The selection at Brilliance.com is similar to that at other premium online diamond retailers like Blue Nile, Whiteflash, or James Allen.
The focus is definitely on bridal jewelry, so you’ll find a complete engagement ring and wedding band selection. If you don’t see the perfect ring in their store, you can also design a custom engagement ring with one of their in-house jewelers.
Though it’s not as prominent on their website, Brilliance.com also sells all types of jewelry. Whether you’re looking for a bracelet, necklace, ring, or set of earrings, you can find them in their store.
As you might guess from the name, Brilliance.com sells “brilliant” loose diamonds. They have a broad diamond selection where you can sort each stone by color grade, clarity, carat weight, and the like.
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Brilliance.com prides itself on itsfine jewelry. They don’t sell lab-created diamonds, chemically treated gemstones, or anything other than the best fine jewelry.
Every piece will be made of sterling silver, platinum, or gold—whether white gold, rose gold, or yellow gold.
As I mentioned earlier, it’s impossible not to compare Brilliance.com to another competitor likeBlue Nile. The site is similar, the claims are similar, and the products are similar.
But there are a few differences.
First, Brilliance.com says they have the lowest price of any retailer. That might sound tempting if you’rebuying jewelry on a budget, but the difference might only be 1% or 2%. That’s just $10 for a $1,000 ring—not huge savings.
Another difference is that you can’t see all the diamond details quickly, like Blue Nile or James Allen. You’ll need to submit your contact info.
This is probably because Brilliance.com pulls diamonds from a large selection of retailers. Unlike other online jewelers, they don’t have up-to-date information on many of the gems they sell—they need to request that information from the wholesaler.
As a result, some of the stones might not even be available, and others might take much longer to arrive than you’d expect.
Brilliance also claims to have superb customer service and a lifetime warranty, and most of the reviews I’ve read online seem to back this up.
Finally, they use a wide range of certification organizations. Some—like GIA—are trustworthy and credible. But others—like EGL—are infamous for inflating the quality so jewelers can charge more.
What do Brilliance.com reviews say about the brand?
Reviews are evenly split between customers and experts.
To start with customers, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a clearly positive set of reviews in all the jewelry brands I’ve reviewed (which is saying a lot).
OnSitejabber, Brilliance.com has 5 out of 5 stars based on 401 reviews. They also won Sitejabber’s Customer Choice Award back in 2019.
OnReseller Ratings, Brilliance has 4.95 out of 5 stars, based on 1,412 reviews. AndTrustPilot awards Brilliance.com 4.8 out of 5 stars, based on 1,665 reviews.
Considering most brands have just a few dozen reviews with around 3.5 or 4 stars, these are outstanding ratings.
If I had to guess, I’d say Brilliance.com probably asks customers explicitly for reviews after they purchase. That’s fine with me. They don’t seem to be doing anything unethical or illegal.
In fact, it’s probably a good business practice—it makes sure the 98% of customers who are happy leave a review, instead of letting review sites be dominated by the 2% who had a bad experience.
But the experts tend to have a different perspective.
Michael Fried atDiamond Pro gives Brilliance.com 2 out of 5 stars. Fried expresses criticism of their unreliable availability and shipping (his diamond arrived late), inferior certifications, and minimal savings.
Richard Jenkins atYour Diamond Guru likewise gave Brilliance.com 2 of 5 stars, commenting on the low quality of their diamonds compared with retailers using GIA certifications.
Brilliance.com isn’t the wrong place to buy a diamond engagement ring or other fine diamond jewelry. You just need to be a knowledgeable customer and plan for delayed shipping.
If you’re trying tonail the proposal and need a ring by a specific date, Brilliance might not be the best choice.
While Brilliance might not be the best retailer when compared with other premium online jewelers, their offerings are honest and reasonably priced.
If you do your research and know what you’re looking for, you can find a great piece at a great price.
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