How to find the best diamond ring in your budget

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This is how to maximize your budget – and find the perfect diamond ring.

You're about to learn why color grade "G" is sufficient and how to get the prettiest diamond ring in your budget.

1. It's not (just) about the size.

It's a common misconception that a diamond's price only depends on its size. However, the value of a diamond isn't only related to its carat-weight (the heavier, the bigger): Color, clarity and cut grade, too, determine the stone's value.

In general, there are four criteria for assessing a diamond's value:

  1. Carat-weight: How heavy is the diamond?
  2. Color – or actually: Colorlessness of the diamond
  3. Clarity: Absence of inclusions
  4. Cut grade: How well was the diamond cut?

→ More information on the 4C

This is exactly where you can get more bang for the buck!

  • The disadvantage with "ready-made" rings is that the diamond is already set.
  • Only if you can select setting as well as diamond yourself, you can find the best and biggest diamond within the budget you set for yourself.
  • By finding the right trade-off between the 4C, you can find the biggest stone within your budget – or save money on a diamond of your requested size.

How to do this?

2. Color grade "G" is sufficient

  • The color scale reaches from D to Z and measures, how colorless a diamond is: "D" describes complete transparency and "Z" stands for diamonds with a recognizable yellowish tint.
  • The higher a diamond ranks on the color scale, the higher its price
  • BUT: All diamonds until color grade "G" are normally fully adequate: Wit the bare eye, there is no yellow tint recognizable in such stones.

→ More on the color of diamonds

Similarly, you can maximizie your budget by varying your diamond's clarity grade:

3. Clarity grade "SI2" is sufficient

  • The clarity scale measures the presence or absence of inclusions within a diamond.
  • Here too, you don't always have to go for the top of the scale. Down until clarity grade "SI2" (stands for "slightly included"), the tiny flaws in a diamond are not recognizable with the bare eye.
  • Only if you decide for quite a big diamond (1 carat or more), you should make sure your diamond corresponds to clarity grade "VS2" or higher.

→ More on diamond clarity

EXPERT TIP:

Even if a diamond has bigger flaws, it's possible that the prongs holding it will cover these little dark spots. Have a look at your diamond's GIA-certificate (by clicking the GIA-button in the diamond selection view): For bigger diamonds, a graphic shows the location of inclusions.

If you follow these guidelines, you may save up to 40% on your diamond!

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