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…
Ideally cut diamond – $1,675 (via wire)
|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.
Commonly 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.
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.
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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 image shows optimal performance with minimal light leakage
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.
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 engagement ring for $2000
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.
$1,675 (diamond) + $325 (setting) = $2000 (total)
Have fun shopping and simply bump me a note if you have any queries.