by Flenderson » Oct 14, 2008 My girlfriend and I are going through the process of picking out an engagement ring, and we (like most people) have a budget in mind. Last night we had a meeting with a jeweler and it didn''t go very well, as he tried to push more expensive diamonds on us that are out of our price range. I know we aren''t going to get a perfect diamond, but we''re hoping to spend between $1,500 and $2,000 on the center stone. The jeweler made it sound as if anything under $4,000 would be a terrible diamond, and if I wanted something cheaper, I surely don''t love my girlfriend and will probably wind up in hell someday (not quite that bad, but almost). With our budget in mind, which C''s should be most important? I''ve read that cut and color are the most critical, but opinions seems to vary. For the record, we''d like a stone that''s at least .70 carats, if possible. It will be set in white gold, most likely. For example, what are your thoughts on this stone, which has a good cut and less clarity? http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/J-SI1-Premium-Cut-Round-Diamond-1153882.asp Any help is much appreciated. I''m trying to learn as much about this process as I can so I get something my girlfriend will love, but also something that won''t sink me into debt. Thanks for all of the great advice everyone gives around here. What a tremendous resource!