Post # 1
Besides the basics of color and clarity, what should i look for? I’ve done some researching on depth, but not too sure on what that means. Also, is there a difference between EGL USA and GIA? Im soo nervous! I was excited when my FI told me that he was going to take work off tomorrow to bring me to the diamond district in chicago and i didnt realize that theres soo much more i dont really know. We will be looking at oval and round cut diamonds. My aunt asked me what kind of cut i want with the round and i only know of brilliant.. is there another kind? So sorry if my post is kinda scattered with all these questions. Im just soo nervous.
I knew there would come a time that I would get a ring (I have a gold band right now b/c we couldnt afford a diamond at the time), but i feel like he saved soo much and it’s going to spent at one time and i feel anxious. i should be more excited than anxious right? I almost dont want to go if i keep feeling like this!
I’ve had e-ring porn obession for months now hoping for the day that i could get a pretty ring and now i’m freaking out! So please, any advice on what i should look for or expect when diamond shopping would be so great!
I think i’ll carry a paper bag with me tomorrow to breathe in and out of while we look if this feeling doesnt subside.
Post # 3
Rather than report everything I’ve learned about diamonds, I’ll just direct you to a website that explains a tiny bit about depth of cut.
http://www.spencediamonds.com/diamond-education – it’s just a quick overview, really, but it might help clear up at least a little for you.
Post # 4
That website is really good for info. Also if you are going to a reputable jeweler they should be able to answer all your questions for you.
Post # 5
Ask about the setting itself… Everyone focuses on the diamond, but you also need to think about the setting. Make sure the prongs are straight and the diamond is secure.
Ask about service plans. Ask also if you have work done on your ring somewhere else if it will void any warranties you’re getting.
Find out if they guarantee your stone. Some jewelers will replace your stone if it is lost from the setting. It can be heartbreaking when you lose your diamond, but reassuring if the store will replace it.
Congratulations on going diamond shopping! I hope you have fun and don’t hyperventilate!!!
Oh! and we want to see the ring when you get it!!
Post # 7
Stay away from mall chain stores.
Post # 8
First, decide on the cut and the size of the diamond you and FI are looking to buy then they can bring out a tons of diamond in the same similiar size and cut, but maybe different in clarity. If you buy from a private independent botique always ask for a good price or lower the price because if they are independent owner and they are desperate for sale and cash flow they would cut you a deal.
Post # 9
Oh, and one more thing that I learned that I don’t think is mentioned on that website – carat is measured by weight and deeper cut diamonds are heavier. Which means a 1 carat deep cut and a 1 carat ideal cut are not actually the same size when you look at them together. You should probably keep that in mind when you’re shopping, depending on whether size or quality is more important.
Post # 10
Thank you soo much for the websites and information. I felt so clueless earlier and all i knew was that I wanted either and oval or round, and that I wanted it to be shiny 🙂
@Loribeth: thank you for mentioning that. i would have never asked that. I cant imagine how I’d feel if i looked down on my finger and saw it missing! I’d probably pass out!
Miss Tattoo: We first just kinda window shopped at mall chain stores, but I guess there is a “diamond district” in chicago where you can bargain loose diamonds at a much lower cost than retail. It also helps out that FI has a tax ID so he wont have to pay any taxes on the diamond.
@deliciousappleblue: Is it okay to tell them that I want to look at ideal cuts rather than a deep cut? Maybe I can ask to see the difference. From what I’ve read, th ideal cut is the best to have.
Also, can anyone tell me about the way it shines.. i keep seeing stuff about fire and ice”? and brilliant.. or is that just round cut?
Post # 11
@littlemissmango: that site is loaded with soo much info! thank you! i now know what a girdle is!
Post # 12
Congratulations! That’s so exciting!!! In regard to your question about grading certificates, GIA tends to be the most respected, the most accurate, and the most impartial lab in the industry. This is not only important in regards to knowing exactly what you are buying so you don’t overpay, but also later for insurance purposes when you get it appraised. Plus, they created the 4 C’s in the first place! Good luck shopping–I hope you find exactly what you’ve been looking for! Post a pic once you make the purchase 🙂