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I've been looking online for diamond rings for my engagement, but I'm not sure what to get. What is considered the best place to get diamonds for quality? Also I love this ring

http://www.kay.com/product1%7C10101%7C10001%7C-1%7C990740805%7C15051%7C15051.21960.22646

But I was wondering if there is something better quality and where would be the best place to go for these. I am looking for a ring with a few stones, she has told me she like three stones at least, around 10000, and around 2 carats with a decent stone in the middle. Any recommendations on good places to look? I really want the best quality ring and I have no clue what all the letters and numbers mean for the diamonds.

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I think you should start by reading a few tutorials, and perhaps go around a few jewellers with your fiancée first. Diving headlong into picking a ring is "dangerous" (the worst that can happen is you will get ripped off AND she won't like it, but life goes on, huh?).

 

Around 2 carats for the centre stone at $10k is going to demand some serious trade offs on "quality" (whatever that means), particularly if you (she) want a relatively elaborate and thus expensive setting.

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Sorry I should have been clearer but I want to get 2 carats on the whole ring, with the center being about one. She's shown me a few that she likes but she's pretty open. Also by quality I mean something that sparkles a lot I guess. I just want to get her good diamonds from a great diamond place, I would like to know some of the top places to buy if there is such a thing.

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I repeat my advice: read a few tutorials (the one on this site is not splendid, but it's a start), and possibly go around a few jewellery stores to understand what attracts you (her).

 

Most diamond will sparkle a lot, but the price difference between a superbly cut D/IF and a so-so cut L/SI2 will be staggering, and so will the looks. On the other hand, with a budget of $10k including a reasonably sophisticated setting, you cannot simply gun for the top and hope that you will be OK. There are subtle (or not so subtle) trade offs between shape, cut, colour and clarity.

 

In terms of places to buy - it partly depends on what you want to buy. If you are aiming for a round, then most big internet-based retailers will have a broad selection at competitive prices. If you are looking for a fancy (non-round) shape, I would suggest that you work with someone who at least calls the diamond in prior to shipping, and is ready to act as a personal broker. If you are looking for a fancy colour diamond, there are specialist dealers (I represent one of them), and so on.

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I read a little bit, and my budget is not really a budget, just a guess, but I brought it up to around $15,000 and did this

http://www.bluenile.com/build-your-own-three-stone-ring?override=1&pid=LD02489835&offer_id=5923&pid=LD02629856&pid=LD02624213&ring_size=5&forceStep=BASKET_STEP

Do you think these diamonds would be good, or should I get smaller diamonds with better clarity? Thank you for all of your help.

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You're looking at E/VVS2's and you're wondering if you should go smaller and higher grade? I suppose it depends on your objectives. You will not be able to tell the difference between an E/VVS2 and a D/IF without serious magnification and probably not even then. Then again, you aso won't be able to tell a F/VS2 without tools. What's the reason you're considering changing? For that matter, what's the thought process that led you to this one?

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So to the naked eye a F/VS2 and a D/FL look the same?

Yes. In most cases, SI1's and even SI2's have no eye-visible imperfections either. Most people start to percieve color at about H but this varies with size, your vision, lighting condition, cutting, the mounting details and several other variables. If you haven't been shopping, go. Look at some real diamonds, not just online pictures. It's free and most salespeople don't bite (much). Are you in a town that has a few jewelry stores? Have you visited any?

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I've been to a few, I live in Jacksonville Florida area but they all have different things they measure the diamonds by. Also the rings didn't get too expensive, the most was a few thousand, and I'm looking for $15,000. Do you know of any good places to start looking at rings and diamonds for that price?

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I have to say,it's a bit unusual to hear a complaint that the jewelers aren't charging enough. That said, the exercise here is learning. You need to look at some D's and some F's and see if YOU can tell the difference. The same applies to looking for eye visible inclulsions in a VS2 or an SI1. It's hard to describe on the phone and it's a straightforward process to just go look at some.

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