How to Get the Best Bling for you Buck

How to Get the Best Bling for you Buck
Written by info@diamonddirectbuy.com

Top Diamond and Engagement Ring Misconceptions

1. Weight signifies how large the diamond will look- FALSE The carat size of a diamond signifies how much a diamond weighs. However, the weight of the diamond is not an accurate sign of how large the diamond will actually look. You can have a 2.0 carat round diamond measuring 8.2mm and a 2 carat diamond that measures 7.5m. The weight has no factor on how large the diamond appears- it is due to the cut. For an example of a well cut loose oval diamond with larger face up measurements see the certificate to the right.
2. Clarity alone determines sparkle- FALSE  The clarity of your center diamond determines how many imperfections, or lack thereof, are within the diamond. A flawless diamond has no imperfections where as an Included diamond will have imperfections likely visible to the naked eye. The sparkle of a diamond is determined by many different factors and the clarity of the diamond alone is not enough to gauge sparkle. A flawless diamond won't always sparkle more than a diamond with SI1 clarity grade rating that has no visible imperfections detracting from the transparency of the stone. The sparkle depends on each diamond in particular and the cut plays a huge part in the sparkle factor as  well. A poorly cut flawless diamond may not sparkle, whereas an excellent cut Included diamond may no sparkle either. It is all about a ground of balance. 

3. Fluorescence is a negative property for a diamond- False Fluorescence in a diamond is not inherently a negative thing to have in a diamond. It greatly depends upon the exact diamond. You can have an F color diamond with Strong blue fluorescence that exhibits no hazy, milky, cloudy effect. You can also have a J color diamond with fluorescence that will visually get a color upgrade in UV light. It really depends on the exact diamond so we would not entirely rule it out unless the diamond is hazy and you have a clear visual of it. 

4. Round diamond looks the largest- False Round cut diamonds are not necessarily a diamond shape that will always appear the biggest on your hand face up. Round cut diamonds if cut well will exhibit the most sparkle and brilliance due to many factors however they are perfectly symmetrical all around and therefore don't take up as much length on the finger. if you want a diamond that appears large opt for a shape like an elongated cushion, radiant, oval, pear, or marquise. If they are all at the same carat weights, those cuts would appear larger in comparison. Take a look at this comparison video showing various diamond shapes side by side. The round cut undeniably has the most sparkle but not necessarily the same face up look. 
5. SI2 is a "bad" clarity grade- FALSE SI2 clarity diamonds are at the bottom end of the SI range. About 60% of SI2 clarity diamonds have visible imperfections and spots to the naked eye however there are 40% of SI2 clarity diamonds with no visible imperfections to the naked eye. We would not rule out SI2 because with the right guidance you can find an eye clean SI2 clarity diamond. The most important thing is that each person is working within a specific budget. If you wanted to increase the size or color of your diamond, you can do so by dropping to SI2 provided the SI2 is clean. This video shows a VS2 clarity diamond which comes at a high premium next to an SI2 clarity diamond.  Notice the SI2 does not negatively impact the shine and brilliance of the diamond because we carefully SI clarity diamonds to be in the best range possible. For an example of a GIA certificate of an SI2 clarity diamond that looks beautiful under a microscope and to the naked eye see the image to the right.
6. Platinum is better than white gold- FALSE Platinum and white gold metal are the two options when it comes to getting a silver color engagement ring. Platinum rings are heavier, more malleable, denser, and over time a platinum ring goes down to a greyish- matte finish. A white gold ring will be lighter, the metal remains shiner, it is slightly tougher, and over time can start to show a slight hint of warm from the yellow tones. Platinum is not inherently better than white gold. If you want a heavier ring with a slightly more luxurious feel then platinum is your option. If you would want your ring to remain shinier over time then white gold is an excellent choice. There is not one direct answer to this so it really depends on your budget and the look you are going for. 
7. Diamonds are indestructible, they can’t chip, crack or break- FALSE This is a common misconception that we hear often. Diamonds rate in at 10 on the Mohs Scale of hardness meaning that from all minerals they are at the  very top of hardness and are the most difficult to destruct. However, this is not to say a diamond is unable to crack or break. It is possible to break or chip a diamond with the right amount of pressure, at the right angle, etc... There are elements in the world (not minerals) harder than a diamond and human pressure coupled with the right scenario can cause something like this to happen. That is why your diamond needs to be properly cared for and still treated as something delicate. 
8. You have to spend 20% of your salary- FALSE When it comes to buying an engagement ring we have heard ALL the budgeting rules. Some examples are you can spend 20% of your salary, or 2-3 months of your pay. In our opinion this is really not a good way to budget yourself. The best budget is one you personally feel comfortable with and can lay out. Always remember that you can finance, opt for a layaway plan, and also pay with a credit card. Paying with credit card allows you  lot more time to pay off the ring since you can sign up for one with no interest for a certain time frame. At the end of the day the budget needs to make sense to you!
9. Most people think that "Solitaire" defines a Round diamond or that Solitaire is a setting design meaning no halo, not a completely plain setting- FALSE Solitaire comes from the word solo which means just a single stone. A solitaire design is any diamond shape in the middle on a setting that has no diamonds on the band. I.e., not a halo or three stone setting etc... We have a lot of customers coming in and asking for a solitaire design thinking that a solitaire means a round cut center. You can have an
10.You have to get a matching band for your engagement ring FALSE There is really no set way that your engagement ring and wedding band need to look. Lots of our clients get bands that are slightly thicker, thinner, different metal colors, textures, etc... There are plenty of ways to pair a wedding band with your engagement ring so don't feel stuck to just one design.
11. A pave ring has to be delicate FALSE- Pave is just a way of setting stones where they are close within the metal. This is a nice bold look while still maintaining the low profile, smooth interior appearance, and comfort of pave set diamonds. However, if it is stated as “micro-pave” that would mean setting smaller stones hence the word “micro”.   For an example of a wider pave band see the image and link of the custom eternity band to the right.  Keep in mind we can also use larger pave diamonds on the band of your engagement ring if you would like to achieve a heftier/bolder look to the finished piece.
12. An engagement ring in its truest form has to have a diamond center-stone FALSE  centers such as moissanite make amazing center stone options for your engagement. If you do not want a diamond there is no reason to be talked into one! There are plenty of amazing options out there. Not only are they cost effective, compared to a diamond, but they are truly unique and allow you to have a special ring- incorporate it with our most popular designs. 
13.  The engagement ring has to be a complete surprise  FALSE If the engagement ring is a 100% surprise there is more room for error. The best thing to do is ask you significant other ideas for what they might like or even take them along for a trip to take a look at rings in person. This way you can be sure of the exact design she likes. The actual proposal will still be a surprise since your better half will have no idea when the ring is actually going to show up!
14. There is such a thing as "Signature Ideal Cut" or "Super Ideal Cut" FALSE GIA does not grade anything as Signature Or Ideal cut. they dont use the word "IDEAL". The only cut grade a GIA certified diamond can get is Excellent. Signature or Ideal cut, Marcel Talkowsy, Forever Mark, Leo ideal and many other names are just labeled by online retailers to make generate more business and draw more attraction to a more "exclusive" product when in reality it is just an Excellent cut diamond.  If you do not believe us, go on the GIA website and read all about it.
15.  A cushion cut diamond, or any fancy shape, can have an excellent Cut great FALSE This is another tool used by online retailers to attract customers. GIA only grades Cut for Round cut diamonds specifically. They do not grade cut on any fancy shapes such as oval, radiant, pear, etc...A fancy shape diamond can be extremely well cut however labeling it as that is not something to take light Other shapes are cut to many different ratios of length to width , some more elongated others square it is impossible to give them a cut grade.