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1)  Buy just below whole carats (0.91ct, 1.9ct, etc.) and save hundreds or thousands of dollars.

2) Princess, Cushion, Oval, Emerald (and other fancy) shapes are generally less expensive than a Round cut diamond with the same carat weight.

3) To save money on an engagement ring, try a Mosaic setting.

4) To maximize your budget, consider an ‘Eye-Clean’ diamond (VS2 or higher), in which inclusions are invisible to the naked eye.

5) If your budget is more suited for a smaller diamond, get a Halo setting (small diamonds around the center stone).  Halo setting is a great way to make the center stone appear larger.

6) A well cut diamond can make the diamond appear larger.

7) Even if a diamond has the highest color or clarity grade, it will appear dull if the cut is poor.

8) Consider setting diamonds with a color grade of ‘I’ or ‘J’ in yellow gold.

9) Cut has the greatest influence on a diamond’s sparkle.

10)  Review a copy of the diamond certificate as proof it has undergone an unbiased, professional examination.

11) Get a laser inscription on your diamond, so it will identify your diamond if it’s ever lost or stolen.

12) If you are not sure what your future fiancée prefers in a ring? Consider purchasing a loose diamond and then decide on the mounting together.

13) As a diamond size increases, color becomes more noticeable (especially in diamonds of 2 carats or greater).

14) Kimberley Process tracks diamonds to make sure they are conflict free.

15) Look for a diamond that’s as symmetrical as possible – a diamond with good symmetry will have more sparkle.

16)  Round diamonds tends to have more brilliance than other shapes.

17) As a diamond’s size increases, color becomes more noticeable.

18) The GIA color scale uses letters to represent the absence of color, beginning with D (colorless) and ending at Z (light yellow or brown).

19) Don’t sacrifice quality for carat size.

20) The ring deciding factors should be your (and your partner’s) personal taste, needs, and financial situation.


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