Post # 1
A few months ago my SO asked me to let him know what type of ring I like. I went to a few stores on my own and tried a few things and wound up falling in love with the cushion cut diamond in a halo/frame setting style. This past weekend my SO told me that after researching, cushion cuts are very expensive due to having less facets, so you pay more for a good cushion cut diamond vs. another shape. He has money saved for a nice ring (he didn’t tell me a budget, just that he has enough saved) and we are going with a diamond, not an alternative (he said this will be my ring for life, he doesn’t want to upgrade at a 5 or 10 yr anniversary). I have no problem going with another shape ring, but I was wondering about costs and if anyone on here has looked up this sort of stuff.
What is the most cost effective shape? I really am beginning to appreciate a pear diamond in a halo setting, and I showed him that and he said it was pretty. I do believe he will get what I like most, but I don’t want him to feel pressured if he is not comfortable with the cost of a cushion cut. I’m not familiar or smart with the three ‘C’s of diamond buying, so this is new to me.
Have any of you fallen in love with a type of diamond but had to pick something else? Or what are some of your favorites?
Post # 3
i dont know the exact cost of my ring – i know it was appraised at 6500 but i want to say he paid around 4 or 5 for it. (total guess) I dont know much about diamonds as i didnt hve anything to do with buying but i have a.91 cushion cut with halo and i believe the clarity is G (again a guess)
Hopefully that helps as far as looking at cushions – maybe you can go down in size or clairty to get the one you want – but be careful with halos! you want your center diamon to be as colorless as possible because you can really it notice next to the other diamonds.
My sister has a solitare and its the same size as mine but looks a lot bigger! dues to the depth of the cushion cut.
here is a pic
Post # 4
I have a radiant cushion cut that I LOVE.
Where is he looking at stones? Has he tried small private jewelers, online retailers, or wholesale?
My ring is very sparkly and I’m so happy with my cushion cut.
What is he looking to spend on a diamond (if you know) and what size diamond are you looking for?
And just for fun, here’s my cushion cut.
Post # 5
I am a round brilliant girl – so those in a nice setting or a solitaire does it for me. I don’t know much about the 4Cs, etc- we just went over everything at Tiffanys with the counsultant.
Post # 6
ahhhhhhh that is exactly the kind I want. love it!! Good point about the center stone, didn’t think of how it would show up compared to the stones in the halo.
Post # 7
He doesn’t want to go below a 1ct center stone, but I tried a few on that were .7 and .9 and they were plenty of diamond for me. He is going to go to his uncle who has his own shop. I don’t know budget wise…which is why I wanted to give him a few other suggestions as far as type of stone…although he has been saving for a long time…but the more pictures of cushions I see the more I love them! They are beautiful!
Post # 8
I too love cushion cut diamonds! But your SO is right, they are a bit more than rings with comparable stats. I have really grown to love brilliant (round) diamonds. I used to steer away from them bc that is what mom has, and I associated that with “old” They are cut with a TON of facets and make them sparkle so much! You can get much larger of a diamond with the same quality and color as a cushion or ascher. I also like princess, but held next to a round, the sparkle isn’t as extreme! How exciting! Im sure your uncle will steer him in the right direction!!
Post # 9
I know that round cuts are typically more expensive than other cuts because of all the facets but tend to look larger and sparkle more. Marquise and pear cuts tend to give you more bang for your buck…they look larger than other stones of the same carat weight because they have a large table. Princess Cuts are priced pretty well and show up fairly large for carat weight typically. Emerald and ascher cuts (while totally gorgeous) are pretty pricey and won’t look very large compared to other diamonds of the same size…because they’re deeper to get the “step” effect. I would recommend you go to blue nile and play around with the diamond finder 🙂
Post # 9
I have a .83 carat princess cut Leo diamond in a Neil Lane halo setting from kays. Princess cuts tend to cost less than rounds and cushions.
Post # 10
I read somewhere that just under the big round numbers (like 0.96 instead of 1 carat) are significantly cheaper – so if there is a different stat that does it for you (personally I think cut is the one I would never compromise on) I would be vocal about that! A well cut stone under a carat can sometimes be larger in diameter than a stone which is cut higher. He can certainly use his budget by upgrading the colour, cut and clarity with very little trouble!
Post # 11
the reason the rounds and cushions are more expensive is because the light hits the rounds in a different way that makes the look more “sparkly” but really its all about the cut, color and clarity of the diamond itself… if you get a high cut and clairty princess and a low cut and clarity round then yes the princess will cost more. If you found a round and a princess with the same cut, clarity, color then they would be around the same price. And the reason so many people like halo engagement rings is becuse the diamonds on the outer enhance the center stone making it apear bigger than it actually is… which definitely is not a bad thing