by Rainstorm » Jun 17, 2019 My partner and I are in the market for an engagement ring. We’re looking at vintage and colored-stone options, but we keep coming back to the enticing ideal-cut diamond dream. I really do not want to spend more than $2.5k when it’s all said and done (stone + simple setting). I think .5c is feasible in this price range? I like this diamond but didn’t know if it was a good buy for the money: https://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut-loose-diamond-4089715.htm I would love help from the experts here on how to maximize our small budget. I don’t need to have the branded super-ideal label necessarily, I just don’t feel confident about knowing what to look for if a diamond isn’t obviously labeled. I love sparkle and fire and want something eye clean. I wouldn’t mind making sacrifices for something larger, I just also don’t know what sacrifices to make. I also like the idea of buying something we could upgrade later. Thank you in advance.