Unfortunately I can't say I have experience w/ buying in antwerp. I do know that GIA offers the strictest grading reports.. and they invented the 4 C's. most people still refer to them as 'certs' but technically they're grading reports, because if you look on GIA's website it explains how they aren't guaranteeing anything, but rather they're just giving the best possible grading report based on the 4 C's of the diamond they are grading in their lab. that said, i think most people will agree they lead the industry in terms of diamond grading.I am wondering how long it takes from selecting the exact ring and having it properly fitted. Don't want to go over a rush the selection of the ring. Also does one get GIA Certs for the diamond?
Yes Robbie, that's exactly it. And you're helping Irish jobs too, while getting something quality for less. That's what we try to do anyway. Help Irish jobs where everyone wins. But I don't see why I would give a jeweller an extra 40-50%. That's more of the tired old clientelist mantras in Irish retail. Like Dunnes Stores saying 'cos we're Irish'. Yeah, but most of your produce isn't! So, I'll support a smart business like blue nile and not dumb old-style ones like high priced high stock holders. No thanks!!got my ring with blue nile over the internet, slightly suspect at first but glad i did now, saved myself bout 40% off the retail prices and the quality is excellent. She loves it and thats the main thing. Their european base is in blanchardstown too so that made it feel more secure too.