Hannoush Jewelers

By Michael Fried

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Hannoush Jewelers
Overall Score:2
Price:1Selection:2Customer Service:3
Pros
  • None

Cons
  • Poor quality
  • High Prices
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This has been quite a trip for Annie and myself. In many ways it’s been refreshing. While we feel that physical stores can never compete with reputable online retailers from a price perspective, we have been pleasantly surprised with the offerings.

From the time we reached Washington D.C. and headed up to Boston, we have been thoroughly impressed with the quality of the diamonds being offered at the shops we’ve been too. Virtually every diamond we’ve seen has had GIA certification and hasn’t had any major issues.

That feel good experience ended abruptly when we got to Hannoush Jewelers. Being honest, there was nothing good about the experience. We visited Hannoush Jewelers at the Westgate Mall in Brockton, Massachusetts. There isn’t much to say about the appearance of the store except that it was typical of any jeweler that would be in a Westgate Mall. Nothing noteworthy.

Nothing noteworthy, at least, until we started to look at the diamond rings. First off the diamonds had EGL certificates which, as you can read here, is a big no-no.

The Product

So what did we end up looking at? The diamonds we looked at were, in our opinion, unimpressive to say the least. The first diamond was a 1.42ct “E color, SI2 clarity” round diamond in a white gold setting for $15,950. I put the quality claims in quotes because I seriously doubt that diamond was even close to SI2 (or E color for that matter).

This is why we believe reputable jewelers only offer diamonds with GIA and AGS certification. If I had to estimate, I would say the diamond was closer to a G color and I1 clarity (in GIA terms).

Moving on, the second diamond was a 2.09ct “IJ color, VS1 clarity” round diamond for $8,895. The diamond looked brown to us, but the salesperson couldn’t find the certification for the diamond.

We will leave it out of our comparison because we weren’t able to find out enough about it.

The Comparison

Obviously, there is no way for me to compare the 2.09ct as I have no idea what it was. So we’ll have to focus on the 1.42ct E SI2. The reality, as we see it, is that the diamond is very overpriced when compared with the competition. I won’t link to it here as we do not like driving any traffic to any company that uses certification like EGL, but I was able to find plenty of diamonds with those exact same specifications for $7,000-8,000.

In fact, you can get a far better diamond for half the price. Here is an actual D SI2 diamond certified by GIA with a reputable certificate from Blue Nile. This is a 1.40ct D color, SI2 clarity excellent cut round diamond for $7,892. In our professional opinion, it is superior in every way to that diamond from Hannoush. Yet you can pair it with this similar setting and it’s still half the price.

And what if the diamond is really a G I1 in quality (far more likely than it being an E SI2)? In that case, the price is even more unreasonably high in our opinion. Let’s compare it to an I1 clarity diamond from James Allen.

This is a 1.50ct F color, I1 clarity round diamond with a GIA certificate for $5,660. If you add in a solitaire setting to it, it will still be 64% cheaper than the ring from Hannoush.

Do I recommend any of these diamonds as alternatives? No, I do not. They are similar to the diamond that we saw at Hannoush Jewelers and we want to compare apples to apples.

If I were recommending a diamond, I would chose something like this stunning 1.41ct G color, SI1 clarity superbly cut diamond for $9,710. If you pair it up with this ring, you will be getting a stunning engagement ring for 40% less than the ring from Hannoush Jewelers.

Bottom Line Recommendation

I would not recommend purchasing from Hannoush Jewelers. In our opinion, the quality was very low and the premiums were incredibly high. The only companies that I know who regularly charge such high premiums are places like Tiffany & Co. You are far better off getting a superior engagement ring for a fraction of the price from a reputable online retailer like Blue Nile or James Allen.

 

About the author
Mike learned the diamond business from the ground-up at Leo Schachter Diamonds - one of the world's top diamond manufacturers. He has been recognized as a diamond industry expert by Time, PeopleMoney, The Daily Mirror, NerdWallet, The Times Herald, Yahoo Finance Australia, The Art of Charm, The Washington Diplomat, The Next Web, and more. See more
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