My bf and I have been doing some serious research on diamond engagement rings so he can get an idea of how much to start saving for. We don't really care if my perfect ring cost $500 or $5000; obviously the cheaper the better.
He's really into his diamond research, the 4 C's, and since looking into well known retailer locations, such as Peoples, Ben Moss, Birks etc, we've found, in our opinion, that they seem a little over priced for the quality of stones used. Most sites even state that retailers use avg/low colour and low clarity diamonds. For example most rings are being sold in 14K with stones in the HI colour range (not too bad) and I1 clarity (eek). LOL.
We've been doing some research into online wholesalers and independent companies, and have priced better settings and diamonds for the same price bracket in 18k and sometimes platinum but I'd really like to make it easier to buy from a local retailer and I'd like conflict-free and possibly Canadian diamonds.
I would love to find a retailer that I could easily walk into and know the ring I pick up is good quality. Has anyone had any luck with retailers that meet these criteria and that have a site with all the diamond info available? Possibly a retailer that offers custom made to order or tweaking of standard rings that aren't way over priced?
Any links or referrals would be awesome! Thanks in advance!