by FutureBride » Jul 10, 2001 My boyfriend recently told me that he was shopping for a ring. He wants to do this by himself but of course I feel a need to make sure that he gets the best deal. He wants to please me but at the same time does not want to spend a lot of money. I know I want a princess cut that is at least 1.6 carat. My boyfriend only wants to spend about 6-7k. I have been on the net for the last 4 months with him trying to learn everything about the 4c's. I feel overwhelmed and am still very confused about the table/depth percentages for the princess cut. I am also trying to convince him to purchase my ring on the net so he can save money. I also know you can save sales tax too, I live in Long Island NY where tax is 8.25% However he is very skeptical. The three sites that I visit the most are Ashford, Blue Nile Diamond.com and Mondera. Anyway I have a few questions. (1) What is the best depth/table percentage for the princess (2) I know that I wont be able to get the best ring for the price he wants to pay, so since I don't want to give up size and I know cut is the most important, do you think I could get a decent ring for 6-7k by sacrificing color (get H-I) and clarity (get SI1-2)? (3) If 6-7k is unrealistic for the size I want without giving up too much quality, what is a more realistic cost?