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Antwerp Engagement ring

  • 21-07-2009 9:58pm
    Registered Users Posts: 52 ✭✭

    I am heading to antwerp nxt week to buy an engagement ring with my girlfrind. (she doesn't know yet) But there are loads of diamond shops there. Can people recommond some diamond shops there? What ones should we go to? Should i take cash with me or should i use my credit card?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 23 mszylwo3bnaxg7

    if you pay in cash you will get better prices and will be able to haggle better. Be careful to avoid the many cowboys overthere!Joe Katz and phillippe harold are two reputable jewellers, there are some others but you can find out about them online. You should get a much better deal than here if you pay in cash especially

  • Registered Users Posts: 52 ✭✭mark11original

    Thanks for the info. I will have a look at those jewellers and check them out

  • Registered Users Posts: 52 ✭✭mark11original

    Can people recommend some places to stay in antwerp? Some where that is close to the diamond quarter would be best and that has internet access or wireless

  • Registered Users Posts: 331 ✭✭sendic

    Google adja for reputable jewellers. I dealt in joaillerie du centre and was very pleased

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 23 mszylwo3bnaxg7

    the leopold hotel is good. Within walking distance of the diamond district but maybe a little far from the old town if yiu want to socialise at night.(not walking distance)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 59 ✭✭mark2003

    went there a month ago.was in the same position as you.Girlfriend didnt find out out until the night before.we stayed in the hylitt hotel right oposite harold phillipe diamond cannot go wrong with will have to contact him and make an not go at the weekend.if you need any more information you can pm me.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,169 ✭✭✭denhaagenite

    We got ours there and it was perfect! Open on Saturday and he had the diamond set the same day we chose it. Like Phillipe Harolde and Joseph Katz they are certified by the Antwerp Diamond Association- correct me if I'm wrong on the name- so don't be fooled by the cheapo shops near the train station etc..... You could find out later you've been ripped off.

    Also because we bought there they gave us 1 night bed and breakfast in The Leopold Hotel!!

    Good luck!

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3 boyneviaduct

    I'm heading to Antwerp in a week or two to buy an engagement ring and don't have a credit card. Is it wise to be travelling around with several thousands in cash? I presume nobody accepts Laser.

    Additionally, do HRD or IGI certificates cost more or do they come with the diamond ring?

  • Registered Users Posts: 59 ✭✭mark2003

    It is safe to bring cash once you put it in a safe place.I brought a good few thousand with me and hadnt a problem.You can put it in a safe in the hotel when you get there.If you go into a certified jewellers you will get the cert with the ring.Dont buy a ring without a cert even if you get great value on a ring.