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Would you mind sending me a link to the setting you’re considering?
ALso, have you considered the GST/PST in your budget?
Also – do you live near the border with the US? Have you considered having it shipped there so you can go in and pick it up? I’ve helped many other people do this. From what I understand, it’s not technically legal, since you’re supposed to declare it upon your return to Canada, but I also understand it’s a VERY common practice for shoppers to cross the border into the US all the time to save money on taxes.
Now that that’s all out of the way, to answer your question, yes, JA does ship to Canada. I would suggest you use them precisely because of the virtual loupe as you mentioned. Also, I think you can definitely ease up on your color requirement. You can easily go down to a G or H and the diamond would still look completely white to the eye. If you do that, you’ll be able to get a significantly larger stone. Here are some examples:
Or you could drop down into the 0.60s and save a few hundred dollars:
Anyway, have a look at these and let me know what you think!
Here’s a link to the setting (Petite Pave-Set): http://www.bluenile.ca/diamond-engagement-ring-platinum_9917.
I’m not close to the border (Edmonton), but anyway if I have it shipped over the border I’ll have to pay customs on it (which is a pretty fair chunk if I recall correctly). The taxes would be 5% total since we have no provincial tax.
As far as that ring goes, did you notice that the band is extremely thin? It’s only 1.5mm which is really very very narrow. Is that what you wanted?
Here’s virtually the same setting on JA:
Except this ring is a little more reasonable 1.9mm wide. Also, it’s got 0.30cts of diamonds vs 0.15cts of diamond on the BN ring. Plus, it’s even cheaper! With the IRA10 discount code, this ring will be only about 1125 CAD.
Did you like any of the diamonds I suggested?
I’m thinking 0.7 ct is about the right spot, and the common prong setting is nice (I do like it very thin like the BlueNile one though but I think 1.9mm will look good).
It looks like this is the matching wedding band: http://www.jamesallen.com/wedding-and-anniversary/womens-wedding-rings/ring/item_63-2839.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357
For the setting & wedding band is it true that white gold will wear off while the platinum will stay shiny? Would you recommend the platinum?
I really like that E VS2 you sent with the small table. That stone so far looks like the best choice to me.
Let me know what you decide to go with in the end!
Also, keep in mind that even with the strong fluorescence, the E color stone is still going to be noticeably whiter than the I.
Also, please note that JA changed the coupon I give out to my readers from IRA10 to TAD0611.
I looked again for you, and here’s another stone to consider – maybe perhaps a compromise between the two others:
My fiancée loves her pretty ring and we are so thrilled right now. Thank you so much for your advice and website!
Would you mind doing me a small favor? Do you think you might be able to leave me a short review on ivouch? My site is still quite young, and I find these reviews help me build credibility. If you have the time, I would greatly appreciate it. Here’s a direct link:
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Thanks again! And congratulations!!!
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