On the same day that the ring arrived, I made an appointment with a local gemologist. If you are living in Singapore, here are 2 places you can visit to get your jewelry appraised and inspected.

1) Nan Yang Gemological Institute

2) Far East Gemological Institute

For people in other parts of the world, you can simply do a Google search for “jewelry/gem appraisal service” or “diamond grading service” to find one. If there’s no such services available near your location, you might want to consider using a 10X loupe to DIY (buy online if need be). Use the loupe to verify the laser inscription and check that the inclusions found in the grading report diagram match up.

Grading a Mounted Piece of Jewelry Isn’t Straightforward

diamond appraiser examination of an oval cutUsually, labs or gem appraisers can grade a loose diamond with good accuracy. In my case, the appraiser gave me a disclaimer that his color grading and weight estimation of the diamond could be a little off due because my diamond was already mounted.

The appraisal process took about 30 minutes. To be honest, I was a little nervous during the wait and was looking forward to the results of the examination. But at the end of the day, the diamond checked out and I was assured of the diamond’s authenticity and quality.

– The GIA registry number that was laser inscribed on the girdle matched the number found on the grading report.

– The physical grading performed by the appraiser confirmed that the stone matched that of the diamond described by the GIA report. On this note, the appraisal was spot on as his results were almost identical.

When the appraiser asked me how much I bought the ring for, he was quite surprised when I revealed how much I paid for it. He remarked that I’ve gotten a good price for the ring and that the diamond was indeed very well cut.

And he’s right.

You can NEVER get such a good deal in the local brick and mortar stores. In Singapore, even if you can find a heart shaped diamond of similar specifications, it will cost you at least twice the amount compared to buying it online.

With that said, I am now the proud owner of a beautiful diamond ring. The next step was to take action and surprise my girlfriend with a marriage proposal.

Did you know online vendors like JamesAllen.com offer free prong tightening, re-polishing, rhodium plating and cleaning services for the jewelry’s lifetime? Besides that, they also offer a lifetime upgrade policy for their diamonds.

Conclusion – That’s My Personal Story On Buying an Engagement Ring

pink rose diamond wedding ring set

Personally, I don’t believe there is a need to overpay for a piece of jewelry at big branded stores. Instead, I believe in paying a fair price for the quality I am getting. Buying a diamond online had worked out for me just as it had worked out for thousands of other people. Don’t let the fear of buying online pull you back from a deal that offers you MORE value for your money.

All in all, it’s a fun and interesting process, albeit a scary one especially if you had never bought anything via the Internet before. I hoped my story has inspired you to take a fresh look into the online realm of the Internet. After a great shopping experience, I am very confident about wiring money directly (to get a further discount with this payment method) when making future purchases.

By putting in some effort in research, you too, can shop online with confidence.

From the day I bought my first diamond ring, I had gone on to develop a penchant for inspecting diamonds and picked up an interest in collecting gemstones. In the process, I developed a keen eye for details when evaluating a diamond’s quality. The experience that was built up overtime enabled me to complete my GIA diploma studies with ease.

On a last note, this website is a labor of my love for diamonds and an avenue where I share my knowledge with fellow consumers. Hopefully, you had found the information on this website useful in when doing your own research. If you need any advice, feel free to contact me with any questions you have. I will be more than happy to help you out.

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p.s.: The marriage proposal was a success. I enlisted the help of my siblings to plan a surprise for my girlfriend by the beach. If you are interested to read what I did for the proposal, continue onto the next page.

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    October 7, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Would you be familiar with Diamond Exchange Dallas based in Texas? They provide an appraisal document for each their diamond rings and their prices are low. Do I still need a 3rd party examination and do you have anyone you know who can do this job in the city?

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    Paul Gian-
    October 10, 2017 at 6:05 am

    I am not familiar with them but from experience, I can tell you that any jeweler or businesses that utilizes in-house appraisal reports instead of authoritative GIA/AGS certificates are out to misrepresent diamonds and overcharge consumers. It’s as simple as that.

    If you are based in Dallas, this article should interest you: https://beyond4cs.com/jewelry-guide/engagement-rings-dallas-texas/

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