I'm from South Africa (European South-African ) - I always laugh terms like "African-American"
I'm looking to get engaged over the next few months.
My girlfriend likes yellow gold, and I intend to buy her a simple plain solitaire (six clawed) with only one stone in the centre.
Now I've received numerous quotes on diamonds and rings.
Usually its $800 for the gold + labor plus then the stone.
I'm a true amateur, have been reading up on all the C's, out of which I feel Cut is the most important.
What I'm looking for is the following:
Colour - G-I
Clarity - Up to SI1 - as long as inclusions aren't visible to the naked eye and doesn't affect light coming through the top.
Cut: Looking for either a round brilliant cut or a Emerald cut. - Must be "Excellent" or "Very good"
Now I've received a quote for the following:
H / SI2 / 0.76ct stone - $2800
I find this quite cheap.
The stone is certified by EGL South Africa, and has the following additional details:
Total Diameters: 5.86mm
Total Depth: 60.6%
Crown Angle: 12%
What worries me is the SI2 rating - this may point to bad inclusions?
I don't understand the meaning of all the last stats, could someone explain or link somewhere I can judge for myself? Is there anything else I should look out for?
As to the above, what would the ideal ratios be?
Do you guys know where in SA I could get diamonds/rings cheapest? (Since most come from here, it should be as cheap as in the UK / US)
My budget can be extended to $5500 easily, but I want something that says: "I LOVE you", without making our friends that can't afford expensive diamonds feel jealous.
Any ideas, comments welcome, as I said, I only started reading up on diamonds last night
Help appreciated, this site is awesome!
Edited by Re83L, 31 August 2011 - 04:54 AM.