(Closed) Finally going diamond/ring shopping tomorrow.. what do i need to know? help!

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
4419 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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 # 6
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012



Post # 7
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Stay away from mall chain stores. 

Post # 8
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

First, decide on the cut and the size of the diamond you and Fiance 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
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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 # 12
16 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

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 🙂

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