This is my first post and I would just like to start off by thanking everyone who contributes to pricescope by posting priceless information about diamonds and jewelry.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to start searching for an engagement ring for my beautiful aussie girlfriend. She is an amazing sweet caring woman and I will do everything I can to make her happy. She has already made huge sacrifices to be with me by moving here from Australia. Luckily for me she is not materialistic and would be very happy with any ring (as long as I didn''t get it out of a gumball machine). However, I am not going to settle getting her the cheapest diamond ring out there. She deserves the best and I really want her to be thrilled with the beauty of her ring, (plus that way she can''t say no to my proposal
Thanks to all of the great information here, I have learned that I can avoid the B&M jewelry stores, where they try to pressure you into buying anything instead of being helpful and informative, and find a much better rock at a better price online. The vendors here seem very helpful and courteous and I''m feeling much more comfortable with buying online. I do have concerns, and I''m not sure if I should post in different forums or just throw all of my thoughts out here. I figure it can''t hurt... you all seem nice enough.
Unfortunately, I am not rich, but I have about $4000 to spend (including rock and setting). I''m thinking from about 0.8 to 1.0 ct with an ideal cut (possibly H&A), with clarity of eye-clean SI1 to VS2, and H to J in color. My girlfriend likes yellow gold and it suits her skin tone better, so I''m thinking I can sacrifice a little bit on the color scale for the size and cut. Also, she has small hands so I think the size range should be big enough. I think I''m on the right track for the diamond, but I encourage any comments people may have.
I read a bit about florescense and how it makes slightly yellow colored diamonds look whiter face up and I''m wondering would it hurt, help or not make a difference with yellow gold in the setting.
The setting I''m considering is the vatche royal crown in yellow gold. I was thinking about this setting with pave or the hand engraving, but I can''t find any pictures of them in yellow gold, nor does vatche have them posted. If anyone has photos, I''d love to see them. Also, if there is another setting that is similar, that would be helpful. I heard that there are other versions of the royal crown done by other jewelers, but I don''t think I saw many.
Should I definitely see the diamond and/or setting in person before purchasing from an online vendor? It sounds like I can trust the vendors here, and I feel pretty comfortable with the idea, but I would like some advice.
Should I definitely get the diamond/ring appraised by an independent jeweler (it certainly sounds like a good idea) and how much does that cost? If so, should I use someone local or does it not really matter?
Also, what type of insurance do people get on rings?
I think that''s most of my concerns. Thanks in advance for your help!