Not long ago I visited Chicago's "jeweler row," which is a street just filled with jewelry stores including one high-rise packed with jewelers... My BF and I were out to buy me a diamond eternity ring. A surprisingly large number of them were Chinese. I am Chinese, and I speak Mandarin fluently and chatted several up, was very friendly, etc. Yet I still couldn't shake the feeling that I really wasn't getting a deal... Perhaps they could just tell I wasn't very knowledgeable? Or that we had money burning a hole in our pockets? Really not sure how one goes about finding a good diamond dealer who doesn't have insane markups, or ridiculous (non) return policies, etc. I hear Amanda and Vegas Long Legs speaking almost *fondly* of their jewelers!! I can't imagine finding someone to have such a longstanding relationship with... wish I could. By the way, we did end up getting a diamond ring for me that day. From a woman and her daughter, who are Chinese. I bargained her down quite a bit from the original price, and after my credit card was swiped she said to me, "Oh well, what do I care, I get it dirt cheap anyway!" I don't really care whether or not she gets it dirt cheap as long as I feel like I'm getting a fair deal out of all this... Anyway, sorry to ramble. Any advice on how to find a decent dealer? Or rather, how one should behave in these stores in order to get good service? I suppose being armed with knowledge is one.