By Erika W.
1. Do Your Homework
Learn about the 4 Cs: Cut, Clarity, Carat Weight, and Color, and understand that Cut has the greatest impact on sparkle and brilliance. “Cut” refers to how well a diamond returns light based on its proportions. Well-cut diamonds look larger and brighter than diamonds that are poorly cut. Start with our basic tutorials: Carat Weight , Cut , Clarity , and Color. Have questions on the basics? Please visit our Diamond Forums for help from knowledgeable consumers and diamond industry professionals.
2. Do Vendor Research
Selecting a good vendor is as important as choosing the diamond. You can avoid potential problems by choosing a reputable vendor with a solid return policy. It’s a big purchase, and you want to buy from someone you trust. You may also want to consider a vendor who has an upgrade policy-just in case. 😉
3. Set Your Budget
There is a diamond out there for any budget, so start comparing Diamond Prices and familiarize yourself with what’s available. Depending on quality, a one carat diamond can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000+, and settings can cost approximately $500 to $10,000+. Understand that settings can always be changed in the future, so you may want to reserve most of your budget for the diamond. Simple solitaires are still favored overall.
4. Consider Size and Style
Wondering what size is appropriate? If you are thinking about surprising your significant other with an engagement ring, it is wise to look to her social circle and family for clues. Think about her profession and lifestyle. Some may be perfectly comfortable wearing a three-carat diamond, while others may prefer a half carat. Questions about ring styles? Visit our Engagement Rings Tutorial and our Engagement Ring Eye Candy Thread for inspiration. Remember to consider the rest of her jewelry collection when making decisions about metal color and style.
5. Take Your Time and Enjoy!
Don’t stress! 🙂 Take your time and enjoy the process. People from all over the world visit our Diamond Forums and our Diamond Tutorials for information. If you comparison shop and do your research, you will find the diamond of your dreams. Good luck!