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16-02-2016, 13:50   #1
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Engagment Ring Dubai or Antwerp?!

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My boyfriend proposed and we are looking into where would be best to get a ring. more value for money, dubai or antwerp?
We are also looking into getting our wedding bands at the same time.
Any advice would be really appreciated..

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16-02-2016, 13:55   #2
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How about shopping local and buying in Ireland?
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Dubai offers good value for money in terms of purity of gold. But that is, I would guess, more relevant if you look at the jewelry resale potentional.
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It really depends if you want gold, silver, platinum and if you are also looking at diamonds, et al. How many karats, which level of purity or does it matter at all? Also, do you want custom made or off the rack? There wouldn't be a general "best place" in my opinion as each has its own USP.
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Dubai is no longer great value as the dollar is so strong.
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I am look for approx 1 Cart diamond white gold band.. I know that the dollar rate is not good and that would have an impact on the price of diamonds. But my question is is there much of a difference between value in antwerp and dubai?
I looked around ireland and seen the prices of 1 carat rings and it was mental money. He is spending approx 5,500 on ring.
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16-02-2016, 16:25   #7
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Go for .99 ish carat as it will be way cheaper than 1.0+
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My own experience was looking at minimum €8k for a decent 1 ct stone, buying Dublin, Antwerp, New York were all coming in around the same. No Idea if Dubai would be any better.

As said the 1ct. label attracts a premium, moving down to .9ct can save a fair amount.
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I am look for approx 1 Cart diamond white gold band.. I know that the dollar rate is not good and that would have an impact on the price of diamonds. But my question is is there much of a difference between value in antwerp and dubai?
I looked around ireland and seen the prices of 1 carat rings and it was mental money. He is spending approx 5,500 on ring.
If you somehow find a 1ct stone for 5,500 (assuming that's Euro rather than GBP) please let me know! Not to be the bearer of bad tidings, but you'll likely either have to up your budget or lower your expectations. A 1ct stone, for that price will have to be absolutely awful on the other 3 C's, most likely wherever you go.
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Give Anne Love a call here. She's in Glasgow and we found her very good value.
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If you somehow find a 1ct stone for 5,500 (assuming that's Euro rather than GBP) please let me know! Not to be the bearer of bad tidings, but you'll likely either have to up your budget or lower your expectations. A 1ct stone, for that price will have to be absolutely awful on the other 3 C's, most likely wherever you go.
I already emailed Cara jewellers in Dubai and they gave me the following quotes, which is 1 Carat and is below 5,500 euro..

Ring as picture in 18k white gold

Center diamond – 1.00 carat – Pear shape – VVS2 – G

Side diamond – 0.35 carat total – Round Brilliant – VS-SI – F-G

Price : 19300/- AED


Ring as picture in 18k white gold

Center diamond – 1.00 carat – Pear shape – VVS1 – G

Side diamond – 0.35 carat total – Round Brilliant – VS-SI – F-G

Price : 20500/- AED
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Give Anne Love a call here. She's in Glasgow and we found her very good value.
Just had a look at that site, pretty much same prices as dublin for a decent 1ct stone.

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Op can recommend you try the likes of Voltaire Diamonds or Bespoke Diamonds if you are near Dublin.
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Cara are excellent. I got a lot of stuff there. Is their shop in Galway still open
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Cara are excellent. I got a lot of stuff there. Is their shop in Galway still open
I dont know if they are still open there but my sister came back from there in Oct and she got an eternity band and it was only 450 euro and is identical to her wedding band which she got in ireland a year ago prior to getting her eternity band and cost 1,250 euro hence why I am really considering going to dubai but the only thing i am unsure about is if there is much difference in value between dubai and antwerp.
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Well worth your while going to Dubai to buy a ring I bought a 1.3 ct solitaire in Dubai about two years ago pain 5000 for the ring got it valued here in Weirs for 14000 I also bought a ring in Abu Dhab airport paid approx 900 valued here for 2000. I would lovee to go back
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