Engagement Ring Help

posted 2 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Newbee

That’s a tough question! What is your budget and can you afford to buy the most expensive one without impacting your finances going forward? That’s what I would ask myself. If you have your heart set on a Tiffany then know their diamonds are always eye clean so you don’t necessarily have to pay for the highest clarity. It will be beautiful even at a lower clarity. It will also be very well cut and a high colour grade so again you could go lower on clarity if you’d prefer a larger stone. I assume you haven’t looked at lower colour grades too? If I had 18k to spend on a ring with no impact on my finances I would be buying one hell of a sparkler and it would be much bigger than a 0.9 but that’s my taste. What is your finger size? Finger coverage might help you decide too. 

For a bit of perspective. I have a 1ct old European, g colour, beautifully cut (so sparkles like a dream) solitaire and if I had it appraised it might come back quite low because there is a tiny visible inclusion in certain lights. People think we spent a fortune on it because of how big it looks (and I have a 7.5 finger!) and how sparkly and white it is. We spent less than the 0.4ct you have referred to. 

Post # 3
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558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

I would go with the bigger if you can afford it!! Anything from Tiffany’s is going to look white and sparkly 🙂 They have great standards for their diamonds, so even if you go to the lowest colour and clarity they offer you’ll still be in great shape! We browsed engagement rings at Tiffany’s as well, I was super interested in the yellow diamond soleste, and the sales lady told us their lowest quality diamonds I VS2 I believe go fastest because they are the best value!

Good luck, and anythign will be stunning!! 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I’d let your fiancé pick. You’ll know that you’re getting your dream setting, but he’d get to have a part of the picking process and he’ll be able to pick one in a price range he’s comfortable with. My husband picked my diamond and I picked my setting, and honestly I ended up with a much nicer stone than I would have picked, because the quality was important to him. He loves to tell people he picked my ring on his own, and it means even more because it’s from him. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

 

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dxnyc :  Or something like this from James Allen:test2

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Mount Princeton hot springs

I’d go big but that’s just me. Any of those clarities should look great, especially from Tiffany!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2020 - City, State

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dxnyc :  My last post somehow dissapeard! to answer your question bee, cut has a lot to do with how big the diamond will look! A lot of jewelers do no ttell you that carat size does not mean size. The cut dictates how big the face of the diamond will look. An EXCELLENT cut diamond will be cut perfectly so that the width and length are equal to 1. It may weigh less in carat size, but look bigger than a ring that is poorly cut of higher carat value. Poorly cut diamonds tend to weight more (higher carat) but are only bigger in terms of their length and NOT their width. The width is what you see in terms of size when you look down at your diamond. My bf and I found this site helpful while shopping:

https://beyond4cs.com/truth-about-gia-triple-excellent-diamonds/

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

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dxnyc :  What’s your budget?

Maybe let your boyfriend pick?

Post # 12
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Newbee

£15k is a great budget. In all honesty you sound a bit all over the place on what size you want. I think on a size 5 finger a .82 would look lovely (and big). Again, if you want a Tiffany and have the money, get the biggest you can for your budget. Look at the boards on here to see other similar size diamonds on similar hands to give you an idea. I would highly recommend going to another store and trying on lower spec diamonds to be sure you want to spend that much on a 0.82ct. For that size you don’t really need to go that high spec unless that is more important to you than size of stone. This sort of thing is really down to personal preference. 

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