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Hello all...I just joined this forum and am happy to hear your advice before finalizing the purchase of an engagement ring. I decided to go to a custom jeweler who has been in the area for many years and has a good reputation. The only downside is that he has relatively few options for diamonds. The one that I decided on was a .82 carat diamond that is VS2 / H for $3600. He graded it himself (he is GIA certified) and I don't know any other specs. I was interested in something graded a bit higher and perhaps a little bigger, so I did a search on bluenile.com. I found several diamonds that were graded higher (VVS2 / G and they are also ideal cut, .90-.93 carats). The price range for these is $4400-$4800. The jeweler said he would still make the ring, but charges $100 to set another jeweler's stone. What I am wanting to know is whether you all think it is worth it to spend the extra amount for the higher quality and slightly bigger size. Is this something that would be noticed? I was planning to go with white gold, but could also use that additional money to go with platinum if that would be a better use of it (or I can stick with the original total price of $4500 for ring and stone). I want the ring to be special and as nice as possible, but also don't want to throw money down a hole for changes that won't even be noticed. Your advice is greatly appreciated!

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$100 to set an outside stone is reasonable.

 

Personally I wouldn't pay much extra for a VVS but that's me.  Others see it differently.  Bigger size?  Yeah, most people like that.  Bear in mind that diamonds are priced per carat and the price per carat goes up on some definite steps.  A 2 carat is a lot more than twice as expensive as an otherwise similar 1 carat.  0.90 is one of those steps, as is 1.00.  The value of this is different for different people but the COST is very real.  It's one of those important decisions you need to make for yourself.  

Lab grading IS something I would pay extra for.  GIA doesn't 'certify' gemologists, by the way, but equally importantly, there are some grading criteria that rather few in-store gemo's are prepared to evaluate.  Ask him about cutting for example.  It's a complicated question and, for me, it starts with the GIA rather than ending there.  

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Neil has given you some excellent advice on the stone. I'd like to add a few words on the metal.

 

Platinum has a couple of significant advantages on white gold: it doesn't need replating, it furrows rather than scratching (no material loss), it has no springiness (more difficult to lose the stone) and above all, in my opinion it looks and feels better. On the other hand it's less hard (more scratches), it's less reflective/bright than rhodium and it costs more to work. In all, if I had a budget constraint I'd rather get a nice® diamonds than worrying about the setting, but if budget is not a big limit I'd rather have platinum.

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Davide - Specialised Consumer Information and Assistance,
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eloise.lily - welcome to Diamondreview!

 

Help is always appreciated, but this (and several other threads you commented on) is well over a year old and the OP is not even following the thread anymore - in fact he hasn't been on the forum since March 2016.


Davide - Specialised Consumer Information and Assistance,
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davide@diamondsbylauren.com

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