We all know that weddings can be very expensive. The crunch on money is felt more so by young couples who had just joined the workforce and starting to build a new life together. One of the most substantial dollar investments that usually goes into a wedding is the engagement ring.

If you had been doing a bit of research yourself and shopped around a little for the perfect proposal ring, you would probably realize that they don’t come cheap. When it comes to buying diamonds, the old adage of “you get what you paid” really boils true. Seeking decent quality rings without breaking the bank can be a daunting process for someone who is new to the buying process.

Finding a great looking diamond ring within a lower budget is all the more harder. Today’s recommendation is a fantastic looking stone together with a sleek setting that won’t cost you more than $2,000. Let’s take a look…

0.511 Carat I Color VS2 Hearts And Arrows Round Diamond

ideal cut diamond under 1600

Ideally cut diamond – $1,675 (via wire)

Here Are the Detailed Information And Specifications

Shape: Round Brilliant Table %: 54.7
Grading Report: AGS Depth %: 61.5
Carat: 0.511 Crown %: 15.6
Color: I Crown Angle: 34.8
Clarity: VS2 Star %: 54.0
Measurements: 5.15 x 5.16 x 3.17 Pavilion Angle: 40.7
Lab Cut Grade: Ideal Pavilion %:  42.9
Light Performance: Ideal Culet: Pointed
Polish: Ideal Fluorescence: Negligible
Symmetry: Ideal Girdle: Thin – Medium

One of the most common mistakes that people make when shopping on a budget is to shop with a price filter and try to maximize the “carat weight” of the ring. If you do a quick search, many online stores would try to offer you seemingly good deals with 1ctw diamonds for only $1XXX. WOW! Isn’t that deal too good to pass up? You need to read between the lines and fine print in what is being presented to you.

carat total weight ringsCommonly advertised CTW rings

So, what exactly are you getting? The ring comprises of many small individual (dirt cheap) diamonds that make up 1 carat total weight. The thing to take note is that these diamonds have grading ranges. What is the true color of them? What is the true clarity of the stones? As if having I1 clarity stones isn’t bad enough, the diamonds can range to an even worse I2 clarity. Mind you, this means you will see the inclusions with your naked eye without any magnification.

Caveat Emptor. If you are considering such rings, the quality of the ring you are getting will always be questionable.

That’s Not The Case With Today’s Recommendation…

You get exactly what you are looking at. No second guesses. Nothing more, nothing less. In fact, what you will be getting is an eye clean ideal cut diamond that will sparkle like crazy. You see, the thing I really love about Brian Gavin Diamonds is that they are not all fluff and talk but they actually provide indepth details of their signature diamonds to consumers.

Diamond Grading Reports From Reliable AGS Lab

ags report

Click to view enlarged image…

Details on Diamond’s Light Performance

angular spectrum image for ideal cut diamond

Green – Indirect Light
Red – Direct Light
Blue – Contrast
Black – Leakage

From the ASET images, we see a nice diamond with tons of reds that indicates optimal light return. The blue arrows also indicate a good contrasting pattern in the stone.

idealscope for signature diamond

Idealscope image shows optimal performance with minimal light leakage

hearts patterning of round diamond

Crisp hearts patterning

From the symmetrical Hearts And Arrows patterning, we can see that this diamond had been cut to a very high level precision and exhibits very good craftsmanship from the diamond cutter.

Check Out The Elegant Solitaire Setting…

To round up today’s recommendation, let’s check out some details and pictures of the setting. For a 0.511 carat sized diamond, I highly recommend a 4-prong setting instead of a 6 prong setting to bring out the size and emphasis of the centre stone.

sample solitaire setting

Sample solitaire engagement ring for $2000

Click this link to view more images of ring setting…

At a very cost friendly price of $325, the 14k white gold ring setting is a simple and elegant solution for people shopping with a lower budget. You may also want to check out this writeup on selecting the right design for different finger sizes and hand shapes for more ideas.

So, What’s The Total Cost of This Ring?

$1,675 (diamond) + $325 (setting) = $2000 (total)

As you can see, even with a limited budge, you can make the best use of your hard earned cash to achieve the best quality if you know where to look. Click here to visit Brian Gavin and start your own shopping experience today!

Have fun shopping and simply bump me a note if you have any queries.


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  1. harry n.-
    September 23, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Perhaps a coincidence here, I was looking up on information on a Brian Gavin Blue in Google before I stumbled on your blog.

    What do you think of diamonds with blue fluorescence?

  2. Paul-
    September 23, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Having fluorescence in your diamond is pretty much a choice that depends on your tastes.

    Personally, I love the cool look that fluorescence offers. The signature blue line that Brian Gavin offers has strict quality control applied on them and you can be assured of the quality.

    We had actually done a review on it. For more information, read this article here: https://beyond4cs.com/reviews/brian-gavin-diamonds/blue/

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