Hi, Moolman,Date: 3/29/2005 3:29:58 PM
Do a search for my username, I just bought my engagement ring in Downtown LA too, this was after looking online and shopping all around LA. I seriously went to at least 20 jewelry shops in downtown LA. I had a week off of work and I was there 3 days straight all day. So I''ve been to all the jewelers listed above and then more.
First off, all jewelers are somewhat shady and try to not give you all the info you need, basically it''s need to know basis. Like a used car salesman, if you don''t ask the condition of the brake pads, they won''t tell you.
I found a jeweler that sold the designer Verragio setting that I wanted and then had him show me what he thought was a really well cut diamond, I got the sarin and then I had the diamond appraised by Charles Carmona in downtown LA before purchase and after purchase when it was set.
Looking at the sarin/megascope and having it appraised, which cost $90 total is the best you can do. If you want to be sure for 100% you are getting a real good cut then you can buy online but you do pay a premium. I think I saved about a good $2000 with my setting over the internet dealers for my diamond which had good sarin numbers and the appraiser swore that it was as shiny, brillant as any internet diamond he''s seen and he''s seen a good amount of them sent to him for appraisal.
You can PM me if you want a recommendation because I don''t want to give free advertisement for those jewelers that don''t pay to sponser this forum.
But in general in downtown, just get the sarin, get the appraisal, get a good price on the setting, you''re good to go.