I need some advice please. My fiancée absolutely hates shopping and does not trust buying things over the internet. Also, he does not really understand why I want a diamond ring even though he is ok with the concept of getting me one. We are located in London. Last Christmas we went looking around Hatton Garden for a ring, but neither of us really had much idea of what we were looking at and were far from being in a position to buy. I have done some research since then, but he isn’t interested in doing any (such as reading this site). This Christmas we went to Tiffanys in London and he said he liked the rings and stones there better than any we had seen at Hatton Garden. I am looking for a round approx 1.25 carot with cut/sparkle being the most important. Budget is about £10,000 and we did see some in that approximate range at Tiffanys and he liked them.
However, I am still convinced that we can get a better deal elsewhere, I have tossed out the idea of going to New York to look (and save the 17.5% VAT at least). However, this will be potentially expensive and time consuming, and I was hoping to save my vacation time for the wedding, etc.
So the advice I am looking for is this: if we were to go to New York sometime around February, how would we go about looking, keeping in mind the very short attention span for shopping? Where would we go and how would we know what we are getting? I would think we would only have about 3 days, and probably a maximum of 2-3 hours per day if I really tortured him. Or if there is an alternative to New York (Antwerp?) that is closer and would be better, please advise (and same questions above apply).
If anyone has done this before and/or can suggest something, that would be helpful. Thanks!!!