Buying diamonds and diamond jewelery presents a challenge that you may not deal with on a daily basis. And you certainly need to establish a strategy to maximize the quality of your diamond while minimizing your expenditure.
Some factors to consider are:
- Budget – Establish a range that you are willing to pay..
- Research – The more you learn, the more likely you are to get exactly what you are looking for and to get it at the right price. Doing your homework on diamonds definitely pays dividends..
- Trends – Unless you and your fiancée are extremely confident in a non-traditional ring, stick with traditional elegance.
- Decide on the gem — changing your mind is okay too.
- Color – many people can’t see the difference between D-F and G color. That is a good place for significant savings.
- Cut – is an important factor. While ideal proportions command a premium, excellent finishing won’t cost much but will look good forever
Make sure you understand the best proportions for each shape. Buying “spread” sacrifices brilliance. .
- Clarity – If you can see an inclusion with your naked eye … look for another gem.
- Setting – don’t scrimp on one. A strong setting protects your investment.