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Old 01-11-2013, 02:59 PM   #16
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I went to Spence diamonds for mine 3 years ago, it was $6500 taxes in for a
.80 round cut
I colour
SI2
The tiniest inclusion, barely noticable even looking through a loop.
With ring and 6 .5 stones in the ring

Whats nice about them is you can trade up your diamond for a bigger one and you only pay the difference. Also other guarantees that i forget about.

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Old 01-11-2013, 03:20 PM   #17
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spence...it's still retail. who do you think pays for the pricey radio ads?
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:22 PM   #18
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+1 for Spence I didn't find them to be that much more expensive than some private sellers/side businesses/wholesaler. The experience was great and worth the slight premium.

When spending $4k+ on something that will last a long time I felt more comfortable dealing with a real company and not out of someone's basement. Saving the ~$500 diff I priced out on the slightly lower spec diamond that apparently I won't be able to tell the diff, I didn't feel was worth the risk of handing over cash to.

Do your research, compare the pros and cons and make your decision.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:35 PM   #19
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I guess I missed this :-)

Spence is higher priced, at least more then I can give... Example - I have a customer coming over to see a 1.06CT Ascher cut stone tomorrow. G colour, Very Good cut - IF (Internally FLAWLESS stone) - $6000

Now... Keep in mind, I got this stone at an INSANE price, but Flawless for that money - unheard of...

As you can see - I've got several folks who have come to me and have been happy with their experience. Yes, I operate from home - but that means savings for you. I don't have overheads to deal with. Ultimately, it's my responsibility to ensure you have a happy experience - I want you to tell someone else! My entire business is referrals.

If you'd like to talk, PM me...
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:40 PM   #20
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I got an H colour 1.0 carat princess cut diamond, VS1, top grade cut with a custom setting for about $5500 from Diamonds for Less in downtown Toronto. We came back and got a matching custom ring (no stones) for her wedding band as well.

If possible, I highly recommend getting her to come with you to choose the stone and setting - my wife absolutely loves her ring, and I know I never would have picked a ring she'd like as much as this one!
That's about right for that spec, although I could have done it for about ~$500-$600 less :-)
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:53 PM   #21
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I went to Spence diamonds for mine 3 years ago, it was $6500 taxes in for a
.80 round cut
I colour
SI2
The tiniest inclusion, barely noticable even looking through a loop.
With ring and 6 .5 stones in the ring

Whats nice about them is you can trade up your diamond for a bigger one and you only pay the difference. Also other guarantees that i forget about.

GL!
Wish you knew to talk to me brotha - I could have got you more for your money. Even if you didn't want to go with me, I could have informed you of what you could have got.

Example - I have this available today...

GIA Certified stone
0.90ct
Round
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Excellent cut
$3,879

6 x 0.05CT side stones would have run about $450 - Ring production, I assume 18K white gold? About $400. Total - $4729 for a larger stone.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:54 PM   #22
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I'll say this to anyone viewing this thread - EVEN if you don't feel comfortable going with me - talk to me. I've been doing this since I was 12 years old (sitting in my dad's jewellery store) and on my own for the last 12 years. I've learnt a thing or two about the industry and I can guide you, at least...
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:35 PM   #23
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Wish you knew to talk to me brotha - I could have got you more for your money. Even if you didn't want to go with me, I could have informed you of what you could have got.

Example - I have this available today...

GIA Certified stone
0.90ct
Round
I
SI2
Excellent cut
$3,879

6 x 0.05CT side stones would have run about $450 - Ring production, I assume 18K white gold? About $400. Total - $4729 for a larger stone.
I remember you messaging me when I was thinking about it. Im sure I could have gotten a deal privately but it was a spur of the moment thing. Like a manned up moment and afraid i might not be manned up the next day (I must have heard one of those pricey radio ads that day) but I walked in, liked the selection, felt comfortable and walked out with a ring.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:53 PM   #24
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I hear ya - I'm not gonna be the solution for everyone. There's enough business to go around :-)
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:30 PM   #25
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Deep, it's been on the back of my mind to find someone who does what you do. May be knocking in the future.
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No worries - whenever you are ready :-)
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+1 for Spence I didn't find them to be that much more expensive than some private sellers/side businesses/wholesaler. The experience was great and worth the slight premium.
To go on the flip side Spence made myself and my wife feel terrible. Talking down to us with a tone that was basically implying we were too young and unprepared to get married.

Admittedly I didn't know much about rings but when I went and saw Deep he explained to me what I needed to know and didn't make me feel ill-prepared for the decision I was going to make.

He also helped me pick a design that maximized the budget range I was in. All around great experience.
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i find buying stones is all about trust...what gets me is it's a fricking piece of rock! that happened to be polished and cut certain way. brilliant industry...hahahaha. who else can turn a stone into so much money.

how many hands does a stone touch before it lands in our hands? that's the part of the industry that gets me. every hand needs to be paid.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:57 PM   #29
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I bought from Deep, but shopped all around. Spence couldn't compete. Nor other "brokers".

Apples to Apples, you can't beat Deep, his margins must be very slim.

I also sent my B-I-L to Deep.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:28 PM   #30
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I can most definitely beat Deep's prices. PM me (or Danimal) to get referral contact info of a Diamond manufacturer... basically the person (equivalent) that Deep gets his from. Just cut out one more person!
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