budget is about $5,000. I was thinking with this I could get a round S11-S13, up to J, not sure about carat (I am a woman, the bigger the better!) Should I buy in the islands or not? We have 2 jewelry stores in the BVI, and I did see an I1, J, 2 carat diamond for $15,000 and I thought that was a bit steep, so worried that I am going to get ripped off… If not, if there are any stores that you could recommend.
I am not sure if I can buy online, although I will be in the States in January (Nevada), should I wait til then?
Thank you all, sorry about the long email