So, you’ve finally decided to pop the question – congratulations! If you’re looking for a big diamond while also wanting to stretch your budget, here are some great tips to get you started.
The Carat of the Diamond
This is probably the most common consideration. How big should the diamond be? Well, it depends on your definition of big. And, that’s going to vary depending on your budget.
Many people already know that 1 carat is a popular size. But, it’s not huge if you’re looking for a big diamond to complete your ring. In fact, anything upwards of 1.5 carats (think along the lines of 2 and 3 carats) is considered large. Just remember that the bigger diamond doesn’t necessarily equal better visual appearance.
Only Buy Certified Diamonds
It’s important, when buying a large diamond, to get a grading report from a reliable gemmological lab. You need to know what the material qualities of the stone are and that they are legitimate and accurately represented.
Shop Online for Selection and Quality
When you shop for diamonds in New Zealand that are worth the investment online, you tend to get better quality and selection.
Consider this: when you walk into a jewellery store and ask to see a large diamond ring, you probably won’t find any available on show. And, if you do, it might well be a poorly cut diamond. The store will inevitably go online themselves to find what you’re looking for, ask you for a deposit (which is usually non-refundable) and ties you down to making the purchase with them.
So, why not ditch the middleman? When you shop online yourself, you’re in complete control. It means you can find reliable vendors and the best possible large diamond ring for your budget. Also, buying a diamond online is far more transparent than many people realize. You also get to browse the different options from the comfort of home and you can look forward to better prices and even better sales policies.
Specs for Larger Engagement Rings
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that the larger the diamond, the more important things like colour and clarity become. A diamond’s size will amplify deficiencies such as tint, inclusions and cut quality which means it’s easier to spot a poor-quality diamond with the naked eye.
With larger diamonds, you need to go up in clarity compared to buying smaller stones. A VS2 or better is the way to go for an eye-clean diamond where inclusions won’t be noticeable to the naked eye.
Colour, however is rather subjective. Typically, a G or better ensures your diamond will look icy white.
Budgeting for Bigger Diamond Rings
Deciding to buy a ring is one matter, paying for it is something else. When it comes to larger diamonds, the price can range up and down significantly depending on where you buy the ring, the quality of the cut and other aspects such as clarity and colour. Keep in mind that you can save a great deal of money if you opt for a well-cut stone with a lower colour and clarity.
Use these 5 tips to help you shop for the best big diamond ring you can afford.
*this article is published in partnership with mediabuzzer