How much does an engagement ring cost?
I understand how confusing and overwhelming it can be to find the perfect diamond. Your first thought is probably to look online to get a general ballpark figure for what a diamond will cost, right? But you may become frustrated the longer you look at diamonds online because you’ll see various prices and won’t know why each one costs what it does.
The big problem with buying internet diamonds is that clients can’t see the actual diamonds they’re choosing from. They see a long list of price options that can vary by thousands of dollars for a diamond with very similar (if not the same) specifications, which makes it hard to know why one costs what it does, and whether or not it really is better than the one on the line below it. And when they finally do see it in person after the purchase, it may not be what they thought. Happens all the time 對戒.
Here are 4 secrets to getting a fantastic diamond:
Why One Diamond Looks Bigger Than The One Next to it Despite Being The Same Carat Size
Let’s say you have two 2.50ct diamonds side-by-side. Both have the same color & clarity, but you notice that one of them looks smaller than the other. This is likely because the GIRDLE thickness is causing one of the stones to look small. The girdle is the widest point of the diamond when looking at it from the top. Often times diamond cutters will cut a diamond to hit a certain carat weight because this makes the per/carat price jump significantly higher. However, just because it weighs in at 2.50ct, doesn’t means it LOOKS like a 2.5ct.
The ideal grades for Girdles are:
– Slightly Thick
The Girdles that are NOT advisable to choose are:
– Very Thick
– Extremely Thick
If you choose one of these last two, you’re just paying for extra carat weight. Let’s say your budget only allows for the 2.50ct that looks smaller – In this case, the better scenario would be to get around a 2.25ct that is cut to the same proportions as that 2.50ct and you’ll end up paying less for the same size. The 2.25ct will likely sparkle a lot more, too, since the overall cut will be better.
If you go with the small 2.50ct, you’ll just be paying for the carat weight without seeing the benefit of the larger stone.
Consider “SI” Clarity Diamonds in Addition to “VS” Clarity
Diamond inclusions come in many sizes and colors, which greatly affect the diamond’s price. (The “Clarity” grade on the 4C’s refers to the degree in which these imperfections are present and visible on the diamond.) Unless you get a “Flawless” diamond, there will be some form of inclusion in your diamond. The great thing about this is that it becomes the birthmark of your diamond! The benefit is that you can always identify this as YOUR diamond (under extreme magnification, of course).
Many people come to us with the idea that they need VS clarity or above because they are fixated on a paper grade, but the truth is this: No one wears the certificate on their finger.
One thing I would suggest is that you consider SI clarity diamonds in addition to VS clarity. I wouldn’t suggest this if you were picking a stone blindly off an internet list based solely on the certificate since in that case you can’t see the location and size of the inclusion. However, if someone is personally choosing a selection of diamonds for you, we would select only the very best SI options. Inclusions come in a variety of shapes and colors and if we’re able to find one where the inclusion is white, or can be hidden by a prong, or it’s barely perceptible to the naked eye, you would be able to get a bigger size while still staying within budget.
When I show them their SI clarity options, quite often they see that they can get a bigger diamond by going with SI clarity while still staying near their budget. And as long as I do my job correctly by getting you a beautiful SI diamond, you win!