I'm looking for something about 1 carat in a round brilliant, and can spend between 4,000 and 5,500 for the stone.
So far specs that I'm 'zeroing in' on (I've learned a lot from this forum so far already) for this price range would be Ideal cut, VS2 clarity, and G color. Also symmetry and polish to be at least very good.
I'm wondering if it's possible to priortize any of these 'rankings' further any more or less.
I realize this generalized question might make some of the dealers on here cringe.... it may be too general to answer. Also, I realize every diamond is different. It's impossible to answer this question and try to apply it in a blanket approach to all diamonds, especially stones you've never even looked at.
But if you, as someone in the business, were looking to maximize value for yourself in this price range, going into the search before looking at anything, which areas generally are you looking to maximize and which areas are you looking to shave costs?
For instance, would it be wiser to go for an H color and a VS2 clarity, or better to get G color and SI1 clarity? (assume we're talking AGS and GIA grades here).
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
Edited by KurtB, 20 May 2007 - 12:54 PM.