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Q&A: Looking to Switch Away from Blue Nile Purchase

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Hi Ira!

I purchased an 80-point IF G-color diamond with what looks to be an excellent cut from Blue Nile. I am waiting on a ship date as my fiance-to-be wanted to have chevron prongs instead of the round prongs with a basket… My question is, do you have any alternative diamonds you could suggest at JA and do you have any info about their ability to do a chevron mount? If they can do it sooner than Blue Nile (My ship date is Oct. 1) that would be great.

I don’t know about getting a bigger stone… the one I have is $3300, but since it has a fairly large width/height for its weight I’m not convinced that a heavier stone (say 1 ct) would look noticeably larger (on its own).

Stone: Blue Nile LD01928447

Ring: Blue Nile Petite Diamond Engagement Ring

Thanks for writing!

I most definitely think it’s worth your while to make the switch. Here are a few options that I think are a much better value and why:

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/G-VVS2-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1326782.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357 – eye clean is eye clean, so no need to go for a flawless stone. You can check the picture as well. Equally as large, and about $500 cheaper!

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/G-VS1-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1327276.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357 – no pic yet, but I’ve never seen a VS1 in this size that wasn’t eye clean. This is just barely smaller, but about $900 cheaper!

As for the setting, I would be shocked if JA couldn’t do V-prongs for you (that’s how I’ve always heard them described). Give them a call and ask!

And btw, you can use the TAD0611 coupon to get 10% off the setting once you have it all figured out.

Thanks Ira! I went ahead and purchased the first diamond that you recommended… JA is doing it with V-prongs and it should arrive this Friday! I used your referral code 🙂 and appreciate your help. Once I get the JA ring I will still have time to cancel my Blue Nile order if the JA ring looks as good as I’m hoping it will.

Do you have any recommendations on cleaning/inspections? My girlfriend’s sister thinks that she will be concerned about that not having had the ring purchased at a local jeweler…

I think JA will clean the ring for you for free forever. but you can always go to a local jeweler and have them clean it on the spot. It’s a very easy and quick (and cheap) job.

Let me know what you think about the ring when it arrives!

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