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Old 12-10-2009, 05:30 PM
 
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I'm no expert in diamonds and certainly don't know the best jewelers in town, so was hoping for some help. I plan on buying a diamond stud earing for my wife for our one year anniversary, but not sure what stores to focus on.

I was planning on making the purchase at Tiffany's, since her engagement ring is from there, but it really does seem way overpriced for my budget. What are some good stores I could look at it for my budget, which is around $1000? My wife prefers quality over quantity, so I know I could get a big rock from normal mainstream stores like helzberg/zales but trying to find something different....Any input would be helpful, thanks.
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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Nordtroms fine jewelry has an excellent selection.

You can also try Bailey, Banks, and Biddle. They are excellent, and a little less pricey than Tiffany.
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:10 PM
 
Location: la hacienda
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Bailey, Banks & Biddle are going out of business, you might get a good deal there. Believe it or not, Sam's Club has a selection of great quality diamonds, worth a look. Jared is also an option, and they have a trade-up policy.
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:21 PM
 
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Why don't you look at a locally owned family jeweler? Richard Eisman at NorthPark, Bachendorf at Preston Center or the Galleria, William Noble or Calame at Highland Park Village.

Or if you have any connections at the Trade Center here, you can get into the wholesaler's showrooms and get a little more for your money.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Kaufman County, Texas
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We bought mine at Zales years ago and they have good sale prices.
There is no need to pay Tiffany prices for diamond stud earrings!!!
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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"He Went to Jared"
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:05 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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I am also all about "quality over quantity".


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Why don't you look at a locally owned family jeweler? Richard Eisman at NorthPark, Bachendorf at Preston Center or the Galleria, William Noble or Calame at Highland Park Village.

Or if you have any connections at the Trade Center here, you can get into the wholesaler's showrooms and get a little more for your money.
^^^These are great places. Some other good locally owned places in the Dallas area are:
The Jewelry Exchange
Nasr
Village Jewelers

All of these have something for every budget but they also have a very good selection of higher quality jewelry and diamonds that can fit every budget. She might not get the BIGGEST pair of diamond stud earrings but she will get a very good quality diamond
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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Nasr Brother is good.

They clean my watch for about $50, which is 1/3 the price of most other authorized places.
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Old 12-11-2009, 02:10 PM
 
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Why don't you look at a locally owned family jeweler? Richard Eisman at NorthPark, Bachendorf at Preston Center or the Galleria, William Noble or Calame at Highland Park Village.

Or if you have any connections at the Trade Center here, you can get into the wholesaler's showrooms and get a little more for your money.
I echo the Eiseman's call, bought my wifes engagement ring from them and couldn't be happier, stay away from Zales or any of the big chain jewelry stores. In general, they are a rip off, with low quality diamonds.

With diamonds you have the 4-C's that eveyone has heard of, but you need to focus on getting a good cut, and I mean just an excellent cut. If you are getting Round Brilliant, RB, diamonds then they are like a prisim and when cut correctly, with proper angles, they will actually look bigger. My wife ring looks bigger then the 1.03 ctw it is since it's so shiney and reflective.

Look around online, you may want to try the forums at:

p r i c e s c o p e . chom Tons of knowledgeable folks there that can help you much better then I can.
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Old 12-11-2009, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Frisco Texas
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What about Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange?

You know what they say "no one is wearing a NEW Rolex"
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