How to Buy an Engagement Ring ?
Most people feel that buying a Engagement ring is a Once in a "lifetime". In Most cases that is so ,.... however as a Private Jeweler I have noticed a different trend growing "Upgrading"as well for those who started off small and conservative, and now have financial means to invest in a bigger diamond .
For most couples who star of smaller and are on a budget, the idea of choosing a ring she loves for a price you can afford can feel overwhelming .
Here are a few Pointers that should help you in the process, and be able to get her the ring she will LOVE.
Its a good idea to set a budget , and compare what is available within that range. The basic information you should know when ring shopping is a little about the “Four C’s” of diamonds you'll be looking at : cut, color, clarity, and carat. Shop with a jeweler who offers official certification. None certified diamond can seem like a great deal but depending who you buy from it can be way off on color clarity or both .
Tradition guides that an Engagement Ring should be in the range 2 or more months of a man's salary, but many men set their own price point with smaller budget or a bigger one it all depends on your comfort level, what you like and what you think your future Fiancee will like as well. When a man is shopping for an engagement ring, he should not get wrapped up with this 2-month-salary propaganda. I have dealt with customers who ask for options withing a certain dollar amount and then see another ring they fall in love with for thousands more and end up getting it.
The ring you purchase should be a representation of feelings, not a ring that requires a small mortgage..... Hopefully you are not a impulse buyer that throws caution to the wind and spends double to what you originally planned.
Cut is the first of the "Four C's" and has the biggest impact on a diamond's quality. especially in Round Diamonds Ideal , Excellent, Talkowsky cut and Hearts and Arrows are the Best options but also may cost a little more then a lower cut grade stone.
Cut determines how a diamond reflects light, which determines the stone's brilliance.
Cut ratings typically range from "ideal" or "excellent" down to "fair." The higher the rating, the higher the cost.
Don’t try to save on cut, because a properly cut stone has facets, which are angled like mirrors in a way to reflect the incoming light. A properly-cut diamond sparkles, whereas a poor-cut one looks flat and lifeless.
Compare the color.
Diamond color is a rarity characteristic and not considered a beauty characteristic. Thus, remember that colorless diamonds (D-F) will be much more expensive than a near-colorless counterpart (G-J).
Ratings from "G" through "J" are near colorless, and ratings from "K" through "L" only have faint color that most eyes will not detect.
Save money by selecting a color rating from "G" through "K" instead of demanding a colorless stone.
The above depends on the certificate. GIA-Certified diamonds are known to be graded more strictly than is done for other certificates. Obviously comparing everything to a D flawless will not look as good but the most popular diamonds sold are H-I color range ( still in the near colorless grading ) and si1- si2 slightly included, it just really depends WHAT TYPE the inclusions are and WHERE they are positioned. I have sold some amazing si- clarity stones that look like VS without the price tag.
Lets discuss clarity.
Clarity is the number of inclusions in a diamond and imperfections. They are Natures way of giving Character to each diamond . Does the beauty spot of Cindy Crawford face make ler less attractive ? Most would NOT consider that a imperfection.... its her Trademark.
"FL" refers to Flawless while "IF" refers to Internally Flawless. "VVS-1" and "VVS-2" are very very slighly included under 10x's magnification, while "VS-1" and "VS-2" are very slightly included under 10x's magnification.
"SI-1" and "SI-2" are slightly included with inclusions being easily visible under 10'x magnification.
carat weight. Diamond carat weight is the single most determining factor when it comes to pricing a diamond. Obviously a Bigger or heavier diamond in carats the more it will cost, Keep in mind carat weight does Not always = to size and it has nothing to do with the overall cut quality of the stone. You can get a bigger looking diamond that weighs less , and costs less as well it just depends on the cut .
The Diamond you purchase should come with a grading report from an Independent accredited laboratory such as the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or European Gemological Laboratory (EGL) there are also EGL- USA and EGL Canada Certificates . Do not trust gradings that are only given by the jeweler or small independent labs no one has heard of.
Clarity Enhanced I come across many customers who find deals that are IMPOSSIBLE to be true on eBay and ask me to compare and explain the price difference . The first thing i look for is the words CLARITY enhanced usually marked next to the clarity box . the confusing wording used is "100% NATURAL - Clarity Enhanced" or CE. That would be like saying a 70 year old lady after a few nip and tucks, is now a NATURAL 30 year old woman? .... you can see where I'm going with this ..... a 100% NATURAL DIAMOND is one that has Not been laser direlled or fracture filled or has had it's color enhanced by High heat and high Pressure ALL Clarity enhanced diamonds start off as I1 or lower !!! they are still Diamonds but NOT NATURAL any more. Depending on how much drilling was done they have known to chip or crack ... I have even seen one that spit in two. Not something I would recommend for a ring .... earrings or pendant Hhhhmmmmm ......maybe.....
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 does exhibit a hazy, over blue effect. 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.
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Ok....So you started Ring shopping .... went to a few local stores and looked around online right. Are you Driving your self crazy yet ?
Lets talk about frequently asked question from customers looking to purchase a diamond or Engagement Ring
"What's the difference between EGL and GIA?"
Here are a few Facts:
1.Both GIA and EGL Certificates are two of the Most recognized Lab names here in the USA However ( there ARE also many others that exist) for example EGL-USA , EGL HONG KONG , IGI, HRD,AGS etc....
2. Diamond Certificates are from Labs that outline the details of the stone, Both are recognized Labs which are distributed to Diamond Districts and Jewelry Stores across USA ,CANADA, AUSTRALIA and WORLD WIDE. Offered on Online sites as well as on Ebay.
3.They are both recognized in the industry and are more desirable than buying a diamond without any certification at all. But they are competitors and THEY ARE NOT THE SAME...... AS A EXAMPLE:
One of my jeweler colleagues once told me this. If you want to buy a car lets say you go to a Car Dealer who show you a 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550 VS 2015 Hyundai Equos -BOTH Black -4 door sedans with similar options.
You look at both and test drive them. However you decide to buy the Hyundai, You love the way it looks and drives and the Price it's offered at. Can you then expect to go down the road to a Certified Mercedes Dealer and ask them to
"confirm or Verify" your car is Exact as a Mercedes and worth Just as much? This is what a lot of people do, they buy a gorgeous diamond with a certification other the GIA and then go to a local Jeweler who didn't sell them the ring to "Verify what a Great deal they got"
what do you think they will tell you or try and do?????when you ask their "OPINION" on your Deal"?
Going back to the certificates, ALL LABS use different Grading systems and diamond grading for mainly color and clarity is done at every laboratory not with machines but by the human eye. THEREFORE IT IS "SUBJECTIVE".
This is where they vary, and each Certificate even GIA will not offer any warranty as to their grading. You can send the same diamond to GIA in LA and NY and get 2 different opinions !!!! it has happened MANY TIMES, certificate is to be used only as a guideline of the diamonds details NOT A GUARANTEE even when you buy GIA .
ALL CERTIFICATED INCLUDE A DISCLAIMER : GIA CERTIFICATE WHICH STATES " THIS REPORT IS NOT A GUARANTEE OR VALUATION" see below
" IT is the Lab's "OPINION" which is SUBJECTIVE and will Vary depending on persons, training, eyes, and techniques and equipment used at the time of grading, lighting and many other factors.
4. A diamond Certificate can be compared to a "Birth Certificate" of a Diamond stating Details about the Diamonds 4 C's
5. A certificate alone will not describe how beautiful or ugly the diamond is in reality. Nor will it tell you if it sparkles ,No matter who certified it.....
ONLY your eye can determine that FACT! Therefore that is why I offer the 7-Day inspection period from delivery to you, on any item I ship out.
This will give you the opportunity to see it for yourself and make your own decision if you love it or not .
Two diamonds with the exact details can still look different and be prices differently and THERE ARE NO TWO DIAMONDS THAT ARE IDENTICAL .