I live in Paso Robles. BF is currently shopping (well, having me shop) for my engagement ring. I'm looking for something pretty simple - cathedral solitaire setting with either scrollwork or a surprise diamond on the side, with a .4-.45 ct round center stone. The quality of the diamond is important to me - ideal/excellent cut, at least VS2 clarity, excellent symmetry/polish.
Blue Nile has what I want for around $1,000 (~$375 setting/~$650 stone), but I'm wondering if it would be worth it to visit the Jewelry District in LA. The price would have to be quite a bit better to justify the trip, especially with the current gas prices. What do you ladies think?