Originally Posted by wellsuited
Hi, I know this is not exactly relevant, but the forum is one of the few places I can trust on advice as important as this.
I am looking for a unique engagement ring, and am contemplating a Art Deco Ring. I have scout the web, but I am not too sure about the mechants online.
I can't help you with the diamond part, but as for the setting: I just purchased a 1920's setting at a local jeweler. For starters, finding just the right setting takes some luck. But look for jewelers who do work with estate jewelry, because that's where you'll find what you want. Ask for Edwardian, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau. The styles all bleed into one another, so you may find an Edwardian, for example, that fits the bill perfectly.
In my very little experience, buying something new is far far far more expensive. As an example, the ring I bought is platinum and has detailed filigree work all around it with inset tiny diamonds and sapphires. A very similar brand new filigreed platinum ring, without any side stones, in another shop nearby would have cost me approx. 5 times as much (both setting only). Your estate jewelry dealer may also have older diamonds too that might be cheaper--mine did.
I say educate yourself on-line about the diamond etc, and buy locally. Others have had good experiences (the threads where I asked were lost in the crash) and I am sure will share them, but I, like you maybe, am dubious of buying something to large on the internet.