Post # 1
I asked my then girlfriend, now fiance, to marry me on Sunday using one of her grandmother’s rings. It’s really pretty but not what she / I was expecting, so we’re looking to possibly purchase a diamond online (James Allen, etc.) and then take it to a local jewerly store for the setting, but need some help identifying some nice diamonds to choose from.
I’ve been trying to do research on the different aspects of diamonds (cut, clarity, caret, color, etc.) but wanting other’s advice on some good diamonds to be looking at. Here’s the general price range / aspects for the diamond that I’m looking for.
Price range from $2,000 – $4,000. I don’t want to go below 0.75 ct, but wouldn’t mind going higher if the clarity, cut and color are pretty good.
Here’s a list of ones I’ve found, but would love to hear of some cheaper but also reasonable diamonds.
I’m totally new to all of this still, but really excited about this whole process and would appreciate any / all help. 🙂
Post # 3
Are you (or I suppose more importantly, your fiancée) open to lab diamonds? Not a simulant, just real diamonds grown in a lab instead of mined. It’s not a huge discount, but they do tend to be cheaper. My stone is .73 with good stats for $2000, so you might be able to go a little bigger while still being in your budget.
Post # 4
I’ve never actually heard of lab diamonds to be honest, so I’m not really sure if I’m against them quite yet. I’ll have to ask her if she’s heard of them and what she thinks. In the meantime, do you have any recommendations on where to look for some reputable lab diamonds so I can get an idea about them? Thanks for the reply!
Also… thanks for teaching me the difference between fiancé and fiancée. haha
Post # 5
If you go down to VS1 or VS2 you can get a larger diamond in your price range: https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/?CaratFrom=0.8&CaratTo=1.00&Color=H,G&Clarity=VS2,VS1&Cut=Ideal,Excellent,TrueHearts&PriceFrom=&PriceTo=&ViewsOptions=Images&advancedParameter=CaratSliderBottom&Shape=round
Plenty of S1 clarity diamonds are eye clean–look at the videos and and post your finds on Pricescope. I would prioritize cut over clarity and limited my search to ideal and true hearts.
Post # 6
We got mine at Brilliant Earth. I know some people have issues with whether or not their natural diamonds are as guaranteed conflict-free as they claim, but that shouldn’t be an issue for lab diamonds. There are probably plenty of other places to go, that’s just what I’m familiar with! They just also happened to have a setting I love.
Post # 7
Thanks! Just so I understand, let’s say I’m looking at one of the diamonds in Super Zoom and I see an inclusion or two, how noticeable are those if I’m viewing the diamond in person with my naked eye? Have I been too paranoid about finding a diamond with absolutely no inclusions or anything when I wouldn’t even be able to tell without 40x zoom?
Post # 8
have you talked to her about what is most important to her in a diamond? Some women are very color sensitive, while others are not. And some think size is the most important while others would rather have the best clarity.
I think you can def go below a VVS2. There are a ton of eye clean diamonds below that grade which will either save you money or get you a bigger diamond. Just for reference mine is an SI1 and you can’t tell there are any inclusions (1. because the biggest inclusion is a cloud inlcusion which isn’t as noticeable, and 2. because it is a hearts and arrow cut round brilliant) Just remember cut is king, so as long as the diamond is well cut it will help hide lower clarity or color grades.
Post # 9
I’m not quite sure what she values most in a diamond quite yet. I think we need to go in person to see the difference in diamonds.
- Finding out the difference in color between an M and a D and everything in between.
- Finding out the difference in cut between a Good and a True Hearts and everything in between.
- Finding out the difference in clarity between I1 and IF and everything in between.
In fact, we’re going Saturday to a local jewelery store to first see if there’s anything we can do with her grandmother’s old ring, and secondly to learn more about diamonds.
Everyone has been so helpful so far, I really appeciate it. 🙂 There’s so much more than show me the best diamond at $3,000… because there are so many variables it seems when finding a diamond on a specific budget. Got to give and take a little on some aspects it seems.