I have never had any experience in buying diamonds before. I am getting married in October 2003, and need to buy my engagement ring soon! My fiance has left this all up to me since I have an idea of what I want. Problem is we''re just starting out and have a budget of less than $2500, but I want a decent diamond. .85 or higher, G or H, good cut, si2, GIA graded. I''ve seen a few through these sites, but am scared of buying over the net. I live 3 hours away from NYC and am told to go there, but where exactly? Is it really THAT much cheaper there? I''m so confused about this. We can not afford to get ripped off, even a little. Any suggestions, ideas, anything will help! Thank you very much!