- 9 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
How about a clarity enhanced diamond? You can get a pretty good sized stone for less. It is a natural diamond that has some rather large inclusions, but it is blasted with a laser to make them to minimize the appearance of the inclusions. (No, I’m not an expert in the field)
People will tell you that the resale value is bad on it, but let’s face it, what diamonds actually GET good resale value? Most people intend on keeping their stones for life.. And as an added plus, if you ever decide to upgrade, you will likely get to keep your original instead of trading it in if you get all sentimental about things.. 😉
I do not own one myself, but I just thought I’d put it out there as an option, especially if your dude is opposed to getting a non-diamond. The only thing you probably need to worry about is making sure your jeweler is aware of clarity enhancement prior to doing any work on your ring in the future, as extreme heat can affect the clarity enhancement. Most jewelers will still work with the ring, they will just have to remove the stone prior to performing work.
I have a 4.75 finger, and have a 0.7 carat with a halo. The size seems to be quite substantial on it with the halo, and people are constantly thinking my ring is in the 1 carat+ range. The advantage for us thin-fingered girls is we can totally get away with something smaller without having to worry about stones feeling “out of proportion” (whatever that means..)