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Old 03-08-2010, 11:32 AM
 
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Try London Gold..Although I think you are going to have a difficult time finding a 1/2 carat under $600. They do have payment plans however with no interest for 6 months.
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Try London Gold..Although I think you are going to have a difficult time finding a 1/2 carat under $600. They do have payment plans however with no interest for 6 months.
I have already found a few, but I want to keep shopping around. The last ring we looked at was at Heizlberg [sic] jewelers, they had a nice 1/2 carat for $500 out the door mounted on 14k white gold.

She doesn't need a 1/2 carat, even 1/4 would work.
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Old 03-08-2010, 02:23 PM
 
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If that's case, I highly doubt you will find anything cheaper. But it all depends on the 4C's. If you don't mind inclusions etc. then it can be affordable.
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Old 03-08-2010, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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Get cubic zirconium. She'll never know the difference.
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Old 03-08-2010, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Get cubic zirconium. She'll never know the difference.
Her engagement ring is a CZ and it has faded, doesn't look nearly as good as when she got it, which is why we want a diamond.

I know diamonds are sort of stupid to purchase, due to the way their collected, and the high price for something that is naturaly occuring, but she has her heart set on a real diamond and I have no problem getting one for her.
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Old 03-08-2010, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Oh come on...your wife deserves a real diamond. I recommend selecting a smaller stone of perfect or near perfect quality. Gold is more expensive than diamonds these days, so you'll find your wedding band costs a pretty penny as well. My wedding band which is white gold with diamond insets was about $300. My husband's white gold solid band was almost $500. My engagement ring was about $6K or so. We got all the jewelry at Jared. They were very nice and we take our rings in twice a year for inspecting and polishing.
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Old 03-08-2010, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Thanks, I am going to check out Jared this afternoon. I know she deserves it, she'll be wearing it the rest of her life so I want her to pick the perfect ring for her.
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:51 PM
 
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My dad used to work for a pawn shop, the prices are much better, that's where I shop for stuff like this.
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Old 03-09-2010, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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My dad used to work for a pawn shop, the prices are much better, that's where I shop for stuff like this.
I forgot about pawn shops, my only concern is the condition of the ring and the setting. I don't know how to tell a CZ from a diamond so I don't want to end up spending $500 on a fake ring.
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Tempe and Payson
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My dad used to work for a pawn shop, the prices are much better, that's where I shop for stuff like this.
What I like most is that usually everything is "older" so if you shop here for a ring, more than likely no one else will have one like it. I got my first engagement ring at a pawn shop. It was unique and a great price. About 4 years later when we were financially better off I traded it in on my "permanent", "the one I always dreamed of" wedding ring and the trade in value had doubled from when we bought it.

As far as buying a CZ that the pawn shop represents as a diamond, I don't think this would happen often or the shop would be forced out of business. Just check out the place first with the BBB, on the internet, and ask friends and relatives for recommendations.
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