Hi to all, it is my first time posting. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.
I'm planning to buy an engagement ring. I thought that was going to be easy until I started looking through the large selection of diamonds and the varying price ranges.
I started with 8-9k, now im up to close to 20k for the stone. I seem to like the larger ones but I have concerns about the quality. So I started reading around and found this site.
Now my head is spinning. There seems to be so much going into finding a nice stone that I don't know where to start. So I'm here to ask for your help, please!
Smallest size I'm willing to go is 1.5ct's . 2ct's seems to start pushing my financial limits and worries me that the 3 of the 4 C's start to gradually lose the fire of the stone due to color, blemishes and cut.
One of the main characteristics I'm looking for is the sparkly or fire (i think).
After reading through this site I noticed a lot of people concerning themselves with cut percentages, I deal scope images, fluorescence, girdle.... I'm clueless!
Another of my concerns is purchasing the diamond and ring from Jamesallen, Blue Nile. These are the only sites I've visited so far. Is there a return policy if she does not like it? What happens if the stone falls out and is lost? Do I need my own insurance on the stone?
Are there other reputable sites? Should I go with a local jeweler that can get the stone I choose? Whats the benefit of going to a local jeweler if any?
These are the larger stones:
Medium and smaller stones
Out of all the stones listed which do you think is the nicest size to fire ratio and least blemishes that wont be seen.
These are the bands I like:
I like this band, what do you think with the larger diamonds.
I like this band on all the sizes as it makes the stone pop more but 4 prong or 6 prong?
This one is rather pricey but I think a 1.5+ ct would look nice in it.
Sorry for this long post and I hope it is written in a way that everyone could understand.
I'm doing this while she is asleep, LOL. It is going to be a surprise.
I appreciate everyone's time and any advice you can give will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.